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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Domaine de la Baume: An 18th Century Mansion Steeped in Provençal Elegance

Mar 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Standing high above hazy hills with its dazzling ochre façade, vivid blue shutters and rows of vintage chestnut trees, Domaine de la Baume is a classic portrayal of a Provençal postcard. In many ways, reality outshines images of this 99-acre, 18th century bourgeoisie demesne. Sitting a few miles from the village of Tourtour, it offers a roaring waterfall, Italianate gardens featuring ornate statues, pebble-strewn pathways and an outdoor swimming pool framed by ornamental lions, urns and vases.

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La Bastide de Marie: A Dreamy French Countryside Retreat in Menerbes

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Sitting down to breakfast at a flagstone terrace bathed in sunshine next to rows of succulent grapes is just one of the delights of a stay at the 15-room La Bastide de Marie in Luberon Regional Park. Located in the foothills of Ménerbes, this elegant 18th century residence is nestled among 57 acres of vines. It was also three miles away from here that Peter Mayle, wrote his best-selling memoir A Year in Provence.

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Who Wouldn't Want to Stay in a French Estate on Their Saint-Tropez Vacation?

Mar 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Once a countryside estate involved in winemaking and silkworm farming, Mas de Chastelas a few miles outside Saint-Tropez, has been transformed into a five-star property attracting a diverse international clientele. It was here that the eyes of Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve met hypnotically on-screen in the movie Je Vous Aime.

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5 Resorts Perfectly Primed for Your Late Season Ski Holiday

Feb 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Spring is officially less than a month away and soon these dreary, bone-chilling days will be a thing of the past (even though East Coasters may beg to differ). But before we say goodbye to winter, there’s still plenty of time to hit the slopes for to enjoy late season skiing. With extended daylight hours, warmer weather, fewer crowds and longer lift opening times, this is one of the best times to pack up your gear and head to the mountains. Here are five ski resorts for March and April ski holidays:

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Terre Blanche is a Golfer's Dream & a Spa-Lover's Haven in the South of France

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort isn’t just an award-winning, five-star property in the South of France (although that would certainly be enough to lure in many a discerning traveler); it is practically a Provençal village unto itself. The 750-acre resort contains 115 luxurious suites and villas, tennis courts, four restaurants, two pools, a full-service spa and fitness center and two 18-hole golf courses.

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