Whenever I travel to the French south-west, I feel I'm going home. For someone born in Lancashire, this is unexpected. It perhaps dates back to the Hundred Years War and an unsavoury encounter between a warrior from Preston and a wench from Bergerac. Or maybe the region is simply any European's idealised homeland. Who wouldn't want to have roots in this mellow landscape of old-fashioned farming, long meaty meals and arcaded village squares where, if you leave your car unlocked, it will likely be untouched come morning? So, yes, you should go. But where exactly? The region covers a substantial slab of France. Its essences are, though, perhaps best distilled in the Dordogne and, farther south,... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Dordogne or Gascony – which is better?
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Bordeaux and Burgundy: the very words have a rich and well-rounded ring to them. Partly, it’s those initial bulbous ‘B’s. Mainly, though, it’s that, for centuries, they have lent a civilised, even spiritual, texture to fleshly pleasures. Lots of places furnish good wine and food. None other does so in the presence of quite so many châteaux and world-class abbeys. Nowhere else is good living so stamped into the DNA, both a product and a locomotive of the past. Nowhere else do you feel that being plump is a duty imposed by history. These days, Bordeaux (here we’re talking of the region, what the French call the “Bordelais”) retains aristocratic elements. Visit the line-up of châteaux in the Médoc... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Burgundy or Bordeaux – which is better?
There's an ancient British longing for the south of France – for the warmth, light and herbal aromas, the olives, vines and the deep-rooted civilisation that rounds out the sensuality. When the need comes upon you, it is all but irresistible. You must bung 10 kilos into the hand luggage and go. But where? As everyone knows, there are two French souths divided by the River Rhône – Provence stretching east towards Italy, Languedoc west towards Spain. Both have beaches and mountains. Both may furnish sunlit serenity, though they were forged by peasants and fishermen. Both retain a Latin tendency to switch from revolt to revelry in the time it takes you to duck. Provence has a thicker texture of traditional... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Provence or Languedoc – which is better?
Bretons and Normans share much. They both live in places with long and often crinkle-cut coastlines, by turns beguiling and savage. Both have a marked taste for shellfish, cider and butter. Boy, do they like butter. A serving of Breton kouign aman cake fulfils your cholesterol needs for a decade. They have the same colour scheme – grey and green through white and blue, with a constantly changing sky. And both have deep, ambiguous links with the British Isles. In Brittany, it's the early-established Celtic connection, though that didn't stop their corsair ports playing merry hell with our shipping a few centuries on. Meanwhile, the Norman invasion of England permitted "William the Bastard" to become "the Conqueror". The invasion, of course, went the other way in 1944. Ties with both regions are thus not only historic but also emotional. The D-Day beaches exert an enormous power as, in a quite different register, does the Interceltic Festival at Lorient, where our fringe … [Read more...] about Normandy or Brittany – which is better?
Running and walking are both excellent forms of exercise. Those who regularly do either typically have healthier hearts, stronger bones, and lower body weights than their sedentary counterparts. The current Physical Activity Guidelines, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, call for a minimum of 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous activity. So does it matter whether you get those minutes walking or running? Arguments can made for both—and which is right for you depends on your goals and your current fitness level. If You Want to Maximize Calorie Burning “The key difference between running and walking is how many calories you are burning—not per mile, but per minute of exercise,” says Paul D. Thompson, M.D., chief of cardiology at Hartford Hospital and a professor of medicine and preventive cardiology at the University of Connecticut. For a 160-pound person, walking at a brisk, 3.5-mph pace for … [Read more...] about Running vs. Walking: Which is better?