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Celebrating the Annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion at Solera, Paris

Cognac looks set to be the next spirit to break the traditional mould and hit the mainstream in Paris – and the annual Cognac Cocktail Connexion is largely responsible for this. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Epilogue

Cognac (the place) and Cognac (the drink) both represent the best that southwestern France have to offer in terms of dedication to craft and tradition, impeccable taste and a desire to produce the highest quality spirit possible. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Restaurants

Cognac isn’t just a great place for drink. The town has some amazing restaurants as well. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Bar Luciole

Coolest bar in Cognac? It’s Bar Luciole, a relaxing and pared down venue set near the banks of the Charente River and recently co-launched by drinks industry superstar Tony Conigliaro (Bar Termini, Bar with No Name, and Untitled) and bartending wunderkind Guillaume Le Dorner. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Remy Martin

Over the centuries, Remy Martin has been able to hone its craft, its image and its processes to become one of the biggest producers of Cognac. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place | Les Freres Moine

A father and son business spanning more than 30 years, Les Freres Moine is run from an age-old farmhouse with a small distillery and cellar and vineyards across the countryside of Jarnac, an area about 10k from the city of Cognac that’s renowned for its vineyards and quality of wines and spirits produced there. Continue reading

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Cognac: Spirit of Place

Cognac. It’s a drink. It’s a place. It’s an experience to be savoured.

Or at least my summertime visit to the town of Cognac and vineyards sprawling across it nearby countryside was a memorably delicious trip. I was there to become better acquainted with the area’s eponymous spirit and the age-old traditions that have gone into making it such a distinctive drink. Continue reading

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Oh Là Là! How You Can Do Paris for $100 a Day (Going Places)

Paris for $100 a day? No, we haven’t lost our marbles — it is very much possible! And you’ll even have a great time experiencing the best the City of Lights has to offer. But doing Paris on the cheap will take a bit of thinking ahead and careful spending.
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#SaintPabu in Review

Spending early spring free time floating around western Brittany’s Finistère was a fine way to unwind and invigorate. The tiny seaside village of Saint-Pabu was a perfect point from which to plot daytrips, beach walks and forest hikes. Continue reading

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Hiking Huelgoat | #SaintPabu

Set in the Arrée Mountains, the village of Huelgoat is a picturesque village bordered by a 37-acre lake and the 2,500-acre state managed Amorique Natural Regional Park with loads of great forest walks accessed from the centre of the village. Continue reading

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Beaches and Coastal Walks Near #SaintPabu

For my third post about visiting Saint-Pabu in the Finistère of western Brittany, I’d like to share a list of some of the most scenic beaches and coastal paths in the area. Continue reading

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Getting to #SaintPabu with #BrittanyFerries

Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Saint-Pabu is a 20 minute drive north of Brest. As for other Bretagne towns of relative size, Morlaix is about an hour away, Quimper is roughly an hour and a half, and St-Malo is just over two. Wherever you’re headed in Brittany, your trip is bound to be scenic as I spied during my jaunts round its wild coastal region of Finistère. One such panoramic route was the hour-long drive from Roscoff to Saint-Pabu. Continue reading

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Comment Allez-Vous? Salutations de #SaintPabu

I spent the last two weeks of March in France, enjoying the arrival of spring in the small seaside village of Saint-Pabu. I was there with Kemey, staying at her mom’s cottage, just taking it easy for most part and venturing out from time to time for walks along Finistère’s brawny, creviced coast and through its verdant ancient forests. Continue reading

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Best Bars of 2016 (Excluding London)

What a year! Ready for a drink? Might I recommend having it in style at one of these fabulous bars? They’re the best I came across in 2016. Continue reading

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On Set in France | The Incantation

Based on the original script written by Jude S Walko, The Incantation is the first original content feature film for Blue Falcon Productions. It follows young American Lucy Bellerose as she pays a trip to her family’s ancestral castle in rural France. Continue reading

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Voyage de Fromage: One Last Wedge

Here’s one last wedge of Comté to consideration before I bid adieu to this series of posts about this distinctive cheese and the beautiful mountains where it’s produced. Continue reading

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Voyage de Fromage: Win a Comté Hamper Worth £50

I had a delectable time on my Voyage de Fromage in the Jura Mountains of Eastern France. But in case you can’t getaway to enjoy your own cheesy Jura jaunt, here’s an opportunity to experience the great taste of Comté without even leaving your home. Continue reading

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Voyage de Fromage: Jura Food and Drink

Every meal of Voyage de Fromage was an extremely enjoyable experience of saveur locale presented with regional pride and kind hospitality. I can highly recommend the Jura as a delicious destination for even the most finicky of gourmet travellers. Continue reading

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Voyage de Fromage: Discovering the Comté Difference

Chief aim of my Voyage de Fromage (aside from eating lots of yummy cheese while checking out a part of France I’d not been to previously … oh and drinking gorgeous local wines) was discovering what sets Comté apart from the many other wonderful cheeses of France. Continue reading

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Voyage de Fromage: Consider Comté

Consider Comté, an unpasteurised, cow’s milk cheese made traditionally by farmer cooperatives to exacting standards in one of the most beautiful corners of rural France to the delight of gourmands across the globe. Continue reading

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Having a Tiki Time at Musée Quai Branly, Paris

I was visiting Paris from elsewhere in France with just a few hours to play before catching the Eurostar back to London. Poking around Quai Branly was an excellent way to spend my time. Continue reading

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10 Years of Musée Quai Branly

Musée Quai Branly – one of Paris’ coolest museums, and one of my favourites (in Paris and the world) – will celebrate its 10th anniversary with two special exhibitions and an anniversary weekend of free festivities 25-26 June. Continue reading

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Two Champagnes, One Chef | GH Mumm | Perrier-Jouët

Invited by two Champagne houses – GH Mumm and Perrier-Jouët – for an overnight visit to the Champagne region for a meet with their Chefs de Caves (Didier Mariotti of Mumm and Hervé Deschamps of Perrier-Jouët), I enjoyed a behind the peek of what goes into blending two of the world’s most celebrated quaffs and how distinctive each is. A bubbly affair to be sure, the occasion served as an excellent opportunity to discover how these wines differ, while enjoying two showcase dining experiences (one for each wine) crafted by in-house chef for both Mumm and Perrier-Jouët – Josephine Jonot. Continue reading

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Best Restaurants of 2015 (Excluding London)

The tikichris of 2015 series continues with a look at some of the most amazing restaurants I visited this year. Continue reading

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New for Paris: Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation (OneTravel)

Opened October 2014 in the Bois de Boulogne public park on the western edge of Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is the city’s newest art museum and cultural center – and is making waves more for the building itself than … Continue reading

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Celebrate Independence à la Français! (OneTravel)

Le quatorze juillet, or July 14th, is Bastille Day. A national holiday in France that’s kind of like the 4th of July in the US (just ten days later and a lot more French), it’s the biggest party day of … Continue reading

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Light, Camera, Cannes! (OneTravel)

For movie buffs, Francophiles, and paparazzi wannabes, the coming of May means it’s time for the glitz and glamor of the world’s most famous film festival: Cannes! Celebrating its 68th “edition” of showcasing the world’s best cinema, this year’s Festival … Continue reading

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Celebrate Claude Monet’s Birthday (OneTravel)

Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in Paris and died December 5, 1926 about 75 kilometres from Paris in his home at Giverny, Normandy. During his prolific career as an artist, he painted hundreds of works of art with a passion to capture his impressions of the French countryside and beyond. With works by the beloved artist and founder of French Impressionism on view across the globe (literally there are numerous “Monets” in museums and galleries on every continent except Antarctica) what better way to celebrate the painters 174th birthday than enjoying the many gifts he left to art lovers? Continue reading

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5 Most Unique Food Trucks Around the World (OneTravel)

Let’s face it. In many places around the world, some of the best meals to be had are handed over to you from the side of a kitted out truck. Whether offering urban fusion street food in the hopes of … Continue reading

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Does Your Sweetheart Have a Sweet Tooth? Then Paris is the Perfect Place! (CheapOair)

Sure, it’s probably the most romantic city in the world, and thus the ideal destination for any amorous couple. But Paris isn’t just for sweethearts. Any Francophile can tell you that Paris is one of the sweetest places anyone’s ever … Continue reading

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Best Restaurants (Everywhere Else) – 2013

To say I ate and drank well this year does not begin to describe how delectable 2013 was for me. Both in London and beyond, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best meals outside the home I’ve … Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants – 2013

To say I ate and drank well this year does not begin to describe how delectable 2013 was for me. Both in London and beyond, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best meals outside the home I’ve ever eaten. Here’s a list of the ten London restaurants I enjoyed visiting the most over the past 12 months along with a few extra honourable mentions. Keep an eye out for more posts over the coming days listings my favourite London cheap eats and pizza places, as well as the ten best restaurants I visited outside of London this year. Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Markets in Paris (CheapOair)

They say Paris is the City of Lights. This is certainly true during the festive season, when the French capital seems to twilight and enchant just a little bit more than usual. So bundle up, hit the streets, sip your vin … Continue reading

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World Heritage Dining in the South of France (Blue Tomato)

Romping round the South of France touring UNESCO World Heritage sites can sure work up an appetite. In a country whose very gastronomy has achieved world heritage status, finding myself somewhere of cultural or historical significance paired nicely with the safe bet that I wouldn’t be far from something seriously delectable too. Here are but a few of the tastier highlights from my recent jaunt round La Región – all well within easy and scenic drives of Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport or Nîmes-Alès-Camargue-Cévennes Airport. Continue reading

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Exploring the Causses and the Cévennes of Southern France (OneTravel)

I’ve just returned from a jaunt around le region where I found the Causses and the Cévennes to be a captivating destination. Here’s a roundup of a few (of many) highlights from that trip. All the attractions listed are within a short drive of each other. If you got your timing right, they could be visited in one fairly busy but especially scenic day. Continue reading

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