Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Shopping In Paris



Known as one of the shopping centers of the world, Paris often brings to mind the names of high-end designers such as, Chanel, Dior, Hermes, etc. However, shopping in Paris doesn’t just mean designers, Paris is also known for it’s amazing vintage shopping, antique shopping, and consignment shopping. We have found of the best spots in Paris that cannot be missed on a shopping trip.

Department Stores:
If you like to hit a lot of stores at once, Paris is home to some amazing department stores. Two of the most famous stores, Prinemps and Galeries Lafayette, stock a range of designer brand names and luxury fashions that can all be found in one place in the 9th arrondissement. If you are looking for furnishings or trinkets for your home, then take a trip to BHV in the 4th arrondissement. If you are in the 7th arrondissement, you can shop at Le Bon Marché, the only Left bank department store- it also has a fantastic food store.

High-End Fashion Districts:
If designer fashion is a passion of yours, then Paris is your home base for shopping. If you are in the 7th arrondissement, you are right next to the famous “Triangle d’Or”- incorporating Avenue Montaigne, Ave George V, and Rue Francois l er, the Triangle d’Or is where you’ll find the finest Haute Couture shops in the world. Continue towards the Champs Elysees to shop trendy stores such as Zara, Sephora, and the Louis Vuitton flagship store.

Consignment Stores:
If you are in Paris and you want to find vintage designer clothes/designer clothes at a fraction of the original cost, a consignment store is your best bet. Most of the consignment stores are run by women who love, understand, and adore French fashion, making sure you will find some of the best and most unique items to add to your closet. The most famous store, Reciproque, is also the largest consignment store in Paris. Located in the 16th arrondissement, Reciproque contains 7 boutiques and over 7,500 square feet of selling space. The 16th is where shrewd Parisians go to find great designer items at bargain prices. Taking a look around shops in the area will land you some great designer finds.

Antique Stores:
Paris is famous for large auctions of antiques from all over Europe- these are great to attend and very interesting, but you usually won’t find many good deals there, and have to be a pretty experienced antique shopper to navigate the sheer amount of items. A better option for the vacationer looking for antiques is The Puces- also known as the antique Mecca of France. It is located off of Rue des Rosiers from the right Side. There are several interesting shops selling everything from art, Art Deco furniture, fireplaces, mirrors, and interesting decorative furniture. Walking through the area visitors will discover a plethora of antique items in a more comfortable and easily navigated environment.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Discover Provence On The CroisiEurope- Rhone


The Rhone in French history practically goes back to the birth of time. The river has been a major thoroughfare for the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea. On this cruise, guests will crisscross wonderful landscapes and prestigious names in the world of wine and culture. Visit some of the most historical places I the world while experiencing the authentic tastes of local foods, some of the best in all of France. Guests will also have time to explore places such as Lyon, Avignon, and Arles.

The cruise, chartered by CroisiEurope, a French family-owned business that is the longest established river cruise company in France. Guests will be bale to choose from three different riverboats, the MS van Gogh, MS Camargue, and MS Mistral.

The MS Van Gogh was build in 1999 and refurbished in 2007, with a length of 361 ft. and 37.5 ft. wide. There are 78 cabins with the capacity to hold 158 passengers. The upper deck features 28 cabins (24 twins, 4 double cabins), while the main deck has 50 cabins (37 twins, 7 double cabins, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins). All of the cabins are equipped with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, and in-room safe. The facilities on the MS Van Gogh include:
  • ·      Lounge-bar with dance floor
  • ·      Full Bar
  • ·      Dining Room
  • ·      Large Sundeck with deck charis
  • ·      Library
  • ·      Gift Shop
  • ·      Central heating
  • ·      220V electricity
  • ·      Air-conditioning
  • ·      Radar
  • ·      Radiophone


The MS Camargue was built in 1995 and refurbished in 2006. It has a length of 361 ft. and a width of 33.5 ft. There are 76 cabins with the capacity for 146 passengers. The upper deck features 28 cabins (25 twins, 3 double cabins) and the main deck has 48 cabins (34 twins, 7 double cabins, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins). All of the cabins are equipped with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, and in-room safe. The facilities for the MS Camargue include:
  • ·      Lounge-bar with dance floor
  • ·      Full Bar
  • ·      Dining Room
  • ·      Large Sundeck with deckcharis
  • ·      Library
  • ·      Gift Shop
  • ·      Central heating
  • ·      220V electricity
  • ·      Air-conditioning
  • ·      Radar
  • ·      Radiophone


The MS Mistral was built in 1999 and refurbished in 2007. It is 361 ft. long and 37.5 ft. wide. There are 79 cabins with the capacity for 158 passengers. The upper deck has 28 cabins (24 twins, 4 double cabins) and the main deck has 50 cabins (37 twins, 7 double cabins, 4 triple cabins, 2 single cabins). All cabins are equipped with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, satellite TV, radio, and in-room safe. The facilities for the MS Mistral include:
  • ·      Lounge-bar with dance floor
  • ·      Full Bar
  • ·      Dining Room
  • ·      Large Sundeck with deckcharis
  • ·      Library
  • ·      Gift Shop
  • ·      Central heating
  • ·      220V electricity
  • ·      Air-conditioning
  • ·      Radar
  • ·      Radiophone

Guests will have be able to choose which ship they choose to sail through the historical and impressive Rhone. To learn more about the CroisiEurope- Rhone cruise, visit the WLCVacations website 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Paris Autumn Festival


Each autumn, Paris puts on the festival of contemporary arts, embracing arts, embracing and combining different art forms, from theater, music, dance and visual arts and film. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival presents works that stand as references, involving approaches of an experimental nature by commissioning artists to create original works specifically for the event. Every year, from September to December, the festival features over forty events attracting an audience of more than 100,00. Founded in 1972 by Michel Guy, with support from the President of the French Republic, Georges Pompidou. After the death of Michele Guy in 1990, Alain Crombecque became the director of the festival with Marie Collin and Josephine Markovits as artistic directors. Pierre Richard is chairman of the board of the festival, and Pierre Bergé is chairman of the board of “Les Amis du Festival d’Automne à Paris”.

The Festival d’Automne à Paris is a non-profit organization and operates with the backing and support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris, plus friends and sponsors.

Events are marked by calendar, you can visit the website here to view the events through November 2013. Events all will have location, time and date details attached to the link. This event is a wonderful contemporary cultural experience for adults and children; and, much of the art being displayed is also available for purchase. You can also look at art available for purchase through their website here. An amazing thing about this festival is many cultures and regions of the world are represented, not just French works. It truly is a contemporary world festival celebrating the arts of many, and definitely should be enjoyed as a supplemental visit during your time in Paris in November.

To learn more about The Paris Autumn Festival, visit their website at http://www.festival-automne.com/home.html


Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Alegria


With temperatures low in France, heading south is the way to go. Typically temperatures this time of year remain between 48* F and 65* F. The Algeria, our barge cruising through the south of France, features unique modern décor, comfortable furnishings and a heated pool. You and your guests will drift through the French Canal Du Midi on this exclusive and luxurious canal cruise. The 4-passender Algeria is a Freyssinet type barge, which started cruising on the Canal du Midi in mid-2008.

Barge cruising is meant to be ultra private and ultra exclusive. With the guest maximum at 4, you and your guests are guaranteed an intimate and completely individualized trip through the south of France. The barge cruise offers a week of relaxation, gastronomy, excellent wines, fascinating culture, great landscapes and friendship in the beautiful country. Your days are split between cruising and visiting some of the most spectacular sights in the region.

Algeria boasts two large cabins, featuring en-suite bathrooms, offering 190 to 210 sq. ft. each. Each room has been outfitted to guarantee all your needs are met. Featuring products from L’Occitane en Provence, a hair drier, bathrobe, a mini-fridge, and a coffee and tea tray. Guests also have portholes to provide views of the passing scenery. The ship itself features a lounge/dining room offering picturesque views of the canal. It includes a home theater, a heated pool, and a wheelhouse with and authentic 1937 wheel and teak woodwork.

The cuisine varies from traditional French, to gastronomical French. Each meal is accompanied by different wines, both local (Minerve and Corbieres) and from other regions of France (Bordeaux, Burgundy, etc.). Like all France Cruises vacations, guests are able to pick their meals and drinks based on preferences, completely tailoring meals to your trip. France Cruises as always is looking to provide our guests with a one of a kind vacation where guests get exactly what they want, in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

To learn more about booking your trip on the Alegria, visit http://francecruises.com/barge-317-Alegria-513.html, or call U.S. toll free 1-866-498-3920.


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