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From Switzerland to Burgundy: A Travelogue

By Laura Glendinning Recently, we found ourselves in Montreaux, Switzerland  for a travel convention. In Montreaux you are on the shores of pristine Lake Geneva, on the Swiss side  Friendly note: Switzerland is on the Swiss franc, not the euro.  But it's 2019 and we did not trade any money in the age of plastic and chipped cards.   You do get to choose which currency you want to be billed in when they run the card.  I have no idea whether you can save a few centimes doing that.   We literally just alternated the currency choice.  A weird temperature blip/micro-climate allows palm trees to grow along the shore of the lake. That means there is no winter freeze, but you can...

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Visiting Impressionism at its Roots

While visiting Normandy, you just may feel as if you are walking through a painting. The vibrant colors, sweeping landscapes, and charming villages are so picturesque, you may start to wonder if, in fact, they are real. You can rest assured that everything in this region is real and authentic. Perhaps that is the reason why so many painters came to Normandy to stir up their creative juices. Come and see for yourself how art and life harmoniously coexist in this gorgeous region. In the 19th century, Impressionism was born in Le Havre, Normandy close to the lovely fishing town of Honfleur. This style of art was seen as a revolution due to the fact that it focused on everyday...

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Custom World War One Tours

Though the living memory of World War I has faded, touring the famous sites of the ‘War to End All Wars” is easily done in a day trip from Paris. Major battle sites are surprisingly close to Paris, for the most part little more than a two hour drive. We can organize your itinerary any way you like. Below are three sample itineraries. (Image: trenches at Verdun today) Option 1 - America in World War I – battle of Belleau Wood When the Russians surrendered to the Germans on the Eastern Front, freeing Axis troops to focus exclusively on capturing Paris, France was surely doomed . Four years of trench warfare had decimated the Allied armies. But early in 1918...

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Paris Travel Information

Practical Information for Travelers Current time in Paris, France Paris Airports There are two main airports in Paris Charles DeGaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). Most likely you will be flying into Charles DeGaulle if you are flying from North America. Arrondissements. What are they? The postal codes in Paris are broken down by arrondissements or districts. The last two digits of of a buildings postal code refers to the district of Paris it is in. For instance: your hotel is located in postal code 75010. That means you are in the 10th arrondissement. Bookstores in Paris (Books in English) Brentano's 37, av de l'Opéra 75002 Tel : 01 42 61 52 50 W.H. Smith 248, rue de Rivoli 75001 Tel...

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Our Top Five Day Trips From Paris

1. Normandy D-Day Trip From Paris - Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer are among the most famous historical sites in France – and you’ll visit them and more in one memorable day trip from Paris via direct rail to Caen. 2. Champagne Day Trip From Paris - Just 45 minutes by rail from Paris puts you in the heart of the Champagne region. Taste legendary Moet or Mumm, enjoy a Champagne lunch, and visit a family vineyard, all in one day. 3. Visit Mont St. Michel From Paris - A very long time ago a monk had a vision of St. Michel who inspired him to create a monastery on a remote rock...

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