Vendée Castles & Châteaux

Most people visit the Vendée primarily for the weather (2nd highest number of hours of sunshine in France), the beaches and of course the wonderful local food but during their stay they invariably visit one of the many historic castles the region has to offer. The Vendée is rich in history with several notable periods […]

Bluebeard Story & Gilles de Rais

A fairytale that many children around the world are familiar with is that of ‘Bluebeard’ (Barbe bleue) written by 17th century French author Charles Perrault. It’s a frightening tale (suitably published today ahead of Halloween) of a man who married and murdered successive wives and how the curiosity of one of them got the better […]