In Pictures: Lille’s Historic Façades

Lille’s complex history is visible in the architecture of its prominent buildings. From the cobbled quartier of Saint André, to the tinted glass of the Euralille shopping centre, a walk through the city tells a story of constant evolution through the diversity of its façades. As part of the old County of Flanders in the…

Fuelled By Bubbles: Running La Champenoise, France

I hadn’t expected it to start with a hill. As a lime green mankini and its host buttocks pulled away up the gravel path, the tiny town of Reuil dropped away behind me, and I puffed my way through the first kilometres of France’s strangest sporting event. Reuil sits in the Champagne-Ardenne region of northern…

An Island You May Not Know: Cycling on Porquerolles

We pulled out to sea from behind an angular fortress. Minutes later, white water frothed up the sides of the boat and sharp morning rays glared down on my back. We arrived quickly into a sheltered harbour where boulders protected myriad bobbing vessels and greenery overhung a huddle of terracotta buildings on the shore. Welcome…

The Painter’s Palette: Provence

If Provence were splashed over an artist’s palette, huge dollops of ochre, greens and blues would run into each other, punctuated by bright dots of violet, yellow and deep, blood red. The area has long been popular with artists and photographers alike and it’s easy to see why. Its balmy weather frequently mimics the beauty…