The shady arcades, or portici, of the Italian city of Bologna came as a welcome relief, first from the torrid sun and then, when I returned to the city four weeks later, the torrential rain....

I sneaked in a visit to Lyon just before the arrival of the summer heat wave – or la canicule as the French call it, when temperatures approach 40C degrees, and the locals seek the...

PRaiRiaL, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Lyon's Presqu'île district, is named after the ninth month in the French Republic calendar – the month of prairial, which ran from 20 May to 18 June and took its...

For the first time ever, I joined everyone who is anyone in photography in Arles for Les Rencontres d’Arles 2022 – an annual July event on the edge of the Camargue, in the south of...

I spent a weekend in Nantes this June as part of my quest to find a city where the energies are right and the prices not too high.  A dream place to escape to from...

South meets North in Palermo. The capital of Sicily vibrates to a cacophony of sounds, colour and smells. The city's architecture dates back to the Arabs and the Normans, as wave after wave of...

At times, we need to get away from dense, city centres to find more intimate neighbourhoods. Hani Belasen opened Bonjour Jacob concept store near Canal Saint-Martin in Paris because the neighbourhood was a place...

There's a small crossroads in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, a five-minute walk east of Bastille, where there's a Michelin-starred restaurant, a seafood restaurant, a patisserie, a natural wine bar...