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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

French bread: European clubs lure Premiership players

The upper crust of English rugby are being buttered up to join clubs across the Channel and even Jonny Wilkinson may join them, writes Chris Hewett

Travel by numbers: Romantic breaks

Let Valentine's Day be your inspiration for a holiday made just for two, whether in Lancashire or Las Vegas. Ben Ross puts one and one together

This place would make anyone feel like a love god

Staying in the best hotel room in town was a good starting point for testing the French capital's romantic reputation

Napoleon's piles: How footnotes changed history

We all know about great heroes and epic battles, but the course of history often hinges on small accidents of chance. Phil Mason selects the slip-ups and lucky escapes that changed the world

Paris in the bling: How to do the French capital in style

He slummed it there in his teens, so when Brian Viner returned to the French capital he did so in style – by renting a luxury apartment

Port of call: Fortified wine proves a strong draw in Portugal

The historic Portuguese city of Porto, situated on the mouth of the river Douro, is famous for the most renowned export of the area, its port wine, which courses through its veins.

Paris: Vive la liberation

'Is Paris burning?' asked Adolf Hitler as his German forces fled during the Second World War. Will Hawkes takes a tour that reveals how the French capital escaped destruction

Magic results: Euro Disney plans new hotels

Euro Disney's Paris theme park is on track to set a record for visitors this year and may see more guests than its US counterparts. The park is set to beat last year's 14.5 million guests and business is so good that new hotels are being planned, said its chief financial officer, Ignace Lahoud. The existing seven hotels had occupancy rates of 89.3 per cent last year, up again this year. Disneyland Paris is now Europe's most popular attraction, with more visitors than the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre combined.

La grande folie: Paris's answer to the Gherkin delayed by the downturn

Five-year wait for opening of landmark skyscraper – the centrepiece of Sarkozy's plan to turn French capital into a financial rival to London

Man who auctioned his life falls short of target

What's a man's life worth? More than £1m, it seemed, when bidding began for all of Ian Usher's worldly goods, plus his friends and job. But when the gavel went down in cyberspace yesterday, ending one of the world's most unusual auctions, the English expatriate's life was snapped up for a more modest £192,000.

Nouvel tower to challenge power of 'old Paris'

The axis of greater Paris will swing several kilometres to the west over the next five years with the creation of a "Manhattan-sur-Seine" of mega tower blocks on the city's boundary.

Up in flames: humiliation for China as torch relay descends into chaos

The global procession of the Olympic flame – a symbol of sporting values hijacked as a symbol of Chinese state pride – stumbled into abject political embarrassment for Beijing and Western governments yesterday.

<I>Thrifty Living: We'll always have Paris &ndash; if we can do it on the cheap</I>

Half-term in paris, and even though it would be easy to let the financial reins loose somewhat, the whole point of changing a modus vivendi is that you must keep going, no matter where you are and even if you're using foreign money which, as we know, is like operating in a Monopoly world.

Anya's alternative bread stuffing

I was invited to my friend Anya's for a Thanksgiving Day meal last month, and she kept apologising about the stuffing for her turkey, which I thought tasted great. She explained that while she was trying to get the bread to dry to make breadcrumbs, she had left the cut pieces in the oven too long and they had become almost crouton-like. Here's her recipe.

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