In pictures, the vibrant Wazemmes market in Lille

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...
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...
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...
Weekend Wanderlust: Moon Bears, Paella and UNESCO

Weekend Wanderlust: Moon Bears, Paella and UNESCO

Just yesterday I was exploring London in fabulous sunshine. Tourists and locals alike were out in force, strolling along the river banks of the Thames, children enjoying the huge sand pit near the Southbank Centre and Borough Market, where we grabbed a bite to eat for lunch, was heaving. Today, however, is gray and damp in complete contrast to yesterday but that’s the English weather for you. To distract you from the rain here’s my latest round-up of news from around the web including a great competition to win a trip to Morrocco and a flash sale from Craghoppers.

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...
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...

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