One Month As An English Language Assistant With Aliore

Language Assistant Programme If you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself in French language and culture then a homestay programme as a language assistant might be for you. This is my review of my month that I spent with a family in Grabels, a village just north of Montpellier. The programme is by Aliore. Reasons […]

12 Reasons To Live In Montpellier

I’ve been basing myself in Montpellier for 5 months now and have come to really love the city. I thought I’d share my top reasons for living here. Some exist perhaps because of my background, having come from London. In no particular order, here are some reasons to visit or to choose it as a […]

Sète – a day trip in a beautiful setting

Sète is a coastal town popular with tourists, both French and foreign. I visited for the day from Montpellier. Taking the train it’s about a 20 minute journey. You can check out all the affordable ways of getting around the region in this previous post. The town of Sète itself is bordered on 2 sides by […]

What Everybody Ought To Know About Pézenas

It would be hard pick out a better little town to visit for the day from Montpellier (or anywhere within practical distance) than Pézenas. If you haven’t done so yet, check out my post on 3 super affordable ways to travel the Languedoc-Roussillon region (link opens in a new tab/window). Pézenas has all the characteristics that I love […]

Why you should learn to dive in Fiji

BULA! Welcome to Fiji, where everybody is on Fiji time :D. When I gained my SSI Open Water Diver (equivalent to the PADI of the same name) it was in Fiji, with the crew from Mantaray Island Resort (Nanuya Balavu Island). I had spent a year in Australia and upon looking at the prices to […]

Thoughts on Paris Terrorist Attacks + Seizing Opportunities

Friday 13th November 2015 will permanently be remembered for one of the most damaging and well-executed co-ordinated terrorist attacks in recent history. 4 almost simultaneous incidents in Paris claimed the lives of 129 people and severely injured many more. It shocked the city, and a nation that was still recovering from 2 attacks in January earlier […]

Perpignan & Collioure. Winter Warmth in November.

Perpignan It’s the beginning of November and I hopped on a 1€ train from Montpellier to Perpignan. 2 cities within the Languedoc-Roussillon region separated by an hour and half train journey. I wanted a new place to wander around, gather my thoughts, and take some photos in an effort to see as much as possible before winter […]

A Weekend In Marseille – city of coves, lights, a basilica, and lots of McDonalds

I spent the past weekend in Marseille after taking advantage of a sale on train tickets. Arriving from Montpellier I instantly knew I was back in a big city. The best thing I did, however, was leave the city for the day and visit the beautiful Calanques (coves) to the south. Marseille at night is […]

3 Super Affordable Ways to Travel Languedoc-Roussillon

As I’ve been living in France for a while and always have an eye out for a good deal I thought I’d share 3 ways of getting around on a budget, specifically how to travel Languedoc-Roussillon. Even with offers on SNCF trains (the national operator) this is often a pricey mode of transport. 1€ Trains […]

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

I had never walked on a volcano before, let alone one that has at least 12 cones. After bad weather forced me to abort my attempt in 2010 I was so excited to be going in summer when – barring an eruption – I’d be able to complete the 20km hike from one end to […]

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