• Discovering Bordeaux For €4.30: Bordeaux By Tram

    Bordeaux has an excellent tram network (inaugurated in 2003, 45 years after the previous tram network was shortsightedly abandoned, as in so many places) which the Dagg family is making good use of. Caiti has her annual pass so she can hop on and off trams every day to and...


  • Done In By The Dune Du Pyla!

    We’re back from an energetic visit to the Dune du Pilat (otherwise known as the Dune du Pyla), the largest sand dune in Europe. I told Caits next time we’ll go to the smallest sand dune in Europe because climbing back over this one after three hours of walking along...


  • Back in Bordeaux

    I’m back in Bordeaux. It’s beginning to feel like my second home! And this time I’m staying for three days, my longest holiday in six years. I’ll also be seeing the seaside for the first time in that same period. Caits and I are heading out to the Dune de...


  • Write A Book And Win €10: Prix Goncourt 2012

    France loves its literary awards and one of the big ones is coming up soon – the Prix Goncourt. The prize money is only €10 but the prestige is enormous. Everyone wants to win it. And here is this year’s shortlist. Vassilis Alexakis : L’enfant grec (Stock) This doesn’t appeal...


  • How To Buy A Microwave: Patience Required

    Since I’m on something of a cooking theme at the moment, after my last post with apple and hedgehog recipes, today’s cookery-related item is a microwave. Caiti’s microwave, to be exact. If you’ve had a chance to follow her very entertaining blog about student life in Bordeaux, you’ll have seen...