Girls’ Getaway to PARIS

Kristina Foster shares an insider's guide of where to stay, shop, eat and party in Paris.  The older we get, the more commitments we seem to have. Partners, children and careers fill our days, leaving little time for other pursuits. If you are resolved to spend more time with the girls in 2014, steal away with your besties for a #YOLO week in Paris. So you’ve already seen the Mona Lisa, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

LITERARY BUZZ: A Weekend of Storytelling & Politics in Paris

A literary legacy lives on at the Shakespeare & Company Literary Festival on the banks of the River Seine. Anyone passing through Paris this June shouldn’t miss the annual Shakespeare & Company Literary Festival. Not only is it free, it’s a chance to hang out with literary royalty! The Shakespeare & Company Bookshop is an institution in itself, having survived almost 60 years on the … [Read more...]

Top New Year’s Eve Getaways

Why not usher in 2010 with a trip to an exciting destination? wandermelon compiled a list of our favorite places to ring in the New Year. From a champagne toast in front of the Eiffel Tower to a low-key escape in Lanai, celebrate the end of the year in style at one of these glittering global getaways.   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio knows how to party and Copacabana Beach hosts … [Read more...]

Haute Art Hotel

Situated just a few blocks from the Jardin de Luxembourg, on the same Parisian street once home to Gauguin, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts is an intimate hotel that  feels like an art gallery with five-star service and modern accommodations. Just a short walk to Saint Germain-des-pres, The Louvre Museum, the Bon Marché and many other top attractions, this 20-room hotel is the epitome of Left Bank … [Read more...]

Free Stop-Over in Paris

Air France is getting into the holiday spirit by offering this free stop-over on your way to any other Air France destination in Europe, the Middle East, India, or Africa. The Paris break is free regardless of which direction you’re traveling or the type of ticket purchased.  There is no minimum or maximum length of stay and this deal is valid even if the tickets have already been purchased.  Who … [Read more...]

Eiffel Tower To Get Makeover

The Eiffel Tower, that indelibly French feat of engineering, is currently undergoing improvements that will bring some its more “rustique” elements into the 21st century. Nearly 120 years old, the fabled structure still has drawing power with almost 7 million annual visitors. But in order to improve the overall visitor experience (read: reduce wait-time in lines), the Paris Mayor’s Office … [Read more...]

Paris, France

Sleep L’Hotel is where Oscar Wilde spent his last days before retiring to Pére Lachaise for eternity. Liz Taylor and Richard Burton also hid out here. Known as a discreet retreat, many writers and actors are lured up its spiral staircase. Hotel Particulier is a hidden oasis in the heart of historical Montmartre. Reside in elegance and peace at this intimate Directoire-style townhouse that is … [Read more...]