General Travel

Best of 2014 Happy New Year, Bonne Année

DSC_0330While not a New Year’s Eve destination this year, the Best of 2014 travel for me included multiple trips to Paris. Speaking from experience, nothing beats a New Year or Bonne Année in the City of Light. My first time seeing the Eiffel Tower at night was on New Year’s Eve, 1990 with Mr. Weekend In Paris. It was the 100th anniversary of the tower and the excitement of the occasion was palpable. Of course the evening was all the more special since Mr. Weekend In Paris’ birthday is at midnight! I instantly fell in love with the iron lady of Paris and my grandmother’s heritage. France, you are in my blood!

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Duty Free Shopping at CDG Airport Saves You Time and Energy

cdg shopping ladureePersonally it ticks me off when I purchase an item abroad, carry it around all day, and spend time packing it carefully into my suitcase, only to find the exact item in the specialty shops or Duty Free section of the airport. Duty Free shopping at CDG Airport is both convenient and efficient. Many of the luxury brands found on Boulevard Saint-Germain and along the Champs-Élysées can be purchased while you wait to board your flight.

Recently, I was wowed by the selections available in Terminal 2 at CDG. Here are my favorites:

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Monday in France; Saint James Bouliac and Rail Europe to the Rescue

Hotel Saint James - Bouliac outdoor patio

Hotel Saint James – Bouliac outdoor patio

Monday morning came around way too early for my liking, but we were eager to board our train from Montparnasse to Bordeaux. With our Rail Europe E-Ticket Confirmations in hand, we made our way to the station ready for an adventure. I knew I had some writing to do before checking into another terrific Relais & Chateaux property, the Hotel Saint James Bouliac but Rail Europe was there to the rescue. Our seats in class 1 had ample room for me to spread out and power outlets galore for my various devices. It made for a productive and comfortable ride!

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