Dune du Pilat – Arcachon

  It’s not often you encounter views that confuse the mind. Walking up from a car park hidden beneath a dense canopy of pine trees I reach what can only be described as a mountain of pure white sand. I start the ascent, not easy work and laugh with others about slow progress and burning […]

Where are our retreats?

Exploring the Dordogne this winter has discovered true love in me for this part of the world. There is great contrast between the seasonal experiences of this special place. Out of season raw beauty is offered without adornment, a clear view with priceless stillness, silence and expansive space. The light and colours brighter than summer […]

Market day at Issigeac

I amble into the timeless bustle, aromas and colour fiesta of this beautiful and renowned French market. People are hanging out at the coffee shops greeting both friends and strangers with friendly embrace, bags bulging with fresh and exquisite produce. The charming antique, jewellery and art shops have opened to entice the market crowds on […]

Cycling in the Dordogne

  This feels truly free. Beautiful blue skies wash a spectacular richness of colour over the earth, empty tracks weave all over the countryside allowing me to savour every view. I cycle through vineyards, valleys, around aquamarine lakes, through medieval hamlets and past shuttered farmhouse after farmhouse. I feel like I am pedaling through an […]