Thursday 22 August 2019

Global village: Stella soaks up Parisian sights

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney

Anna Coogan

Fashion designer Stella McCartney and hubby Alasdhair Willis enjoyed the sights of the French capital following her show at Paris Fashion Week. has some top tips if you're heading over to Paris - the Eiffel Tower is 1,040ft high, and if heights make you a little uncomfortable, head for the third highest level as it is enclosed.

If you are planning to visit the Louvre, remember entrance to Paris museums is cheaper on Sundays - and for many museums entry is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Notre Dame is one of the few free attractions in Paris - you have to pay only if you want to climb the towers. From the top of the Montparnasse Tower you can spot key landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Sacré Coeur, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Arc de Triomphe.

How to eat healthily on holliers has some tips on how not to ruin your diet while on holiday.

1: Leaner proteins such as chicken or fish are a better option when eating out. Baked or grilled are ideal. If you’re holidaying in the Mediterranean, grilled fish is almost always on the menu. Drizzle over a little olive oil.

2: Ditch the chips. If you need a serving of carbs, go for a cleaner alternative such as a jacket potato. Baked is healthier than fried — and you’ll still get your carb hit.

3: Don’t drink all your calories. Sundowners and rose-fuelled lunches ... booze has got to be one of the biggest diet de-railers. Try a gin or vodka with soda and lots of fresh lime, or, dilute white wine or rose with sparkling water to make a spritzer.

4: Don’t be afraid of being seen to be a fussy eater. Ask for that dressing on the side or to swap those chips...

Highlights of a life on the road

Far & Away is a collection of travel writer Andrew Solomon’s articles, which were written during almost 30 years of wandering — he has visited 83 of the world’s 196 countries.

Solomon writes about his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union. There is his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban. Plus his appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom.

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