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Meal at the Michelin-starred Aux Terrasses in Tournus

Jean-Michel Carrette

The Aux Terrasses in Tournus is the best-value as well as least fussy Michelin-starred hotel/restaurant I’ve stayed in. A young couple, Amandine and chef Jean-Michel Carrette, run the establishment. Jean-Michel’s parents moved into what was a motor inn in 1979 when he was two years old. Jean-Michel’s parents obtained a Michelin star in 1999 but […]

Travel During Elections Abroad

Greek election posters in Patras

Generally as a tourist you’d probably tend to avoid travelling to a country during an election period, but as a traveller who goes on three-week plus trips, sometimes, you can’t avoid them. I’ve been in four elections in four different countries. In 1997, I witnessed a phenomenon rarer than El Niño: Chilean Parliamentary elections – only […]

A hike to the Chauvet Cave

Horses panel in the Chauvet cave.

I am a big cave and rock paintings fan and I have hiked in some god-forsaken places in the Andes and South Africa to admire the remnants of whichever culture has left their marks on the rocks. The Chauvet cave has been described as a prehistoric Sistine chapel, forever closed to the casual visitor, but […]