The Vendee: Beaches, bikes and blue skies in west France

Pedal power is big business in the Vendee. The region in mid-west France will become the focus of the cycling world in July when it hosts Le Grand Depart – the start of the Tour de France. For the amateur enthusiast or total novice, the family-friendly flat landscape has been […]

Le Signe du Triomphe at Puy du Fou

Puy du Fou: ‘The best theme park you have never heard of’

Puy du Fou is the best theme park in the world you have never heard of. The second most popular visitor attraction in France – after Disneyland Paris, of course – and voted the best park in the world at international awards. No slightly past-their-best roller-coasters at this theme park; […]

Hamburg waterfront

48 hours in Hamburg: Avoid the Reeperbahn to grab a free ride

‘Hamburg? You’ll be going to the Reeperbahn then?” No. Really don’t bother. The Reeperbahn is Hamburg’s notorious ‘sex street’ lined with bars and brothels. There is even a sex shop above McDonald’s (cue Happy Meal gags!). In reality it’s a dual carriageway that’s crass, noisy and intimidating. Best to have […]