Tagged With "Paris"

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Paris Remembers World War I

PHeymont ·
One of the events in Paris this year commemorating the start of World War I is a series of large photographs, mounted along the Champs Elysees from the Grand Palais to Rond Point. Each features the photograph, with captions and descriptions in English...
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A Farm Visit in Normandy

PHeymont ·
I lost my heart in Paris a long time ago, but every time we visit we plan some out-of-city experiences as well. Last summer, as part of our two weeks in Paris, we planned a two-day side-trip to Normandy, visiting Mont-Saint-Michel.   For our...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 10, 2014: Putting on a Face

PHeymont ·
Under renovation, like other buildings around Place Vendome in Paris, this 18th-century building hides its surgery scars behind a curtain.  
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 8, 2014: Onion Soup, Pied de Cochon

PHeymont ·
Summer or winter, onion soup has its appeal. A rich broth, the onions, the crusty bread, the melted cheese—what more could you want? This one's at Paris's iconic Au Pied de Cochon, which started its life as part of the market life of Les Halles,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 26, 2014: Art Nouveau Railings

PHeymont ·
  The Petit Palais, and its neighbor the Grand Palais, were built to house exhibits at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. Since then it has housed the city's Fine Arts Museum (that's city as opposed to national...). This year it hosted a...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

PHeymont ·
  A Sunday afternoon brings many Parisians into the parks, including this woman who brought her chair, her dog and a bag of treats to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in northeastern Paris.   We enjoyed our visit, too—until rain drove us...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2014: Just How Popular is the Eiffel Tower?

PHeymont ·
This popular: these are the crowds on a weekday afternoon in early August. With tickets for the elevators to the top sold out well in advance and long lines for walk-up tickets, the Tower has certainly lost none of its popularity. We went to look near...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 1, 2015: Flowers at the Window

PHeymont ·
  Nothing breaks up the straight lines and uniform colors like flowers at the window and door. Above, on a 13th-century residence in Bonnieux, Provence; below, the courtyard entrance of the apartment we rented in the 18e in Paris.
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Where Canadians Travel Most

PHeymont ·
REPAIRED LINK! A new Hotels.com ranking shows London and Paris have pushed former #3 vacation spot Orlando down to #5. New York and Las Vegas swapped spots at the top, with NY #1 again. See the rest of the list HERE  
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Pere Lachaise: Home to Permanent Parisians

PHeymont ·
After the French Revolution, came the cemetery revolution. Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery was in the vanguard of this 19th century movement, when small churchyards in expanding cities could no longer hold all the dead--and could no longer be allowed to...
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Tunnel of Love? Paris Mayor Candidate has plans for "Ghost Stations"

PHeymont ·
One of the candidates in Paris' upcoming mayoral election is pushing to make public spaces of several unused Metro stations--a gallery in one, a swimming pool in another, a disco...well, you get the idea...and for the details, click  HERE .
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A Bridge to Everywhere

PHeymont ·
  Paris: Pont Neuf at night   Every place we travel has its landmarks, and for nearly every city on a significant river, at least some of those landmarks turn out to be bridges.   Unlike statues and monuments, they’re (almost...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 13, 2014: A Sleeper on the Street

PHeymont ·
  I made this image of a man sleeping next to a side entrance of the National Assembly on my first trip to Paris, as a 16-year-old in 1960. I've always been pleased with it, but also had many questions, which I've explored here in a  Gumbo's...
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Eurostar: New Amenities, New Routes

PHeymont ·
Eurostar—the Channel Tunnel train operator has had a good year with reviving economies, and is adding new trains and new routes as it rounds out its 20th year in service. That includes WiFi and dedicated check-in areas for business-class...
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Chinese police to join "flics" on patrol

PHeymont ·
Responding to reports of Chinese tourists being targeted by thieves in Paris, a group of Chinese police officers will patrol with their French counterparts this summer. Thieves apparently believe that Chinese tourists are more likely than most to be...
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Putting on the Ritz in Paris

Travel Rob ·
Ritz Paris is set to open in 2014.It's been closed since summer 2012. Here's a peek.Can they still compete? http://travel.france24.com/con...cor-revamped-website
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 26, 2014: A Window in Paris

PHeymont ·
 While the title of this picture is obvious, it might just as easily have been "A Window On Paris," because there's never nothing interesting when you look out. Over the years, we've had animated street scenes, a courtyard view of a boulangerie's...
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Where We Went: London, Paris, Toronto

PHeymont ·
Those were the top 3 international cities with U.S. tourists last year, according to the Hotel Price Index. Mexico City, Tokyo and Dubai showed the biggest increases. MORE
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 30, 2014: Vegetables in Formal Garden, Musee Carnavalet

PHeymont ·
  In the courtyard of the Musee Carnavelet, the City of Paris history museum, boxwood trimmed to fleur-de-lys patterns and other ornamentals share space with ripening tomatoes, lovely cabbage, and a dozen other vegetables including haricots vert,...
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Chattanooga & Paris?

PortMoresby ·
PHeymont, attention please. What do Chattanooga and Paris have in common? Well, according to CondÉ Nast's Daily Traveler newsletter, food. It's calling Chattanooga the "next foodie destination" and points us to the, possibly, best eclairs in Paris
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Europe set to OK SkyTeam hook-up for Paris

PHeymont ·
It looks like European regulators are set to approve a joint operation covering routes between the U.S., Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. The arrangement, under scrutiny for three years, would let the airlines, all SkyTeam members, plan schedules together...
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The Stravinsky Fountain, Paris

PHeymont ·
  I have quite a few favorite places in Paris, but I think the Stravinsky Fountain is the only one I've gotten to on every visit. I never get tired of it, or of watching children marvel at it, or of the whole idea of this wonderful whimsical...
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Eiffel Tower closed Friday as Workers Protest Pickpockets

DrFumblefinger ·
Strikes and walkouts by public employees are far from rare in Europe. Still, it came as a surprise to many people when the Eiffel Tower closed most of Friday because its employees walked off the job. It seems they are fed up with crime, specifically...
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Paris set to unlock the 'Love Locks' problem

PHeymont ·
  'Love Locks,' those padlocks attached to bridges and monuments all over, with the key thrown away to symbolize unbreakable affection, have been the subject of a serious backlash in many cities, and now Paris is ready to move on demands by local...
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France's problem: Fewer tourists, more 'love-locks'

PHeymont ·
France struggles with a drop in tourism after the terrorist attacks, and also faces the seemingly endless issue of 'love-locks.'
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Centre Georges Pompidou Museum - Paris, France

Samantha ·
Featuring art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Centre Pompidou is one of the biggest in Paris. Samantha shows us what's inside the unusual building.
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$299 Round Trip Paris from NYC/BOS/BWI

PHeymont ·
Wow Air, the Icelandic discounter, has some under $300 fares to Paris from New York, Boston and Baltimore...but you'll need to move fast!
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Ten Top Art Shows for 2015

PHeymont ·
If you're one of those people (I am) who sometimes picks a travel destination because of a spate of good exhibits, here's some help or temptation from The Guardian (UK). They've published a list of ten good ones for 2015, scattered across Europe,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 3, 2015: Chanteuse of Montmarte

IslandMan ·
    A visit to Paris is not complete without spending a few hours wandering around the historic district of Montmarte . Originally a haven for artists and bohemians alike, the area is now more geared for tourists. Located in the north of...
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Where Was Gumbo? Paris. Where's the Statue? Everywhere!

PHeymont ·
Where in the World was TravelGumbo? If we simply said "At the Statue of Liberty," it wouldn't have been a very precise identification, because, as I found and you shall see, the iconic statue is everywhere and in so many forms! In today's blog, I'm...
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France's next traffic nightmare: Tractors in Paris

PHeymont ·
As if last weekend's endless jams of vacationers returning home were not enough, new traffic chaos is headed for Paris as hundreds of angry French farmers are doing what they do when their frustration level with the government hits a peak: They're on...
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Chicken rustlers hit hip Paris recycling/dining spot

PHeymont ·
  Six live chickens have been stolen from the mini-farm that's part of a hip bar/bistro/urban farm called Le Recyclerie. The owners and authorities suspect foul play (sorry...could not resist). Security cameras will now be installed to protect...
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Eurostar to get faster, more comfortable

PHeymont ·
The new seats in standard class   Big changes are coming for the Eurostar trains that link Paris, Brussels, Lille and other French cities to London with 17 new trains that will start service by the end of the year.   A little taste of the...
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Paris to take a breath on 'Day Without Cars'

PHeymont ·
Paris, the city of light and sometimes bad air, will take a mini-break from traffic and air pollution this Sunday, when the capital celebrates its first "Journee sans Voiture," a project of Mayor Anne Hidalgo.    Hidalgo first proposed the...
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January 10, 2016: Looking up at the Louvre

sarcee ·
When you visit Paris' Louvre museum, don't forget to look up.
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Sweet victory for French chef in chocolate contest

PHeymont ·
A French chef, Vincent Vallee, has become the first French world champion of chocolate, taking the prize in Paris Friday after a three-day final at the Salon du Chocolat trade fair.   Second place went to Japan's  Hisashi Onobayashi, and...
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Paris mayor gets power to ban traffic when pollution peaks

PHeymont ·
A horrific spike in air pollution in Paris Monday has led to the national Ecology Minister, Segoline Royal, granting Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo the power to impose traffic bans when pollution is high.   Royale had previously held on to that power,...
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Floating hotel set to anchor in Seine

PHeymont ·
Paris is about to get perhaps its most unusual hotel, floating in the Seine near the Quai d'Austerlitz in the eastern part of the city. Built in Normandy almost as if it were a ship, it will be towed into place within the next few weeks.   The...
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New app makes Paris buses cheap tours

PHeymont ·
Soon to be your tour bus with new Visitobus app                 Photo: Simon_sees / Wikimedia   RATP, the regional authority that runs Paris transit systems has just unveiled a new set of smartphone apps,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 12, 2015: Venus de Milo

sarcee ·
    While at the Louvre in Paris, I saw the Venus de Milo. This has become one of my favorite photos, showing how people still flock in numbers to view the graceful beauty.  
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New London life for an old idea: floating baths

PHeymont ·
Recreation advocates have launched a well-publicized Kickstarter campaign to help fund construction of a floating freshwater swimming pool in the Thames, just off the Embankment.   The project, called Thames Baths, whose full cost is estimated at...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Apr. 20, 2015: Les Canards en Seine

PHeymont ·
  You often hear how important it is to "get all your ducks in a row." Well, here they are, lined up on a chilly December morning in Paris. These three were taking their chances (or their leisure...I'm not a duckologist) in turbulent water just...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 17, 2015: Love Locks, Pont des Arts, Paris

PHeymont ·
No one really knows where it started, but it's spread all over the world in the past few years—"Love Locks" snapped onto railings, especially on bridges.   Some hate them and feel they disfigure spaces with other purposes (in Basel, we...
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Chicago set to open new rail-line park

PHeymont ·
Chicago will open its new Bloomingdale Trail, a park built on 2.7 miles of abandoned railway on June 6. That's 6/06 if you write it a different way, and 606 is both the root of Chicago area codes, and the name of an overall park project (the606) that...
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Paris: Flat-rate airport taxi plan starts

PHeymont ·
Paris has a new flat-rate plan in place for taxis to and from Orly and CDG airports; for groups of two or more, it may mean a saving.
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Paris to reopen Bastille column after 30 years

PHeymont ·
The tall column that stands in the Place de la Bastille as a memorial to past revolutions will be re-opened to the public .
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Paris planners re-imagine seven major squares

PHeymont ·
Get set for controversy as Paris planners re-imagine seven major Paris squares, including Bastille, Nation and Madeleine to be more pedestrian-friendly.
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Paris flooding closes museums,

PHeymont ·
As the Seine continues to rise, Paris closes buildings near the river and moves artwork to higher ground. Evacuations may be ordered.
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Paris adds scooters to rental options

PHeymont ·
Paris's famous bike rental and electric car rentals are now being joined by Cityscoot, which allows users to rent an electric moped on the street.
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Paris: Four districts to become one for efficiency

PHeymont ·
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is proposing to combine Paris arrondissements for more efficient government and services.
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