General Travel

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. Shopping at CDG Airport is both convenient and efficient. Many of the luxury brands found on Boulevard Saint-Germain and along the Champs-Élyée 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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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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