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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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A Hotel Barge is Really a Floating Villa

Apr 5, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Lately, travelers have been all about river cruising, and the industry has responded by offering a slew of new itineraries across the globe. Calling it an “alternative to villa living,” European Waterways is offering all-inclusive boat charters on select cruises throughout the summer.

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The Newly-Renovated Ritz Paris Catches Fire, Further Delays Opening Set for March

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Talk about bad timing. Early Tuesday morning, the Ritz Paris’ seventh floor caught fire and spread from to the attic and roof. This comes just weeks before the renovated hotel was set to reopen on March 20. Fire crews were alerted of the fire at 7 a.m. local time, and the area was blocked off during rush hour while 60 firefighters and 15 fire engines quickly sprayed the flames. 

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A Cultural Exploration of Nice & Its Historic Towns and Many Museums

Jan 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

While some French Riviera hotspots are just about glitz and glamour, Nice offers a special blend of luxury mixed with homespun local neighborhoods, busy beachfronts, a thriving arts scene and an attractive old town center. As France’s seventh largest city, the area is protected by surrounding hills, making its pleasant microclimate an attraction for many international visitors.

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Traveling in Cognac Country: Touring the Fine French Spirit's Top 5 Houses

Dec 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Exclusive, exquisite, occasionally expensive and always worth it—it’s no wonder Americans can’t get enough of Cognac. The double-digit growth of sales of the spirit in the U.S., already the world’s largest importer of Cognac, is one of the resounding success stories in the industry.

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