I agree with the writer Richard Madden about travelling to view solar eclipses (“Feel the power of the dark side”, June 6). It is a completely addictive experience. I saw my first one in the Libyan Sahara in 2006, where my fiance proposed (it has that kind of effect). This year, we will be on the banks of the Qiantang River in China to watch the tidal bore on the same day as the eclipse. I can’t wait. beauty of the eclipse. The thing that struck me most was the incredible intensity of the blackness of the moon during the brief moments of totality. The contrast with the corona makes the moon seem to be a hole in the fabric of space. Sadly, I will miss China this year but Easter Island next year sounds very tempting. Michael Simkin’s “Englishman’s guide to la belle France” (June 6) seems like a very fair portrait. I have lived in France for seven years, having had a certain number of preconceptions before taking the plunge and marrying a Frenchman. Most French people are friendly and accommodating (it is really the Parisians who are rude snobs). It is easy to eat badly but you can also enjoy a sublime meal in an unexpected little brasserie. On balance, the French have understood all the things about good living that remain
an enigma for we British. I would love to read a story by a Frenchman travelling around England doing exactly the same as Michael did. I wonder if you could find a volunteer in France to take the challenge. Somehow I doubt it.