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Lake Superior: Annecy

Annecy, for some, is less a final destination than a watery blimp en route to the French Alps. Pity. The lake lapping at the city walls has been dubbed the “pearl of the Alps”. Winston Churchill labeled it the “most beautiful view on earth” …

Date with a Plate: Restaurant Georges Blanc

Once you get past the theme park feel of Vonnas – the pristine pigeon house, the flower dappled window boxes and bridges, the babbling brook, old Mother Blanc’s veggie garden, the ex-lemonade shop, ancient family photos and the plethora of Foghorn…

Tea & Sustenance Paris-Style

The high tea society is back in town… A Raffles outpost in Paris, Le Royal Monceau is an artistic soul, boasting a gallery, La Librarie des Arts bookstore, an art concierge and lots of oeuvres and lush lamps all over. High tea is artsy – squares…

King for a Day: Le Relais Louis XI

Casting about for a quick getaway from Paris – max 150kms – I passed on the bijou BnB in Honfleur (a princely €265 a night and minimum 2 night stay) and the floral soused country house in Picardy, settling instead on a reborn stable with both roya…

Country Style: Domaine du Colombier

After six frenzied hours on the autoroute any old roadhouse might have done. Instead we set down at the Domaine du Colombier, a 14thC country manor not too far from nougat-nutty Montélimar. Hectares of garden, a limpid blue swimming pool and a pre…

Walkabout: Marseille, southern belle

Like its signature dish – bouillabaisse – Marseille is a feisty mix. From the push and shove of the Vieux Port to the tapering streets of Le Panier, with a detour through the chaos of the souk-like Marché des Capucins and past the flashy mansions …