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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...

A Primer on Travel Insurance: When You Need It (And When You Don't), Misconceptions About Coverage, and New Trends

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/06/2014, 7:30 PM

If there’s one lesson travelers have learned this winter it’s that even the best-laid plans can go badly wrong. Thanks to a season of unrelenting storms some 1 million flights were cancelled in United States this year. Not surprisingly, the number of people buying travel insurance also went up this year, dramatically. Allianz Travel Insurance, one of the major players in the field, is...

A Participant in Our Valuable "Forum" Has Unearthed a Round-trip Airfare to Paris, in June, for only $620

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2013, 6:00 PM

     From Arthur Frommer:  First, a word about our Forum.  Some users of Frommers.com are unaware of its existence.  Go to the heading "Community" at the top of our main menu page, click on it, and then click on "Forum", and you'll encounter a service that posts readers' questions and other readers' answers (including answers by editors of this website).  It's an extremely valuable method of h...

Frommer's Forum Reader Unearths Round-trip Airfare to France in June for $620

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 4:15 PM

Eagle-eyed Frommer's community member Travel Rob has spotted some incredible summer airfare rates on XL Airways to France for June. Normally, rates top a grand, but he has found a method for finding some incredible bargains. He posted word of a $620 New York-Marseille round-trip ticket in our forum: "Just like I thought, XL is continuing to offer deals, even for June.... Most [booking]...

Lessons to Take Away From The Recent Pickpocket-Inspired Shutdown of the Louvre

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

Last May, I hosted a tour of France for the listeners to my radio show. We had days of touring together, and days when we set off on our own. On one of the free days, a group within our group headed to Versailles. Though they came back raving about the grounds, and the hall of mirrors, they also had some serious negatives to report about the experience, on two topics: pickpockets and crowds. ...

Lessons to Take Away From The Recent Pickpocket-Inspired Shutdown of the Louvre

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2013, 1:15 PM

Last May, I hosted a tour of France for the listeners to my radio show. We had days of touring together, and days when we set off on our own. On one of the free days, a group within our group headed to Versailles. Though they came back raving about the grounds, and the hall of mirrors, they also had some serious negatives to report about the experience, on two topics: pickpockets and crowds. ...

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