Back-Roads Blog


Unique, Small Group Tours of D-Day Battlefields

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. 
Created on 6th June 2014 at 16:36pm

Suits of Armour & Candelabra at Comlongon Castle’s Medieval Banquet

At the beginning of July, on a sunny Scottish summer’s day, I arrived at the mighty Comlongon Castle. I was there to ‘road-test’ one of our stand-out culinary experiences for myself – the Scottish medieval banquet. 

Created on 23rd July 2013 at 09:28am by Lucy Cook

Exploring the tasty sights and delights of Aix-en-Provence Market

Heather Tyler explores the unique delights of Aix-en-Provence's market.

Created on 8th November 2013 at 10:38am
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An intimate adventure

You'll soon find yourself with some new friends when you explore Italy in a small group, writes Chanel Parratt.

Created on 21st May 2013 at 16:01pm by Chanel Parratt

Provencal picnic in Arles

This is my room with a view of the tiled rooftops of Arles, the southern Provence city with a history that has preserved its Celtic, Greek, Roman and Medieval heritage. I was leaning out the window a little to take this, so tilt your head slightly to the right and you’ll get the picture.

Created on 23rd January 2013 at 15:02pm by Heather Tyler

You’d be balmy not to like Nice

Friday evening in Nice on the Cote d’Azur and it’s still a balmy 25 deg C. The icy Mistral ripped through the region on Thursday, snatched away the heat haze and had everyone reaching for jackets and scarves. The wind that drove Vincent Van Gogh mad. But today it’s warm again and the sky a hard sapphire, with the alps behind the famous southern French city etched in detail.

Created on 23rd January 2013 at 15:03pm by Heather Tyler

Jesus is waiting in reception

Well hello, is that Jesus standing next to the reception desk? Welcome to three-star Hotel Gounod in the heart of Saint Remy de Provence, possibly one of the quirkiest hotels in the world.

Created on 5th December 2012 at 14:43pm by By Heather Tyler at

Poignant tribute to graceful princess

Fresh flowers always adorn her tomb in Monaco. Princess Grace was killed 30 years ago but she is still revered and remembered. A photographic exhibition dedicated to her life, in the historic village of Les Baux de Provence, is a poignant reminder of how much she was loved.

Created on 5th December 2012 at 14:47pm by By Heather Tyler at

Van Gogh’s beautiful asylum

The Mistral drove Vincent Van Gogh mad. That demon gale turns narrow cobblestone streets into icy wind tunnels and chills your body to the marrow.


Created on 5th December 2012 at 14:43pm by By Heather Tyler at
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