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Art Art Art

Art Art Art
Destination(s): Paris

For those who can't get enough of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and music. read more about Art Art Art... Read More

Ah Paris!

Ah Paris!
Destination(s): Paris

This day can be inserted wholesale or piecewise into a longer trip to Paris. It's a bit of a cliche to come to Paris for the romance, but it's true that the city of lights lends itself to romancing, so enjoy it. read more about Ah Paris!... Read More

Best of Budget Paris - Galleries and Free Booze

Best of Budget Paris - Galleries and Free Booze
Destination(s): Paris

If you are on a budget or just downright broke in Paris... don't worry -- take this list of galleries and head out on a gallery hop. Even the fanciest of galleries are free to walk in and look around and they sport some of the finest in contemporary and modern art. Try to look like you might be buying, you are always better received that way and if you hit the galleries try to hit them on a Thursday night when most exhibitions have their opening nights. Check the websites, many of these openings called 'vernissage' in French are by invite only, but there are plenty that are not and there is always free wine and a variety of snacks. Some galleries with no money have slim pickins' but others have grand buffets. Most on this list are amongst the classier and more well-known of the galleries but literally Paris has hundreds. Rest assured, no one goes hungry for art or wine in Paris on Thursday nights. read more about Best of Budget Paris - Galleries and Free Booze... Read More

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in France

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in France
Destination(s): Cannes

Romantic dining can mean something different to everyone, depending on the attention they give to food, setting and service. The simple fact that you are in France does a pretty good job at covering all these areas, but there are a few places where you are guarenteed a memorable meal and a wonderful time, accompanied by some of the best French wines on the menus of these classy restaurants. Young and creative chefs put a spin on traditional French cuisine in places like Kei's Passion or Le 38, where you will have the privilege to be served inventive dishes full of character. Le Chapon Fin is also a good destination for a more traditional take on French culinary culture, as this restaurant prides itself with one of the first Michelin stars in the country. An alternative worth considering is Café Marly in Paris, where you shouldn't expect too much of the simple, classic menu, but then not many places can boast a stunning view of the Louvre pyramid. read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in France... Read More

Top 10 Things To Do in France

Top 10 Things To Do in France
Destination(s): Cannes

Going to France is always an adventure that takes you through very different places and experiences, but the ones we have selected for you are a bit different than the well known tourist activities. You should obviously not leave out the Louvre, Pantheon or Cannes' Film Festival Palace when planning your France destination, but you should also try something alternative and visit the Picasso Museum in Cannes or the Matisse Museum in Nice. Old Towns are the perfect place for your afternoon walk wherever you may find yourself in France, but Lyon has something really special, which has been acknowledges as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The maze of streets and passages that were once meant to facilitate access in different areas of the city is now and incredibly beautiful area with huge cultural significance, so take some time and get exploring in Lyon's Old City. read more about Top 10 Things To Do in France... Read More

Five Festive Days in Lyon, France

Five Festive Days in Lyon, France
Destination(s): Lyon

This is a fun five day festive trip, taking-in all the major tourist sights of Lyon, a few off-the-beaten-path points of interest, run-up to Christmas shopping locations and the not to be missed bars, bistros and restaurants of France’s gastronomic capital. Day One: Starting your trip from the centrally located Mercure Lyon Plaza Républic (a medium range hotel on the famous Rue de la Républic), day one includes visits to the cultural sights of the surrounding Presquîle, including the vast royal square Place Bellecour and further attractions located around Place des Terreaux. Day one is completed with a night at opera (Opéra National de Lyon) and drinks at the Opus bar, located at Place des Terreaux. Day Two: Day two begins with a relaxing walk around Lyon’s largest public park (Parc de la Tête d’Or), which includes a visit to Zoo Garden (Jardin Zoologique de la Tête d’Or), located on the park’s grounds. The park is followed by a dose of modern art from the nearby Institute d’Art Contemporain and Musée d’Art Contemporain. After all that art, a bit of fun and a light flutter can be had at the Casino Le Pharaon, before enjoying a walk along the banks of the Rhone River and dinner at L’Entrecote.Day Three:Through a maze of historic narrow streets known as the Traboules de la Croix-Rousse, the third day starts with a walk around Croix-Rousse. Sightseeing in the Croix-Rousse will include the Jarin Rosa Mir gardens, the Galerie Vrais Rêves and a trip to the theatre at Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse. All of this is of course accompanied by stop-offs at a few of Croix-Rousse’s famous cafés and restaurants. Day Four: Have your walking shoes on for day four when Fourviére hill is ascended and descended, with stop-offs at the immense and beautiful Basilique de Fourviére, the Gallo-Roman archaeological site (Amphithéâtre Gallo-Romain) and the neoclassic church Saint-Just. Back down the hill and we arrive at the attraction located on the historic Rue du Boeuf.Day Five: Just in time for Christmas - and before the end of the trip - a day of shopping in Part-Dieu will include visits to; Place du Maréchal Lyautey (a wonderful book market located next to the river), the Christmas market at Quai Général Sarrail and shopping at a variety of food markets including Place Guichard and Place Louis. Finishing the final day, the trip is concluded with dinner at one of Lyon’s famous restaurants, Boutique Pignol Printemps Gourmand. Bon appétit! read more about Five Festive Days in Lyon, France... Read More

Top 5 Parks To Visit In Lyon

Top 5 Parks To Visit In Lyon
Destination(s): Lyon

No matter what time of year it is, visiting parks in Lyon is a nice way to add a touch of nature to the urban climate of a city visit. And with parks dotted all around the city, you can never be very far from a green retreat in Lyon.

Lyon boast many parks that range from the large and well known (such as Parc de la Tete d'Or), to hidden away little and lesser known parks, such as Jardin Rosa Mir. In this guide, I've made a selection which covers both types to create ' The Top 5 Parks To Visit In Lyon'. read more about Top 5 Parks To Visit In Lyon... Read More

Best High End Restaurants in Paris

Best High End Restaurants in Paris
Destination(s): Paris

From truffles à 'gaga' at Michel Rostang tucked away in Paris' bourgeoise, chic 17th Arrondisement to classic French cuisine with a modern touch at Jules Vernes in prime tourist territory at the Eiffel Tower to downstream at La Tour d'Argent in swanky St. Germain -- a dinner for two with a nice bottle of wine at anyone of these Parisain fine restaurants is likely to set you back as much as a round trip ticket from New York, but any trip to Paris wouldn't be complete without at least one dinner 'a la luxe.' So scour the discount airfare site and downgrade from business class and try to book a table at any of these super pricey Parisian culinary wonders. Even vegetarians have a spot on this list - check out L'Arpege. read more about Best High End Restaurants in Paris... Read More

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in France

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in France
Destination(s): Paris

French haute cuisine is a luxury you should be ready to afford if you want your trip to be a complete and memorable experience, because they don't do it anywhere like they do it in France. Reserve a table and dine in the best restaurants with elegant and refined settings, and get ready to be treated like a French aristocrat by knowledgeable and highly trained staff. One of the best traditional choices is Le Chapon Fin, one of the first restaurants to have received a Michelin star back in 1933, but you can also have an excellent meal in a refreshing setting at Le Jardin (The Garden), an ideal summer culinary destination. A hidden gem in Nice is the really tiny Don Camillo Creations, where you are guaranteed some special attention when dining at one of their only 9 tables. read more about Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in France... Read More