Summer Festivals Celebrate Art and Music in the SOUTH OF FRANCE

Dov Rudnick explores the colorful seasonal festivals of Languedoc-Roussillon and finds a magical mosaic of history, culture and contemporary arts Before we even touched ground in the south of France, as I peered out the window of our plane, I was struck by a sense of wonder and magic of the region. It was the sight of the famous Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, couched neatly in the rolling … [Read more...]

LYON: France’s Gastronomic Mecca

Michael Webb checks out what's on the menu in France's bustling cuisine capital. Celebrity chef Paul Bocuse has promoted Lyon as a gastronomic destination, which boasts his three star shrine, and a dozen other restaurants with at least one Michelin star, plus a rich choice of brasseries and humble bouchons. To whet your appetite visit the food market on the Quai St Antoine, every morning … [Read more...]

PARIS With Kids (In 715 Easy Steps)

David Hochman finds visiting the City of Lights in autumn means saying adieu to summer crowds and discovering a kid's paradise that will charm adults as well. Somewhere between Babar and Madeline, “Ratatouille” and Hugo Cabret, my eight-year-old felt he knew Paris before we even got there. To Sebastian, the city was a place of roving accordionists, incandescent railway stations and … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc Begins a New Season with a New Facelift

In a world obsessed with what’s new, sometimes it’s comforting to know that some places don’t change…or not much anyway. The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is a classic with more star power than a supernova, and it’s not going away any time soon after it’s recent four-year 60 million dollar refurbishment. The Grand hotel re-opens this month ready for the season (which ends in October) with 118 sparkling … [Read more...]

Paris: Last Minute Holiday Shopping Trip

Francophile Jennifer Evans Gardner hits the City of Lights for a festive gift-buying spree. It’s that time of year again. The malls are packed with shoppers converging upon the usual suspects like The Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, and Victoria’s Secret in search of holiday gifts. The thing is, I’ve never been a mall girl, preferring to do my gift buying in charming sidewalk boutiques. Imagine … [Read more...]

Bastille Day Travel Deals

What better way to celebrate French independence then booking a trip to Paris? In celebration of Bastille Day, the members-only travel flash sale site Voyage Privé is offering a set of unbeatable deals. Book a Business Class seat at a savings of up to 50% on OpenSkies from Newark and Washington DC to the City of Lights. This unique Business Class-only airline features chic interiors and has … [Read more...]

Top 10 Restaurants in Paris For Any Budget

Paris is known universally as the City of Light -- but of course is also the Cité of Amazing Cuisine. Add these outstanding restaurants to your "to dine for" list  the next time you are in Paris. The list was compiled by cuisine cognoscenti Belinda Leong of 2 Michelin Star restaurant, Manresa, and comes to us courtesy of luxury hotel resource The Kiwi Collection. We should also note that … [Read more...]

Europe’s Ultimate Ski Chalets

If you are headed to the slopes in Europe this holiday season and looking for something special, check out the The Luxury Chalet Collection 2011 – an exclusive portfolio representing 20 of the finest chalets, set in the most desirable destinations in the Alps. Created by The Oxford Ski Company, the new collection is an indispensable guide for a truly luxurious winter holiday experience in your own … [Read more...]

Booty Blue: Get Fit on the Côte d’Azur

One of the great mysteries of the world is how French women manage to maintain their slender physiques whilst surrounded by all that incredibly rich and delicious French cuisine. If you’re not into smoking, consider a healthy retreat to La Réserve Ramautelle–a stunning hilltop hideaway with a state-of-the-art spa overlooking the Mediterranean, just outside of St. Tropez. The spa features 13 … [Read more...]

The Fall of Provence

Exploring the Luberon in September offers travelers discounts, unique seasonal delights and a welcome respite from the summer crowds. There is no better time to visit the South of France than in September, after the summer hordes have gone and while the last vestiges of summer linger on. The prices tend to drop, but the temperature doesn’t and the fragrant beauty of the region fills the senses … [Read more...]