Paris is the most atmospheric of cities. The sights, the people, the restaurants and cafes are evocative of memorable travel and times past. This is a small selection of my photography taken over several visits and rendered in black and white. Please enjoy these and my books on Paris and France are available on Amazon.
This is our Family history story and I hope you enjoy the twists and turns and find inspiration to check out your family tree.
Ancestry and Genealogy are so popular today and this is an inspiring story stretching over 200 years from a military perspective.
When a bullet in the Great War actually turned out to be a life saving event and the family survived to tell this remarkable story.
It travels from England to Spain and Ireland. We start with Wellington on the Peninsular campaigns and on to South Africa and then the trenches of France. Finally the landing beaches at Salerno Italy.
Come and live through those times and experience it all set against a background of Victorian and early 20th Century England.
It is fair to say the laughs are few and far between in this story but the resilience of these people will impress you.
The ending is a surprise as coincidences and history come together with a beautiful heart warming ending.
This was a 12 year labour of love and I include a full chapter on Ancestry research with tips and mistakes to avoid. I know – I made many.
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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