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Where to … Eat • Le Train Bleu

Le Train Bleu is in Gare de Lyon, Paris. “The Blue Train” is one of the most sumptuous restaurants in Paris. In its hey days, it was the penultimate destination in Paris before you launched yourself to luxury travel. A pate of duck and foie gras of duck is the …

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Where to … Sleep • Lotus

Priorat, the Catalan wine region, is about 120 kilometres from Barcelona in a southerly direction. Falset is a good location to overnight when visiting the vineyards. Lotus is a charming 3-star hotel in the old part of Falset. The rooms are very individual and the hotel prides itself in offering environmentally responsible …

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Where to … Sleep • Hotel Du Lys

370-year old hotel in Paris Hotel du Lys is a 370-year old hotel. A building, let alone a hotel, this old is very rare in Paris. Built originally in 1650, the charm is immediate as soon as you see it from the narrow street outside. Rue Serpente is just a …

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Where to … Eat • Au Bureau Merignac

Finding something to eat on a Sunday – let alone a public holiday – in France can be challenging. The next time you are in Bordeaux, it’s useful to know that Au Bureau Merignac is open  7 days a week: 11 am to 12 midnight (last order 2230 hrs) Sunday to Thursday 11 am to …

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Where to … Sleep • Chateau Fourcas Hosten

Now that I have lured you with photographs of Chateau Fourcas Hosten, I must confess to a little misrepresentation. Chateau Fourcas Hosten is not open to the public. You may not stay there unless invited.  The Listrac estate in the Médoc (north of Moulis and south of Saint-Julien) is owned by brothers Laurent and Renaud Mommeja, …

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