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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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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Lyon for Bellecour and Bouchons

Where: Lyon, France
May 23, 2013 at 1:19 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 1).

Lyon is the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille, but it remains much more free of tourists than the others. The beautiful spot at the meeting of the Rhone and the Saone is just two hours away from Paris via a high-speed train from (appropriately enough) Gare de Lyon, meaning you can stop in for the day or give it a full weekend. Lyon’s also quite conveniently located if you want to go from Paris to the south of France or continue on to Switzerland or northern Italy.

When you arrive in Lyon, begin at Bellecour, the main heart of the city, located on a small island between the two rivers. This is where everyone in Lyon comes to meet friends and hang out on nice days. You’ll see the famous Tree of Flowers sculpture here, and during warm months there are boats up and down the river banks serving as makeshift bars; simply follow the locals and do your own waterlogged pub crawl.

Bellecour is also where you’ll find Lyon’s tourist information board, so sign up here for tours or special deals. Lyon has beefed up their tourist website lately and almost everything is in English. It’s worth picking up a Lyon City Card here—the card comes in 24, 48, or 72-hour increments and covers the cost of museum admissions, guided tours, and public transit.

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Monet's Gardens at Giverny

Where: Giverny, France
May 22, 2013 at 2:30 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: Giverny.

Though the village of Giverny is quite charming, the reason that 99% of tourists come here is to visit the house and gardens of artist Claude Monet. Unlike Versailles and Fontainebleau, Giverny is quite difficult to reach via public transit from Paris; the best option is either to rent a car or join up with one of the many tour companies which ferry visitors there and back (Citylink, located near the Eiffel Tower, is a good option with both full and half day tours that are quite hands-off and no leaders with giant flags in sight).

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: A Frolick at Fontainebleau

May 21, 2013 at 2:29 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: Fontainebleau.

While Fontainebleau is much less famous than its cousin, Versailles, this palace is an excellent daytrip from Paris, especially for the traveler who's "done everything already" in town. To get there, you’ll need to go to Gare de Lyon and take the regional train—go all the way to the top floor and use the green machines (there are about a thousand yellow SNCF ones and probably two Billet Ile de France green ones, so don’t be afraid to ask people where they are or just go to an information booth/help desk).

Trains leave about once every 30 or 40 minutes, so just look for ones that make a stop at Fontainebleau Avon. This is the station for both the forest and the chateau. Both are quite a long walk, so you’ll need to check the signs for appropriate buses; the number one drops you off right in front of the palace and is usually chock full of tourists, so you should find it easily. Because the train station is pretty bare bones (only two tracks, no shops or cafes, minimal signage), return buses from Fontainebleau often time it so that you’ll arrive at the station just in time to catch the next train back to Paris. No dawdling!

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Crossing Versailles Off the List

May 20, 2013 at 1:06 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: Versailles.

By far the most famous and popular daytrip from Paris is Versailles. It’s quite easy to get there, as there are dozens of trains per day. The most efficient way is to take the RER line C, which picks up from tourist-central metro stations including Invalides and Musee d’Orsay. Just look on the map for a letter C inside a big circle. The RER is sort of like New York’s Metro North or Long Island Railroad, as it serves Paris suburbs and is not considered part of the metro.

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