Classic Paris Tourist Sights

Paris has long since been a popular tourist destination for its culture, fashion, art and food. With some of the most amazing monuments in the world all clustered around the city centre, it is easy to see why people continually travel to the city of lights. Here are some of the classic tourist attractions that draw so many people to the city every year.

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Eiffel Tower

All around the world, you will find plenty of monuments and buildings that have been named after great monarchs, generals and businessmen. It is very rare to find such an iconic landmark that is named after the architect who built it. Continue Reading

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Pre-Ski Preparations: The Family Shopping List

Skiing and boarding are awesome…fact. Well, that would be the opinion of people who have tried and loved the sports, anyway. The summer may be in full swing but the winter isn’t too far away and while some may opt to book a late deal, now would be an ideal time to take a look at the French ski holidays available for you and your family, so that you know what sort of price you’re looking at.

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Ski in France

Whether you choose to ski in France or elsewhere, what you should be packing to take with you stays pretty much the same, for every member of the family. Unless you know people who ski and board themselves, as a beginner you’ll have no idea of what to shop for prior to your departure, so to make things easier, here’s some of the essentials for you all: Continue Reading

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Getting around Paris on a Budget

Paris is one of the most interesting cities to visit in the world, full of the best fashion, history and architecture; it is a fantastic place to visit. The ‘City of Light’ is not known however for its value for money, here are some top tips for getting around the French capital on a budget.

Metropolitan Paris
Metropolitan Paris

One of the most efficient and cost effective ways of getting around the city is the Paris Metro, the network which is the second largest underground system in Europe carries an estimated 4.5 million passengers a day. There are stops close to all of the major attractions and it is easy to determine which trains are the ones you need. Continue Reading

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Tour de Force announces a new discount campaign for all the customers that book and pay an online St. Petersburg excursion in June 2010.

The great aspect of booking and paying online is that Tour de Force offers a 15% deduction off the regular price in June 2010. So, it doesn’t matter if you plan your St. Petersburg excursion in august or the following months, if you book it and pay for it in June 2010 the deduction applies. All the online operations are totally secure and discreet.

Tour de Force is a travel company that appeared on the market in 2000. With 5 million dollars insurance, the company is designed to make everything easy for its clients.

All you have to do is go online and make all the arrangements from the comfort of your living room, without having to make unnecessary calls, write tons of emails or waste your time on the road going from travel agency to travel agency.

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France Tourist Destinations

The website is really intuitive and easy to use, giving you all the information you need with a simple click of a button. Continue Reading

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Marriott signs New Courtyard Hotel in Boulogne Paris

The first franchised Courtyard by Marriott property in France will open in late 2010 under an agreement reached between Marriott International and Societe Hoteliere de Boulogne.

The 115-room Courtyard by Marriott Paris Boulogne will be located in the re-development of an historic building that was originally owned by the Banque de France at 114 Route de la Reine in the city center of Boulogne-Paris.

The original edifice will house the hotel’s public areas including an open, spacious lobby, bar and restaurant; 336 square meters of conference space, a fitness facility and some guest rooms. An extension will be built behind and above the existing building, including three additional floors of guest rooms.

Accommodations all Courtyard hotels globally offer plush bed and bath linens; distinctly defined rest, work, relaxation and grooming areas; a large work desk with bright lighting and ergonomic chair; flat screen television; high-speed interest and voice mail access; safes; iron and ironing board and a coffee/tea maker. Continue Reading

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Expansion Of France’s Loire Bicycle Route Turns Region Into Top Cycling Destination

The ongoing expansion of France’s “Loire à Vélo” – “Loire by Bike” – bicycle route is turning the Loire River Valley into one of Europe’s top destinations for leisure bicycle touring. By this summer, the well-marked “Loire à Vélo” route will cover more than 250 miles — from Orléans, south of Paris, to the Atlantic — passing along the Loire River through the heart of chateaux and vineyard country.

Individual tour packages, available through U.S.-based BikeToursDirect with nearly daily departures from March through October, range from five nights for €679 ($1,020*) per person, double, to 14 nights for €1720 ($2,580). Prices include 2- or 3-star hotels with private baths, daily breakfasts and dinners, luggage transfers, bicycle rentals, an orientation with a local representative, detailed maps and tour information, and a service hotline.

The mostly flat, paved route, much of it on dedicated bike paths, is an excellent choice for leisure and first-time bicycle tourists and families and is part of nine Loire Valley programs offered through BikeToursDirect. The “Loire Gastronomy” tour, for example, includes six nights’ lodging and dining at top regional restaurants for €998 ($1,497), while the guided “Castles of the Loire Valley” program offers seven nights’ lodging with breakfasts and dinners, a ride-along guide and a support van for €858 ($1,287). On the “Loire Valley by Bike and Boat” tour, guests overnight and dine on a river barge for seven nights €749 ($1,123), choosing daily cycling excursions or relaxing on board as the barge moves along the river. Most tours average 20-30 miles of cycling per day. Continue Reading

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Paris : Worlds Most Popular Tourist Destination

Are you dreaming to visit Paris? Paris is considered as one of the worlds most visited city and its also one of the worlds most romantic destination. The Paris Region (Île-de-France) is France’s foremost centre of economic activity. With €500.8 billion (US$628.9 billion), it produced more than a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP) of France in 2006. Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. There are numerous iconic landmarks among its many attractions, along with world famous institutions and popular parks.

This beautiful city is the home of European refinement, Fashion, historical culture, elegant Paris Hôtels and overindulgence seem to be around every turn. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is probably the most popular tourist destination of Paris. It was erected as tribute to the end of the French Revolution, but today it is one of the most well-known and most recognizable buildings in the world. The magic of the Eiffel Tower can truly be felt when you venture to the top to get a spectacular view of Paris. Going to the top of the Tower right before sunset provides the best views. Please don’t try to take the stairs. You can reach the first two levels of the observation decks by foot, but why settle for that when you can ride the elevator to the very top. Somehow the sweat and gasps for breath as you hike up the flights of stairs steals from the romantic mood of the Eiffel Tower but there are the odd fitness gurus who attempt the walk or even run up. After it gets dark, you can see the lights on the Tower twinkle in the twilight. Lights go off at 2 am, so be sure to catch a glimpse before then. Continue Reading

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Bordeaux France listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

bordeaux france listed as a unesco world heritage siteBordeaux has been officially included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as of June 28 2007. This distinction recognises the beauty and unity of style of Bordeaux’s architectural heritage, which has developed harmoniously over the centuries and remained remarkably well-preserved. The Bordeaux World Heritage site is the largest urban entity to be so honored. It covers 1,810 hectares, or half of the city, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne.

A rich concentration of monuments in a dynamic city
With over 347 historic monuments in a protected area of 150 hectares, as well as 3 churches (Saint-André, Saint-Michel, and Saint-Seurin) that were already listed as World Heritage sites on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela, Bordeaux had a number of assets to convince the jury. Continue Reading

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