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International Airfare Wars Make It Much Cheaper to Vacation Abroad This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2015, 8:15 PM

I reported roughly a week ago that airfares for the summer took a sharp dip; and that experts were predicting that fall fares would also be low. Sometimes it's sweet to be right. My Facebook page has been lighting up with posts from friends who have just gotten steals (one recently got a round-trip Chicago-Miami itinerary for $106 TOTAL) and we're now seeing a lot of fare sales to all ...

Navigating "Sale Season" in Paris

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2015, 5:30 PM

Thanks to the strenght of the dollar against the Euro this may be the first time in years that Americans will be able to go to Paris and actually buy something. For the real shoppers out there, those who plan their trips around their potential purchases, timing travels to sales times is key. But Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris 2015 author Margie Rynn is warning that the strategies that have alway...

When Your Vacation Escape Involves Literally Escaping: The New Tourist Attraction That’s Sweeping the Globe

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2015, 10:30 PM

The theater was shabby, with a disheveled group of marionettes hanging in a little stage at the front and wooden tiered seats so old and flimsy they looked like they’d fall apart if an audience member guffawed too hard. Dust coated many surfaces and the only contemporary items in the room—a massive digital wall clock and a mysterious, multi-colored wall panel of flashing lights—just added to th...

Savvy New Page-Turners On The Cultural Histories of Both Italy and France Are Must-Buys for Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2015, 12:30 AM

France and Italy: two countries that are consistently at the top of the most touristed countries list, year after year. But I would bet that a good 80% of those visiting know little about the culture and history of the places they’re visiting, beyond such basics as the fact that crepes come from Brittany and the Colosseum was built by the ancient Romans.  Happily, two new—and pretty darn fasci...

The Luck (And Deals) Of The Irish: A Head-Turning Fare Sale from Aer Lingus to Ireland and Beyond

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2015, 3:15 AM

                                                           Head across the pond for a quick, and inexpensive, pint of Guinness The euro is currently trading at a jaw-dropping $1.12. Just a few months ago, Americans paid $1.45 or more, meaning that those who head to Europe will experience a 30% savings on the ground. The problem has been how to get to the ground in Europe inexpensively...

Last Weekend's Street Demonstrations by a Million Parisians Have Served to Remind Us of Our High Regard for France and the French

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/14/2015, 4:30 PM

      Thomas Jefferson is supposed to have said (though some scholars deny he did) that “Every man has two countries--his own and France”.         I thought of that famous quotation, and found it expressed my views, when nearly a million Parisians erupted onto their streets, and marched to show their fierce support of free speech.  Though France may exasperate us at times, it ...

Eiffel Tower in Paris Unveils New Glass Floor

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2014, 2:00 PM

Paris' Eiffel Tower unveiled its new $37.5 million renovation today, which rehabilitated its somewhat ignored first level by adding shops, places to eat, and a museum that tells the story of the icon. But the most buzzworthy addition appears to be a new glass floor that allows visitors to stand on clear panels 187 feet above the ground below.  After it was opened in 1889, Parisians hat...

But I Usually Prefer Paris to Everywhere Else on Earth. Why is That?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2014, 1:00 AM

       It always happens.  Towards the end of every TV, radio or newspaper interview, I am asked, "If you could vacation in only one  place in the world, where would it be?"  And  I disappoint the questioner by responding not with an exotic or colorful choice--like New Guinea or Montevideo--but simply with the city of Paris.  And while the deflated interviewer changes the subject, I ...

Travel Here, Not There: Why Choosing a "Secondary" Destination May Lead to a Better Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2014, 6:00 PM

There’s a reason tourists don’t flock to Akron, Ohio. And no, it’s not just because Goodyear decided to close its “World of Rubber Museum” in 2011. (The town’s only real tourist destination, as far as I could tell, when I had the misfortune to spend several weeks in Akron a few years back.) Akron may be highly livable, but it doesn’t have the types of exciting attractions that draw visito...

Now We Are Free: Paris Says “Merci” on Anniversary of Liberation

By gretchen kelly

Posted on 04/24/2014, 6:15 PM

August 19, 1944 began the “Battle for Paris” that culminated in the City of Light being liberated from occupation when the final German troops left on August 25th. This 70th anniversary year (also the 70th anniversary of D Day in Normandy) the Parisians would like to say “merci” and are doing it in a media campaign announced this week at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The commerci...

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