Tagged With "Paris"

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London claims honors for most-visited city...again!

PHeymont ·
  MasterCard Global Destinations Index   Based on projections for the rest of this year, London is again claiming victory over arch-rivals Paris and Bangkok for the title of most-visited city. It's held the honor 5 times in 7 years,...
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Paris to set flat-rate airport cab fares

PHeymont ·
A plan for fixed-rate taxi fares to and from Paris's two airports has been announced by the government, and it's already drawing cheers from travelers and big jeers from cabbies who believe the proposed rates are wrong and don't impose similar rules...
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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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Paris approves 3 startling new towers

PHeymont ·
Paris is about to get a major facelift for its skyline with approval of plans for three unusual towers, but many are not happy with the decision. Mot of central Paris is limited to buildings of up to six stories, and no skyscrapers have been built in...
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Paris Parade: 40 years of James Bond's cars

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Paris had an unusual parade on Sunday, as 20 cars from the past 40 years of films featuring the fictional British spy were driven down the Champs Elysee and past the Eiffel Tower.   It was a promotion for the next Bond film, Spectre, releasing in...
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France's new taxi app aims to out-Uber Uber

PHeymont ·
  The French government is launching "Le Taxi," a new app that allows passengers to "e-hail" taxis from their computers or smartphones, and rate the service afterward, much like the private Uber service.   Because there are 57,000 cabs in...
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Paris mayor's plan: reclaim highway for park

PHeymont ·
  Future and present in Paris plan to replace highway with pedestrians   Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has made reducing traffic and pollution key goals of her regime, has announced that the highway along the Right (north) Bank of the Seine will...
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Autumn: A season for soup

PHeymont ·
  When the weather turns cool and the leaves start to fall, it always seems time for soup. Not that there aren't wonderful summer soups—gazpacho and cold plum soup come to mind—but fall and winter are the true soup seasons. And with...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 8, 2015: Seafood anyone?

sarcee ·
    While walking through the streets of Paris I noticed the abundance of fresh seafood available.  All this photo does is make me hungry again.  
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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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Paris bus and taxi services disrupted

PHeymont ·
Shiny shelter, but no buses: Paris drivers on 3-day strike             Photo: Coyau / Wikimedia   Protests by taxi drivers over the illegal but continuing "Uberpop" service and a 3-day strike planned by city bus...
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Inflight entertainment may soon watch you!

PHeymont ·
  Thales' mock-up of what the system might look like.   Just like Santa Claus, your seatback screen may soon "know when you are sleeping, and know when you're awake," according to Japanese inflight entertainment maker Thales.   At the...
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Boeing: 38,000 new planes needed in next 20 years

PHeymont ·
Boeing's 7500th 737 leaves the assembly plant. Boeing expects many more. Boeing Corp. photo   Boeing predicts the world's airliner fleet will double over the next 20 years, from about 21,600 now to 43,560—and between growth and...
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787's acrobatic take-off at Paris Air Show

PHeymont ·
The big airshows, and Paris is one of the biggest, are huge sales fares for the big manufacturers and usually feature announcements of new orders and "show-off" moments for new or improved planes.   So the video above should be no surprise as...
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China to host new International Airshow in 2017

PHeymont ·
China has announced a new bi-annual air show, with the first event to be held in Deyang, in Sichuan Province, in 2017. China is the fastest-growing market for airliners, and is also an important manufacturing center for aviation equipment and parts....
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Paris mayor plans to liberate squares for pedestrians

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Place Gambetta, February 2015, with cars replaced by Carnival celebrators        Photo: Basili / Wikimedia   Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is planning the next step in her war on congestion and pollution, announcing a plan to at...
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Where to find the Paris you've seen in the movies

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Under the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, seen in Last Tango in Paris           Photo: Bruxelles5 / Wikimedia   Everyone (almost, anyway) has a favorite Paris movie scene—after all, so many movies have been shot there!  ...
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'Humans of Paris' website shows faces of city

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Marco Hazan, the man behind Humans of Paris   An 18-year-old law student has created a highly-popular Facebook site featuring the faces and stories of "real Parisians." Called "Humans of Paris," and modeled on the "Humans of New York" blog, it...
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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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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

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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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August in France: Not so dead after all!

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With August and the traditional French exodus to the beach just ahead, visitors might wonder just what there is to do in Paris, or in France generally. The truth is that while many stores and restaurants take extended vacations, many are open, and...
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Paris parks go 24h in heat wave

PHeymont ·
In the face of an ongoing heat wave, Paris authorities are keeping five large parks open around the clock, Monday to Friday. 127 other smaller parks are already open full-time. The five parks added are Buttes-Chaumont, Martin-Luther-King, Mountsouris,...
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A playground on the Left Bank of the Seine

DrFumblefinger ·
    If you're heading to Paris with your family, or even if its just to appeal to the kid in you, be sure you stop by Les Berges, a mile-long play space on the Left Bank of the Seine River.     The place is laid out with play in...
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Paris bridges language gap with new app

PHeymont ·
Paris is consistently the world's most-visited city, and while it's fairly easy for English-speakers to get what they need, it's harder for speakers of many other languages. Paris has just rolled out a new app called "Yes, I speak touriste?" to help...
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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

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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 opens latest version of Les Halles

PHeymont ·
This week marks the opening of the 'canopy' at Paris's Forum des Halles, the latest attempt to create a popular space where the city's markets once were.
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Airbnb to warn 'outlaw' hosts in Paris

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Airbnb and Paris have come to an agreement: the company will warn hosts who are violating rental regulations, and the city will see how that works out.
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Love-lorn lock-hangers keep Paris busy

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Despite all efforts, the love locks keep appearing on Paris bridges, which had previously been damaged by tons of locks. New measures are in place, but...
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Paris adds scooters to rental options

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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: Abandoned rail sites get new lives

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French rail operator SNCF, after years of keeping unused Paris properties off the market, is working with arts-based groups to create new uses.
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Les Invalides and the Army Museum, Paris (Where Gumbo was #175)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting Paris' Les Invalides, home to Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb and the interesting Army Museum.
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Threats may cancel summer events in France

PHeymont ·
French authorities have asked local towns and villages to cancel summer events if there is not enough security available.
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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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The amazing debris of the Canal St.-Martin

PHeymont ·
Weapons, toilets, bicycles and even a drone turn up as workers clean the bed of Paris's iconic canal.
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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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Copenhagen latest to try a car-free day

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Copenhagen joins other European cities in experimenting with car-free days and other strategies to lower pollution and change city life.
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Norwegian Air Expands and offers US to Paris flights for $175 one way

Travel Rob ·
Norwegian expands trans-Atlantic routes, U.S. to Paris, and offers sales.
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Central Paris to get express rail link to Charles-de-Gaulle airport

Travel Rob ·
CDG airport to get a high speed rail link to central Paris
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Tasty lunch sets the table for climate conference

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The world climate conference (COP21) opens today in Paris with 150 heads of state and government meeting to try for a world agreement on environmental issues. The outcome is still doubtful, but lunch will not be a problem.   A team of French...
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Is 'green cruising' the future for cruise industry?

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Japanese NGO develops 'Ecoship' concept for emission-free cruising.
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Paris' New Year celebration will go on, but quietly

PHeymont ·
Paris's traditional outdoor New Year's Eve celebration on the Champs-Elysees will happen this year, but will be a much more low-key affair than in the past. In the aftermath of last month's terror attacks, there had been thoughts it would be canceled. It will be a very different event, with no fireworks (for fear they might spark panic) and security measures to control crowds and keep too large a crowd from forming around the Arc de Triomphe. In place of the fireworks, there will be a...
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Where they're going: NY, Paris top Airbnb New Year list

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The recent terror attacks in Paris apparently haven't put off its lure for visitors; Airbnb reports it's the top New Year holiday booking in Europe, and second only to New York world-wide. The vacation rental company says it has 45,000 people booked in Paris for the holiday, and 47,000 in New York. The rest of the top 5 are London with 35,000, Sydney with 25,000 and Barcelona with 24,000. The figures indicate a quick and solid comeback for Paris's tourism industry; immediately after the...
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