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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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Throwback Thursday: When 'Discerning' Men Flew Air France

November 7, 2013 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Check out this old ad for Air France's transatlantic service. Love the route names: "Super Starliner" and "Eastern Epicurian." Hate that the ad implies only men enjoy the nicer things while in flight.

Granted, this ad was taken from an old British men's magazine named "Lilliput," but the thought of outright targeting one sex over the other for the sales of airline tickets is ridiculous. You see, it's done in a far subtler way now; note the naked Russian flight attendant calendar distributed to male frequent flyers of Aeroflot, or the sexy ads of Virgin America, touting the handsomeness of their male flight attendants and pilots just as much as the beauty of the females.

Okay, maybe not so subtle. At least there is one truly timeless aspect to the ad, and it's that final promise of "good food, good wine, good service and good company."

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How Paris is Beating the Summer Heat Using the Seine

Where: Paris, France
July 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Things are getting pretty hot over the pond in Europe with rising mercury not offering much relief. With highs edging over 30℃ (around 90℉), Paris has at least found the solution for the throngs of tourists sweating throughout the city to snap a few pics in front of the Eiffel Tower or eat a croissant.

The relief comes in the way of the Seine River that cuts the city in two halves. No, Parisians are not recommending to jump in the river to cool off, instead city engineers are using the cooling properties of H2O to ease soaring temps in some of the Paris' hottest—literally and figuratively—tourist attractions all the while considering Mother Nature. Essentially, the Seine acts a giant, city-sized swamp cooler reducing temps and making buildings more bearable to explore.

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A Tour de France to Remember: More Than a Midnight in Paris

Where: Paris, France
July 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.

This weekend rounds out the one of the most grueling cycling races on the planet. As the peloton fights for air in the Alps, we will focus our attention on the final stage of the race from Versailles to Paris that sees the fastest racers feverishly pedaling from the outskirts onto the streets of the French capital.

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A Tour de France to Remember: Traveling on the TGV

Where: France
July 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.

France has one of the most extensive rail systems in the world, let alone Europe, and you can take your pick from high-speed or commuter-speed and budget or luxury. The TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse, literally translated to high-speed train, zips all around the country with top speeds of up to 200 mph, giving a great option to travelers who want to see another side to France but might be short on time.

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A Tour de France to Remember: Coasting on the Cote d'Azur

Where: France
July 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.

The Tour celebrates its 100th birthday this year and it's already kicked off from the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. From the island, the cyclists pop over to the mainland and continue the 2,115 mile bike ride by whizzing by the picturesque scenery of the French Riviera.

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Can't Make It to Paris? Have the Sweetest Snacks of France Shipped to Your Door

Where: France
June 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finally travelers who miss the flavors of Paris need not wait until their next European trip to fulfill a craving for French snacks. A new company, named Try the World, seeks to deliver those yummies right to your door, or to the mailbox of any Francophile you love enough to gift such a thing.

Try the World has only recently launched, offering "The Classic Paris Box," but has plans to expand to other destination-inspired boxes and even a subscription service a la Birchbox, but for foreign snacks! The concept is simple (and genius) enough:

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Hey, Who's Up for a Series of Crushing European Airport Strikes?

June 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the season of airport strikes, during which unions - maybe justifiably, maybe not - burn whatever sympathy the public has for them by grinding airports to a halt. Every single time some group of airport or airline workers tries something like this, travelers followed by huge swaths of the public turn against the strikers. And yet here we are, all together, again.

This time it's a strike by French air traffic controllers. First the walkout resulted in the cancellation of more than 2,000 flights in France—60 percent of the country's flights—and then it began cascading across Europe.

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Lyon for More Than Just the Food

Where: Lyon, France
May 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

For most people, Paris is such a dream destination that the idea of leaving town sounds anticlimactic. However, even lifelong Parisiens know the value of occasionally getting out of the city. This week, we'll be looking at four daytrips—or even two-day trips—that you can take from the City of Light.

Today's destination: Lyon (Part 2). (Read Part 1)

Lyon is renowned for its food, but what to do about filling the time between meals? Museum-wise, Lyon has quite an assortment to offer. Highlights include the Museum of Decorative Arts, the African Art Museum, the Musee Lumiere (about the history of cinema, which has strong ties to a Lyonnais family), and the Museum of Lyon, which details the city’s interesting and sometimes chaotic history.

If you have more time to spend in Lyon, suck it up and opt for a guided tour. The ‘Vieux-Lyon’ or ‘Old Lyon’ part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why when you first spot the mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

The true gem of Lyon, though, is the traboule system. These hidden tunnels and passageways, with their eye-catching design features, date from when the city was a major Medieval trading center. Most of them are privately owned, but a few are open to the public during certain hours, and veteran Lyonnais tour guides will show you what’s hiding in plain sight.

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