Category: France

Travel to France Like a VIP

Explore VIP-Style–Without Crowds With its capital Paris nicknamed the city of love, France itself is no stranger to a little romance. From the romantic allure of its idyllic villages to its charming coastlines and candlelit bistros, this iconic destination seduces at every turn. To explore La Belle France like a VIP, consider Luxury Gold’s French Vogue journey. VIP access to the Eiffel Tower No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. A delightfully cliché trip for lovers, it has been the backdrop for many amorous declarations and proposals. With Luxury Gold, skip the line...

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Nice: A Walker’s Delight

A century ago, Russian princes rubbed shoulder with English lords in the luxury hotels and Baroque villas on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. Ladies of fashion showed off their jewels at masked balls and notorious courtesans dissipated their lover’s fortunes at the gaming tables. Today this capital of the French Riviera is less rarefied, more affordable and, thanks to some 300 days of sunshine, an inviting place to visit any time of the year. With its rich and ancient history–Nice was founded by the Greeks—the city is a walker’s delight, a treasure trove of picturesque streets, striking monuments and souvenirs...

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Last Tango in Paris: Napoléon’s Tomb

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”~ Napoléon Bonaparte “That was the greatest and finest moment of my life!” a smallish man in a white raincoat proclaimed loudly as he exited the domed church at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris. Moments before, this man stood trembling with excitement and removed his cap out of respect as he gazed for a long time at an ornate marble tomb. It was June 23rd, 1940; just three days after the French capital had become German-occupied territory. The following day during his official sightseeing city tour,...

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Hassle Free Summer Sips: Premium Canned Wine from ON Y VA

As recently as a few years ago, the concept of wine in a can wasn’t exactly a luxurious one. No more! Canned wine has only increased in popularity in recent years, and as the demand has increased, so has the quality. Now, consumers can have delicious, high quality wines in a convenient canned package. No more need for corkscrews and cups, just open the can and go! Exceptional wine can be enjoyed anywhere you are, without the hassle. That’s what French wine importer David Milligan Selections is aiming for with their entry into the canned wine market, ON Y...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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Cycle Tour de France With Trek Travel

Trek Travel offers thrill seekers a last-minute summer adventure in its Tour de France “Alps & Alpe d’Huez”  – – a six-day, five-night bucket list experience that invites guests to cycle an actual leg of the 2018 Tour de France just days before the pros hit the road. As Official Tour Operator for both the Tour de France and the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, Trek Travel offers this exclusive VIP trip with unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to the world’s premier cycling race. Highlights include an exclusive reception with the Trek-Segafredo Racing team, tour of the team bus and an up-close view of their ultimate Trek racing bikes...

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World Summer Getaways

The first quarter of the year is the best time to plan for the upcoming summer holiday season, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s™ five new hotels in Italy and Greece offer a wealth of history, culture and surrounding attractions to suit the tastes of just about everyone. Whether it is picking up new culinary skills for a Tuscan feast, tasting the best olive oils, learning a traditional Apulian tarantella dance, discovering new sights on a Vespa with your significant other or spending a day of water sports with the family, guests are in for a summer to...

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Three Perfect Days in Nice, France

After a perfect Mediterranean cruise aboard the Star Flyer, my daughter and I headed to Nice, France, for what turned out to be three perfect days of sightseeing, exploring, dining well–and simply enjoying the charms of a beautiful city. Perfection began at the Hotel Windsor, a magical place infused with the creativity of the artists whose work is displayed in the room and throughout the public places. Some rooms display posters paying homage to such well-known artists as Robert Indiana, Niky de Saint Phalle and Martial Raysse. Our room honored artist Lawrence Weiner. Though the room was modest in...

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Hidden Culinary Treasure in Cour des Loges

There is plenty to see in Lyon, France. They have a magnificent Basilica decked out with the most intricate mosaics, a plethora of world-class museums, including the Musee des Beau-Arts, a historic old town which had once been the center of the silk industry and a newly revitalized river bank district lined with eye-popping, industrial chic buildings and trendy art installations. But I was there first and foremost for the food. This 2,000-year-old city, considered the world capital of gastronomy by many, is home to approximately 2,000 restaurants, with 22 of them sporting Michelin stars. This is fabulous if you...

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Bessé Signature and Anne Jousse Bring a Unique Brand of Luxury to Paris

The idea of a young luxury hotel brand competing in Paris, the world’s #1 tourist destination, seems like a difficult task. However, not only has Bessé Signature competed, they’ve flourished, making a name for themselves in a city filled with luxurious hotel options. What began as a run-down hotel in Brittany has morphed into a Relais & Châteaux property with a Michelin-starred restaurant, and expanded to Paris, where the group currently owns four boutique properties. Located in Paris’ best arrondissements, Bessé Signature hotels are elegant and lavish, but have individual personalities. The five-star Hôtel Bel-Ami is contemporary in style,...

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Luxury and Value are Possible in Paris

There are an unbelievable amount of hotels in Paris, but what would you expect from the #1 tourist destination in the world? Couple leisure travelers with those who go to the city for business, and there’s rarely a low season.   Paris is one of the most luxurious places in the world. From high-end designers and jewelers to Michelin-starred restaurants and palace hotels, there are plenty of places to spend your euros. The cost of presidential suites in the most prestigious Paris hotels come with a five-digit price tag per night, but what if you’re not a sultan and still...

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