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Visiting the L'Occitane Factory in Provence

March 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

It may not be growing in the fields right now, but in Provence, lavender is always in the air. And no more so than around Manosque, a town high in the hills between Marseille and Nice, and where toiletry brand L’Occitane En Provence is based.

L’Occitane is probably our fave brand of smelly stuff so when we stayed at the official L’Occitane Hotel, Le Couvent Des Minimes, our priority was to fit in a factory tour of the operation at Manosque.

Sadly, it wasn’t to be. We arrived at the hotel on a Sunday, when the factory is closed, and the staff had no idea when, or even if, there would be a tour (of their sister outfit) on the Monday. On the Monday, they told us that there was only one tour that day – at 4pm, in French. And though our pigeon French could have muscled through, we had to be on the road to the airport at 3.

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Skip the Shops for Toronto Airport's All-in-One Vending Machines

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
July 14, 2010 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

Ok so there's moose droppings in the gift shop at Toronto's Pearson International Airport but in the ladies room we also found a very convenient all-in-one vending machine.

Why bother with expensive gift shop sundries when for just a loonie coin you can get Tylenol, tattoos, latex condoms, tampons, maxi pads and breath freshener. You can even get an Alfred Sung and Eternity imposter perfumes. (Dammit, we should not have splurged on Chanel No. 5 in the duty-free store!)

But we have to say, we're slightly disappointed there's no pregnancy tests available here. When you gotta know, you gotta know!

Seen some quirky vending machines in airports? Send 'em to us!

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· Moose Droppings for Sale at Toronto's Airport [Jaunted]
· Look What We Found in The Airport Bathroom for Diez Pesos [Jaunted]

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Tom's of Maine: Debatable Deodorant Strength But Now TSA-Approved

November 18, 2009 at 8:39 AM | by | ()

If you consider yourself a green traveler, then you make sure your flight has been carbon neutralized, you request that housekeeping refrain from washing your sheets during your hotel stay, you eat at sustainable restaurants and you take public transportation whenever you can.

We're guessing that if you make this much of an effort when you're traveling, you're probably doing way more when you're at home. And we're guessing that if we peeked into your medicine cabinet we would probably find some Tom's of Maine personal care products stashed in there.

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Look What We Found in The Airport Bathroom for Diez Pesos

October 13, 2009 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

Yesterday we were making our way out of Guadalajara and decided to hit up the bathrooms at the airport right before boarding our plane. Having just finished some enchiladas at the Wings restaurant (we passed on the Chili's chain), our breath was feeling less than fresh which is why we were pleased to see this vending machine inside the ladies bathroom.

For diez pesos, which is something like 75 cents, you can buy a Brushito, an "On the Go" toothbrush set complete with a fold-up toothbrush, a flosser and a mini, mini-tube of toothpaste. (If Barbie bought Costco-sized toothpaste, it would look like this.) And it even comes in little plastic balls, like the ones you used to lust after as a kid. You know, at the grocery store where, for 25 cents you'd get one of these plastic balls that held either a spider ring or a wash-off mermaid tattoo.

Even though we had packed a toothbrush and toothpaste in our carry-on, we couldn't resist buying our very own toothbrush ball, despite the unfortunate name of Brushito. Yet we sort of think all restaurant and airport bathrooms should have these. Fresh breath for all!

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· It's Hard to Sign On at Guadalajara Airport [Jaunted]