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France

In Northern France

In Northern France

Just on an hour’s drive south of Calais, wedged in between Le Touquet and Arras, in the historic Somme valleys, is Chateau Bermicourt. Built in 1826, the ancestral Chateau served as the HQ for the Royal tank Corps in the …

Gourmet Secrets from the South of France – a 100km/3-day culinary tour of the Midi-Pyrenees

Gourmet Secrets from the South of France – a 100km/3-day culinary tour of the Midi-Pyrenees

Toulouse is the birthplace of Concorde, the Ariane Rocket and home to Airbus. It also boasts sixteen-hundred boutiques, a thousand restaurants and a myriad other gourmet finds which demand further investigation. Which is why, upon arrival at Toulouse Blagnac Airport, I …

Auvers-sur-Oise: The Impressionist Parisian Hideaway

Auvers-sur-Oise: The Impressionist Parisian Hideaway

The fact that I missed my early morning Eurostar from London to Paris may be down to the fact that, through use of the plagued Eastern European, African and South American railways, I’ve conditioned myself to expect train travel to be …

Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

A replica of Michelangelo’s David – the real one is inside

One of the nicest things about the world’s greatest art galleries is that they tend to be in the world’s greatest cities – which is incredibly convenient. Once you’ve …

Ten Ways to Traverse Lyon

Ten Ways to Traverse Lyon

FranceUpon arriving in Lyon, France’s third largest city and textile capital, it took me all of twenty minutes to figure out how French women maintain their slim figures.

They walk, everywhere. And in a city like Lyon, where the topography …

Seven trips inspired by Disney Movies

Seven trips inspired by Disney Movies

Inspiration for your next trip can come from many places — websites, guidebooks, other people’s travel tales and even classic Disney cartoons. Those idealized landscapes, the sweeping opening shots set to iconic music — no trip could ever be as …

Europe’s hippest hostels: chic on the cheap!

Europe’s hippest hostels: chic on the cheap!

Hostels sometimes used to be thought of as dingy, crowded, last-resort lodging that was only for hippies, students, random backpackers and possibly criminals — and perhaps that is the impression that some people still have of them. That old stereotype …

Traveler’s French in Four Phrases

Traveler’s French in Four Phrases

Now what, you may ask, is the interest of learning a small measure of French? Those of you who have traveled to France can relate to the frustration of waiting years to use your high school French knowledge, only to …

France – Boulogne’s Best

France – Boulogne’s Best

A seven a.m. departure from Dover, a UK sea port, will have you across the English Channel in France’s Boulogne  just over an hour later, giving us just sufficient time to freshen up, take in a coffee (and a patisserie) …

Eight Most Unusual Places to Lay Your Head

Eight Most Unusual Places to Lay Your Head

Whether you’re an occasional wanderer or a travel obsessive, there will probably be days when your hotel room leaves you uninspired. Even the excitement of investigating bathroom freebies wears off after a while – well, just how many shower caps, …

Exploring Paris Like a Local

Exploring Paris Like a Local

If there is one city that is on every traveler’s bucket list, it is probably Paris. The Eiffel Tower, romance, the Seine, Notre Dame… how can you resist the charms of the City of Lights? I certainly can’t and I …

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