Stormy weather from the Atlantic kept flights grounded from Southampton to Nantes so my travel writing fieldwork will have to wait until after Spring term teaching. The moment at the holiday location is on hold. Meanwhile, earthbound, I have discovered this WordPress Blog for French History academics, and enthusiasts. If you are logged-in to WordPress […more]
The C S Forester novel, discovered and recommended by Dr Graham Busby, has arrived, in time to be taken along as travel reading for the journey to Nantes. Interesting that the cover design uses a map of a river in the background, the River Seine but not my River Loire.
Talking to British respondents about the city of Nantes and the river Loire over the past week led to questions of comparison both within France and with UK cities and rivers. I’ve plotted these as charts to show that visually: While France covers a far greater geographic area than the UK the populations are about […more]
In my preparation for the travel writing research work in Nantes I am by this stage, with just over a week to go, allowing myself to read, talk about, and watch anything and everything on the city. My most recent discovery, after viewing Agnès Varda’s 1991 film on director Jacques Demy, called Jacquot de Nantes, […more]
Starting a log or diary of intentions and expectations for the voyage to Nantes is proving very useful. My first idea was to try to sketch out a topography of the places mentioned by the travel writers I have already read. The process of making the sketch forces me to position each place in relation […more]