Les Halles

Part student hangout, part city of singles and part party-animal safari park, the restaurants, bars and pavements are an electrifying life-force on Friday and Saturday nights.

Traditional arts: statues and masks

Author Sean Connolly explores the unique features and religious background of Gabon’s famous mask and statue art.

Buying a carpet

Read our tips on how best to get your hands on one of Iran’s most iconic crafts.

Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate

Author Mike Bagshaw pays a visit to the cookery school of this Yorkshire institution.

Frankincense

The coast of what is now Yemen and Somaliland has probably been the main global source of frankincense since the second millennium BC, author Philip Briggs writes.