The romance of winter is fading as we enter the depths of the season. The novelty of the crisp, cold air has worn off; we pay no mind to the fleeting clouds materializing and dissipating in time with our breaths. The white snow has darkened, developing an industrial look to match that of the bustling […] Read More


An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so says the old proverb. I’ve been on an apple kick lately, eating my way to dozens of apple cores in the last month. I ate apples with sandwiches instead of chips. I ate apples whenever I had the inkling for a snack. I ate apples before […] Read More


Growing up, I was a picky eater, especially when it came to tree nuts. I avoided them during my childhood and teenage years simply because they looked “gross” to me. Each Christmas, my father would get a jar of mixed nuts wrapped up in a bow. He’d offer them to me to give a try […] Read More


On the coast of Oregon, there is an undiscovered restaurant resting in the small town of Oceanside. Unless you happen to stop in the town of 300 people to catch the sunset on the beach, you would never know this little corner of heaven existed. With a view of the ocean that could make your heart […] Read More

First-time France: where to go and what to do

France is the world’s top tourist destination for good reason. There’s a lot packed into this country – artistic and architectural masterpieces, remarkable museums and natural landscapes, and a history harking back far beyond the Romans. Top it off with fine, food and a culinary culture that permeates through every city and small town, the hard part […] Read More

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date. Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic French market, let […] Read More

Food, flowers and antiques: a guide to markets in Paris

Paris’ multitude of markets plunge visitors into the heart of shopping in the French capital. Bustling street markets and rues commerçantes are piled high with aromatic seasonal produce, historic covered markets shelter specialist food stalls, colourful flower markets burst with perfumed blooms and flea markets are filled with vintage treasures. We’re here to guide your browsing at these […] Read More

First time Paris: top tips for your first visit to

Paris is a city that never lets up. Return time and again and there is always something fantastic to experience—world-famous landmarks and museums mixed with chic shopping, cafe life, gastronomic blowouts and strolls along the banks of the glorious River Seine. The overwhelming amount on offer can be a real challenge for first-timers in deciding […] Read More

A first-timer’s guide to Ile de Ré

Come July and August, irresistible Ile de Ré is where you’ll find half of Paris on their holidays. With absurdly pretty villages, strips of uninterrupted golden fluffy sand and some freshly-caught (but farcically cheap) seafood, this tiny island is laid-back French seaside chic at its best. Sun, sea, sand, salt and cycles are the five elements that […] Read More

Spending diary: what I spent in 24 hours in Lyon

The city of Lyon is known for its picturesque old town (Vieux Lyon) and its fantastic food served in traditional restaurants called bouchons. My day in Lyon was part of a larger trip across France, which began and ended in Beaune, another French city known for its food and wine. There was a gastronomic theme to my trip: I was […] Read More