If you’d like to sleep inside a fairy tale, you might want to pay a visit to La Balade des Gnômes, a quiet bed and breakfast where you can live out your fairy tale dreams, including one inside the belly of a wooden bull.
Designed by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it is one of the best examples of 18th-century royal architecture and its intact collection of furniture and decor is unrivalled, even by the palace of Versailles. But the state-owned building could be transformed into luxury boutiques, plush suites for billionaires or a hotel with swimming pool.
If you’re in Paris between December 15th and February 9th, you’ll be able to go ice skating at a 200 square meter rink to be installed on the first level of the Eiffel Tower, 57 meters above Paris. Details: La patinoire de la Tour Eiffel.
London has beaten Paris to the number-one spot as Europe’s most tourist-friendly capital, according to a survey published this week. Hotel standards, inner-city transport, tourist information; London’s got it all. Well, that’s what the French say…
The new Paris Guestlist iPhone app uses built-in Google Maps and location technology, to find and display, on a satellite map of Paris, the best soirées at the most exclusive nightclubs, discos, lounges, art galleries, and other party venues in the city. Make your reservations through the app and go hang out with the parisiens branchés.
24 Hours Paris showcases the city’s amazing variety of activities in a user-friendly format. Arranged hour by hour, from 5 am to midnight and back again, this unique guidebook gives you the best of Paris, beyond the Eiffel Tower. Feel like weaving a tapestry? How about sketching burlesque models? 24 Hours Paris peeks into corners of Paris traditional guidebooks ignore.
We have 5 copies of the book to give away to members this month. Go to the Francophilia Community to see how to win. Offer ends May 31st.
Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, a Michelin two-star restaurant just outside Reims, France, and Chef Scott Hunnel from award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World Resort, are collaborating to create a French-inspired menu featuring superior products and seasonal ingredients sourced from around the world.
Other American habits also go against the French grain, said Wendy Lyn, a Florida-born and now Paris-based guide to all things culinary: sharing of entrees, asking for substitutions and ordering a salad or just one course in a prix fixe meal.
Effective with tickets issued November 1, 2009, Air France will introduce a revised baggage policy for customers traveling in Economy Class between the US and Europe including Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia (see complete list below*). Passengers will be able to check one bag, weighing up to 50 pounds (23 kilos), free of charge. If passengers would like to check a second bag, with the same maximum weight allowance, they may do so for a fee of $50 for all flights departing from the US or 50 Euros for all flights departing from Europe.
Air France-KLM Group, Europe’s biggest airline, plans to offer perks usually reserved for premium passengers on an “a la carte” basis to economy travelers as it seeks to compensate for declining ticket prices.