• Haughty Haute Loire

    Now that seeing dinosaur footprints was crossed off both our bucket lists, we moved on to another item on Chris’s: visiting a lava cave. The only place you’ll find lava caves in metropolitan France is at Monistrol d’Allier in Haute Loire. (They’re ten a penny in some regions of France...


  • Lofty Lozère

    Our most recent trip in Precious, the campervan, took us to Lozère in the Massif Central. And trust me, it’s certainly a massive Massif! We set off Sunday mid-afternoon, our first stop being at Guéret Station to drop Rors off for his train to Limoges, where he’s a student. Up...


  • Dieppe, Den Haag and Lac du Der

    We’ve recently returned from our longest jaunt in Precious to date. A late cancellation by a group of anglers freed up a very convenient week for us: it just happened to be the one when Caiti would be over from Ireland presenting her thesis in Leiden in The Netherlands. So...


  • A Tour to Touraine

    A recent two-day trip in Precious, the camper van, took Chris, Tobi the dog and me to Touraine. Touraine is one of the ancient provinces of France that existed until 1790, when it was subsumed into the départements of Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Vienne. The name Touraine is derived from...


  • Geysers, crosses and quartz

    Chris and I have just been on our second mini camping trip in Precious, the campervan. This time Tobi the dog came along too. We headed into neighbouring département Allier for two days, our first port of call being Bellerive-sur-Allier which is across the river from Vichy. The attraction here...