• Foraging for Fossils

    February saw us setting off on a fossil-hunting trip in Precious to Occitanie. After dropping Rors off at Guéret station for his Sunday night train back to Limoges, where he’s a student, we drove to Montpeyroux to park up for the night. We’ve visited there before: it’s one of France’s...


  • Dossiering About

    January has been all about dossiers. A dossier is defined in English as a collection of documents about a particular person, event or subject. Larousse gives five definitions in French, one of which matches the English one in meaning but disappointingly fails to add that dossiers are as essential to...


  • Different Sorts of Cliffs

    Our most recent mini-break in Precious, the camper van, had the theme of cliffs: cliffs at the seaside, cliffs that used to be at the seaside, riverside cliffs and cliffs along the edge of geological fault lines. Our first stop was at Mérigny to visit the spot where the river...


  • A Bad Day in Brenne

    Since we were having to take Caiti to Châteauroux to catch the train to Paris in the first leg of her journey back to Ireland, we decided to head west from there into the Brenne parc naturel regional (regional national park) for a spot of geocaching. Brenne lies in the...


  • 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...