A warm aura of romance and mystique hangs over the five villages. Inset like gems in the craggy coastline these villages will have you feeling like you’ve wandered onto a movie set. I’d never heard of this place until I asked a young Italian in Queenstown “what is the best place to visit in, Read More

The overwhelming culture of the country is often best represented in the cuisine. Nothing epitomises the vivacity of the Spanish social life better than tapas and raciones. But do you really know what they are? What if you get up your nerve to wander into a bar, and you find that there is no, Read More

Visiting Madrid? Not many places in the world will you observe the equilibrium of old and new carried off with as much sophistication as in Madrid.

There is something about Paris that makes black and white photos look seductive…but then the word Paris is seductive in itself – is it not? But then I think I am biased  –  Paris seems to look good any way I look at it. Click to open the Gallery of ‘Paris in Black and White’

On a lazy ole Sunday in Paris we venture to the biggest flea and antique market you have ever seen. The most famous flea market in Paris is officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, but is known to everyone as Les Puces (The Fleas).

Let Paris’s unique people inspire you. Paris has long been a haven for artists, musicians and thinkers, and this atmosphere has created a culture distinct to Paris alone. The stereotype about Parisians being rude, snobby and so on, is simply not true. Don’t be fooled by this myth.  The truth is far more interesting.

The ‘Dogs of Paris’ appear to be another Parisian fashion accessory, it’s also no secret I’m a bit of a dog nut myself. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures and are carried in dolls prams and handbags and customised doggy transportation.They add yet another quirky element to observing Parisian on the, Read More

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If New York is the “City that Never Sleeps” then Paris is the city you need a good sleep each night in so that you can make the most of each day you have there, whether it be a few days, a month or a year. There are so many things to do in, Read More

As soon as I arrive in Paris my olfactory senses kick into action. I know I am surrounded by old European culture. It’s a fragrance distinct to Paris, just as so many other cities have their own unique scent. They say that smell is the sense with the strongest powers of producing nostalgia. The ability, Read More


Everyone knows a French baguette. If you are very French, you buy one from the boulangerie and walk down the streets of Paris ripping chunks off to eat. We join them in doing so and feel a wee bit French ourselves. We find varying qualities of French baguette from different boulangeries and the result is that, Read More

When in Rome…? Well, when in France eat what the French eat. French cuisine is a mixture of sophisticated refined gourmet a la carte dining and hearty rustic fare. We have a habit of buying “deux baguettes” each day, one for lunch and one for nibbles with cheese and wine…soo French and soo nice.

We enter our Parisian apartment in Montmartre, conscious of the French old building smell and home cooking filling the air. Our apartment is light and airy with double opening doors out of the living space and bedroom. All of the rooms face south (remember we are in the northern hemisphere so this is good!) and are, Read More

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