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In Northern France

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Posted in Accommodations, Culinary, Europe, France, Luxury, Style

Just on an hour’s drive south of Calais, wedged in between Le Touquet and Arras, in the historic Somme valleys, is Chateau Bermicourt. Built in 1826, the ancestral Chateau served as the HQ for the Royal tank Corps in the Great War; and during WWII it was occupied by German
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Paris: Angelina’s Tearoom… enter the world of temptation

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Posted in Culinary, France

If the words ‘glamour’ and ‘gourmet’ conceptualise your ideal Parisian foodie experience then Café Angelina’s elegant interiors, majestic chandeliers and fabulous pastries will leave your expectations flailing in the wake of the locals rushing for a seat. Angelina has established itself as a high point of Parisian gourmet pleasures. It’s
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Yuletide Lights Around the World

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Christmas Tree image courtesy Feelart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
There’s something about festive Christmas lights twinkling and blinking in the night that enhances entire cities at once. Thousands of decorations, led light displays, over-sized ornaments suspended high above busy shopping areas, and magical state-of-the-art lighting that transforms everyday streets into an extravaganza.
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5 Chocolate Lover’s Destinations

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Posted in Activities, Belgium, California, Culinary, Europe, Food Tours, France, Holiday Travel, Nevada, North America, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom

Nothing says love more than chocolate – well, at least for most people. Why not plan a getaway to a destination known for chocolate? Go to a far flung part of the world where the heavenly creation of sweetened food made from cocoa beans excites your taste buds. What could
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Gourmet Secrets from the South of France – a 100km/3-day culinary tour of the Midi-Pyrenees

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Culinary, Europe, France, Wine Tours

Toulouse is the birthplace of Concorde, the Ariane Rocket and home to Airbus. It also boasts sixteen-hundred boutiques, a thousand restaurants and a myriad other gourmet finds which demand further investigation. Which is why, upon arrival at Toulouse Blagnac Airport, I made my way to the prestigious Victor Hugo market, famous
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5 Worldwide Christmas Markets to Visit

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Air Travel, Austria, Culinary, Destinations, Europe, Family Travel, Festivals, France, Germany, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, North America, Quebec, Shopping, United States of America

Strasbourg Christmas Market courtesy Office de Tourisme de Strasbourg When you think of Christmas Markets the first place that comes to mind are the traditional ones located in Europe – specifically in Germany and Austria, where old cobbled streets decorated with stringed lights house wooden chalet stalls that sell everything
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Auvers-sur-Oise: The Impressionist Parisian Hideaway

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Posted in Europe, Family Travel, France, Historical travel

The fact that I missed my early morning Eurostar from London to Paris may be down to the fact that, through use of the plagued Eastern European, African and South American railways, I’ve conditioned myself to expect train travel to be functionally disorganized. But it also may be down to the
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Putting Art at the Heart of Travel

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Posted in Activities, France, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Italy, North America, Planning, Spain

A replica of Michelangelo’s David – the real one is inside One of the nicest things about the world’s greatest art galleries is that they tend to be in the world’s greatest cities – which is incredibly convenient. Once you’ve walked through kilometres of galleries and squinted at countless treasures
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Ten Ways to Traverse Lyon

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Posted in Activities, Destinations, Europe, France, River Cruises

Upon arriving in Lyon, France’s third largest city and textile capital, it took me all of twenty minutes to figure out how French women maintain their slim figures. They walk, everywhere. And in a city like Lyon, where the topography rivals that of San Francisco, there’s nothing even remotely simple
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Seven trips inspired by Disney Movies

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Posted in Africa, Asia, Destinations, France, Hawaii, Middle East, South America

Inspiration for your next trip can come from many places — websites, guidebooks, other people’s travel tales and even classic Disney cartoons. Those idealized landscapes, the sweeping opening shots set to iconic music — no trip could ever be as perfect as it seems in a Disney movie, could it?
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Traveler’s French in Four Phrases

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Posted in Destinations, Europe, France

Now what, you may ask, is the interest of learning a small measure of French? Those of you who have traveled to France can relate to the frustration of waiting years to use your high school French knowledge, only to be rebuffed with English by a smug crêpe seller. Moreover,
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France – Boulogne’s Best

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Posted in All Inclusive, Destinations, Europe, France, Lodging, Luxury, Style

A seven a.m. departure from Dover, a UK sea port, will have you across the English Channel in France’s Boulogne  just over an hour later, giving us just sufficient time to freshen up, take in a coffee (and a patisserie) and plan our morning. This ferry service is run by
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