Europe · France

Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Paris is for lovers, and lovers of all things brunch are richly rewarded at this Aussie-style cafe transplanted to a Montmartre side street. I was recently staying in the area, and – despite my undying love of pain au chocolat – was after something slightly more than the local boulangerie. Equally, I wanted to avoid… Continue reading Hardware Société, Paris: the best breakfast in Montmartre?

Europe · France · Tips and Tricks

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, I think Tokyo was easier). The cynic in me thinks… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Europe · France

5 Best Places to Visit in Aude, France

Aude is a gorgeous corner of the Languedoc Roussillon region, with coastline and beaches to the east, and the jagged peaks of the Pyrenees looming in the west. The terrain in between is similarly dramatic: rolling vineyards and dusty villages are watched over by the mysterious Cathar castles, which are perched precariously above deep gorges… Continue reading 5 Best Places to Visit in Aude, France