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Weathering the Burns Day Storm: 25-26 January 1990

Is this really a typical Winter’s day in the UK? I’ve heard bad stories, but this is a bit extreme. It’s been a long day and I’m supposed to be in France by now. I feel the need for a … Continue reading

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To Brittany and beyond: January 1990

Maybe it’s the sheep jokes, but for some reason I feel a certain affinity with Brittany. I wasn’t aware that Brittany enjoys a similarly unfounded reputation for their hospitality to sheep as my homeland. The younger crowd in Bordeaux do … Continue reading

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Last train to Lannemezan: November 1989

When three french heads simultaneously stop their conversations and look at you, you know that something is up. In fact, I’m up – up in the Pyrenees, when I should be getting closer to Bordeaux. How did that happen? And … Continue reading

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You have to laugh – mishaps and misadventures in France

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re stuck inside a phone booth in Bordeaux at 11pm with only a beer for company? I think I may be one of the few – it was an interesting way to finish … Continue reading

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From the Basque Country to the Holy Waters: December 1989

When I visited France in late 1987, ETA, an armed group of Basque nationalists, were active in Spain with 44 deaths in the previous twelve months from car bomb attacks in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza. Almost 200 others have been … Continue reading

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Rocamadour and the Black Madonna: December 1989

There isn’t much that can be said about the origins of Rocamadour with certainty, but it can’t be denied that the setting is stunning. I’ve taken the train from Bordeaux to Brive-la-Gaillarde, and then on to Rocamadour Padirac station. From … Continue reading

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Cave paintings and Chocolate croissants: November 1989

One advantage of Google Maps is that I finally have a map with enough detail to show me exactly where I was on my travels over twenty years ago. Places in France like Bénesse-lès-Dax or Condat-le-Lardin; I’ve always known which train … Continue reading

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