Category Archives: Accommodation

An Easter Monday Birthday in Paris

Jean Michel usually takes me to a Michelin-star restaurant for my birthday but it’s Easter Monday which is a public holiday in France and there isn’t much open so we’ve postponed it until Wednesday. Instead, he surprises me by suggesting … Continue reading

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A Laundry in a French House No Less! #1

We’ve set aside two weeks to make a laundry at Closerie Falaiseau. Like most French houses, it doesn’t have one. I’ve talked about this before. In fact, Jean Michel has already drilled a 10 cm diameter hole through a 70 … Continue reading

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Loire à vélo – Montsoreau to Saumur

We’ve decided to take advantage of the wonderful spring weather and do some more cycling further along the Loire. I’ve been wanting to go back to Fontevraud Abbey for some time so we book a chambre d’hôte in Turquant which … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – gîte

Even French people confuse gîte and chambre d’hôte. I know this for certain because when I tell people I have a gîte they often start talking about le petit déjeuner which, of course, is only served in a B&B. Before … Continue reading

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Discovering the real south of France

Regular readers of my Wednesday’s Blogger Round-Up will already know Carolyn Schonafinger from Holidays to Europe, an Australian based business passionate about sharing their European travel expertise and helping travellers to experience the holiday in Europe they have always dreamed of. I … Continue reading

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The Best Area to Stay in Paris

Knowing where to book a hotel in Paris often poses a problem for first time visitors. If you’ve never been to the City of Light, it’s difficult to imagine exactly what it’s like and what area to choose. I’m always … Continue reading

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A Barge on the Seine in Paris – what better holiday accommodation can you get?

I haven’t seen my cousin Geraldine in about 50 years and it’s her first time in Paris. I advised her to try and get accommodation in the 1st arrondissement because it’s so central. I’ve been following her adventures in Lucca … Continue reading

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Cycling along the Danube – Passau to Linz: the S-bend

We’re staying at Gasthof Dexler in Niederranna on the Danube close to the S-bend between Linz in Austria and Passau in Germany so are able to start directly from our hotel. It turns out to be one of the highlights of … Continue reading

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Eurovelo 6 – Cycling around Lake Constance

We’ve left the Danube and are now staying in Moos on Lake Constance, which is called the Bodensee in German. However, we’re still on the Eurovelo 6 route from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Two years ago, on our … Continue reading

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Budapest – more accommodation problems

We’re driving along the motorway to Budapest pleased to have our Aschach and Bratislava accommodation experiences behind us. This time, there should be no problems. We have organised a home exchange with an American couple who have a well-located apartment … Continue reading

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