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Riviera

Exploring the French Riviera

I’d never really thought about visiting the French Riviera. I was sure it would be beautiful, and have lots of wonderful towns to explore and experience. I also thought it would be very busy, and I like visiting ‘different’ sorts of places – not always the big tourist draw-cards. However, this time, I wasn’t looking […]

MA2

The Hameau de la Reine – a Play-Village for the Privileged

When you visit Versailles, you find all the things you would expect at a royal residence. A massive royal palace, a couple of out outbuildings for the mistresses, stables. However, Versailles has a few little surprises. There is the Orangerie, built by Louis XIV to satiate his desire for exotic citrus fruits, and the Apollo […]

SpaceCats

The Sordid History of Space Cats

Last year, I visited the Cosmonautics Museum in Moscow, and later on, the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg. While the former ignored space cats completely, my trip to St Petersburg was much more fruitful. A whole panel on the wall was dedicated to the wayward kitties sacrificed in the space programme. Before this […]

Lyon

Two Days in Lyon

I didn’t really know what to expect from Lyon. Though I’ve been to Paris a few times, and to Versailles, I’d never been anywhere else in France. I didn’t even know anything about the history of Lyon, or where it is in the country. Ah, the life of an opportunistic traveller. But with the opportunity […]

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