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Things are still every much on the drawing board, but we couldn’t be more in favor with the plans for some of the forgotten metro stations over in Paris. For one reason or another some of these stations haven’t been doing the public transportation thing for quite some time, and now one group is looking to upgrade and update things into a little bit of an urban oasis.
As part of the city’s current race for mayor, one candidate is proposing new ideas to utilize some long forgotten bits and pieces of city real estate. She envisions swimming pools, nightclubs, and art installations, as the city would bring these deserted spots across the city back to life—and better than ever.
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Earlier this week, we ran down our picks of destinations within the US that prove most romantic, thus making them perfect Valentine's Day spots. Now we're busting out the passport to highlight some similarly amorous locations farther afield.
We're firm believers that crossing borders builds relationships. If your plans involve whisking your better half away on an airplane, here are our picks for making the most of international travel this Valentine's Day:
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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Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.
We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.
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Here in the US, the bike sharing thing is still catching on, as even spots like New York City are getting used to pedal power. However, Paris is pretty much and expert, as their bike share system—Vélib'—has been doing its thing since around 2007. Unfortunately bike sharing may have caught on too well, as the Paris system is going through a rough patch.
It’s not just bicycle theft that’s a problem, as vandalism is also to blame for the city’s dwindling pedal population. According to Le Monde there were around 9,000 bikes damaged, stolen, or uh—misplaced—just last year alone. They’re expensive to repair and replace as well, as new bikes cost around €650 per vehicle. All in all the city thinks it spent like €1 million just last year to keep things rolling.
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' hottestliterally and figurativelytourist 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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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.
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.
A sepia-tinted photograph of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It's an image that's nearly as old as photography itself, and recently has seen a resurgence thanks to photo sharing networks such as Instagram and Pick (Japan's version of Instagram).
The photo above is one from the 1940s, likely taken by an American soldier in Paris after the liberation. Sadly he didn't follow it with a selfie, but cameras of the age weren't exactly selfie-friendly quite yet.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted in: the Cimetière des Chiens (dog cemetery) in Paris, France
This week's Travel Cat is from reader Virginia Jones, who encountered this chat noir in Paris' pet cemetery, "paying her respects to dear Lick."
Emma Roberts arrived in Paris on Friday night ahead of yesterday's Versace Atelier Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show, part of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, and didn't waste any time hitting the streets.
The actress, who is in town with her younger sister Grace Nickels, spent the weekend visiting some of the city's most famous tourist spots and giving our annoying tourist photo pose guide a run for its money.
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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:
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 daytripsor even two-day tripsthat 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.