Penne 4 Your Thoughts

Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more

It’s not this time of year without Christmas markets

Nobody does Christmas markets like the Europeans. The Germans, in particular, have it down to an art form. Which is why, four years ago, when I was a carefree student … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 11 Comments

Inside Angelina, Paris

Angelina in Paris is every hot chocolate-lover’s dream destination. Its Hot Chocolate L’Africain is recognised as one of the best in Paris, so when I walked past one day and … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 6 Comments

Sunset in Saint Malo, France

We arrive at the city walls just in time to catch the sunset, and what a breath-taking one it is. We are in Brittany, drawn by Saint-Malo’s famous neighbour, Mont-Saint-Michel. But … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Market Day at Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

I love street markets. I’m drawn in by the sheer variety of stuff available for sale; from costume jewelry to beautifully handcrafted wooden bowls to plastic table cloths and boho-chic … Continue reading

August 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

One shot, two ways: Cassis, France

Journey so far Route: Fontainebleau > Pamplona > Gavarnie > Avignon > Arles > Aix-en-Provence Number of kilometers: 2,000 Highlight of the trip: Accidentally running with the bulls Biggest disappointment: … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Foreshadow: Visiting chateaux in the Loire Valley

In retrospect, I should have listened to the old man. Jean-Michel, an old family friend, laughed when I told him why I’d picked a business school in a tiny French … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Hotel Restaurant du Lion d’Or in Rocamadour: A masterpiece of French regional cooking

It is dusk when we arrive in Rocamadour, a beautiful, ancient French village that clings tenaciously to the edge of a sheer, rocky cliff. We spend some time wandering through … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

Giverny revisited

A French family friend once told me that Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, should be visited each season to marvel at the garden in its various pretty dresses. My first visit was … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

The golden hour in Carcassonne, France

It is the golden hour and the sun is just beginning to set as we cross the old bridge back into the lower city. Glancing back across our shoulders, we … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · 11 Comments


It’s not every day that one gets a chance to live in the French countryside for a year. When I was accepted into the MBA programme, I leapt at the … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

The best baguettes in Paris

The French take their bread so seriously that there is a festival in honour of it. I chanced upon the Fete du Pain one Spring day in front of the … Continue reading

July 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Of raw beef and eggs

There is one thing (Ok, several things, really, chief of which is their penchant for organs and such, or what I like to call “spare parts”, but I digress) that … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

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