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There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Amboise

Dec 22, 2013 by


So goodbye Le Mans, we’ll be back, but for now it’s on to home-from-home Tours to stay in home-from-home Gite Champoiseau in Rue Champoiseau for our visit to nearby Amboise. Leonardo da Vinci, who lived in Amboise for the last three years of his life, was invited there by his biggest fan, King Francis I […]

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Le Mans

Dec 15, 2013 by


Google ‘Le Mans’ and pages of THE RACE come up but we didn’t go to look at cars whizzing round the block, we were there to see the magnificent Cathedral. Known as Le Cité Plantagenet, Le Mans is where Henry II was born and hoped to die. But for his ghastly son, he would have. […]

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Rouen

Dec 14, 2013 by


August 2013. Time for a France Fix. Time to hit the cathedrals, with a chateau or two thrown in although we did the chateaux last time. Begin with Rouen Cathedral where Edward IV was christened. Rouen, the capital of Normandy, is of course where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431. Where […]

The Heights of Abraham: General Wolfe Remembered

Dec 8, 2013 by


No need to go to the Swiss Alps to ride a Cable Car, there’s one at the very strangely named Heights of Abraham in Derbyshire. Great place. The countryside is lovely too, lifts the spirits. Once upon a time the only people who saw this well worth a visit tourist attraction were those fit enough […]