Posts categorized: France

View of the Grand Plage, Hotel du Palais and lighthouse from my flat.

  I spent last June in France, including a week in the Basque Country. I’d wanted to visit Biarritz for ages and it absolutely lived up to my expectations. The quaint fishing village transformed into a lavish seaside resort thanks to Napoleon’s wife, Empress Eugenie, who vacationed there as a child. Napoleon built her a villa in 1855 that, today, is the Hôtel du Palais overlooking the Grand Plage. A favored retreat of Coco Chanel, she opened her third boutique in Biarritz in […]

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  140 Character Overview: Opulence to the maximus at iconic Parisian luxury hotel on Champs-Élysées. Eyefuls of Eiffel Tower, glitzy dining by Ducasse, spa by Dior.   The Vibe: The Plaza Athénée is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a luxurious, glittering marvel with both Art Deco and classical design elements. In fact, rooms are designed in one of the two styles.         The Location: One of the ritziest neighborhoods in Paris, the Plaza is situated between the […]

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My dear friend and fellow fabulous writer Galena Mosovich is on her way to Paris for the winter. And I could not be more excited for her! I spent two consecutive winters in Paris years ago and, needless to say, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Paris is my absolute favorite city, and I’m thrilled that Galena’s off to experience it for an extended, life-changing stay. I’m also thrilled for an excuse to return for a visit! As […]

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Dec 27

My Travel Wish List

Where in the world? Somewhere in the central Spanish mountainside.

2013 was a pretty incredible year of travel for me. Since launching the blog a year ago yesterday, a whole world of travel and writing opportunities opened up. I ventured abroad to Mexico, Curacao, Costa Rica and the Bahamas. Within the U.S., I visited my typical “second home” destinations of Key West, New York and Atlanta. I also visited best friends in Nashville and Pittsburgh. And I discovered a little more of the state of Florida with trips to Tampa, […]

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Roquebrune Cap-Martin Castle

The south of France holds a special place in my heart. As Ted mentioned in his first post, we traveled there for the first time together back in college, and we had an amazing time. These pictures only made me want to return! By Ted Donath What do you say about the south of France that hasn’t been said before? It’s perfection. We were fortunate enough to stay in a friend’s villa in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, a small village between Nice and […]

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