Project Type: France

Aupres de l’Eglise

Imagine if you will, fields of golden canola glistening in the late afternoon light, a long table dressed for dinner in a sun-drenched courtyard, the buzzing of bees as they flit from blossom to blossom, aperitifs in amongst the birches. Now take… Read More

Perching Bar

Who says that tree-houses are just for kids? What if I told you there was a champagne bar seven metres above the ground in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Montagne de Reims in Verzy? A bar that you… Read More


Epernay Epernay, the capital of Champagne. As we drove through the streets we saw all the big names in the champagne world. I called them out one at a time. Names, darling, names. This is a city that’s not only been made… Read More


The capital O and E together is not a typo. In French, it looks as though the two letters are joined. I’m typing in English, though, so you’ll need to trust me on that. This dinky little town might be difficult to… Read More

Ypres & Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot Just over 50 kms from Brugge (Bruges) and 40kms from Lille sits an area of farmland. There are blossoms and Cyprus trees and, at this time of the day, the birdsong is glorious. This is Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery… Read More


Once upon a time… Once upon a time, way back in the 13thand14thcenturies, there existed a city that was so prosperous that the wealth of its citizens rivalled that of queens. Its fortune was made on the back of textiles and trade,… Read More


Welcome to Lille – the base for Stage 1 of our La Grande Tour and home to the Aussie friends we’ll be spending the next couple of weeks road-tripping with. Known also as Rijsel (in Flemish), Lille just happens to be (in… Read More

La Grande Tour

After three fabulous weeks in France we arrived home last night – exhausted. We’ve crammed a lot into our time away and come back richer for the experience. On the road-trip leg of our holiday, we travelled over 3000 kms – from… Read More