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Travel around BORDEAUX

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If anyone has the opportunity to set foot in France, do not forget to visit the capital of wine bottle – Bordeaux. This beautiful port city has a lot of tourist attractions. If you are interested in shopping, you could visit the city center, or if you are passionate about the history and beauty, go to the Museum of Contemporary Art. However, perhaps the first impression will meet your eyes is palatial and magnificent hotels.

Travel around BORDEAUX

Hotels in France in general and Hotel in Bordeaux in particle turn up with the combination of both ancient and modern style. The ancient factors are reflected in decoration, arrangement rooms and campus while the modern ones are represented by high quality equipments and design. Apparently, the French have strong concentration on preserving and promoting their culture even in modern architecture. Coming to Bordeaux, you can come either to the city of Victoria antique or to the city of the 21st century. There is something nostalgic and there is something convenient.

The services of these hotels here are really high standards. Most of the staves in different hotels are dedicated and professional. No matter how prissy you are, can’t you not deny their hospitality. Here you will know what is called “customer is God. I have seen a famous chief converse with customers about cuisine. He did not hesitate and said that his hotel is equipped with the best equipment from cutlery to best electric smoker. And a customer asked him: “What do you mean about the best electric smoker?” He replied with a smile on his lip: “There are many kinds of electric smoker on the market, if you are interested, you can visit website:  topelectricsmokers.com. Here will be a variety of suggestions for you”. It must be recognized that food and drink were very pleasant, especially wine. Wine in Bordeaux has typical features which are impossible to be confused with the other.

Outside the hotel are the beauties which captivate the hearts of tourist. They are a clean sky, a busiest port and the peaceful Garonne River and there are many attractions which are waiting for you. Nights at a hotel of Bordeaux are really luxury. A little wine and some candlelight makes you feel like in paradise. You will enjoy those moments like King or Queen of Renaissance at modern time. This is really an exciting experience.

Bordeaux, one of the tourist destinations France, though still young, but has a tremendous attraction for tourists all over the world not only because of its famous wines but also the stunning scenery, a system of stores, eateries very attractive. Every year millions of tourists visit this city. If you come here, don’t miss the occasions to enjoy the comfortable and relaxed moments with our friendly and hospitable hotels

2014/05/09

The Cannes dining playbook: the South of France has a restaurant to suit every agenda

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South of France

IF YOU WANT: PLATS DU JOURAND PEOPLE WATCHING

The splashiest venue, literally, is the seaside [1] z PLAGE (73 boulevard de la Croisette), across the street from the Hotel Martinez. Stars from Jessica Chastain to Jodie Foster are drawn to its rows of square white umbrellas to sip signature Moet mimosas and tuck into roast fish. Just up the street and framed by floor-to-ceiling windows is the Michelin one-starred [2] PARK 45 (45 boulevard de la Croisette), where Jude Law has been seen among diners eating the sea bass with pistachio nuts and other light Med fare. Situated just up the coast on the way to Antibes is Brad Pitt and Angelina Jo[ie's favorite spot, [3] CH EZ TETOU (8 avenue des Freres Roustan, Golfe Juan)* Once a beach shack, it’s still got a homey vibe that dissipates once you see the menu: $100 for bouillabaisse. Cash only, please. Director and The Bling Ring producer Roman Coppola recommends ordering the beignets for dessert, which are served with huge pots of jam. “Whenever we’ve been to Cannes, my family and I have always made a stop here,” he says. For those who want to get out of town but still make their whereabouts known, the famed [4] COLOMBE D’OR (1 place General de Gaulle) in the artsy hillside town of St.-Paul de Vence is beloved by the likes of Hugh Grant and producer Jerry Weintraub. “They have very good food,” says Weintraub. “If you can’t eat good food in France, you can’t eat good food anywhere.” The grand, wood-paneled dining room is stocked with paintings by Hatisse and Picasso. The can’t-miss dessert is the Grand Marnier souffle. Inland along the Riviera, the still celebrated [5] LE MOULIN DE MOUGINS (1028 avenue Notre-Dame de Vie), situated in a 16th century mill in Mougins, is where top toques Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud got their start. Further afield but worth the schlep is Nice’s legendary [6] LA PETITE MAISON (11 rue St.-Francois de Paule), where E[ton John and Madonna famously bumped into each other last year and reconciled after their latest feud. Enjoy Nicoise specialties like the zucchini blossom fritters.

IF YOU WANT: FEASTING FAR FROM THE PALAIS

The closest option to town that's just far enough for an undisturbed business dinner is the famed [7] RESTAURANT MANTEL (22 rue Ste.-Antoine) in Cannes’ hilly, historic district, Le Suquet. Try the starter of white bean cream soup with white summer truffles. For an adventure, hop a ferry and alight 20 minutes later for lunch on the Ile St.-Honorat, where Cistercian monks still live and work in the ninth century Abbey Lerins. They also run [8] LA TONNELLE, a seafront bistro with wine from the abbey’s own vineyards. A bit inland in the otherwise pedestrian village of Blot is the Michelin-starred [9] LES TERRAILLERS (11 Chemin Neuf]. Chef Michael Fulci, who apprenticed with Ducasse, offers a (;110 (around $150) tasting menu. The reward for heading to the hills of Vence not only is the extraordinary food at the two-star [10] CHATEAU SAINT-MARTIN AND SPA (2490 avenue des Templiers) but the panoramic view of the Cote d’Azur stretching from the Italian border to St. Tropez. Look away often enough to enjoy restaurant specialties like the pigeon with flakes of chocolate macaroon. Finally, for those who want to trade movie royalty for the real thing, indulge in the fantastically over-the-top [11] LOUIS XV restaurant, an homage to the monarch at the Hotel de Paris (place du Casino) in Monaco* “Take a seat close to the French doors, which will most likely be open, so that with your left eye you savor the gold and glitz and with your right eye [the scene outside the] casino,” says French Riviera-based producer Miodrag Certic. Emblematic of Louis XV’s self-styled “haute couture of taste” approach is the dish of roasted Pyrenean baby lamb, seasoned with Espelette pepper.
Caption: From left: The seafront La Tonnelle on lie St.-Honorat, run by Cistercian monks, serves up such dishes as gnocchi with mussets and Mediterranean sea bass grilled with herbs; a wok-cooked entree at Z Plage, across from Cannes’ Hotel Martinez.

Caption: The Most Expensive Dish on the Riviera?: Prepare to pay $205 for an order of the San Remo Gamber0nii or prawns; served with rock fish gelee and Caviar, in the ornate dining room of the Hotel de Paris’ Louis XV restaurant in Monaco.

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Kennedy, Dana. “The Cannes dining playbook: the South of France has a restaurant to suit every agenda, whether it’s to discuss a deal away from prying eyes–or to celebrate a must-have acquisition over $150 tasting menus.” Hollywood Reporter 17 May 2013: 60. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 6 May 2014.

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2014/05/07

Stop at the hotel and Explore the city

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Stop at the hotel and Explore the city

IN THE VERY OLD DAYS, there was Old Sarum–a fortress on a hill, with a cathedral and castle. Church and state feuded for years, and in 1220 Bishop Richard Poore won permission to relocate the cathedral a few miles away, down in the river valley. Within a generation, the cathedral was largely complete, and, not surprisingly, the town followed the bustling ecclesiastical community it maintained. The result is the most complete 13th-century cathedral in England, and a precinct of medieval streets and alleys. Today, Salisbury is a contemporary, friendly provincial city of 40,000, full of good hotels and easy to navigate on foot.

I Get Around

To the southwest of London, and the only cathedral city in Wiltshire, by car Salisbury is a short two hours from the capital (less from the airports), most directly via the M4, the A303 and the A338. By train, Salisbury is an hour or so from London Waterloo on the Exeter line. Salisbury is also midpoint on the major rail line running between Bath and Bristol and Portsmouth Harbour.
In the Beginning

Dramatic Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest spire in England, at 404 feet. It also has the earliest surviving choir stalls in Britain (1236), and the oldest mechanical working clock in the world (1386). The medieval Cloisters are the largest in Britain. Its Chapter House, built in 1260, displays the best preserved of the four surviving copies of Magna Carta sealed by King John in 1215. Outside, the 13th-century cathedral is surrounded by the largest (and one of the prettiest) Cathedral Closes in the country. Visible down the soaring nave, the majestic royal blue stained-glass window beyond the quire commemorates prisoners of conscience throughout the world. Return later in the afternoon for the unforgettable experience of Choral Evensong.
Salisbury is blessed with a number of fine, moderate three-star hotels in good location for exploring the city. The Red Lion on Milford Street may be the oldest continually operating hotel in England. The Cathedral Hotel is right across the street. There is also the White Hart, Milford Hall and, across medieval Harnham Bridge and the pastoral water meadows, the Rose & Crown.

Other Treasures Worth the Taking

Built for the stone masons working on Salisbury Cathedral, the Church of St. Thomas Becket in the heart of the city has been the parish church for centuries. The best known of many interesting features in the Gothic church is a rare medieval wall mural depicting the Last Judgment.

QueenMompesson House in the Close is considered a perfect example of Queen Anne architecture, with magnificent plasterwork and fine 18th-century furnishings. The National Trust property includes a charming walled garden and garden tearoom.

Just down the lane in the Close is the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The local history museum contains an eclectic mix of exhibits covering 2,000 years of local lore—including an award-winning Stonehenge Gallery and J.M.W. Turner watercolors, and archaeology collections of national importance.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the vibrant market in the Market Square has been ongoing since 1227. The 15th-century Poultry Cross is the sole remaining of three medieval market crosses that once marked the square’s major commodity markets.

Salisbury’s Secret

If time permits, do take a stroll on the town path next to the Queen Elizabeth Gardens across the Water Meadows to the Old Mill on the River Naddar. These are the views, of grazing cattle in fertile pasture with Salisbury Cathedral’s spire in the background, that inspired one of John Constable’s most famous series of paintings. The idyllic scene at the Old Mill is great, too.

For Reviving Food and Drink

Look next door. With a heritage as an army town, Salisbury has more pubs per capita than most places. Restaurants of many descriptions line city center streets. The Market Inn is a great gastropub popular with locals. The Cloisters and the pretty Ox-Bow Inn are atmospheric 16th-century pubs worth a visit. But even Wagamama has come to Salisbury, and there are well-regarded Thai restaurants along with first-class hotel dining rooms.

Along the Way

With its compact, easily navigated city center and well-situated hotels, Salisbury is a good base for exploring nearby. A few miles north on Salisbury Plain are the ruins of Old Saturn and the new visitor center at considerably older Stonehenge. Busses are available from the station in Salisbury.

Just west is historic Wilton House, seat of the Earl of Pembroke, and renowned for its Inigo Jones interiors. Near Mere, the 18th-century landscape gardens of Stour-head have been known for years as the “Flagship of the National Trust” and may indeed be the finest in the existence.

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2014/05/06

The heart of England – Discover travel…

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“The heart of England” is as much a romantic ideal as a geographical region. The countryside of our imagination, though, extends vaguely north of Bath, through the Cotswold Hills, and encompassing Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Just as everywhere in Britain, it can’t be unpacked in a single visit. Here’s a gently paced road trip, however, that will give you that “Heart of England” experience.

heart of England

Day 1–Northwest into the Heartland

From central London, or leaving from the airports, our destination is Cirencester, “Capital of the Cotswolds.” The most direct route is the M4 west past Reading. From Junction 15 at Swindon, take the A419 about 20 miles northwest to Cirencester. It’s an easy morning drive. With a colorful history dating back to the Romans, the pretty market town makes a great base from which to explore the southern Cotswolds–with several lovely 3-star hotels in and around the town center. The place to begin is the Tourist Information Centre at the Corinium Museum. The parish church of St. John Baptist on Market Place is another visit not to be missed. But as you’ll see, this is a town worth exploring.

Day 2–Southern Cotswold Panorama

An easy excursion in the southern Cotswolds today celebrates archetypical Cotswold countryside and some of its most typical sites. Plenty of sights might divert you; check out a Roman villa or ancient long barrow. Begin on the A433 turning south to the market town of Tetbury. You might continue just a few miles farther south to Westonbirt Arboretum, one of England’s most renowned planned woodlands. Or dogleg directly toward Stroud on the A46. At Selsey, the village church is a hidden gem (and always open). Its stained glass windows were designed by four leading members of William Morris’s Arts and Crafts movement. Stroud, like each of the half dozen Cotswold market towns, repays a bit of looking around.

A few miles north on the A46, Painswick churchyard is not to be passed by. Famed for its topiary yews, legend has it that only 99 yews will grow in the churchyard. Painswick Rococo Garden also draws rave reviews for its sensual early 18th-century design. It’s an easy return to Cirencester on the A417, with time to shop in town or stroll the Abbey Grounds. This evening, perhaps stop in the friendly Black Horse Inn for a pint in Cirencester’s oldest pub.

Day 3–Something for Every Passion Head toward the nearby spa of Cheltenham this morning, and north to Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle, with its gracious gardens and six centuries of fascinating history. Queen Catherine Parr is buried in the 15th-century chapel, and there are magnificent rose gardens in summer. There are plenty of local places to take lunch in Winchcombe village. This afternoon pay a visit to Chedworth, one of the largest Roman villas in Britain. Its remoteness in the labyrinth of green, rolling hills is one of its attractions. This is that pastoral countryside of sheep on the hill, babbling brooks, honey-colored stone cottages and trim gardens. Chedworth Roman Villa’s surviving walls, mosaics, bath-houses and hypocausts depict life almost 2,000 years ago–illustrating “on location” the Roman life depicted in Cirencester’s Corinium Museum.

Day 4–The High Road to one of England’s Great Gardens

We turn north this morning, following the A429. This is the most popular tourist route through the region. Bourton-on-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and a slight detour to drive a mile or two around the villages known as The Slaughters are the iconic Cotswold experience. There is just reason why they are so popular, but that popularity does mean people–lots of them. For a little more peaceful take, make your way via the A44 to the charming little market town of Chipping Camden. One highlight visit is Hidcote Manor Garden, considered perhaps Britain’s best 20th-century garden and pride of the National Trust. It’s simply one of the greatest English gardens open to the public. Moreton-on-Marsh makes a great base for an overnight and for exploring the northern Cotswolds.

Day 5–Out and About in the Northern Cotswolds

Today’s easy excursion leads a few miles west on the A44. Famed Broadway is one of the region’s prettiest villages. Atop the town, Broadway Tower was a refuge of William Morris and his friends–with superb views over the green, undulating countryside. Snowshill Manor is described by the National Trust as an “Aladdin’s cave of delights”–overflowing with the eclectic 22,000-piece antique collections of Charles Wade. There’s also the garden of Kiftsgate Court still to see. The oriental water-gardens and Indian fantasy of Sezincote (see “Echoes of the Raj ” p. 34) are a delight, but only open Thursday and Friday afternoons, May-September. You might plan to return to Moreton-in-Marsh tonight, or continue north (perhaps on the B4632) to Stratford-on-Avon (but have lodging arranged from April to October). Accustomed to tourists from around the world, Stratford has a range of hotels and accommodation. If the bustle of Stratford seems overwhelming, just up the road a few miles, Warwick is somewhat quieter and no less attractive.

Day 6–Popular Birthplace of the Bard

Stratford-upon-Avon makes the most of its claim to fame as birthplace of William Shakespeare. The Bard’s birthplace house, Holy Trinity Church and the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre are just a few of Stratford’s A-list visits. This is a real tourist town, given over to the celebration of all things Shakespeare. The theme will take as much time as you’ll give it.

North about 10 miles, Warwickshire’s county town grew up around Warwick Castle, long regarded as the most complete medieval castle in the country. Like Stratford, Warwick Castle has elements of a theme park, and plenty of kitsch, but a visit is no less fun for all that–and really does illustrate castle life through the ages.

Day 7–Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Warwickshire is a treasure trove of its own. Just up the road is Kenilworth Castle, magnificent showcase of Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite (see British Heritage, September 2013, p. 44). Leamington Spa lies just next door. To the northeast, metropolitan Birmingham beckons with altogether different delights. On the other hand, if it’s time to return, the M40 from Junction 15 will have you on London’s ring road in 90 minutes.

2014/05/05