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Holiday Snapshots - Road Trip 2015

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We've been back from our mega European road trip for a couple of weeks now and I haven't found the time to write about it, mainly because as usual I don't really know where to start, there's so much to say. So while I get my act together with more wordy posts and without further ado I thought I'd simply show you a family photo from each day.  These pictures show candid moments and family time, not necessarily geat travel images, from our 4500 km drive through 8 countries (9 including France).

The first stop was Verona, Italy, dinner by the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Arena: so happy to be on holiday!


The following day after a long drive we reached Bratislava, Slovakia where we stayed in a crazy hotel....

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Silent Sunday - 30 August 2015

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pointus at Cap dAntibes

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Continuing on our tour of beaches on the French Riviera, this week's destination isn't really one beach but a whole island of beaches.  Ile Sainte-Marguerite is located just off Cannes, easily reached by a 15 minute ferry ride, and bursting with tiny rocky bays, magnificent umbrella pines, ancient eucalypus forests and one long sandy beach.  The majority of the island is covered in forest, which is a protected domaine and a haven of calm as no there's no traffic, just walking paths.

beach on Ste Marguerite island near Cannes Côte dAzur

Sainte-Marguerite island together with its smaller neighbour St-Honorat are collectively called the îles de Lérins and they both make lovely destinations for day trips not only for their beaches, but to visit forts, monasteries and a former prison....  But that's for another time, today I'm just showing you the beaches...

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Memories of Réunion

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For the seventh post in my series on far-flung France we're going back to take another look at Réunion, from the perspective of a neighbouring islander, Mauritian blogger Beatrice aka Mademoiselle Nomad.

For those of you just joining the adventure through France's overseas territories, here's a quick recap.  A few months ago I was struck by the idea that it could be possible to travel around the globe, without leaving "Europe", without changing money, just using Euros, only speaking French and living off baguettes and camembert.  How on earth, you might ask, could this be possible? Well believe it or not France is spread out over 12 time zones with overseas territories and departments in South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. Each of these tiny (mostly) islands are part of France, not independent ex-colonies and function much the same as any region in mainland France. Wanting to find out more about these unusual places, having only visited Martinique myself, I came up with the idea of a series of stories, written by people in the know, friends and bloggers who have actually visited or lived in the Dom-Tom*.  So having been to MartiniqueMayotteRéunion, GuadeloupeSt Martin and French Guyana here we are, with the seventh tale of far-flung France....

French time zones

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