Member's Travels

Janet Stevenson - France

We have a knack for visiting offbeat places and sometimes missing the more usual destinations.  After almost 6000 kilometres and 10000 digital photos, we recall six weeks in France and Italy. Although we almost lost Luca on a platform at Châtelet. Les Halles on the first morning, we fell into a routine and enjoyed four high speed days criss-crossing Paris by metro and on foot.  On New Year’s Eve, we viewed the Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero before wandering along…



Jenny Lynch - A Novice in Montmartre

I was invited in May to spend ten days in Montmartre with my sister in-law Beth and her sister Sue.  We landed at Charles De Gaulle Airport on a chilly Sunday morning and my first challenge was to meet the others at Terminal 2A.  A very good bus shuttle service operates between terminals and I experimented with my French with limited success.  This proved unnecessary as all directions were also given in English and we managed to meet without difficulty,…



Pat Handley - Holidaying in France

Issue 6 of le bulletin contained a story about Le Coucou, the French home of Bill and Bernadette Moore and in August/September my husband, Bob, myself and our lifelong friends, Helen and Rowan, were fortunate enough to spend 17 days holidaying there, a thoroughly worthwhile experience. We found holidaying in the one spot much more relaxing than touring, while at the same time getting a better feel for a French lifestyle.Le Coucou is situated in Plainville, one of the many…



Beth Scott - A Wedding in Angers

In 2009, through the Alliance Française two young French students, Thibaut Cador and Sandy Bensoussan contacted us seeking accommodation for their stay in Rockhampton while they did research at the CSIRO, then located in North Rockhampton but now based in Townsville.  Sandy and Thibaut proved to be perfect guests and really appreciated the „countryside of Rockhampton and its surrounds.  We spent many weekends together visiting places of interest such as the Caves, the Crocodile Farm, Byfield, Cooberrie Park, Blackdown Tableland,…