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FREE short story Unimaginable Times, set in the Ariège Pyrenees.

Unimaginable Times is a modern short story (6840 words) set in the Ariege Pyrenees. A woman finds herself uncomfortably close to the past when she travels for a family history project. To download a copy for any device (or pdf), just click the button and sign up to my occasional mailing list. You won’t get any spam but you may get the odd freebie and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Talking about a new life in France…

A House at the End of the Track

Ever since I was a young adult I’ve been fascinated by people who uproot to follow a dream of a new life abroad. Where, why? Planned or on a whim?

The phenomenon of Britons moving to France has a long history. I’ve spent years researching British migration in a  département that borders the Pyrenees –  Ariège – a little-known area of south-west France with some beautifully wild and remote corners. All of this is narrated in my debut travelogue, A House at the End of the Track.

A House at the End of the Track: Travels Among the English in the Ariège Pyrenees is available as paperback from the publisher Matador as well as Amazon. We publish the ebook under our own imprint Medlar Tree Press, available from all the usual ebook retailers here.

You can also read snippets from what I found on the British migration to France page. And for anyone interested in how I turned an academic thesis into a travel memoir, see this article by Travel Writing World.

… walking in the Ariège Pyrenees …

Being a digital nomad I’m lucky to be able to spend time hiking and cycling around the Ariège Pyrenees, particularly the Couserans.  The Illustrated Ariège walks page outlines some of my favourite hikes.

Etang du Garbet
The upper trail to étang du Garbet

The Ariège images  page gives a flavour
of the immense variety of Ariège landscapes: the high mountain ridges above the wooded valley sides, the glacier-gouged cirques – straight out of a geography textbook! – the rustic architecture and the cascading waterfalls. For more, see my Talking Location with… article for Trip Fiction.

The France page has articles on overland travel and stopovers in France.

Exploring Western Ukraine

Western Ukraine from the window of a bus

My latest travels are around an area that’s often in the news these days. The Western Ukraine page has travel narratives from my family search and explorations within this fascinating borderland region.

See my latest article, Finding the Wrong Family in Rural Western Ukraine published by Perceptive Travel.