Come on a French Journey by Photography – Take a tour

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Abbesses Metro station Paris France

All the photography was taken by myself on our visits to Paris and the French regions. I hope you enjoy them and please look up my stories of our travels on Amazon.

My next book will be a tour around France starting in Normandy. I hope you will come with me and be inspired to travel a similar path. I hope to complete this by winter just in time to make plans for next summer.

Please enjoy my Travel books – LINK TO YOUR COUNTRY : https://bit.ly/bookneal

Neal is an established and extensively published French Travel writer with an aim is to impart his passion for France to his readers. Neal has travelled extensively in France with his family and friends and acted as ‘tour’ guide to others over the years.
Neal lived and worked in Lancashire, England and found the joy of travel later in life after a conservative travel upbringing that stretched only as far as stopping the car falling into the sea at the English coastline.
He now lives in Somerset close to his granddaughter and family and on the wonderful South West coastline that we enjoy so much. Neal loves the English game of Cricket, which he plans to write about soon, golf, soccer and photography. He has a great love of History and that is reflected in his writing.

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Paris & France – Travel now

Neal is an established and extensively published French Travel writer with an aim is to impart his passion for France to his readers. Neal has travelled extensively in France with his family and friends and acted as ‘tour’ guide to others over the years.
Neal lived and worked in Lancashire, England and found the joy of travel later in life after a conservative travel upbringing that stretched only as far as stopping the car falling into the sea at the English coastline.
He now lives in Somerset close to his granddaughter and family and on the wonderful South West coastline that we enjoy so much. Neal loves the English game of Cricket, which he plans to write about soon, golf, soccer and photography. He has a great love of History and that is reflected in his writing.

Portleven Harbour Cornwall looking over to the Ship Inn

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Porthleven is a great place for enjoying painting in the wonderful light

Porthleven is one of our favourite Cornish towns. You need to take care on this small pier at the entrance to the harbour. You can easily be caught out by a gust of wind or the tide crashing in which it regularly does in Porthleven. The harbour is a great place to enjoy an outdoor meal, perhaps a fresh crab sandwich and a pint. It boast a superb fishmonger and that with a good wine supply is all ask from a holiday destination. The long beach and cliff walks are spectacular and an excellent place to clear the head by a long walk both sides of the town.

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In search of Hemingway and Midnight in Paris

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La Maison de Verlaine Restaurant Latin Quarter Paris

One of the most evocative books about Paris could be considered to be Ernest Hemingway’s ‘A Moveable Feast’. If ever I need inspiration to write about Paris or to make plans for another visit then that is the book that clinches my mood and motivation. It works every time for me even though you do have to take some of his Paris memoir writing with a reasonable sized pinch of salt. He paints such insightful but sometimes harshly unsympathetic portraits of the characters from the era, the writers and artists that dominated ‘20s Paris. Describing the life and ambiance of the city at that time period so well – he constructs a painting in words. His portrait of F Scott Fitzgerald made me laugh, cry and wince at the astonishingly eccentric tales he recalled. Yet it is a book that has such a depth of sadness too. Like my taste in music it appeals to my melancholic side – as my daughter says; ‘the sadder the better’. Certainly there is a sadness surrounding the future aftermath of Fitzgerald and Zelda’s tragically short lives spiralling downhill shortly after these events. It is though the final chapter of a book that was written just before Hemingway’s lonely death nearly forty years detached in time from the events in the book that conveys his deep regret. He threw away the happiness of his life in Paris with his first wife Hadley and their young son. There is not always something better around the corner, often what we already have is all we need for our contentment. It is a book that can be a Parisian guide but today we have something more visual based on his work.
The Woody Allen film ‘Midnight in Paris’ is themed on Hemingway’s book as any cursory read of it will establish. Really though it is a film that does more for the Paris tourist board than any amount of advertising. It is a love letter to a great city. The film recreates the times of the 20’s that Hemingway so eloquently describes, an era that the film’s main character Gil adores as he is bewilderingly entranced to be transported back to that time. Adriana, his new muse, prefers La Belle Époque but he cannot understand wanting anything more than to be experiencing the lively writing and arts scene of Paris in the 20’s. I am with him on that, but really all the book and the movie do is to convince you that Paris is the finest city in the world. When I arrive at the Gard Du Nord on the Eurostar from London then my current era waiting outside the station is just fine by me. The filming locations for ‘Midnight in Paris’ are well documented and in fact Hemingway makes a fine job of that. So if you want to follow them all it is easy to do in our smartphone era. I will take you through on a mixed journey, some of the places in the film that I love. Also bring in some parts of Paris that historically are so very interesting and should be part of your visit. If your time in Paris is all fine dining then you are missing out on a broader experience.
If you are going to start on a history and writing tour of Paris then I suggest it begins on the steps of the church of St Etienne du Mont, Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005. The actual steps used in the film where Gil waits for the time travelling car and his famous hosts are just around to the side of the church. From here they look down Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève, the road up which the car approaches. It is a supremely evocative location and it is worth taking the time to search out on the internet a photo taken on 22nd August 1944 of armed resistants just coming down from the area of the steps at the height of the struggle to liberate Paris from the German occupiers. Historical fact and fiction can be found being enacted side by side on the streets of Paris and in your imagination. If you go back around to the front of the church onto Rue Clovis and head towards the Latin Quarter by turning right onto Rue Descartes you will come to a small but perfectly formed restaurant – La Maison de Verlaine. The clue is in the title but it was not a happy place when Verlaine died there in a miserable state as a result of his alcoholism. It is also a building where Hemingway rented a small attic room and took himself off to write in peace and seclusion. There is a delightful story in his book about the goatherd taking his flock every day past Hemingway’s building and milking the goats to order as the locals emerged with their containers. It is certainly an evocative street. We have eaten on the terrace at this restaurant of an evening and the food is excellent. The location is pure Paris left bank so don’t let me stop you going. Just a little farther up is Place Contrescarpe which again features in Hemingway’s life and times in Paris. This is a place where he describes almost with affection the bar humming with the pungent smell of bodies and drunkenness. It is a vivid portrait you can almost sense the reality of from the page.

Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève – view from the Church steps facing the view of the vintage car coming up the street in Midnight in Paris

I hope to convey just what these people meant to us and how Paris bound all the best of memories together but it is a slower process. As I said Paris is throwing up too many ideas and I think it will produce two books rather than one. Just adding my love of its history to the book gave me a challenge to fit it all in. I have a passion for the time of the occupation, perhaps because I know that I would have been personally caught up in all its horror had I been living in Paris back then. I find it fascinating and hope to convey that a consideration of those events should not be overlooked by the visitor. No, Paris unlike Provence cannot be based around wonderful long lunches, it needs more effort for a visitor to get full value from a visit. I loved the writing and research for this book but despite Hemingway dwarfing me as a writer I do possess something he relinquished – I can write of Paris without any regrets.

The full chapter and other meanderings through Paris are in my book : A DREAM OF PARIS available free on Kindle Unlimited

Les Deux Magots Cafe at the heart of St Germain Paris – along with Le Café de Flore  was a frequent haunt of Hemingway and other writers
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A Tempting Paris lunch spot St Andre Bistro restaurant

Bistro St Andre on the left bank in Paris, France. The stroll from St Michel across towards St Germain takes you down Rue St Andre and it is a very interesting quarter of Paris. Enjoy some narrow side streets and covered arcades. For architecture lovers there is plenty of interest and don’t forget to look up. Of course you will never go hungry here.

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Bistro St Andre on the left bank. The stroll from St Michel across towards Saint-Germain-des-Prés takes you down Rue St Andre and it is a very interesting quarter of Paris.

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Southwold Suffolk Seaside Beach Huts Watercolor view

Watercolour view of beach huts at Southwold Suffolk

Another watercolour from my book artist – Will be lovely to return to the Suffolk coast

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Provence and the South Photography to Enjoy as we look forward to travel again

Please enjoy some more photography from our travels in Provence. They compliment my French travel writing and these are available on Amazon including Kindle Unlimited. Hope you enjoy and you are all keeping safe and ready to travel again for real.

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Collioure Harbour South of France
Perpignan by Night
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Come on a French Journey by Photography – Take a tour

Please enjoy my Travel books – LINK TO YOUR COUNTRY : https://bit.ly/bookneal

Abbesses Metro station Paris France

All the photography was taken by myself on our visits to Paris and the French regions. I hope you enjoy them and please look up my stories of our travels on Amazon.

My next book will be a tour around France starting in Normandy. I hope you will come with me and be inspired to travel a similar path. I hope to complete this by winter just in time to make plans for next summer.

Please enjoy my Travel books – LINK TO YOUR COUNTRY : https://bit.ly/bookneal

Neal is an established and extensively published French Travel writer with an aim is to impart his passion for France to his readers. Neal has travelled extensively in France with his family and friends and acted as ‘tour’ guide to others over the years.
Neal lived and worked in Lancashire, England and found the joy of travel later in life after a conservative travel upbringing that stretched only as far as stopping the car falling into the sea at the English coastline.
He now lives in Somerset close to his granddaughter and family and on the wonderful South West coastline that we enjoy so much. Neal loves the English game of Cricket, which he plans to write about soon, golf, soccer and photography. He has a great love of History and that is reflected in his writing.

An Ancestry Story with a Beautiful Ending

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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.

The slum dwellings of Water Street Darwen – the home of my family back in Victorian times – A modern day descendant looks on

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Paris & France – Travel now

Neal is an established and extensively published French Travel writer with an aim is to impart his passion for France to his readers. Neal has travelled extensively in France with his family and friends and acted as ‘tour’ guide to others over the years.
Neal lived and worked in Lancashire, England and found the joy of travel later in life after a conservative travel upbringing that stretched only as far as stopping the car falling into the sea at the English coastline.
He now lives in Somerset close to his granddaughter and family and on the wonderful South West coastline that we enjoy so much. Neal loves the English game of Cricket, which he plans to write about soon, golf, soccer and photography. He has a great love of History and that is reflected in his writing.

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