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Bursting French cuisine back to life

Bursting French cuisine back to life

From the outside the steel framed door and windows of Le Chateaubriand on Avenue De Parmentier in the 11th arondissement looks just like any other bistro. Even after you enter and pull back the curtain encircling the door it still exudes the air of an average French bistro. A smattering of tables and bistro chairs on a wooden floor, an open kitchen at the rear and a bar running from the door halfway down one side of the restaurant.

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Perpignan palace with a court of food lovers

Perpignan palace with a court of food lovers

In the heart of French Catalonia, chefs in the city of Perpignan gather every two years to treat guests to an evening of unlimited food, and wine to match each course. I’m lucky enough to attend and even managed to cut the queue to get in. I am, truly, a kid in a super-gourmet candy store.

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Sunday roast in a Paris salon

Sunday roast in a Paris salon

There’s a place in Paris that’s been causing a stir for 40 years. Dinner is served every Sunday, reservations are required, it attracts an international crowd as well as locals, is standing room only, and it’s not the food people come for. On Sunday nights this is one of the most popular places to eat in Paris. “Tonight it’s just lasagne and salad and tiramisu. You can get that at any good restaurant in Paris,”our host tells us.

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Nice charm

Nice charm

As for practical matters, the hotel is off the Promenade des Anglais, just around the corner from the legendary Hotel Negresco. The number 98 bus stops nearby from the airport, and carries on into the centre of town. The oceanfront is just a five-minute walk, and it’s about a 10-15 minute drive into Old Nice.

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Corsica’s rooms with a view

Corsica’s rooms with a view

Not just the rooms ... every single spot at Hotel La Villa has been designed to offer views of the bay at Calvi, a lovely harbour city in the northwest of Corsica.

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Michelin stars mountain of indulgence

Michelin stars mountain of indulgence

There may be Michelin-starred restaurants with breathtaking views, but I’m guessing there aren’t any with an infinity pool inhabited by three giant-sized rubber ducks.

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