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Marseille & Versailles cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season'

fshok.com Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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Crème brûlée in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Joel Kramer If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually…

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Thrilling mountain biking in Les Gets

Located in southeastern France's Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region - about an hour 15 minutes east of the closest air gateway, Geneva and a six-hour drive from Paris- this charming village of a bit over 1,200 permanent residents also happens to be one of Europe's top mountain-biking meccas. Les Gets boasts some 650 kilometers of marked tracks and 25 ski lifts also open all summer long to easily get from one place to another. Les Gets has also repeatedly hosted the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (below),…

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5 highlights of Cannes, a star of the Riviera

The Côte d'Azur is famous for its number of cities and towns that are haunts of the rich and famous. Among the best known of these is this city of 73,000, best known to the rest of the world for its glamorous film festival. But there are also a number of sights and experiences that make Cannes a worthwhile visit any time of year. Here are my top five: read post

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  • Elyse, I don't know how to respond directly to your post but just to say I've had good luck with the Regional tourism boards - they tend to have marketing staff as well as comms staff - I don't know about Bordeaux but I have to say several regions have been very responsive. Good luck!

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  • Tried them again...they were very rude. The assistant to the main person was very nice, and then after I put in all the efforts, I got a mosquito swat of a rejection saying they are too busy.  I think there are certain tourism boards that only work with outlets they feel are top tier.  They pawned me off to a couple of PR firms, so I will try my luck with them.

    Tourism boards who only help writers at a certain tier should post a disclaimer on their web site saying they only work with top market newspapers and newsstand books.

  • Sounds pretty awful, Elyse -- the time you put in, the disappointment, the embarrassment. Still, I'd contact them again, if only because you have nothing to lose. With your antennae up this time, you'll know if you're going to get assistance or not. 

  • Ed,

    They were not very nice to me a few years ago.  They invited me on a FAM, had me get letters of assignment and two hours later when I provided them, the THREE trips were filled up, so I wasted my time and looked foolish and then had to explain to my editors that i was not really invited.

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