Once an orphan living in poverty, later an engineering genius with a prestigious career. A familiar story, perhaps. Yet that doesn’t diminish its power to inspire. That is also the story of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban: military engineer, advisor to Roi Soleil Louis XIV, France’s [...]
Last summer, I spent time in Bordeaux and the surrounding wine districts with my mum and sister. A highlight in the area was the ancient cave art in the nearby Vézère Valley. There are many excellent caves to visit in the valley. Having studied archaeology, [...]
Christmas markets have just exploded the last years, have you noticed? They're everywhere! It's no longer just an ancient German/Central European custom. These days, every city, every town and every little village seem to organise these festive affairs during Advent. Some Christmas markets last from late [...]
The most popular Instagrams in July come from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Spain. Let's get to it: 11. Antwerp mural. Much as I adore Tin Tin, there's more to Belgian street art and murals than Hergé's intrepid journo. Here's a wall in Antwerp. 10 [...]
When you're in Nice, be sure to stop by the city's main square, Place Massena, at night, to see the seven continents converse in a language of colours.
Ever considered getting an MBA? You could do a lot worse than to choose INSEAD. When I was at uni in the USA, several of my friends went on to do their Masters degrees here, and no wonder: not only is INSEAD one of the [...]
Christmas market and ultra-modern skyscrapers... not two terms that usually go together. I was in Paris last week for work. Having a few spare hours, I hopped on the metro to La Défense, largely for nostalgic reasons. (La Défense, as you might know, is the [...]