Montpellier, capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region

25 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rue Foch with triumphal arch Peyrou © Jonas Lange

Rue Foch with triumphal arch Peyrou © Jonas Lange

Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th largest city of the country, and is also the fastest growing city in France over the past 25 years. Montpellier is one of the few large cities in France without a (Gallo-)Roman background and one of the few cities in southern France without a Greek background.   read more…

Whitstable Oyster Festival

24 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Whitstable Oysters © The Crab and Winkle Restaurant / seewhitstable.com

Whitstable Oysters © The Crab and Winkle Restaurant / seewhitstable.com

Whitstable is a seaside town in Northeast Kent, Southeast England. It is approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) north of the city of Canterbury and approximately 3 kilometres (2 mi) west of the seaside town of Herne Bay. It is part of the City of Canterbury district and has a population of about 30,000. Whitstable is famous for its oysters, which have been collected in the area since at least Roman times. The town itself dates back to before the writing of the Domesday Book. Whitstable’s distinctive character is popular with tourists, and its maritime heritage is celebrated with the annual oyster festival. Freshly caught shellfish are available throughout the year at several seafood restaurants and pubs in the town.   read more…

Theme Week Paris – Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon (7th) and Arrondissement de l’Élysée (8th)

22 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris, UNESCO World Heritage

7th arrondissement - Palais Bourbon - Seat of the National Assembly © Webster

7th arrondissement – Palais Bourbon – Seat of the National Assembly © Webster


7th arrondissement – Arrondissement du Palais Bourbon
The 7th arrondissement includes some of Paris’s major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon’s resting place), and a concentration of such world famous museums as the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly.   read more…

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Theme Week Paris – Arrondissement du Luxembourg (6th)

21 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris, UNESCO World Heritage

Jardin du Palais du Luxembourg © Dinkum

Jardin du Palais du Luxembourg © Dinkum

The 6th arrondissement includes world famous educational institutions such as the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Académie française, the seat of the French Senate as well as a concentration of some of Paris most famous monuments such as Saint-Germain Abbey and square, St. Sulpice Church and square, the Pont des Arts or the Jardins du Luxembourg.   read more…

The Virgin Islands

21 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Saint Thomas Harbor © Calyponte

Saint Thomas Harbor © Calyponte

The Virgin Islands of the United States (commonly called the United States Virgin Islands or U.S. Virgin Islands) are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are an insular area of the United States. The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands. The total land area of the territory is 133.73 square miles (346.4 km2). As of the 2000 census the population was 108,612, mostly composed by those of Afro-Caribbean descent. Tourism is the primary economic activity, although there is a significant manufacturing sector. Formerly the Danish West Indies, they were sold to the United States by Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916. Today tourism is the primary economic activity. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year, many of whom visit on cruise ships.   read more…

Theme Week Paris – Arrondissement de Panthéon (5th)

20 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris, UNESCO World Heritage

Pantheon © ChrisO

Pantheon © ChrisO

Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, it is one of the central arrondissements of the capital. The arrondissement is notable for being the location of the Quartier Latin, a district dominated by universities, colleges, and prestigious high schools. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research has its head office in the arrondissement. The 5th arrondissement is also one of the oldest districts of the city, dating back to ancient times. Traces of the area’s past survive in such sites as the Arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheatre, and the Thermes de Cluny, a Roman thermae.   read more…

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Theme Week Paris – Arrondissement de l’Hôtel de Ville (4th)

19 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris, UNESCO World Heritage

Paris Town Hall © Pol

Paris Town Hall © Pol

Situated on the Right Bank of the River Seine, it is bordered to the west by the 1st arrondissement; to the north by the 3rd, to the east by the 11th and 12th, and to the south by the Seine and the 5th. The 4th arrondissement contains the Renaissance-era Paris City Hall. It also contains the Renaissance square of Place des Vosges, the overtly modern Pompidou Centre and the lively southern part of the medieval district of Le Marais, which today is known for being the gay district of Paris (while the more quiet northern part of Le Marais is contained inside the 3rd arrondissement). The eastern parts of the Île de la Cité (including Notre-Dame de Paris) as well as the Île Saint-Louis are also included within the 4th arrondissement. The 4th arrondissement is known for its little streets, cafés, and shops but is regarded as expensive and congested. It is desirable for those insisting on old buildings and multi-cultural exposure.   read more…

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Christmas Shopping in New York City

19 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City

New York City Montage © Jleon/cc-by-3.0

New York City Montage © Jleon/cc-by-3.0

Be dazzled by the excitement, diversity, glamour and fun of New York City, the city that never sleeps. The astonishing variety of attractions in this Entertainment Capital of the World range from world-class theatre, music and museums to world-champion sporting events. Discover magnificent architecture, breathtaking performances, marvellous shopping, and treasures of art and culture, as well as superb cuisine, from every corner of the world. You’ll love New York City!   read more…

Theme Week Paris – Arrondissement du Louvre (1th)

18 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris, UNESCO World Heritage

Louvre © Benh LIEU SONG

Louvre © Benh LIEU SONG

Situated principally on the right bank of the River Seine, it also includes the west end of the Île de la Cité. The arrondissement is one of the oldest in Paris, the Île de la Cité having been the heart of the city of Lutetia, conquered by the Romans in 52 BC, while some parts on the right bank (including Les Halles included) date back to the early Middle Ages. It is the least populated of the city’s arrondissements and one of the smallest by area, a significant part of which is occupied by the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens. Much of the remainder of the arrondissement is dedicated to business and administration.   read more…

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