An homage to the cakes of Lille

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...
Tarte au Maroilles, cheese tart from France

Tarte au Maroilles, cheese tart from France

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...
Exploring Lille by bicycle

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

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...
Roubaix and the art of reinvention

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...
Memories of the golden age of travel

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

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 centre of Paris, in the...
Instagramming Paris

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...
Girolata and the Scandola Nature Reserve

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...

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