Travel East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

CRUISING HOME

Can't find the home of your dreams on dry land? Why not nip over to Holland and bring back a barge? Lia Hattersley did just that

P is for push-chair, play and ... Paris

Most people choose to leave the children at home when they take a trip to the French capital. But this city is not just a playground for lovers, writes Antony Daly

Travel: The city of height

Forget the Seine or sidewalk cafes, you get the best views of Paris from above.

Travel: Chic galore

Although the World Cup kicks off there on Wednesday, Paris is far from a laddish city. In fact it's perfect for a girls' weekend, writes Miranda Haines

Travel: France - Paris with les enfants

Ah, romantic Paris ... but this time with children. Don't panic, Margaret St John provides an essential guide, from fun trips to kids' cuisine

Music: One out of three's pretty good

WHEN PUCCINI first resolved to write a Trittico of three one- acters to be run together on the same night, his publisher dismissed the idea as crazy - or words to that effect in Italian - and history has tended to agree. The triptych is rarely done complete; it makes a long night; and although the components could be said to mimic the cohering architecture of a concert score - a meaty opening drama, a contemplative slow movement and brisk scherzo-finale - they never in practice fit together, not least because their quality is so uneven. The scherzo, Gianni Schicchi, is comedy of genius, no question there. But Il Tabarro, the drama, is equivocal, and Suor Angelica, the middle movement, dire - unless you enjoy sentimental tosh about singing nuns that plays like The Sound of Music minus Julie Andrews.

Classical: Nuns and lovers: Puccini's women

Women fascinated Puccini - and not just for carnal pleasure, writes Malcolm Hayes

48 hours on the Seine

Get to the heart of Paris in the spring by exploring its main artery. Natasha Edwards offers a riverbound guide to the city

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT; Why buy your wine in Britain when Paris is just a few hours away?

Obituary: Admiral Jacques Guillon

Jacques Guillon, naval officer: born Cosne-sur-Loire (Nievre), France 27 December 1910; died Meriot (Aube), France 8 December 1997.

Travel: Why I want to go to Orlando in 12 witty words, plus a catfood wrapper

What does it take to become a serial travel competition winner?

Papon quizzed on Algerians' deaths

The trial of the Vichy official Maurice Papon for his role in the persecution of French Jews has taken an unexpected turn. As John Lichfield reports from Paris, Mr Papon has also been asked to explain the deaths of up to 300 Algerians in the city in 1961, when he was the police chief.

Obituary: Jean de Lipkowski

Jean-Noel de Lipkowski, diplomat and politician: born Paris 25 December 1920; Deputy for Seine-et-Oise 1956-58, for Charente-Maritime 1962-97; Mayor of Rohan 1965-77, 1983-89; Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs 1968-72, 1973-74; MEP 1980-81; married 1963 Nadine Hecquet d'Orval (one son, one daughter); died Paris 20 September 1997.

A LEGEND IN MY OWN LUNCHTIME

As the summer began, the Princess of Wales - in Manhattan ahead of the auction of her dresses at Christie's - spoke frankly about her life with the editor of the 'New Yorker' magazine

Poison levels in dairy foods

Disturbing levels of the poison dioxin have been discovered in some French dairy products, according to the newspaper Le Monde. Although the quantities identified are far below the accepted danger level, some are higher than the limits recommended by the Council of Europe. One of the milk-producing areas worst affected, apparently by atmospheric pollution from surrounding industry, is the Pas-de-Calais, just across the Channel from Kent.
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