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17 Mar Chef Jean-Luc Rocha Hotel Cordeillan Bages

Rum baba: Sponge cake, soaked in rum-flavored syrup with strawberries Rum baba: Sponge cake, soaked in rum-flavored syrup with strawberries Approachable and effervescent two-Michelin star chef Jean-Luc Rocha at Hotel Cordeillan Bages in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region in Pauillac makes staying at this Relais & Chateaux property owned by the Cazes' family, a dream come true for foodies like myself. Delicious eye-candy, plate after plate came my way when I dined there on my last visit to area.
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26 Feb A Non-Tourist Walk in Paris 16th Arrondissement

DSC_0334Hotel Saint James Paris is just around the corner from a vibrant city area not much visited by tourists. While staying here, I took a stroll along Avenue Victor Hugo in the Paris 16th arrondissement. The 16th is not as sexy as the Right Bank, or as glitzy as the Place de la Madeleine, nor as trendy as the Marais, but it is definitely a cool neighborhood to hang out and be a global local amongst its wealthy residents.
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23 Feb Le Victory, Paris a Low-Key Brasserie in an Upscale Area

dessert victoryOne of the more difficult tasks when strolling along Avenue Champs Élysées is to find a low-key restaurant with decent food at reasonable prices. Le Victory, Paris is a local brasserie and bar just off the famous retail mecca. While a far reach from Michelin-star cuisine, Le Victory serves comfort food in a traditional French atmosphere.
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01 Jan 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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16 Nov Paris Take Away Food at Le Petit Flottes is a Perfect Fall Picnic in the Making

tuilleriesOften when in the City of Light, I long for a great Paris take away food spot where I can quickly pick up something healthy and fresh. Picnics are almost done for the year now, but there are still a few days where it's lovely to sit outside for impromptu dining en plein air. Le Petit Flottes is one stop shopping for a last-minute soiree.
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26 Sep 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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20 Aug 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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27 Jul 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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10 Jul 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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01 Jan Bonne Année, Happy New Year!

20140101-154000.jpg 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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23 Dec 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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19 Dec 2014 Trends in Luxury Travel

The annual International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes, France is an amazing event where we, as press, are able to discover the latest trends in luxury travel that not only apply to the expensive brands, but also to more affordable hotel markets everywhere. This year a noticeable trend in sustainable tourism, family-friendly and experience based travel came through loud and clear in our press briefings. I hope you will forgive that this piece is not about Paris or France in particular, but I thought you would like to know a bit about the overall trends in travel which are not exclusive to the luxury market. All brands are beginning to take notice of these important pieces of the travel market.
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11 Dec Southern France: Nice Christmas Markets

Giant ornament sculpture in Grimaldi Square   Giant ornament sculpture in Grimaldi Square The Nice Christmas Markets were in full force last weekend as I made my way through the carnival atmosphere in Grimaldi Square to the shopping area. Along the way to the markets I encountered such magnificent sights as the new pavilion which is a vast open green space with playgrounds for the children, gardens for the horticulturists and benches for the aged and the young in love.
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09 Dec Pop-up Restaurant by Legendary Chef Nobu Here to Stay in Monte Carlo

fairmont mc water facadeToday, the Fairmont Monte Carlo unveils a new restaurant by legendary Chef Nobu which was formerly a pop-up concept but is now a permanent part of the hotel. It will occupy the space previously taken by their formal dining room. The hotel added a narrow terrace space providing a bit of outdoor seating where diners will experience the serene views and sounds of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, Nobu restaurant added a spectacular bar and two private meeting lounges.
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28 Nov Blog Facts and Time to Give Thanks This Thanksgiving

thanksgivingWith everything left to do before we sit down to eat our feast today, I am taking a minute to pause and give thanks this Thanksgiving for the blessings that come from all of you! Fact: Without the support of my family, none of this would be possible. Thank you Mr. Weekend In Paris for the 20 plus years of research that went into the making of The Weekend In Paris. He supported my yearly, now turned multiple times a year, habit of meeting the original Gal Pal Lisa in Paris and now me bringing others along too. He believed in me when I might not have believed in myself. He held down the fort with the kids when they were young despite his own grueling schedule and is simply the best man I have ever known. When people ask who the heroes in life are, I point to him. Honest, hard-working, loyal and loves me and the kids first and foremost. Not perfect, mind you, he is still looking for that open spot in the hamper in the bathroom to deposit his socks and underwear, but I'll keep him!
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25 Nov Multigenerational Travel to Paris

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Multigenerational travel to Paris is easier than most people think, as long as you follow a few simple tips. The usual trip to Paris for me, for over 20 years, has been with girl friends (my Gal Pals) and/or with Mr. Weekend In Paris. This past summer it was about time that fellow Francophile's - my mother-in-law and two sister-in-laws accompanied me as the latest Gal Pals. The rule was that each person had to pick one thing that was on their "bucket list" to accomplish. First priority, of course, went to my mother-in-law, Maryann, as the Matriarch of the group for our multigenerational travel to Paris.
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11 Nov Veterans Day and the Connection to Me becoming a Travel Writer

Oberammergau 1991 Oberammergau 1991 Each Veterans Day I look back at our time living in Europe (stationed there for three years) where I was seriously bitten by the travel bug. It was all due to the military that we were able to afford our first trip to Paris. I also had the privilege of seeing the most beautiful vista in the world in Oberammergau, Germany. I ate the best food of my life while working at the NATO HQ for the Southern Region in Naples, Italy and my first child was born a Brit while working and living in London. The military was good to us. It was not without stress, however. We endured a long six month deployment BEFORE email, cell phones and Skype. The Commanding Officer of the USS Capadanno FF1093 had his car blown up during deployment and five people were killed in the
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16 Oct 10 Practical, but Fun Tips on How to Learn French

Monsieur Roberts If you are like me, you want to learn French more easily! I took French for a few years in high school and perhaps one more in college.  I retained lots of vocabulary, but zero ability to use it.  Three year old French babies watching American Sesame Street come out of pre-school more bi-lingual than I fear I ever will become but it's not my fault...I blame my ancestors for this.  My maternal grandmother was of French decent whose family emigrated to the US from Canada and can trace their roots to France.  When they left the Montreal area they left the language behind.  Quel dommage...Hindsight is 20/20! Some of us are visual learners, some auditory, some tactile but if you are like me, you need multi-sensory stimulation to imprint anything into your brain, never mind a foreign language.  Taking a multi-sensory approach, here are the strategies I have been using to learn how to be able to communicate on my annual trips to Paris:
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25 Sep What Hotel Toiletries Will Be In Your Room?

[caption id="attachment_7210" align="alignleft" width="300"]l'Occitane goodies at Hotel Montalembert, Paris l'Occitane goodies at Hotel Montalembert, Paris[/caption] A large part of my job as a travel writer is reviewing hotels. The quality of the bed linens is crucial to my rating, but what will make or break you in my book are the bathrooms. Part of the evaluation I do is examining the hotel toiletries and sometimes the lack there of.  It is annoying, at best, to try to fit “needed” toiletry items into the TSA approved gallon-sized zip lock baggy.  Mine is usually full because I hate to be caught off-guard. I am a “just in case” traveler who despises over-packing, but find it difficult to avoid. I don’t like to waste precious time shopping for forgotten essentials when visiting someplace spectacular.  Wouldn’t it be super to have a definite answer, before packing, as to what amenities will be in your hotel bathroom?
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22 Apr Stop and Smell the French Perfumes: Fragonard in Eze Village

[caption id="attachment_5162" align="alignleft" width="300"]Me and Martine sorting through hundreds of choices! Me and Martine sorting through hundreds of choices![/caption] When in France, you must take time to stop and smell the French perfumes! I am so glad I did at Fragonard in Eze Village. The history of perfume dates back to the Mesopotamian times. As the world travelers brought the craft of creating odorous concoctions west, the Italians brought the chemical formulas to France where chemists hired by the aristocrats spent lifetimes perfecting. Yes, the French had questionable, strange hygienic practices leaving them with strong body odor that perfume was used to attempt to cover up, but now the usage is simply superfluous. Kings Louis' XV and XVI were huge consumers of perfume, as was Napoleon. Gloves were a popular way to distribute the scents to people's hands, which lasted for days, but was reportedly discontinued when evildoers began mixing poisons into the perfume to slowly poison their enemies. It was a genius way to get rid of a dreaded rival without having to "lay a glove on them."
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15 Mar Four Seasons Paris vs. Four Seasons Milan – Rivals in Fashion, Food and Hotels

IMG_3246The goal for all my travel blogging is to have an authentic local experience that includes great accommodations, delicious food and great shopping. I adore staying at a place with a bit of history and I enjoy feasting on local cuisine from every price-point and window shopping (occasionally braving the sticker shock and purchasing an item or two) at the famous designer's stores from each country. If you are a like-minded traveler  you might enjoy reading about the contrasts and comparisons between my back to back visits to the Four Seasons Paris, France and Four Seasons Milan, Italy last year.
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26 Dec How Much Does a Trip to Paris Cost?

Airplane Interior Updated January, 2014 The first thing people ask me is, How much does a trip to Paris cost? Here's my breakdown of what you may be spending on your dream trip to the City of Light. Plane Tickets Mid January to March tends to be the cheapest time to fly to Paris.  Summer and Fall are the most expensive! First Class/Business Class: Roundtrip tickets can run anywhere from $4,500 to $9,000 depending upon how far in advance you purchase them. Economy: Flights from the U.S. can range between $500-$1200 depending upon your city of departure.
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