|La Roche Bernard, Brittany, France|
My laptop, my notebook and me.
Pete and I always aim to travel as cheaply as possible, so this means no package holidays but as D.I.Y as we can manage.
In the early summer we popped down to west Cornwall to do a spot more research for the third book.
|St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall|
|The little-known Tamar Valley|
La Roche Bernard, on the border of Morbihan and the Loire Atlantique. A gorgeous little town.
|La Roche Bernard, Brittany|
|The Old Port, Marseilles|
We dawdled past shops hidden up narrow alleys, selling soap, suitcases, perfume, olive oil and wine and cheese. I'm not a travel writer, but if you happen to have the opportunity to visit this city, you must take in this wonderful spot.
|One of the more original shop fronts.|
And then we happened upon a piece of street theatre, several floors up... on the outside of an apartment building. I couldn't watch (!) but a huge crowd, braver than me had gathered, and they watched. I can't imagine Health and Safety allowing that in Britain (there were no wires or nets), but it was magnificent. And so,so French.
|How to find Porquerolles|
We took the train along the coast from Marseilles to Hyeres, and the ferry from Hyeres to the island.