Monthly Archives: September 2011

Total Indulgence: The Beaufort Bar

A confession:  I am an unashamed Savoy fan:  there’s just something about this historic hotel and her history that speaks to this “hotel junkie” – especially now – with her new couture transformation complete.  One venue which I have been … Continue reading

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Fairmont Hotels has gone to the dogs … literally

You don’t often hear a PR say it but Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has definitely gone to the dogs.  Canine Ambassadors http://www.fairmont.com/promotions/canineambassadors are available for “walkies” and cuddles at selected hotels around the world, especially for those guests missing their … Continue reading

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Wind in my sails – sand-yachting at Ile de Ré!

I had a vague idea what sand-yachting might be – a kind of go-cart with a big sail – but when watching a skilled proponent on a sun-kissed beach zooming around at high speed, it becomes close to an art … Continue reading

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To Infinity and Beyond!

The words “swimming pool” do not seem to fully describe the divine infinity pool at the luxury resort, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, in Los Cabos, Mexico. It should come with a warning because once you have experienced … Continue reading

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Delicious: Tourteau Fromagé – Poitou-Charentes speciality

This is one of my favourite gifts to bring home from CRT Poitou-Charentes – it’s guaranteed to cause a stir due to its unusual appearance – as you can see by the photo! It’s called a Tourteau Fromagé – a … Continue reading

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Ile de Ré – A Little Piece of Heaven

Known as the ‘White Island’, the Ile de Ré is the most northerly of the four islands just off the coast and accessible directly from La Rochelle, by a bridge. It is 30 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, and can … Continue reading

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Marais Poitevin – France’s Green Venice

Also known as ‘Green Venice’, the Marais Poitevin is the second largest temperate zone in France and the fifth in Europe. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Niort in Deux- Sèvres, these famous marshlands are blessed with … Continue reading

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Five things I have loved about my visit to La Rochelle …

Meeting a great team of bloggers and photographers – @budgettraveller, @IsabellesTravel, @malloryontravel, @TravelDudes – and wandering around with them, taking photographs and enjoying the city.  Very supportive, very hard-working, totally engaged – it’s a privilege to be here with them and to … Continue reading

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Five things to do in La Rochelle!

Here are five suggestions of things to do if you visit La Rochelle in the Poitou-Charentes region of France.  http://www.visit-poitou-charentes.com: Visit the covered market for all manner of delicious foods, flowers or for that bottle of Pineau (a regional speciality). Climb … Continue reading

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How do you travel to La Rochelle?

La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes is very easily reached from the UK. By boat: Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries, Norfolkline, P&O Ferries, SeaFrance, SpeedFerries Ltd, LDLines and Irish Ferries have regular links with the French Channel ports.  All the ports are within half … Continue reading

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