ST MALO, GATEWAY TO BRITTANY

St Malo. 

The approach to the historic walled city of St Malo, on the coast of Brittany, is surely one of the most dramatic of any city in France.  The charming old town stands on a granite islet joined to the mainland by an ancient causeway.  It’s enclosed by high ramparts which are bordered by beautiful sandy beaches at the foot of its steep walls. 

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BEFORE VERSAILLES THERE WAS VAUX-LE-VICOMTE – TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

As discussed in a recent blog, there are many exciting possibilities for exploring Paris and its regions if you’re armed with a Navigo travel pass.  The 17th century masterpiece Vaux-le-Vicomte is just one of 100 châteaux about an hour or less from Paris, many of which are open to the public.  A Navigo pass makes a visit to this magnificent château easy to achieve.

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PLACE DES LICES OUTDOOR MARKET, ST TROPEZ

Provencal olives at Place des Lices market, St Tropez. 

The wonderful market at St Tropez’ Place des Lices is reason enough to visit this famous coastal resort town on the French Riviera.  Despite the celebrity reputation of ‘St Trop’, the market is still a traditional gathering place for visitors and locals alike, selling a huge range of the best Provençal produce, as well as a great range of other must-have goodies.

We’ve known and loved this market over many years, and if we’re heading to southern Provence, we make sure that we plan our visit to take in at least one of the two market days.

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