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How to skip the lines at the Eiffel Tower and some other important tips in French capital

PARIS, FRANCE – If there is one monument you want to see and experience when visiting Paris, it is the Eiffel Tower (www.tour-eiffel.fr), which first opened its doors to the public on May 15 1889. [caption id="attachment_8233" align="alignleft" width="408"] A look at the Eiffel Tower all lit up[/caption] For those who want to go all the way to the top you have a few options: book tickets at least six months ...

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Turks & Caicos Provo Perfection

Exploring the natural wonders of the Turks & Caicos Islands I was floating above one of the world’s largest barrier reefs and below me a school of yellow-tailed damselfish flitted past a giant sea fan waving gracefully in the current. A vast garden of finger coral, giant brain coral and tangerine star coral stretched as far as my eye could see. [caption id="attachment_8219" align="alignleft" width="274" ...

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St. James’s Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia

St. James's Club Morgan Bay is set amid 25 acres of colorful hillside gardens tucked into a private cove on the northern coast of St. Lucia. The all-inclusive, beachfront resort features 345 guestrooms and suites, offering post-card ocean and tropical garden views. The well-appointed accommodations span a variety of categories, including one-bedroom suites and family suites. Each offers all the comforts of ...

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Rustic luxury and natural splendour meet at Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge worth the trek, by rail or car Take your mind to the Canadian Rockies, and immediately you picture majestic gray mountains with snow-capped peaks and a carpet of deep-green forest blanketing the valleys up to tree line, with emerald lakes, bears and elk, the invigorating scent of fir trees, and perhaps even a Mountie on guard. [caption id="attachment_8026" align="aligncenter" widt ...

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New Palm Beach

Timeless classic revisited Fresh on the heels of celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding by oil tycoon Henry Flagler, Palm Beach has a new energy that's fast transforming its image as Miami's staid neighbour to the north. Its lush beauty, classic architecture and small-town character combined with a burgeoning cultural scene, influx of innovative new chefs and ever-evolving shopping district makes ...

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A holiday in Paris – where to stay and which famous sites to visit

Paris, France:  Exactly 28 years after my last visit to Paris (http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris  and www.rendezvousenfrance.com,), I recently soaked up the experience again of the French capital with all it has to offer. Seven months before we even left for France, we began the challenging task of looking for a hotel. Upon recommendations from friends we targeted Les Jardins du Marais (www.lesjardi ...

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Montebello: The Town and Château, much to see and even more to do

Fairmont Le Château Montebello - A Log Castle Driving under the arch of the log gate and down a tree-lined road, I see the Fairmont Le Château Montebello for the first time. It was built in less than four months, with 3,500 labourers working around the clock, using 1,200 train car loads of timber and building materials, including 10,000 red cedar logs. This place is impressive by any standards, as is the lo ...

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Sunwing branches out to resort ownership – offering luxury in their all-inclusive holidays

Colin Hunter was in Montreal in late June for a two-night performance at The House of Jazz, as part the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He was singing with a quartet anchored by his friend and Juno Award winning jazz pianist – Joe Sealy. In 2005 Colin recorded Come Fly With Me on a dare that the recording be played on Sunwing flights. He has just recorded his tenth cd, which is his fifth with jazzman ...

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Santa Monica and the Beach Butler experience worth the trip

By Mike Cohen Santa Monica: On our recent trip to the Los Angeles area we were like a lot of tourists. We wanted to spend time at the beach, but we did not bring our own towels, chairs or umbrellas. Friends recommended we spend time in Santa Monica (www.santamonica.com) and during my research I came across an outfit called Perry's Café and Rentals (www.perryscafe.com). It has been an integral part of the Lo ...

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Iconic ‘The Canadian’ is a ride for the ages

All aboard for one of the world’s great train trips By Matthew Elder “Wow, you’re taking the train out west – I’ve always wanted to do that!” It’s a comment familiar to anyone who has booked passage on The Canadian, VIA Rail Canada’s flagship, transcontinental train. Indeed, there no more quintessentially Canadian experience than crossing this vast country by rail – all 4,466 kilometres to Vancouver, passin ...

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