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Understanding the History & Profiles of Southwest France Wines

Aug 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Southwest France is defined by a wide range of geographical distinctions yielding diverse landscapes, each with their own unique microclimates producing a total of 300 grape varieties, 120 of which are native to the area. Wine trade throughout much of Europe was established when Santiago de Compostela was consecrated as a holy town in 1189 by Pope Alexander III. Waves of pilgrims made a ritualistic passage between Northern Europe and Spain, taking them right through southwest France.

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Finding a Perfect Parisian Vacation Rental

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

Our Parisian apartment was on the second floor of a residential building on the Left Bank, right around the corner from the picturesque open-air market on Rue Cler. Here, true Parisians shop for flowers, croissants and coffee on Sunday mornings, our greeter told us. We could also walk to the Eiffel Tower, or see the very tip of it from the living room window. 

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Italy Tops the List for Fall & Holiday Travel in 2016

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, hordes of travel agents, industry professionals, journalists and bloggers have descended upon Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. The yearly event is put on by the luxury travel network which is comprised of over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 30 countries. With a few more days left, the by-invitation-only organization has released its findings for the upcoming travel season.

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The Perfect 5-Star Endless Summer Surf Trip

Aug 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When you see a surfer headed toward the beach, they’re typically running (not walking) to it, even if they’re a couple blocks away from the water. I’ve asked friends why this happens, and they’ve all separately said, “Because you’re that excited to get some good waves.” Simple as that.

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History, Art, Music & Charming Squares in Aix-en-Provence

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Aix-en-Provence in southern France has an intriguing history, its name originating from the Latin word linked to water. This was the first town in the old region of Gaul to be colonized by the Romans, who remained for more than 500 years. While there are few remnants of that era still standing, the basement of the Granet Museum has some painstaking reconstructions of broken statuary and ceramics, as well as Celtic bracelets and other artifacts.

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Top 4 Mountain Restaurants in Val d'Isere

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Danny Frith

In France, Val d’Isere is among the region’s best ski resorts. Along with terrific slopes, the destination is known for having some pretty great restaurants. And as avid ski bunnies know, one of the highlights of any ski day is your midday pit stop for lunch, especially if it’s enjoyed al fresco. There’s something about that fresh mountain air and scenic backdrop that makes any meal feel like an experience all on its own. If you’re headed to Val d’lsere for the upcoming ski season, here are four of our favorite eateries to drop into in between runs.

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Baccarat Celebrates 250 Years With $300K Around the World Trip

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In its 250 years of existence, Baccarat has made a name for itself in the crystal business, becoming one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the game. To celebrate their centuries-long success, the luxury label is offering a 12-day trip around the world starting off in New York.

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Merlin's Medieval Castle in France

Jul 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The Château de Pierrefonds, the atmospheric central location for the popular BBC series Merlin, is located a two-hour drive north-east of Paris, and was originally built by Duke Louis of Orleans in the 14th century. This impressive castle-like structure became the setting for the adventures of the famous magician, King Arthur and the fabled Knights of the Round Table.

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7 Elite Tennis Academies Producing Pros

Jun 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In 2014, Time published an article entitled, “What It Costs to Raise a U.S. Open Champion.” The article dove into the competitive world of tennis players and broke down the price tags of getting your child into the best academies, private lessons and tournaments. “In the United States, families of elite tennis players easily spend $30,000 a year so their kids can compete on the national level,” Tim Donovan, founder of Donovan Tennis Strategies, a college recruiting consulting group told the magazine. “That can start as early as age 11 or 12. At the high end, Donovan says, some parents spend $100,000 a year.

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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France-Académie Culinaire de France Meets for its Annual Congress

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by a group of French chefs? For true gourmands, this is the stuff of dreams. The Maîtres Cuisiniers de France- Académie Culinaire de France held its Annual Congress and gala this past week in San Diego and JustLuxe was there, taking it all in. The gala was the valedictory event of a long weekend spent at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in rural San Diego County. The goal of the Congress is to bring North American French chefs together to celebrate the year's achievements and the successes of their colleagues while attending workshops to improve their crafts. The attendees include chefs and others working in food and beverage around th... Read More

6 Honeymoon Ideas for Avoiding the Typical Beach Getaway

May 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask most brides about what they’re looking forward to before their wedding, many will mention the honeymoon. With all the planning that goes into the big day, it’s not hard to see why brides are counting down the days until they are married and headed out on their first trip as Mr. & Mrs. As far as destinations go, beach locales usually top lists for the romantic getaway. 

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From Once to Brigadoon: 5 European Itineraries Inspired by Musicals

May 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard not to love visiting Europe, especially since country hopping is extremely easy. For jet-setters who frequent the continent, it's always great to find new ways to enjoy some of your favorite cities. So this year, instead of making the typical stops, consider having a theme for your travels. Many of today's most well-loved musical productions have been based on locations around the continent, making it easy to live out these productions in real life.

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Falling in Love with Lillet

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Nicholas

Many bottles of ink have been spilled trying to distill the so-called art of living like a French woman into a user’s manual: how to tie a scarf like her, how to inhale croissants and not gain weight, as she does, and even how to raise children the “French way."

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Rarity of Foie Gras Expected to Increase Dramatically

May 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Sacre bleu! France is bracing itself for a summer onset of avian flu and halting all foie gras production. The price of foie gras is expected to rise rapidly, as France currently produces about 75% of the world’s supply.

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