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A bank draft was sent to the Empress Eugénie in Paris and, following a discussion with a French organisation established to assist casualties, the committee also decided to form an ambulance corps. Portrait of Empress Eugénie by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1853

Ireland’s first halting attempt to alleviate distress abroad took place 150 years ago during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870, the Second French Empi(...)

This restored mill house in Portugal has a garden filled with lemon, orange, plum and olive trees

DNG McKenna Healy is seeking €275,000 for a three-bedroom bungalow (below) of just over 71 sq m at Belgee, Rings Common, The Naul, Co Dublin. (...)

Chateau du Coudreceau, home to Éanna Hassett, a Kildare native who moved to France in 2018

Retiring to the sunshine is a popular daydream and one which has gained a lot of traction in recent years with the airing of the hugely popular Channe(...)

Simone, John, Sophie and Jane at Chateaux Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley.

The Swedes have a word for it: flygskam, or “flying shame”. Growing anxiety about the environmental impact of travel means more and more people are no(...)

 Visitors to the Louvre take photos of the Mona Lisa. Photograph: Owen Franken/New York Times

The procession takes a good half-hour, from IM Pei’s glass pyramid to the presence of the world’s most famous woman. There are brief bottlenecks at th(...)

The Eiffel Tower. Photograph: iStock

With more than 89 million visitors a year, France is officially the world’s most popular destination. There are almost countless reasons to visit, fro(...)

Farmhouse Cafe Bakery’s bread selection

Exquisite works of art The wedding and special occasion cakes made by pastry chef Clare Taylor, who has set up in business in Newtownmountkennedy, Co(...)

Photograph: iStock

Wildlife Where Harry took Meghan? Well, not exactly, but those who caught the engagement interview might remember Harry’s favourite place in the world(...)

Marques de Goulaine Sauvignon Blanc, Val de Loire Noffla, the association of independent off-licences, hold a series of bind-tastings every(...)

Peter Murtagh riding a forest trail on the Inveraray Castle estate in Scotland

Why don’t more of us to go Scotland? There’s no obvious answer to that but one thing’s for sure, when you do, you’ll soon be wondering “why did it tak(...)

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