‘Burgundy is pastoral, like a Constable painting – I love it’: actor Lambert Wilson

The star of the new Cousteau film, The Odyssey, loves the area’s food and waterways. Its chateaux and abbeys are worth a look, too!

Burgundy is huge: it starts 80km south-east of Paris and stretches past Mâcon, not far from Lyon. I particularly love the lesser-known north, the Yonne department, where I live. People are familiar with the wine areas but this area is really special.

When I was a kid my family used to drive from Paris to the south of France in a Citroen – my father smoking all the way. I always remember the scenery near the motorway exit at Semur-en-Auxois: it was hilly, soft and green, not like the wheat fields you see over thousands of acres of the country. It was pastoral, like a painting by Constable – and I loved it. The stone in Burgundy’s villages is very beautiful too: it’s a whiteish gold, less yellow than the Cotswolds.

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Behind the scenes at London’s globe-making workshop – a photo essay

At Bellerby and Co in north London, globes great and small are fashioned by a small team of experts with a keen eye for what makes the world go round

Not many people get to step inside the workshop of Bellerby and Co. Inside a warehouse in north London, it’s home to one of the world’s only makers of artisan globes. Spheres of various sizes dot the room, freshly painted maps hang on lines across the rafters and, sat at desks shaded by tropical plants, a small group works quietly on different stages of the bespoke pieces. The atmosphere, understandably, is of intense concentration.

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YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland: hostel review

There’s been a hostel in this spot for more than 80 years but the new YHA flagship is one of a kind, with a museum and cafe and blending into the Unesco-listed landscape

At midday, we were lounging on a grassy roof terrace in blazing sunshine, gazing out over a 2,000-year-old world heritage site. By midnight, we were lazing in a stargazing hammock, watching a meteor shower flash across one of the world’s darkest skies. It could have been a boutique hotel in Chile’s Atacama desert, but it was a £15-a-night youth hostel in Northumberland.

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Alabama pit stops: 5 of the best gas station barbecue joints

Alabama excels at the gas station barbecue – a sub-genre of one of the few truly American cuisines – which is tailor-made for lovers of the open road
Barbecue is serious stuff: tell us about your favourite place in the comments

Gas station barbecue is just what it says it is: homespun food, cooked yards from the petrol pumps, in small kitchens. Ribs, pulled pork and chicken wings are served on paper plates at simple table settings inside the garages, overlooking aisles stacked with engine oil, anti-freeze and rubber hoses. It is not surprising Alabama excels at this road-trip cuisine of convenience: the deep south’s Yellowhammer State reputedly has the most barbecue restaurants per capita of anywhere in the US.

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The best of northern Spain: readers’ travel tips

Forget crowded Med beaches: the four coastal regions of España Verde offer cool cities, wild shores and great walking in verdant coast and mountains

If you’d rather stray far from the tourist trail, the Basque Coast Geopark is a delight. It’s a protected area of the coastline around Mutriku, Deba, and Zumaia. There are 13km of cliffs made up of flysch (shale bed) deposits which have created layered and bizarre rock formations. We felt as though we were on the set of Jurassic Park. These staggering cliffs show how the Earth changed over millions of years and fossils are plentiful for the kids to admire. A boat tour is a great way to see it and costs €20 adult, €10 under-12s.
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Lisa Anderson

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Send us a tip on canoeing and kayaking – and win a £200 hotel voucher

We’d like to hear about great canoe or kayak tours and holidays around the world, plus your favourite places to ‘go for a paddle’, for a chance to win our weekly prize

Taking to the water in a canoe or kayak is one of the best ways to get a different angle on coasts, lakes, canals and rivers. Whether you’re an expert paddler capable of long sea kayak trips or just like to pootle around calm waters, we want to hear the how, where, and what of your favourite spots.

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Budapest’s Margaret Island, a green haven in Hungary’s capital

The landscaped acres of this island in the Danube make a peaceful (and pretty much cost-free) day out in the middle of the city

An eye-shaped haven in the centre of the Danube, Margaret Island lies between the grandeur of Pest to the east and Buda, the city’s more frenetic side, to the west. Just 1.6 miles long (it is linked to a bridge at either end) and less than half a mile wide, it’s a tree-lined sanctuary away from the crowds. And, best of all, it’s (mainly) free.

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