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Christmas in Colmar, in Alsace-Lorraine

 Europe’s towns and cities famously light up and don holiday finery for Yuletide, but during the Christmas season in Colmar, in northeast France’s Alsace region – already famous for its charming historic quarter, with its cobblestone streets, canals, and half-timbered houses – the displays reach another level entirely, going far beyond lightbulbs adorning the main streets to the façades of the small houses in its old town illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow. The results, as any…

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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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  • 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.

  • Elyse, have you approached the folks at the French Tourism office here in NYC?

  • Bonjour, tout le monde!

    Je voudrais savoir s'il y a des membres qui travaillent avec un hotel ou faissent les relations publiques avec un agence avec plusieurs clients qui sont hotels et restaurants?

    Here's the scoop en Anglais.

    I will be traveling to Bordeaux from the 3-8 of September for Intermezzo and a couple of my beverage industry trades.  I would like to look into extending my stay a few days beyond the press trip in Paris as I think I can get some interesting material.  While I may be hosted by the Mandarin Oriental a couple of days after Bordeaux (9/8 and 9/9, I would like to find out if there are other hotels who can extend complimentary rooms on assignment (I can provide the letters of assignment).  If it turns out to be a short stay, and hotels can't offer comped rooms, I am still interested in reviewing a couple of hotel or independent restaurants with very inventive sommeliers and interesting wine from the Bordeaux region, so it will tie in with the main features I am doing that focus on Bordeaux's wine and influences on other regions of France.

    Let me know your thoughts.  If I secure extra days in Paris, I will inform the people booking flights to France from L.A.

    All the best,


  • We're celebrating Atlantic destinations and crossings at The World on Wheels starting with an old London trip infused with newly discovered pictures. Come along as we take the Eurostar for a day out to Paris: http://tinyurl.com/cwmzbwo

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • These are called 'heating hands' - they are used by glove makers (in this case in Grenoble) to iron out the wrinkles in kid gloves. Only one manufacturer still makes kid gloves by hand - unfortunately a dying art.


  • Have you ever heard of the Festival de l'Alicoque in Nyons, in the Drome? If you love olives and olive oils then let me tell you what it's all about.


  • Are food and drinks really that expensive in Paris?


  • And the final part of our trip: from Pantheon to Centre Pompidou


  • Girls weekend in Paris - Day 2: From Notre Dame to the Pantheon


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