Maria Hagan

Freelance journalist specialised in travel and cultural criticism writing in English and in French
Publications include Time Out Paris, The Prague Post, Voyeur Magazine and more

TravelMag Launches Its Responsible Tourism Initiative

The United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – and we’re jumping on the bandwagon. At TravelMag we relish the diversity of environments and cultures that the world has to offer, so have decided to make it our priority to appreciate them in a responsible way. Our New Year’s resolution is to present one ecological or responsible tourism initiative or destination...

Paris City Guide (extract)

Balancing tradition with cutting-edge architectural and artistic innovation, Paris pulls together the very best of what France has to offer. With a vibrant multiculturalism and art scene and as the epicentre of new fashions and trends, an eclectic range of experiences awaits the keen traveller in this happening city... (full version available for download at

The Best of Slow Journalism: The Men Who Burned Liberia’s Ebola Victims

In her New York Times article ‘They Helped Erase Ebola in Liberia. Now Liberia Is Erasing Them’, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Helene Cooper tells the harrowing tale of 30 men hired to cremate bodies in Liberia at the height of the Ebola pandemic in 2014. The burners devoted themselves to the stomach-turning task of mass cremation, playing a crucial role in ridding their country of the virus. But rather than being hailed as heroes who took on a nightmarish task for the sake of their country,

The Best of Slow Journalism: The Narco-Terror Trap

In the wake of 9/11, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned the US government that the drug trade is responsible for pumping money into terrorist organisations. A traumatised nation took heed, and over the next decade the DEA underwent a massive expansion in reach and funding. In this arresting piece co-published by ProPublica and The New Yorker, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Ginger Thompson questions whether narcotics and terrorism really are intertwined, or if the DEA’s claim to su

Art Review: Brave New World at DOX

Aldous Huxley certainly let his imagination run wild when he came up with his notorious novel ‘Brave New World’. Writing in 1931, he dreamed up a dystopian world for 2540, a world in which new science and technology have transformed how people live. A benevolent dictatorship reigns through a pleasure-rich treatment of its subjects: children are born in hatcheries and educated through hypnotism to a level befitting a predetermined caste, while hallucinogenic drugs and sex are constantly available

Perfect Paris Péniches

The quays of the Seine and banks of the canals de l’Ourcq and Saint Martin are adored and regularly visited by Parisians, playing host to many a party, picnic or apéro. In Paris, houseboats – or péniches – function as more than just accommodation: many a water-loving entrepreneur has turned their houseboat into a lovely business or venue. These péniches add charm and originality to shopping and theatre trips, dinner, drinks and even nights out clubbing...


‘Viva Cuba Libre!’ is the hopeful message penned again and again in the guest book of ‘Havana’, the father-and-son exhibition currently showing at the Maison des Amériques Latines. Marc and Alexei Riboud’s joint exhibit takes us on a historical exploration of the Cuban capital through two sets of pictures, one taken in 1963 and the other in 2004. Rife with political context, the two sets of photographs paint a remarkable portrait of a city that seems barely to have changed over 40 years...

Le Pavillon des Canaux

A pretty café-restaurant, Le Pavillon des Canaux is another great project with an artistic edge and a stimulating community feel to it. Set in an old two-storey house overlooking the Canal de l’Ourq and its houseboats, Le Pavillon is bright, colourful and peaceful. Ring the doorbell and smiling staff welcome you into a large living room with a doll’s house feel to it – all plush armchairs, mismatched furniture, floorboards, teapots, plants and even a birdcage. Large wooden tables are great for...

Le Ballroom du Beefclub

You reach Le Ballroom, another venture from the trio behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, via an unmarked black door and down a spiral staircase beneath the Beefclub restaurant. Here, well beyond signal range, you'll find red brick walls, an ornate tiled ceiling and a gleaming collection of spirits and liqueurs, which all create the perfect setting for this dimly-lit speakeasy-style cocktail bar. Waistcoat-wearing bartenders serve up drinks and banter at the comptoir, or there are Chesterfield
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