Darroze (48), is the reigning “World’s Best Woman Chef”, having picked up her trophy from British magazine Restaurant at its “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” ceremony

The world’s best female chef receives me in the tiny, cupboard-like office from which she surveys the kitchen of “Hélène Darroze,” the Paris restaura(...)

Todi, Santa Maria della Consolazione - Umbria, Italy

My husband and I plan to attend a family wedding in Todi, Italy, in May. We would like to travel from Ireland by ferry and then by rail through Franc(...)

When tickets, flights and the cost of accommodation, food and drink are totted up many Irish football fans from both sides of the border will see little change out of € 2,000 if they want to see Ireland play all three group games in Euro 2016.

When tickets, flights and the cost of accommodation, food and drink are totted up many Irish football fans from both sides of the border will see litt(...)

The Euro 2016 draw for Ireland is widely regarded as being the toughest of all the groups. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The big scramble for tickets for next summer’s European Championships in France begins at 11am on Monday morning. Fans will be asked to register the(...)

When is the “best” season to visit Cuba, from the point of view of hurricane risk and excessively high temperatures? We would like a good hotel whi(...)

From next month Eurostar passengers will be forced to dismantle their bikes, put them into a box and reassemble them when they reach their destination. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Eurostar has been accused of treating cyclists as “third-class passengers” over a new policy that will force them to dismantle their bikes before usin(...)

The Irish are more resilient to perceived threats, with many of us returning to Egypt over and over again despite many terrorist attacks

As we come to terms with how the world has changed in the past year it’s time to think where is still safe to go for winter sun holidays? The shift(...)

Stephanie & Tim Barry-Woods  wrote their own vows that they keep on their iPhones to send if either needs cheering up. Photograph: Ben Eagle

Stephanie & Tim Barry-Woods Stephanie (28), from Cork, and Tim (29), from Devon, both financial software developers, met five years ago on a Cr(...)

A Eurostar train waiting to cross to England, at the Calais-Frethun train station in northern France. Photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers were stranded at the Calais-Frethun train station overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday after 1,000 refugees and migrant(...)

Tony has always loved Paris. He was stationed at Fontainebleau when he was supposed to be doing his National Service. Naturally, he had a love affair while he was there. Photograph: Thinkstock

Tony’s journey towards no longer being able to hold a conversation is complete. The effort of understanding what the other person is saying is too gre(...)