But why stop there – how about staying in a croft house in the outer Hebrides or a spot of water skiing in Lake Balaton in Hungary. Or if you are generous in your definition of Europe – a visit to the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, a bit of more modern history in Gdansk, or Dubrovnik; or get up to Lapland to visit Father Christmas.
And the there are the events. The Tour de France, of course; Wimbledon and Roland Garros for the tennis. Included here are links to guest blogs that I wrote on two iconic motorsport events – the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and the Monte Carlo Rally. This was while I was staying that the Gite of an old and good friend outside Nice – Lou Messugo.