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Eating in a three-star Michelin restaurant

Napoleon gateau with three light custards

In Burgundy’s  Joigny, one of the undiscovered corners of France, (yes, there are still many) there is one of only 26 three-star Michelin restaurants in France. It belongs to Jean-Michel Lorain whose father Michel earned the first star in 1971, a second in 1976 and a third, this time with his son, in 1986. It […]

Colmar: The Pearl of Alsace

Little Venice in Colmar

When I first tweeted “I think I’ve left the best till last. Colmar is absolutely stunning, surely the prettiest town in Alsace” I immediately received several tweets back agreeing with me. It seems no one who has been there can forget the experience. I mean, no city that has a neighbourhood called Little Venice can […]

Where to go on the Alsace wine route


The “Alsace  Wine Route” refers to a small but remarkably picturesque B-road that winds its way from Strasbourg to Mulhouse on the eastern slopes of the Vosges passing through a succession of Hansel und Gretel villages (in the case of Dambach-la-ville, through both village gates) and below a succession of wildly picturesque castles. And if […]