Category Archives: France

Place de l’Étoile

Place de l'Étoile: Arc de Triomphe, Paris

At my age, I’m embarrassed to say that I had never before been to Paris—the capital city of the nearest country to the British Isles. I’d been under it, around it, and over it, but never in it. My first encounter with this very well known city was La Place de l’Étoile (Star Square)... [see more]

Béziers

Théâtre municipal de Béziers. Anyone for Chess?

Béziers is one of the oldest towns in France, being settled in the 6th century BC. I visited it during preparations for the annual festival, the Feria de Béziers, based at the huge arena on the edge of town. Like a lot of arenas in the area, there seemed to be bullfighting involved... [see more]