Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

Where to go in Marseille…from the tourist hotspots to the completely obscure

The day before I arrived in Marseille, two buildings collapsed. The townhouses had been on the brink of tumbling down for years, but there's no real guidelines from the government here about what makes a structure 'liveable,' and it's estimated that around 40,000 of the city's residential buildings are unsafe or unfit to live in. [...]

The Village of Saint-Émilion (Aka Wine Central Station, please mind the gap. Also, who needs a tour anyway)

The Village of Saint-Émilion (Aka Wine Central Station, please mind the gap. Also, who needs a tour anyway)

The medieval village of Saint-Émilion is a tiny but world-renowned kind of a place, pals! Located in the Aquitaine region of South West France and a mere hop skip and a jump away from the wine capital city of the world, it was pretty much a given that as I was staying in Bordeaux anyway [...]

Exploring Normandy…a day trip to Étretat

Exploring Normandy…a day trip to Étretat

We docked in Le Havre in Normandy every seven days, but under normal circumstances got no further than the city's pebbly beach, stopping here and there for either coffee or crepes, and one particularly adventurous day for real live snails. (Actually, they weren't alive, they were cooked in garlic butter but, you get what I'm [...]