Le canal du Midi
 
 
 
The 330-year-old Canal du Midi Skirts the sun-drenched shore of the Mediterranean before meandering inland through the fabled ‘Cathar Country’. For those seeking an alternative destination in France, the historic, UNESCO World Heritage status Canal du Midi is perfect, with it’s with its fortified hilltop villages, walled cities, ever present towpath and little canal side villages. Carcassonne Ca[...]
 
 
Èze
 
 
 
Being Scott and Zelda Married new money? Made a stock-market killing? Or just remember the old saw "If you don't travel first class, your heirs will"? Well, the Riviera has been a hard place to practice self-denial ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald arrived with the rest of his Jazz Age literati. So drain that glass of Dom. Enough lollygagging! It's time for a power decision: which luxurious pleasure[...]
 
 
Le Meurice
 
 
 
Here are "The Fab Five", hotels in Paris with Michelin-starred restaurants. Le Meurice Now in the hands of multi-starred superchef Alain Ducasse, Restaurant Le Meurice offers superb dining under a blowsy rococo ceiling. Ducasse protégé Christophe Saintagne has really come into his own here with pared back, refined cuisine that gets back to the essentials of quality ingredients. The hotel's l[...]
 
 
Deal of the century … Larry Gagosian has added a Paris branch to the world's biggest commercial gallery network. Photograph: Francois Guillot/AFP
 
 
 
There are good reasons why the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are respectively the most visited museum and monument in the world. However, we thought we'd go slightly off the beaten tracks and reveal some of Parisians' favourite hotspots for culture in Paris. From louche Pigalle to up-and-becoming-groovy rue de Bagnolet, from gritty rue d'Aubervilliers to the leafy Jardin du Luxembourg, we have selec[...]