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Classical, Choral, & Folk at Burgundy's "Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay"

Inspiring. Religious. Beautiful. Every August (in 2015, Aug. 20-23), the enchanting village of Vézelay in Burgundy, some 90 minutes' drive west of DijonFrance…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on June 6, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What's a 'Ruin Pub'? Dining and Drinking in Budapest - and Drinking Budapest In

If you think you’ve seen it all, think again. Budapest is dotted with interesting and unique attractions and activities that will keep the whole family longing for more. And that’s perfectly okay, since Budapest has so much to offer it will probably take someone weeks to cover half of it. Additionally, food enthusiasts will rejoice with city’s abundant restaurants and markets carrying traditional and…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 6, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: Burgundy



Medieval, cobblestone streets, and magnificent abbeys and century-old chateaus abound the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” in Burgundy. So much to discover, and so little time.

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 18, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments

Journeying Through Sparkling Champagne, France

 

Perfectly positioned between Paris and Belgium lies Champagne, a region popular for the bright bubbly wine its soil produces. Beautiful countryside and vast vineyards draw visitors to the sparsely populated region famous for its namesake, which literally translates to "countryside."
Postcard-worthy views from almost anywhere around the plateau-like country reveal rolling hills, clear skies, and a land that sits above ancient caves and filled cellars that hold the…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on September 6, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Cognac vs. Armagnac

As a true French native, it is impossible for me to read anything about the popular Cognac without thinking about the similarities, differences, and superiority (in my humble opinion) of…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on August 23, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Belgium’s River Towns: Undiscovered Gems

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 14, 2014 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Discovery On the Danube: Traveling Bavaria's Danube Gorge

Weltenburg Abbey, Danube Gorge


One can catch countless…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 25, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Most Beautiful Villages in France: Brittany

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The spectacular region of Brittany, located along France's northern shore,…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 18, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: The Atlantic Coast



Villages across the Atlantic Coast in France are dotted with small white houses and gorgeous hollylocks. It may not seem sound so spectacular, but once you step foot in one of the following five, you will understand why they made the list of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 4, 2014 at 1:10pm — No Comments

In France's Alps, Some of the Country's Most Beautiful Villages



Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and perched amid expansive landscapes in the heart of the mountain valley in the Alps are some of The Most Beautiful Villages of France.


These remote jewels are members of the Association "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France," each one dotted with wooden chalets, narrow cobblestone streets and century-old architecture, all symbolizing authentic charm…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on March 22, 2014 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

The Rhine's Hidden Gems: Dusseldorf, Bonn & Cologne

 

When we picture the Rhine, we see castles and vine-covered hills. However, the river is more than that; it’s an “urban lifeline” passing through the high-quality-of-life state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and connecting the towns of Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Impressively, Dusseldorf ranked No. 6 on a list of high-quality places to live. See what these these hidden gems…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on March 20, 2014 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

The Most Beautiful Villages of France: Alsace-Lorraine

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on March 13, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Restaurant Etiquette in Paris

A new country means a new way of dining. And France is no exception. Food and eating out is a national obsession. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that dining etiquette is considered as important as the cuisine itself. Whether it’s Haute or casual fare dining, these few pointers will help you have a desirable experience in the City of Light and might just help you pass for a…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on February 24, 2014 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Unusual Bars in Paris: Large Venues

Pleasant and sociable, bars are great places to unwind in after a day’s work or a day of leisure. Paris is no exception to this trend, with chic or offbeat establishments that never fail to amaze. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a list of the most unusual bars in Paris.…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

'Grand Travel' An Intriguing Twist on Multigenerational Travel

Much has been said about the boom…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on November 7, 2013 at 6:46am — 1 Comment

Exploring Berlin Like a Local

On my second trip to Berlin, I wanted anything but the typical tourist experience. I had hoped, without spending hours researching, to explore Germany’s capital city like an insider. …
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 27, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Unusual Hotel Bars in Paris

Pleasant and sociable, bars are great places to unwind in after a day’s work or a day of leisure. Paris is no exception to this trend, with chic or offbeat establishments that never fail to amaze. The Paris…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 17, 2013 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

Bespoke Shopping In Paris

The City of Light has many things to offer besides welcoming locals, famed French cuisine and the Eiffel Tower. A bustling city year-round, this tourist hot spot is home to some very exclusive restaurants and shops, also custom-made finds or 'bespoke,' including jewelry, scents, fashion, and more.



In the high-end jewelry district of rue de la Paix is a…

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Added by Jean Dabrowski on May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Cassis on the Riviera



The rampart of rock soars straight up; we crane our necks to see the top. Scattered across the vertical face, nearly 1,000 feet high, are stunted windswept junipers that cling bravely to the odd crevice. The layering and subtle colors of stratification turn the cliff into an abstract canvas painted by a giant…”…


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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 27, 2012 at 4:49pm — No Comments

India... for them lovers?



Catch a little taste of unexpected romance in India.



Wait, what?



James Ruggia covers the country's vast array of experiences that are sure to ignite the senses and spirits of couples seeking culture, history and a little bit of scintillating love.



So far, international travelers have only scratched India’s surface, but that will be changing…
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Added by Jean Dabrowski on April 27, 2012 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment

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