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Paris: Beyond the Tourist Trail

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Paris: Beyond the Tourist Trail

Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs-Elysee, and the Arc de Triomphe. These are just a few of the major sights that Tourists flock to on a trip to Paris. This is understandable of course, everyone wants to see these major sights that Paris has to offer. I myself spent my first two trips to Paris visiting these major tourist attractions, so who am I to judge. However, I now find that my favourite places to visit or to see are those that are away from the main tourist attractions, whether they are located in different areas altogether or are in...

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St. Regis: Astor in Tuileries Garden Stay

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St. Regis: Astor in Tuileries Garden Stay

  The St. Regis Atlanta Celebrates Paris on Peachtree: Astor in Tuileries Garden Stay As Peachtree prepares to welcome Paris at the High Museum with The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition, The St. Regis Atlanta has conceived an overnight package to delight Francophiles near and far. Combining art, design and history with The St. Regis Atlanta’s unsurpassed bespoke service, the Astor in Tuileries Garden package transports guests from the hotel’s Astor Court to Paris’ beloved Tuileries Garden, complete with the...

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Chateau Eza: Sensational Travel Gastronomy Experience

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Chateau Eza: Sensational Travel Gastronomy Experience

Chateau Eza on the French Riviera Nestled at the top of a steep hill overlooking sweeping vistas of the Cote d’Azur, is the beautiful five star hotel and restaurant Chateau Eza, in stunning and historic Eze Village. Behind the narrow winding alleyways teeming with boutiques, holiday makers and colourful plants climbing the stone walls, this beautiful restaurant lies perched on the rocks directly over-looking the Mediterranean. In the comfortable shade of the large parasols, Richard and I take our seats on the edge of the terrace and...

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Obernai Fetes the Arrival of Autumn

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Obernai Fetes the Arrival of Autumn

Walking Tall at Obernai Fetes When I arrived in Strasbourg to work as an English teaching assistant it was late September it was unseasonably warm and sunny. As autumn finally (and somewhat surprisingly) descended upon Strasbourg the leaves turned brown and amber and yellow and red, and on a clear blue Sunday morning I met up with some of the other assistants for La Fête d’Automne in the town of Obernai. The first proper chill in the air making coffee and a giant, pistachio macaron absolute necessities. Plans to Obernai No matter how...

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Cooking Paris

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Cooking Paris

                   Gourmet Paris in the Springtime         Exciting New Course Offerings PARIS, FRANCE (March 18, 2013) – As springtime approaches, recreational cooking school, Promenades Gourmandes and its founder Paule Caillat, have announced a new roster of activities to entice culinary enthusiasts looking for a taste of French cuisine and culture during the upcoming tourist season in Paris. Also announced was the addition of business partner, Aude Barbera, a 30 year old native Parisian and trained chef, with...

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A Winter Week in Paris Costs Only $1,139

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A Winter Week in Paris Costs Only $1,139

A Winter Week in Paris Costs Only $1,139 There are several good reasons to visit Paris in winter: You won’t wait in line at the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, you won’t suffer un-air-conditioned buses and restaurants, and prices are a lot lower. To take advantage of the lower prices, TourCrafters is offering a land-only Classic Paris in Winter package until March 17 that starts at $1,139 and includes private airport transfers, six nights’ accommodation in a charming 3-star hotel, six breakfasts, one lunch, a sightseeing cruise on the Seine, a 5-day...

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A Peak in Provence, France VII

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A Peak in Provence, France VII

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. For the first time I hold my own in a little shop, buying souvenirs.  The man behind the counter is patient, and I sort of understand him as he sort of understands me.  I know if I stayed longer, the language would begin to seep in.  It already has.   I walk the streets alone for the first time, silently saying goodbye to the people in the cafes.  A stooped old woman walks by with a cane.  “Bon jour madam,” I say.  She stops,...

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A Peak in Provence, France VI

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A Peak in Provence, France VI

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. After breakfast I hike into the hills behind town.  I pass wildflowers and the occasional burro.  The roads are steep and curvy but I get to see another part of this world, large houses tucked behind stone walls and wrought iron gates.  Many have expansive patios facing the patchwork of vineyards beyond.  I can’t decide which one should be my dream house.   Lionel’s is closed so I try a new cafe.  The waitress is a pretty blond and her words are...

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A Peak in Provence, France V

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A Peak in Provence, France V

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. I have an awful confession.  I’m ready to kill the ducks.  Every night there’s some canard catastrophe outside my window where they all quack incessantly like car alarms.  I have no idea what’s happening and don’t begrudge their avian drama, but does it have to be at 3:00 a.m.?   This morning I go to the town marche or farmer’s market, a weekly event.  I wander around and am starting to feel frustrated I can’t...

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A Peak in Provence, France IV

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A Peak in Provence, France IV

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. This morning my I-phone alarm sounds off at a strange time and I reach over to investigate.  But the alarm tone I chose a year ago, church bells, is not coming from this device.  It’s coming from outside my window, the call to Saturday mass.  I’ve grown to love this ancient form of communication, so different from the modern world with I-pads, texting and 24-hour news.   This morning’s breakfast on the terrace is well-attended.  Two...

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A Peak in Provence, France III

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A Peak in Provence, France III

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. After breakfast I hike the roads overlooking the village, thanking God for Zumba as I make my way up steep, windy hills.  As usual the vistas are both breath-taking and quaint, like a Cezanne painting.   I move along and feel a funny contentment.  No doubt some of it comes from being unshackled from the washing machine and dirty dishes.  But it’s also the air, the food, the sun.  I think of the people back home who would love this trip and know...

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A Peak in Provence, France II

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A Peak in Provence, France II

Editor’s Note: This is one installment of a seven-week series from an ITKT featured writer. After breakfast of croissants and coffee, I explore Collobrieres. Around every corner I gasp at huge, medieval wooden doors, thick wrought iron gates, lavender gardens.  I meander down side streets no wider than ten feet.  Red geraniums sit in window boxes, aged wooden shutters lie against rough walls painted in blues, yellows and greens.   I happen down a narrow side street and find a memorial of flowers in a doorway.  Two days before, a...

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A Peak in Provence, France

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A Peak in Provence, France

I must confess, after signing on for this trip to France, I had a case of buyer’s remorse.  I had vowed to do something exciting, different, meaningful this summer so when I saw the invitation to a Provence writer’s retreat, I leapt. Yet not long after sending in my deposit, regret began.  Had I acted too soon? And what about a little thing called money?  My husband’s starting his own business and here I am jetting off to Europe.  And speaking of jets, aren’t I the one who doesn’t like flying, let alone long,...

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British Airways Offers Summer Flight Deals to Paris

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British Airways Offers Summer Flight Deals to Paris

(NEW YORK, May 16, 2012) — British Airways today announced a special four day sale for travel between New York and Paris this summer — including nonstop flights in the new OpenSkies ‘Eco’ cabin. The sale starts today and runs until midnight PT time on Monday, May 14, 2012. The $1098 fare is for travel from New York (JFK or Newark) to Paris (CDG or Orly) in BA World Traveller economy class or OpenSkies’ new cabin, Eco. Fares begin at $1098, including all taxes, fees and charges. The fare is valid for travel from...

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Valentine’s Day Vacation in Paris Package

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Valentine’s Day Vacation in Paris Package

(Moonachie, NJ, December 19, 2011) – France Vacations is inviting travelers to fall in love again in Paris by offering a 5-night travel package deal in the heart of this romantic city. From only $1299 per person, couples can savor the “joie de vivre” of Paris through this enchanting travel experience that includes:   5 Night Hotel Accommodations in Paris, Including Hotel Taxes & Service Charges Private Roundtrip Airport/Hotel Transfers Daily Breakfast Bottle of wine in room 5-Day Metro Pass Tickets to the Paradis Latin Cabaret Show...

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