A foodie break in Caen là Mer, Normandy

Description: Sarah Baxter samples the foodie delights of the Caen la Mer region, joining Parisians stocking up on fresh fish and learning about Normandy's love of all things apples and pears. Sarah Baxter samples the foodie delights of the Caen là Mer region, joining Parisians stocking up on fresh fish and learning about Normandy’s love of all things apples and pears.Sampling Calvados in La Boîte à Calva, Caen. Photo: Sarah BaxterFingers crossed, I descended the creaking stairs of the guesthouse to see if he’d been… It was 6.30am. Was it too early? When I reached the hallway, I found the bread hatch –

Local food and drink in Germany

Description: As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Germany, Sarah Baxter reveals some of Germany's finest edible delights, from kirsch-soaked black forest gateau As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Germany, Sarah Baxter reveals some of Germany’s finest edible delights, from tasty chocolate treats to North Sea oystersA chocolatier in Erfurt puts the finishing touches to his creation. Photo: Thüringer Tourismus GmbH / Dirk WeisGemütlichkeit is one of the world’s finest words. It encapsulates the perfect German moment: you’re in a sunny beer garden or cosy tavern; there’s a sense of joy and cheer, a welcoming vibe and plentiful food and drink. Gemütlichkeit is the X-factor that makes a good gathering great, and that

Germany’s protected areas

Description: As we launch our Greentraveller's Guide to Germany, Sarah Baxter celebrates some of the country's special protected areas, from wildlife-rich nature reserves to fairytale forest As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Germany, writer Sarah Baxter celebrates some of the country’s special protected areas, from wildlife-rich nature reserves to fairytale forestsSaxon Switzerland National Park region. Photo: Tourismusverband Sächsische Schweiz/Philipp ZieglerGermany is gloriously, prolifically wild. Despite being best known for its big, buzzing cities, it has 22,296 protected areas*, ranging from national parks to sites of community importance. Together these account for around 40% of German land and seas. Which makes it –