Northern France

Les Pins at Golf d’Hardelot

Hardelot’s two golf courses Le Pins and Les Dunes; tricky twin tracks on rolling French Pine forest that has, I suspect, attracted far more golf balls within its branches than the town has had visitors over the years.

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Le Touquet Golf Resort

Andy Mossack reviews the recent golf renovations at La Mer and La Forêt and joins up with course architect Patrice Boissonnas to hear firsthand what’s made everyone excited at Le Touquet Golf Resort.

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Calais five must-see places

It’s easy to forget just how easy it is to get to Calais, whether by ferry, tunnel or train but most people just drive straight through on the way to somewhere else. That’s a shame because it makes a great weekend destination, perfect for stocking up on wine and other foods and enjoying excellent meals. The presence of the Jungle refugee camp certainly hasn’t helped but, in Calais, there’s no evidence of any trouble. Indeed the town centre seems completely unchanged since I first visited it thirty years ago. Here are my Calais five must-see places to visit.

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Hotel Shangri-La Paris

In a city awash with five-star hotels, a new entry with a slightly off-centre location needs an irresistible proposition to draw the well-heeled. Napoleon is not a bad name to throw around, nor is having the Eiffel Tower on your doorstep. Chinese owners of the Hotel Shangri-La Paris have done a good, if difficult job, of combining French grande luxe with Asian antiquities in this hotel built in 1896 as the private residence of Napoleon III’s great-nephew, Prince Roland.

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L’Abeille Restaurant. Hotel Shangri-La

What does it take to get the ultimate accolade from Michelin inspectors, and is that third star worth the extra cost of the meal to the diner? Not so long as you can eat at the two-star L’Abeille Restaurant in Paris, which offers a far more joyful and satisfying experience than two three-star hotel restaurants recently experienced by this particular Trip Reporter in the City of Light.

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Strasbourg

Little more than two hours from Paris by TGV, Strasbourg is an inspiring city with an age-old centre, a go-ahead culture, chic boutiques, High Street stores, and a wealth of fine dining and high-end restaurants serving imaginative offerings of regional and international dishes.

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