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  • Bus bargain in the Pyrénées-Orientales

    Did you know that you can travel by bus throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales for just 1 euro per person per journey?You can travel by bus throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales for just 1 euro per person. The general council of this gorgeous department on France’s border with Spain introduced the bargain fare about 18 months ago as an environmental initiative, pointing out that one bus can keep up to 30 cars off the road. I like travelling on local buses in France. There’s a sense of adventure, a challenge to practice your language skills and, in this region, a chance to get up close and personal with the friendly local people and their Catalan traditions. Perhaps the general council also had tourism in mind, as the scheme allows visitors to travel on some stunning routes, taking in the capital city of Perpignan, the dramatic Pyrenees mountains, sandy beaches and the picturesque port of Collioure. This sunny little town was once home to Matisse, Picasso, Dufy and many other iconic artists and you can still see their work and buy prints in local museums and galleries.
  • New bus service for La Rochelle launched

    On my Christmas trip back to La Rochelle, I was delighted to see a new bus line called ILLICO had been introduced in December that will help local people and visitors alike.On my Christmas trip back to La Rochelle, I was delighted to see a new bus line called ILLICO had been introduced in December that will help local people and visitors alike. I tried this out and travelled from ‘Place de Verdun’ (bus station) to Les Minimes. I was pleasantly surprised as this new generation of buses is certainly less noisy and more comfortable, as well as being fully air conditioned and less polluting than the older buses I am used to. The route links the North of La Rochelle (Lagord) to the South (Les Minimes) in twenty minutes and provides a more frequent and better quality service, whilst helping to free the city centre from too many cars. The bus runs from 6:00 to 22:00 Monday to Friday, every 10 minutes (Saturday, 15 minutes). You can find a timetable on: http://www.rtcr.fr/Datas/file/ILLICO.pdf