Safety and refuge is what I seek in a hotel. In turn that implies that the décor is aesthetic, the staff welcoming, and the very act of walking through the main door drapes me...

On the rue de Charonne, in the backstreets of Paris' 11th district, just north of the Gare de Lyon, is a cluster of four extraordinary places to eat and drink: Séptime, Clamato, Tapisserie and Séptime...

If I could live anywhere in Paris, I would chose an apartment overlooking the Maurice Gardette Square – the largest patch of green in the 11th arrondissement, shaded by mature trees, and with green...

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...

A mere two hours south west of Paris by train, Bordeaux is a cool contender for a weekend break by the water. Even the city's very name reflects ‘au bord de l’eau’ –...