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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Paris, Of Course

Where: Paris, France
April 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

If you haven't yet had the opportunity to fall in love with the Paris, know that spending some extra cash on a trip to the City of Light is worth it. If you have been to the French capital, then you know what we're talking about and it's high time for a return trip.

Not only does the city have a laundry list of landmarks, from the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees to the Louvre and Latin Quarter, but both new and return visitors don't have to be told that the culinary delights alone are tempting enough to deserve a trip.

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Everyone Either Loves or Hates Paris' Love Locks

Where: Paris, France
March 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are many traditions and tidbits over in Paris, and one of the most famous might just be attaching a padlock to a bridge and throwing the key into the river to symbolize everlasting love. Locking your love in a city known for affection and romance is all fine and dandy, but apparently the act might do a little bit of damage to the bridge and environment. Things are safe for now but there’s a group looking to unlock—if you will—this type of thing, as they aim to protect the Seine and the bridges that span it.

No Love Locks was born to save the bridges, as two women desire to protect and to prolong the city’s beauty—free from locks. At first we kind of thought this was a little unnecessary, but as we read their story—and their description of the locks as a creeping fungus—we kind of see their side of things.

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Will Smog Affect Your Next Trip to Paris?

Where: Paris, France
March 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not here to cause panic and have you choke on your macaron, baguette, or cotton candy, but Paris had a problem a little under two weeks ago when an usual amount of smog rolled in and blanketed the city.

Concerned officials went as far as to throw open the turnstiles to public transportation, offering free rides on subways and buses for three days in hopes of improving air quality and easing congestion throughout the region. It wasn't just the pollution, though. According to the BBC, some unique weather patterns made things that much worse, resulting in an Air Quality Index of 185 that put Paris on par with Beijing.

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Monday, Five Thirty: This French Liqueur Seems Like it Belongs in the Caribbean

Where: France
March 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

In celebration of the most needed happy hour of the week, we're launching a new column called “Monday, Five Thirty” that will take a look at different vices from around the world, specifically boozes and beers unique to a destination. Last week, we told you why you should always drink vodka on St. Paddy's Day. This week, we head to France for a taste of South America.

After we had our first taste of Passoa on St. Thomas in the Caribbean, we thought it was a natural fit as far as tropical drinks go, its passion-fruit flavor mixing well with different juices as a rum-punch alternative. When we asked the bartender what island it was made on, he surprised us and said, "France."

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Starting in April, France is Back on Eurail Select Pass

Where: France
March 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

After taking a year hiatus from participating in the Eurail Select Pass - which allows customers to purchase three, four, or five country rail passes - France has announced it will rejoin the program starting in April.

Currently and until March 31st, you can buy three, four, or five country passes, choosing from a list of 25+ countries so long as they are connected to each other. For those looking at the map, you can see the effects of the decision go beyond visiting France. This past year, Select Pass holders were out of luck when they wanted to travel from Spain/Portugal to Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Belgium. They had to buy single tickets or splurge on the Global Pass, which is at least double the price depending on the specifics of your travel dates.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Monaco

Where: Monaco
January 31, 2014 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

The French Riviera always seems like a sunny little destination for all seasons, but the reality is that it has its good days and its bad, its excellent weather and its dreary downpours. Nestled in the undulations of the Riviera coastline is the shining nugget of the Principality of Monaco, and though it seems above the commonness of weather, it too suffers from seasons.

Summer is always a nice time to visit, if you're okay with crowds and too-hot days, but there are plenty other options throughout the year to make a visit to Monaco as sunny and blue-skied as possible.

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What Not to Do in Monaco: The Top Five Tourist Mistakes

Where: Monaco
January 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

While we definitely recommend making your stay in Monaco longer than the popular day trip to even begin to scratch the surface, at least these do-not-dos will help no matter your trip length to the world's second-smallest country.

So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Monaco: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.

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To Get a Passport Stamp in Monaco, You Have to Know Where to Look

January 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

Despite Monaco's tiny size and lack of an airport, it is still very much its own country and it'll stamp your passport to prove it. The only thing is, you've got to chase down that stamp if you want it, and trust us that you definitely do want it if you've gone to the trouble to set foot in this hamlet on the French Riviera.

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French Riviera or Bust: How to Travel to Monaco

Where: Monaco
January 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The tiny Principality of Monaco just so happens to be both the world's densest country and its richest. Long a favorite of the cruise crowd and wannabe James Bonds, it's more than just Grace Kelly and gilded yachts; Monaco is one destination that deserves a prominent place on your bucket list and all week we'll be sharing why.

Despite the difficulty of locating Monaco on a map that lacks detail, traveling to the principality is remarkably easy from almost any major metropolis in Europe. There's no income or bling requirement to visit, and no special handshake to saunter up into its famous Casino. Monte-Carlo is actually fully connected to the rest of the world by air with a heliport, by rail with a lovely train station, and by its famous World Rally and Formula 1 roads.

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Power On and Phone Home from the Channel Tunnel

January 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now more than ever it’s hard to disconnect from things, and that’s certainly the case when you’re traveling about. Thanks to a little bit of connectivity ingenuity now you can even reach out and touch someone from under the English Channel, as mobile phone services are arriving for those zipping between the United Kingdom and France.

Those heading back and forth through the Channel tunnel will soon be able to give a ring to friends and family, as it sounds like 4G service will be arriving. It’s the north tunnel that’s getting the new cellular beams and bits, and this will be the first time you can continue to talk to your grandma as you travel from the island to the continent.

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New High-Speed Train Service Slices the Hours Between Paris and Barcelona

Where: France
December 2, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your European holiday is about to get a little bit faster, as some new high speed train service is arriving on the continent. Now budget travel isn’t just an option aboard a low cost carrier, as the train might be able to zip you over to where you want to be.

Tickets are now on sale for the TGV train between Paris and Barcelona, and the speedy service should start up on December 15. Travelers can now visit Girona—that's just outside Barcelona in Spain—in just under six hours after departing Paris. Those looking to complete the whole journey between Paris and Barcelona can now do so in around six and a half hours. Connections are even available for those departing from London, as one can get from the UK to Spain in just over ten hours.

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Why Have the French Soured on the Baguette?

Where: Paris , France
November 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Reports over the last few months have indicated that baguette sales are down across the board in France, so much so that the French Bakers' Lobby launched a campaign in an attempt to get people to fall back off the wagon.

The campaign and its slogan (“hey there, did you pick up the bread?”) pretty much says it all about the state of the situation. According to the BBC, two factors have contributed most to the downturn in bread consumption: 1) The French are sitting down less and eating more meals on-the-go and 2) In an effort to cut costs, many bakeries are now using frozen bread instead of making it fresh.

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