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Cheers to Beer

In spite of all her protests friends of Anna Hyman still maintain that her visit to the Nord-Pas- de -Calais region of France to learn more about brewing was actually one glorified pub crawl! There used to be scores of small local breweries in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of Northern France but with the decline of […]

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Monet’s Garden at Giverny

A mere 80km from Paris is one of the most famous gardens in the world, Mary Bunning visited Monet’s garden in the little village of Giverny. During the autumn and winter a team of gardeners and volunteers will have been working away in a very special garden. Shrubs and roses will have been pruned, borders […]

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Turn Left at Dunkirk

All too often, we drive off the cross-Channel ferries and head south deeper into France or even further afield. But recently in search of pastures new Anna Hyman and friends heeded the advice to ‘turn Left at Dunkirk’ and headed for Holland and Flanders instead. DFDS Ferry from Dover We boarded the DFDS Ferry at […]

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Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo

Partly to see Christopher Nolan’s epic film of the same name as the city, and also to learn more about Operation Dynamo, Anna Hyman headed across the Channel – to Dunkirk. Dunkirk the film Christopher Nolan’s powerful blockbuster film Dunkirk opens with a young man running down a street desperately making for the beaches and […]

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Out and About in the Pas-de-Calais

Every time Anna Hyman visits the Pas-de-Calais region of France she is astonished at how much there is to see and do, and her most recent short break was no exception. An Art Gallery with a difference This art gallery was not what I had expected. I am more used to ones where visitors gaze […]

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Skiing Les Sybelles

An invitation from friends to join them for a ski trip to La Toussuire set Gillian Thomas hunting for a map; she eventually located the village south-east of Grenoble in France’s Maurienne valley. To my surprise I discovered that La Toussuire is part of France’s third largest ski ‘domaine’, the Sybelles. This is a network […]