General Travel

Deaths on Mont Blanc, Chamonix are Unavoidable

Last in a group of hikers about to descend from the Aiguille du Midi

Last in a group of hikers about to descend from the Aiguille du Midi

On my recent trip I learned of the dangers that hikers experience when trying to conquer one of the many summits on and surrounding Mont Blanc. Just last week tragedy struck again on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France when six climbers fell 250 metres to their death on another peak, the Aiguille d’Argentiere. Our guide from the local tourism office explained that there are on average 60 deaths on Mont Blanc per year and many occur in the summer time when the snow melts and avalanches occur and crevices swell open. 

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Breaking Rules in Paris and Having Fun While Doing It

Although the sign said private, we snuck in for a quick peek.

Although the sign said private, we snuck in for a quick peek.

When it comes to being a rule follower, sign me up. I believe in rules and I abhor getting in trouble, but when it comes to Paris all bets are off. Sometimes it’s good to be an “Ugly American” and bend the rules just a bit. How do you know which ones to break? Here’s my gals guide to breaking rules in Paris and having fun while doing it.

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Best Massage of My Life at Spa Le Fer à Cheval, Megève

Photo courtesy of Le Fer á Cheval

Photo courtesy of Le Fer à Cheval

I just had the BEST massage of my life at Hotel Le Fer à Cheval in Megève, France! My therapist Alice applied the perfect amount of pressure to my aching back, legs, neck and feet which took away the tightness that sometimes comes with my busy travel. Lugging heavy bags and carrying a camera around all day tends to leave me with knots the size of Texas in my neck and shoulders. Not to mention that action-packed press tours where hiking in the rain and pounding the pavement in search of the best souvenirs can also bring on tension headaches.

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Bonne Année, Happy New Year!

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Bonne Année!
Happy New Year! I began 2014 with French champagne in the British Virgin Islands. Very relaxing and interesting to hear Christmas Carols playing on New Year’s Eve while sitting at the beach. Champagne is always French you know. If it doesn’t come from the Champagne region, it must be called sparkling wine. If you have never known this fact before, look at the labels on your bottle for proof!

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Need A Break from the Holiday Stress?

Need a break from the holiday stress? Weekend In Paris Contributor, Margo Waite offers the perfect distraction from the hustle and bustle. Take a little walk with Margo while she was in Paris for the past few weeks.
From Margo: During the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations sometimes we’re even too busy to read.  So I though perhaps readers of Weekend in Paris would enjoy a few street scenes taken around the City of Light in the last few weeks.  Sit back, relax and dream of being in Paris.
Mix a unique shade of ink for your fountain pen at this shop on Rue du Bac
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