Being based in Paris for five years has offered some wonderful opportunities for exploring further afield in France and beyond.


A day trip from Paris offers vast forests, grand gardens, historic towns or sleepy villages.


I’ve sampled the varied character of French towns and landscapes just enough to know how much more there is to explore.


Four forays into Italy have left me with plans for spring visits to come…


and I’ve only just dipped my toe into Spain with a visit to Barcelona.


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