The Magic of Paris at Christmas

Christmas markets a plenty, department stores dripping in festive bling and avenues of trees sparkling with fairy lights – these images and more swam in my head as I boarded the Eurostar train at St Pancras Station in London. A little more than two hours later I was in Paris. Why? To photograph the City of Lights at Christmas.

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Sweet treats in Corsica

As my spoon broke through the soft sponge, I almost squealed with delight, as a cascade of melted chocolate escaped. It oozed around my plate and started to mingle with the vanilla gelato. I took a taste and, oh my, it was good. So very good that I spent most of the...

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Exploring the beaches of the Golfe de Valinco

I love the sea and grew up spending the school summer holidays on the beach with my sister. I'd regularly stay in the water until my lips turned purple with the cold. These days I'm not quite so hardy and have to admit I prefer warmer climes when it comes to a dip in...

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Corsica, the island of beauty

"If you feel like working, sit down, it will soon pass." Corsica, a laid-back, sleepy island off the west coast of Italy. While for the last two hundred years or so it may well have been French, to me it has always been simply... Corsica... unique, beautiful, dramatic...

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Instagramming Corsica

Having just got back from a fabulous week in Corsica, I'd like to share some highlights  from my Instagram feed over the last 8 days. Stayed tuned to find out more. You can folow my adventures on Instragram @TravelWithKat. A tasty lunch of Fromage de Tête at...

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In pictures, the vibrant Wazemmes market in Lille

Colourful flowers, drapes of exotic material, antiques, bric-a-brac (and a little cheap tat) as well as a covered farmer's markets can all be found at the vibrant Marché de Wazemmes, in this ethnically mixed quarter of Lille. When I visited on a sunny Sunday...

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An homage to the cakes of Lille

Having had a wonderful time in Lille last summer I was delighted to be invited back again, this time to celebrate Eurostar's 2oth birthday. And so, last weekend, I boarded my train at London's St Pancras Station, enjoyed a light breakfast (and free...

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France – A terrific tavern and a tasty tart

In the restaurants and bakeries of Lille in the north of France, you are bound to come across the traditional Flemish cheese tart, Tarte au Maroilles, typically served with salad and fries and washed down with a local beer. If you'd like to try it yourself you'll find...

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Exploring Lille by bicycle

When I heard that I would be spending a morning cycling around Lille a question immediately came to mind, namely, is it true that you never forget how to ride a bicycle? I remember well the last time I rode anywhere on a bike, namely from my home down to the seafront....

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Storytelling, is it a dying art? Not in Roubaix!

"The world of talking frogs and birds or heroic boys outwitting ogres is no more. Civilisation has killed off that world and it will never come back." Ndung'u Ndegwa, Nairobi, Kenya Oral storytelling is one of the most ancient art forms seen in cultures all...

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Roubaix and the art of reinvention

If ever a town has mastered the art of reinvention it has to Roubaix on the outskirts of Lille in northern France. Where else can you dine at a garage or foundry, admire magnificent sculptures and paintings in an art deco swimming pool and sleep in a bubble or an...

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Memories of the golden age of travel

When my grandmother set forth in the 1920s on a journey that would take her quite literally around the world it is amazing to think that P&O Ferries were already 90 years old. To this day there is still something romantic about travelling by ship. While for my...

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Rue Montorgueil, Paris – a food lover’s delight!

On a chilly Sunday morning in Paris a couple of weeks ago, Neill and I met up with the charming 'Chef du Cuisine', Habiybah from Avenue Story, for a complimentary guided tour of the delightful food shops on rue Montorgueil near the center of Paris, in the 2nd...

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Instagramming Paris

Like many of my fellow travel bloggers I love Instagram. I enjoy keeping up with other people's travels there. Last weekend I spent a wonderful few days exploring Paris and, to give you a little taster of things to come, here's my weekend in Paris as it appeared in...

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Girolata and the Scandola Nature Reserve

Earlier in the month I took you on a mini tour through Corsica by car and showed you just a few of the breathtaking views and delightful hill-top villages that can only by reached by car (or the most arduous of bike rides). Today I'd like to take you to the hamlet of...

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A Merula and a wonderful week in Corsica

Last September I spent a superb week on the island of Corsica in the seaside town of Calvi. I’d arranged the trip to coincide with the annual festival Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques de Calvi. You can read all about the amazing time I had in my post 'Ancient...

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Images of Montmartre

One of my favourite areas of Paris is Montmartre with its colourful artists and buskers, beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and stunning views across the city; I would like to share with you some of my photos from a recent visit. I'd picked a hotel that was near...

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The Perfect Croissant

Each morning the croissant delights the taste buds of locals and visitors alike throughout the length and breadth of France and although its origins may well be in Austria it is without doubt quintessentially French. Lovingly prepared by hand, with the dough made at...

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The 2CV, Paris’ equivalent of the Venetian gondola?

While exploring Paris last weekend, just as we caught our first site of the Sacre Coeur, a group of 2CVs drove past. It was a great opportunity to photograph this iconic symbol of France in front of one of Paris' most famous landmarks. My first thoughts were that it...

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