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Tour Paris By Zeppelin

Aug 8th, 2013 at 9:45AM: Looking for a way to avoid the tourist crowds in Paris? You might try looking up. Airship Paris is a new company offering tours of the French countryside around Paris by zeppelin. Tickets range from 250 euro for a half-hour "first flight" tour of the castles around Vexin (including the Villette Castle from "The Da Vinci Code" movie), to 650 euro for a royal tour of Versailles with Paris in...

On Bastille Day, Versailles is the place to be

On Bastille Day, Versailles is the place to be Jul 14th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Today is Bastille Day in France. Its a national day that celebrates the storming of the Bastille, a Parisian armory and prison, in 1789 and a symbolic event of the French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles is now a major tourist attraction and one of the largest palaces in the world. Once the official residence of the Kings of France, mobs marched on Versailles and carried Marie...

Warsaw, Poland: an up-and-coming European museum destination

Warsaw, Poland: an up-and-coming European museum destination Mar 16th, 2011 at 9:30AM: As an EU member with a good exchange rate and low prices, Poland is becoming a popular tourist destination in Eastern Europe. Most of the love goes to Krakow, with its original architecture and "new Prague" charm, but capital city Warsaw has plenty to offer as a European museum destination. While much of the old town was leveled in World War II, the restorations have been painstakingly done and...

Luxury hotel to open at Palace at Versailles

Luxury hotel to open at Palace at Versailles Jan 4th, 2011 at 3:00PM: There's no better place to sleep like a king than at the Palace of Versailles, and now travelers might just get their chance. NPR reports that a building at the cherished cultural landmark, home to the French monarchy since Louis XIV, will soon be turned into a five-star luxury hotel. The luxury hotel will stand about one hundred yards from the main palace. "Known as the Hotel du Grand...

Louvre, Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel on strike alert tomorrow

Louvre, Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel on strike alert tomorrow Dec 1st, 2009 at 12:30PM: Workers at Paris' modern art center Pompidou are already on strike over planned job cuts, but those at other French museums and landmarks could join in their fight tomorrow. Seven unions are threatening to walk off the job on December 2nd if their demands aren't met by the MInistry of Culture. They're boycotting the government's plan to cut cultural positions, which would replace only one out of...

Galley Gossip: There's more to Miami than La Carreta

Galley Gossip:  There's more to Miami than La Carreta Aug 12th, 2008 at 9:00AM: "There's more to Miami than La Carreta," said the well dressed passenger seated in 9D, the seat directly in front of my jump seat, as we slowly climbed to our cruising altitude. "Oh I don't know about that!" I laughed, as I loosened my seat belt so I could lean into the aisle and see why the woman three rows back kept waving her hands at me. "The seat belt sign is on," I told the woman as I...

Cockpit Chronicles: Too much adventure (Part II)

Cockpit Chronicles: Too much adventure (Part II) Jul 15th, 2008 at 12:30PM: We left off in the last episode looking at an extra two nights in Paris after a mechanical issue caused our flight back to Boston to cancel. This was because our 7:10 p.m. required departure time had arrived and the mechanics still hadn't found the problem. So now there was no way to get to Boston without exceeding our 14 hour maximum time on duty. We couldn't believe the situation. A five-day...

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