Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral

The Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner is getting a larger dose of notoriety than usual, thanks to his witheringly funny review of Le Cinq in Paris. He went to the the flagship Michelin 3-star restaurant of the George V Hotel expecting the gastronomic experience of a lifetime. What he got was the foodie equivalent of a sloContinue reading “Rayner’s searing Le Cinq review goes viral”

Provencal markets go green

Provencal markets have been going eco green as France tries to put an end to food waste. Travellers and tourists can also do their bit to help. Eat ugly vege, recycle glass jars and be a chic bag lady. France passed a law in December to reduce the estimated 7 million tonnes of food wastedContinue reading “Provencal markets go green”

Discover cities with Lonely Planet app

Lonely Planet has launched Guides, a new, free, city guide mobile app – a pocket travel companion on the road, or when planning a trip. Available now for iOS and Android, Lonely Planet says the app will get you straight to the heart of a destination on your phone. There was time when many travellers tucked copies of LonelyContinue reading “Discover cities with Lonely Planet app”

Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attractingContinue reading “Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!”

Provençal markets take the cake

I get excited about Provençal markets the way other people get excited about Louboutin and Chanel. While they gasp over the perfect jacket or shoes with a shiny red-lacquered sole, I swoon at the sight of pumpkins, sheep cheese and cabbage plants. I’m missing out on haute couture and they’re missing nature’s bounty while our fragile planetContinue reading “Provençal markets take the cake”

300 years of Wine O’Clock in the Rhône

It’s exactly 300 years since these 40 acres on the baking hot floor of the Rhône Valley were first settled for the purpose of producing wine. In 1715 the Granier family decided this was a good spot, and planted vines. I’m in the Château Les Quatre Filles vineyard in the south of the valley. FromContinue reading “300 years of Wine O’Clock in the Rhône”

Dining Out in Paris by Tom Reeves

Dining Out in Paris by Tom Reeves is the book you need before you arrive in the City of Light. A little reading up before you go is always a good idea, but this guide is different. Francophile and blogger Tom has stepped outside the square to find a list of eateries your bog standardContinue reading “Dining Out in Paris by Tom Reeves”

What are the hardest languages to learn?

I was shopping for veges at an Athens urban produce market and in my dodgy Greek I asked for a hot dude, not a lettuce.  If you’re travelling through a foreign language country, or spending some time living there, do you learn the language, at least some useful phrases? Or do you assume English willContinue reading “What are the hardest languages to learn?”

Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs

A new nail polish detects date rape drugs such as GBH, Xanax and Rohypnol. This extraordinary invention has been revealed on one of my favourite websites Not Impossible Now. Four students at North Carolina State University invented  the nail polish. The brand is called Undercover Colors.  Women can simply dip their fingers into their drinks, whichContinue reading “Travel tip: Nail polish detects date rape drugs”

Life hacks for women travelling solo

Here’s my tips for solo women travellers, which include safety and cultural awareness. It’s a big, bad world, but going solo can be a lot of fun.