Please read my NEW page for my First Time We Saw Paris travel book

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Get a flavour of what my book is all about and enjoy a visit to the most beautiful and interesting of regions.

Our journey begins in the cold North of England and arrives via Paris in Canet Plage close to Perpignan, the Catalan heart of France. We are burgled on our first night, the weather is initially awful, we are depressed. But, then a wonderful small café in Perpignan changes everything. Read how the people of this beautiful, friendly region gives us the best of times and set us out to a lifelong love of France.


The book is available on Kindle and Unlimited – Also in Print

I have also created a selection of photography of the people and places of Paris that compliments my writing in my book A DREAM OF PARIS and also for THYME FOR PROVENCE. Please enjoy the photography from some of our French Travels and I hope to inspire you to visit as soon as it is possible again – for now we still have our imagination and memories and no doubt a warm welcome awaits us in the future


Please enjoy my Travel books – LINK TO YOUR COUNTRY :

Collioure Harbour.

Collioure Cafe Beach Front
Old part of town in Perpignan
Come to Paris with my Dream of Paris Memoir
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Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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