By Mike.Martin

Popping corks in Corsica

When you discover that Corsica was once owned and run by us Brits it’s a bit like discovering that we once owned Bordeaux.

Lille: Paris without the attitude

Lille is celebrating its new identity as a destination for culture vultures with a festival, Lille3000, which launched in March 2009 with a parade of giant robots through the mai

Time for a new view on Vienna

Vienna has become a slightly unfashionable city these days, but it has half a dozen outstanding museums, the Metro stations are works of art in their own right and the Inner Ring

A revitalised St Ives

For such a tiny place, St Ives in Cornwall has a lot going for it, especially if you’re an active art fan and swimmer – not many places can offer a top gallery and surfing

Ancient Metz gets back to the future

Metz has always been an attractive town to visit if you’re doing a tour of the Lorraine region, but has always seemed slightly dull compared with the attractions of i

Homage to a famous Belgian

The venue for the new Hergé Museum is Louvain-la-Neuve, a university town that is easily reachable by rail from Brussels (

Glasgow - City of style, culture and food

Bond girl Eva Green eats like a horse. Despite her svelte figure she ate her way through a huge portion of Scottish mussels during the filming of The Last Word in Glasgow in 2009.

Nightwatching In Amsterdam

It’s quite a sight to see Martin Freeman of The Office naked, angry and swearing at everybody, but he’s brilliant as Rembrandt in newly-released film

A Fantastic weekend in Lille

The Lille 3000 Fantastic festival has brought together some great exhibitions featuring artists such as Breughel and Bosch, through the early 20th century in the Magical City

It’s time to reconsider Malta

Malta has been a tourist destination for Brits since the package holidays of the 1970s, but now, with more Brits looking for high-quality holidays and lots of facilities, Malta offers some truly ou