France

Whilst many come to France for its food, wine and amazing scenery, the urban traveller makes a beeline for Paris – a city whose famed aloofness is well merited after centuries in the world’s cultural spotlight. In the shadow of the City of Light, France is home to many more great towns and cities, such as Bordeaux, Marseilles, Lyons, Cannes, Angers and Montpellier.

For decades The Ritz’s Bar Hemingway was lauded as the best cocktail bar in Paris…. so Chris Osburn drops in for a Dry Martini, before exploring a new wave of movers and shakers that are stirring up the scene. The cocktail may have its origins across the Atlantic, but with the number of…

Last week Monika Chodakowska revealed the romantic side of the City of Light via her photos of Paris in autumn, but providing the ying to her yang this week is Pablo Bermejo. The Spanish photographer took his lens to Paris’ ‘vibrant’ Rue Saint-Denis, a street notorious for its association with…

Summer’s over, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as far as visiting Paris is concerned. August rarely finds Paris on good form. The locals have either packed their suitcases into a Citroen and patriotically headed down to the gorgeous beaches the line the coast from Brittany to Bordeaux, or…

The cafes of Paris are where the intellectual, social and gastronomical life of this great city takes place. Politics are discussed, art criticised, love affairs formed, and – naturally – plenty of good food and drink is digested along the way. With a little help from the millions of tourists…

Paris connoisseur and guidebook writer Marsha Moore shares five of the most weird and wonderful secrets of the French capital. We say forget the Mona Lisa and pay your respects to Barry the rescue dog instead… In a city as beautiful as Paris, it’s tempting to stick to the beaten paths…