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"True" Queen of France's 16th Century Castle Listed for Sale at $38 Million

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

An important piece of French history in the form of a 16th Century castle once owned by the woman many considered to the the “true” Queen of France has been listed for sale at about $38 million by an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Château Saint-Elix near Toulouse was owned by the Marquise de Montespan, who had seven children by King Louis XIV and was considered to be the country’s “true” queen due to her influence in court at the time.... Read More

Where the Stars Stay For The Cannes Film Festival

May 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Whether in town for business or pleasure, celebs are more than happy to take time out of their busy schedules to jet off to the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival; and could we really blame them? It is one of the most celebrated and publicized film festivals in the world, which means they’ll be flocking toward the flashbulbs like a moth to a flame any second now.... Read More

Alfred Lord Tennyson's Historic Castle on Cote d'Azur Listed at $59 Million

May 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A huge, historic castle built by famed Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in the South of France has been listed for sale via Christie’s Real Estate affiliate Michael Zingraf for about $59 million. Situated on 40 lush acres, the 15-bedroom castle has more than 40,000 square feet of interior space, making it the largest such property on the Cote d’Azur.... Read More

Fairmont Baku, Azerbaijan Set to Open Spring '13 With Stunning Design

Apr 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Fairmont Baku, Azerbaijan is set to open later this spring but it has already drawn award-winning attention from its stunning design.... Read More

Where to Go Wine Tasting Right Outside Paris

Feb 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Although often overlooked in favor of France’s more prominent wine regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Loire Valley is fast gaining worldwide recognition for world-class wines and varietals; Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are attracting devoted followers around the world. Once the playground of the French monarchy, the area boasts imposing chateaux and quaint villages tucked among the rolling hills. Only a quick train ride from Paris, the region is a great place for a quick daytrip from the City of Lights or a leisurely jaunt in its own right.... Read More

Discover First-Hand What Makes Bordeaux Wines World Famous With Viking River Cruises

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

To be intrigued by this new luxury cruise itinerary from Viking River Cruises, all you have to do is one thing: enjoy drinking wine. Well, you also have to like traveling to Europe, touring beautiful French wine regions and learning how that little grape transforms into your adult beverage of choice. Dare I say, even if you aren’t a drinker you could still muster some pleasure in simply exploring a celebrated part of the country and its historical landmarks. Crazier things have happened.... Read More

Holiday Weather Makes Guest Appearance at Paris Airport

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

Travelers attempting to make their way from Paris' Charles De Gaulle and Roissy airports got their first taste of this holiday seasons weather as a snowstorm caused series delays in both airports. Responding swiftly to the sudden storm despite a poor performance last year, airport workers were able to get flights in the air with only a few hours of delay.... Read More

Explore the Decadence of the Chalet Marco Polo in the French Alps

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Nestled under an Alpine blanket of snow, the Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere, France welcomes explorers to experience the village, perched a little ways from the main road. Enjoy views of the stunning mountain landscape from the balcony while utilizing the outdoor kitchen and keeping warm on heated seats at the dining table. The luxurious property consists of six bedrooms with the capability of sleeping twelve adults and two children.... Read More

Champagne Tasting in Reims and Épernay on a Day Trip From Paris

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

More than Burgundy, more than Bordeaux, the wine that France is most known for is that bubbly elixir called Champagne—a heady blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that can only come from the region of the same name, and which is synonymous with celebration and luxury.... Read More

Holiday Like a Rothschild in the French Alps at Domaine Du Mont D'Arbois

Nov 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Living like a Rothschild probably sounds like a pipe dream to most people. But the banking family’s French Alps vacation spot is available for reservations starting at about $400 a night, so perhaps that dream is within your grasp. The Domaine du Mont D’Arbois is an authentic piece of Rothschild history, with a five-suite luxury chalet that was built in 1920 and includes a number of Rothschild family artifacts and a few other reminders of the location's wealthy patrons. The resort is nestled in the French Alps between Italy and Switzerland at 3,600 feet and is surrounded by the Savoyard village of Megéve.... Read More

Five-Star Villa Marie a Secluded Sanctuary in St Tropez

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Anneka Bain

"Villa Marie" is rather a modest name. There’s something played down about it. Even its website stays the right side of ostentatious—unusual for a five-star hotel on the outskirts of arguably the glitziest place on the planet: St Tropez.... Read More

Experience Paris Through The Lens of Thierry des Ouches at Hotel Atmospheres

Oct 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Photography and the spirit of Parisian living combine inside Hotel Atmospheres, the first hotel-gallery in Paris. Renowned photographer Thierry des Ouches was invited to capture Paris in a way that would express his personal vision of the city, and the result was 112 unpublished photographs that are displayed throughout the hotel.... Read More

Historic Paris Luxury Hotel Reopens as InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

Oct 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

A two-year renovation of Hotel Dieu has transformed the historic property into the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. The property is locating in the heart of the city's most revered neighborhood and features breathtaking views of the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, as well as an expansive terrace overlooking the serene Vieux Port. Inside the hotel, guests can indulge in a gourmet restaurant, access to the Deep Nature Spa, and a dedicated Cultural Space filled with artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the 18th century hotel.... Read More

VIP Access to Monaco Grand Prix from Crystal Cruises

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

The Monaco Grand Prix may be an automobile race, but don’t let this fool you, because folks, this ain't NASCAR. Started in 1929, this Formula One event is considered to be one of the most prestigious mobile races in the world, with a circuit known for its exceptional glamour.... Read More

Lady Gaga in Paris for Launch of Sephora FAME

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

Lady Gaga turned heads (as usual) with her unique fashion sense while in Paris at the launch for Sephora’s new FAME line. It’s difficult to determine but, by the looks of her posture, she must have been incredibly uncomfortable in t... Read More

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