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Good News! The Palace of Versailles May Finally Be Getting its Own Luxury Hotel

Aug 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Palace of Versailles is without a doubt one of the most popular and stunning places to visit in France. Since the 17th century, the King Louis XIV-built château (and to a larger extent, its surrounding city) has been the epicenter of not only political power and royalty, but also of art and culture—this is where you can find the Royal Opera, after all.

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Grand Pigalle Hotel Is a Quintessential Parisian Retreat in the 9th Arrondissement

Aug 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With hotel balconies overlooking the cobble-stoned, tree-lined Avenue Frochot in the south Pigalle district where Toulouse-Lautrec once lived, you almost feel like you’ve been transported into Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Located on a corner at the junction of Rue Victor Masse and Rue Henry Monnier in the 9th arrondissement, the 37-room Grand Pigalle Hotel encapsulates the romance of the belle époque era.

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Brittany Offers History, Active Experiences & A Little Bit of Merlin Magic in France

Aug 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Buoyed by its links to the adventures of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and Merlin, made famous in book, TV and movie, the Morbihan region of Brittany has created a thriving tourism sector based on the imaginative medieval tales. Central to the initiative is the charming Paimpont Forest, formerly known as Brocéliande, where Merlin is believed to be buried, and the nearby Centre de l'Imaginaire Arthurien (the Arthurian Centre) in the Château de Comper, a richly-visual cultural and exhibition center listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Last Chance to Buy a Ticket to Secret Brunch & Hobnob With Paris’ Elite Trendsetters

Jul 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

On July 25, Secret Brunch will be holding their annual Champagne rendezvous somewhere within the city of Paris. This ultra-luxe party held at an undisclosed location, will be revealed to ticket holders only on the day of the bash. 

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The Alps' Top 3 Best Resort Towns for Summertime Vacationing & Outdoor Activities

Jun 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Danny Frith

The snow has melted, the Alps now dons its summer coat of green, and a new world awaits summer visitors. The extensive mountains are a magical place to be this season, taking on a new life and character under the warm sun. If you’re headed to Europe, here are the top three resorts (in ascending order), that offer the best in outdoor activities, dining and experiences.

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3 Parisian Music Festivals to Catch in June, From Jazz to Electronic Art

Jun 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Anyone who has ever been to France’s capital knows that there is always something to do—whether you check out Mona Lisa’s smile at The Louvre or check in with François Truffaut at the Montmartre Cemetery—but in June, music is where it’s at.

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Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Diana Garcia Gonzalez From France's Château Teynac

May 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

There may be a large gender divide in many workplaces, but in the realm of wine, women have been steadily rising to the top. Not only do female consumers outweigh that of men, the number of female winemakers and sommeliers continue to rise every year. There are probably countless reasons as to why women are reigning supreme on the vineyard, but we’ll leave reasoning to the 10 talented ladies we recently spoke with. 

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Skipper Your Own Adventures With Le Boat Along the Canal du Midi in France

May 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Cruising through France's historic 150-foot Canal Du Midi, glass of wine in hand, should be on your bucket list—if it’s not already—and if you rent a luxury yacht that's easy enough for you to manage on your own, you can set your own vacation at your own pace. As one of Europe's top self-skippered boating companies, Le Boat specializes in offering vessels that are incredibly simple to captain, allowing you to do whatever you want on your next French excursion. 

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Coco Chanel Fans Will Love The City of Light's 5-Star Hotel Castille

May 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

“Classic, Coco-inspired chic” is how the five-star Castille hotel terms itself, and that’s a pretty accurate description, especially considering the Queen of Fashion’s original store, now Maison Chanel, is right next door.

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Citrus Etoile Shines at the Arc de Triomphe With Deconstructed French Cuisine

May 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Situated on Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris is Citrus Etoile, almost in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe. Owner Gilles Epié holds the record of being the youngest chef to receive a Michelin star at the tender age of 22. Having lived in Japan, and the US, running l'Orangerie in Los Angeles, he then returned to his native Paris with his American wife and former model Elizabeth, to create this trendy California-style dining establishment.

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Le Royal Monceau – Raffles: Even Beyoncé Stays at This Five-Star Property While in Paris

Apr 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

When a hotel features its own private cinema, seating almost one hundred people, you know you’re somewhere special. Which is true if you’re staying at Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris. Opened near the end of the Roaring Twenties by Pierre Bermond and André Jugnot, Le Royal almost immediately became a virtual Who's Who of guests with Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Michael Jackson all enjoying a little pampering at its property.

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One of Paris' Oldest Palace Hotels is Still the Pinnacle of Luxury in the City of Light

Apr 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With a marble bust of Louis XVI displayed proudly outside its ground-floor restaurant and home of the French President just up the street, it’s easy to expect great things of Le Bristol Paris. Behind the front desk, crimson-carpeted stairs lead to an impressive array of woven wall tapestries, Louis XIV-style tables adorned with fresh flowers, gilt-framed paintings, gleaming chandeliers, and an old-world elevator. 

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Live Like a Royal: 7 Castles to Rent On Your Next European Vacation

Apr 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 5 having aired this past Sunday, we have been daydreaming about castles, palaces and royalty all week. And, since Americans have a never-ending fascination with British kings and queens, it got us wondering what it’d be like to rent out a palace on our next vacation. 

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Villa Marie Promises the Glitz & Glamour of Saint Tropez Without the Crowds

Apr 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing from my terrace at Villa Marie with curlicues of ivy entwined around it, the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez seem a world away; yet, the twinkling lights along the streets below seem close enough to touch. That’s one of the many attractions of this five-star, 45-room Italian residence, one of several Maisons & Hotels Sibuet properties in Provence. 

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5 Restaurants in Paris Offering Picture-Perfect Views of the Eiffel Tower

Apr 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Yesterday, the Eiffel Tower turned the ripe old age of 126. On March 31, 1889, Chief Architect and Civil Engineer Gustave Eiffel’s two-year project came to an end. And Paris had its first look at what would become the city’s most recognized attraction in the coming years. 

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