‘I sometimes joke I must have been French in a previous life, probably in 19th-century Paris.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

I completed the longest journey of my life on Thursday, in a functional room on the third floor of an annex of the Préfecture de Paris. There were 70 (...)

Gabriel Corcoran and his wife Catherine on the walk up from Le Pecq to Saint Germain, just outside Paris.

“My wife Catherine is from the Limousin region in the centre of France, and I’m from Tipperary. After 12 years in North and South America, we are happ(...)

Just an hour from downtown Manhattan, the Bear  Mountain Bridge, located in Bear Mountain State Park, New York, spans the Hudson River. Photograph: Getty Images

An hour from New York There is no better way to cope with jet lag after landing in New York than by getting straight into the sea. Not many people re(...)

Harry Kessler, 1906, by Edvard Munch. Photograph: © National Museums, Berlin/

Taking centre stage in Berlin was the dapper Count Harry Kessler, Germany’s original hipster. Kessler is so cool that, though dead almost 80 years, h(...)

La Réserve Ramatuelle on the  Côte d’Azure is a temple to Zen wellbeing

Perched on a hill in the middle of a nature reserve and overlooking the azure blue of St Tropez Bay, La Réserve Ramatuelle is a temple to Zen wellbein(...)

Fionn Davenport
Fionn Davenport's travel desk

AND ALL THAT JAZZ Readers of these pages will guess that I’m pretty excited about direct flights from Dublin to Marrakesh, and this week I(...)

In 1923 a young American actor named Tallulah Bankhead became the most sensational star of the London stage. Having persuaded the actor and manager Ge(...)