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Dead Chic – a walk around Montparnasse Cemetery

If you want to really get under the skin of a place, visit the cemetery.  Only in the cemetery do rich and poor rub shoulders in quite the same way.  History is written in names, dates and sometimes photographs.  You…

El Molino, Barcelona: photos from another time

Before the summer Olympics came to town in 1992, Barcelona was a very different place.  Before the tide of money and regeneration, the city lived with its back to the sea.  Tourists were few and far between, even something of…

St Paul de Vence

A wanderer’s guide to St Paul de Vence

Besides its beauty, St Paul de Vence is famous for being liked by famous people, most notably the artists and writers who have flocked to this hilltop town since the 19th Century.  In a way, this is what you see…

Venetian house

The Italian Highlights Tour: Pisa to Venice by rail

Want to take in the best of Italian culture – we’re talking tilted architecture, Michaelangelo and Venetian canals – in a week?  This might just be the trip for you. From Pisa, it’s an easy and comfortable train journey to…

artículo bata cover

Travel Secrets: my robe and me

Every traveller has a secret item, especially those who travel light or, like me, for long periods of time. Something which, when tucked into a corner of your backpack, brings something else along with it. A sense of home or…

View of the Picasso Museum with the old Town, the sea and the Alps

Picasso Museum Antibes: Postwar Joie de Vivre

Picasso was not a man to be outdone.  When he arrived on the Côte d’Azur, he would have been aware of Renoir’s home in nearby Cagnes Sur Mer, as well as Chagall’s long stays in St Paul de Vence and Léger’s life…

Cadaques barcas de pescadores

The weekend guide to Cadaques

Cadaques is possibly the prettiest town on the Costa Brava, and certainly among the most beautiful places in Spain.  Sitting in a rocky bay and surrounded by the hills of the Cap de Creus natural park, this old fishing town…

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A family affair at Can Tanu (Fornells)

You would think that the market on fresh seafood is covered in Fornells, the idyllic fishing village in the North of Menorca that sits on a crystal-clear sea creek.  The few streets of this little town are lined with restaurants…