Arles and Avignon: UNESCO Treasures of Provence, France

Cathedral of Notre Dame des Doms and Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes), Avignon

What do popes, an ancient stone bridge and a Roman arena have in common? There are many possible answers—such as Rome—but after my recent trip to the Provence region of France, what comes to my mind are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the historic city centers of Arles and Avignon. Arles: City of the […]

3 Paris day trips for remembering America’s role in World War I

La Croix Rouge Farm in Picardy

World War I engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1918, and a century later commemorative activities are now underway across the continent. Americans joined the war in 1917, and for those who wish to walk in the footsteps of the “doughboys”—as American troops were then called—there are plenty of things to see. The American Battle Monuments […]

Discovering Provence at Christmas (it’s not over yet!)

"Bravade Calendale in Aix-en-Provence Photo Credit: Philippe NOU"

You’ve probably seen photos of endless lavender fields, tanned vacationers strolling Mediterranean beaches and promenades, and couples sipping Provençal rosé wines on countryside villa terraces. That’s the Provence, France, of spring and summer most well-known to travelers. Those are all beautiful sights to see and activities to enjoy in this part of southern France, but […]

Travel Style: Tom Reeves

Tom Reeves

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Tom Reeves  Occupation: Writer/Blogger/Man about Town Hometown: Oakland, California Residence: Paris, France College: University of California – Berkeley; University […]

Travel Video of the Week: Paris Timelapse

Paris

Almost everyone I know loves Paris, but not everyone can afford to go there. For those who can’t, or just want a quick virtual vacation, there’s this timelapse video from English photographer Paul Richardson, who spent three weeks this past June creating the masterpiece he calls J’adore Paris.

Travel Contests: Week of June 18, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 120,000 HawaiianMiles plus a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to the Tour de France from Belkin Win a transatlantic cruise to Hamburg, Germany from Cunard Win a weeklong cruise for two from Holland America cruise (on Facebook) Win a 12-day trip for two […]

A Massage I Will Never Forget — Club Med Opio in France

Club Med Opio spa receptionists

In 2007 I was invited to Club Med Opio, which is 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Nice airport, high in the hills above Cannes, in a truly delightful corner of Provence. I quickly learned one of the most popular places is the spa, complete with a mosaic-tiled Hammam steam bath and sauna. Like most spas, this one offers a […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 3 (Sanary-sur-Mer, France)

Windstar Star Pride Sanary France May 7 2014-045

Day three of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise brought us to Sanary-sur-Mer in France. This was my favorite port of the trip since we arrived on a beautiful sunny Wednesday and that’s when they have their massive outdoor market that has everything you can possibly imagine from local fresh produce to mattresses! Get up early […]