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The Mont Ventoux chronicles

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 1st August 2012

As we drove south, through olive groves, lavender fields and dusty tracks twisting up the scorched Provençal hillside, I felt more and more nervous. My son, sitting in the back of the car with his sister, was as happy as Larry – especially as the distinctive peak of Mont Ventoux appeared above the skyline. We’d left at dawn so he could attempt to cycle up Mont Ventoux for the first ...keep reading

Reading an Alastair Sawday guide changed my life

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 24th June 2012

The arrival of Alastair Sawday’s newsletter in my inbox always brings a wry smile to my face. The founder of Sawday’s Special Places to Stay will be completely oblivious to this fact but reading one of his guidebooks completely changed my life. I’m not joking. Nine years ago, desperate to book a last-minute summer holiday, I bought a copy of his guide to self-catering properties in my local WH Smith’s ...keep reading