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Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas windows, Saint Nicholas Festival in Nancy and inland adventures in Tahiti

Bonjour,

December can be very warm and festive, with dozens of ways to take advantage of the holidays.
The city of Nancy, all lit up for the occasion, is celebrating Saint-Nicholas with acrobats and musicians, while in Paris the Galeries Lafayette are already displaying their Christmas windows, as always filled with wonder and invention. For insight on how the stars work, the exhibit on French monuments in cinema allows you to explore the behind-the-scenes of film.
Need some pampering? Vichy offers the perfect glamourous weekend getaway for ladies. Should you wish to add a dash of sunshine to your festivities, choose Martinique, dubbed the « Island of flowers », explore inland Polynesia’s gorgeous landscapes or relax at the newly-renovated Bwa Chik Hotel & Golf in St-Francois, Guadeloupe.
For a 2011 full of pleasant discoveries, prepare your next gourmet escapade to Provence with Planet France or book a very romantic Valentine’s Day in Paris with Air Canada.

Caroline Putnoki
Director for Canada

On the agenda

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Saint Nicolas Festival in Nancy

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Troupes of actors, musicians, acrobats and storytellers take part in this traditional festival in the illuminated city on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December.

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Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas windows go musical!

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With « Warm Christmas Show » chosen as this year’s theme, the department store’s window displays echo the music of Hairspray, Mamma Mia or the French « Le soldat rose ».

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“ Monuments, Stars of the 7th Art ”

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Until February 13th, 2011, the Conciergerie in Paris offers you the chance to go behind the scenes and visit a large movie set!

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A girls’ weekend in Vichy, full of glamour and pampering!

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Discover Vichy for two days of pleasure, comprised of shopping, dietary gastronomy and fitness.

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Inland Adventures in Tahiti

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Breathtaking mountain landscapes, lush green jungles replete with exotic wildlife, towering waterfalls, and historical sites… there’s plenty more to see in French Polynesia than just its world-famous beaches!

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Martinique Romantique… A love story

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Have you been dreaming of a romantic moment to savour in the warmth of the sun? Martinique is the ideal place for romance: open yourself to the incredible charm of its landscapes, fishing villages and luxurious nature, to its cultural diversity and sophisticated hotels.

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The Bwa Chick Hotel & Golf in Saint-François, Grande-Terre

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This charming 54-room hotel located in Guadeloupe was recently revamped and renovated, with its re-opening scheduled for December 17th, 2010.

Contests

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He won, She won…..

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By signing up for one of our many contests, several people had the opportunity to travel to France!  Marielou discovered the Mediteranean basin, Stéphane and Nathalie experienced a truly Guadeloupean journey and Rose and Rico explored the Rhône-Alpes vineyards. Here is the list of the lucky winners of our 2010 Contests.

Book now

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Give Valentine’s day for Christmas

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Air Canada Vacations is offering a trip to Paris, the most romantic city in the world. Without a doubt, the French capital is a perfect choice to celebrate Passion! Departures between the 9th and 12th of February 2011 for only $1139 per person!

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WinterDelicious in Provence – Taste the wonders of Provence

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Take advantage of Planet France’s exciting offer: a stay in an Aix en Provence four-star hotel from only $845!

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Agents specialised in France

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To organise your trip, choose one of our certified agents. They have received a complete training on all the practical and cultural aspects of France.

France Guide!French Ski resorts are open, Festival of Light in Lyon and the Gwadloup Festival

Bonjour friends,In France, activities abound all year long, the months of  November and December being no exception to the rule. The many exhibitions and events of the moment are pleasantly taking us to the eve of the coming New Year.

Ski enthousiast won’t have much to wait  as the season is almost under way in the French winter sports resorts. If you’d rather wander through less mountainous areas, Ulysses’s Provence  guide book will provide you with more ideas of outdoor activities : hiking, biking or the beach, among other things.

For those who feel like staying in town, there are many cultural events to choose from  : in Avignon,  a new exhibit named « Ponts » (for bridges) , is presented in two symbolic places of the city : the Palace of the Popes as well as the very famous bridge of Avignon, while the city of Lyon will be completely transformed thanks to the creativity and poetry of its annual Festival of Lights in early December. Two music festivals are just about to light up Guadeloupe with Caribbean and jazzy rythms.

Don’t forget to read all about our latest winners! They had the chance to visit France earlier this fall and share with us their impressions and favourite spots!

Caroline Putnoki
Director for Canada

Events
 
Ski resorts are open!
For those who love snow, skiing and mountain adventures, look here to find out when your favourite resorts will be opening!

 
Festival of Light in Lyon
Every year, as near as possible to the longest night of the year, Lyon lights up and invites the public to one of the biggest urban events in the world. Four illuminated nights for a magnificent urban festival not to be missed!
 
Bridges Exhibition
Bridges is an exhibition that connects talent and Men to Avignon, the city made famous all over the world because of a bridge.

Our favorites
 
Guadeloupe Islands – Land of festivals
Caribbean and Creole musics are the stars of the 2 upcoming festivals : the Gwadloup Festival and the ÎloJazz Festival.
Ulysses, your travel bookstore, invites you to discover the Great Outdoors on the French Riviera The Côte d’Azur is a land of contrasts. Its sunny climate and Mediterranean way of life offer something for everyone, no matter what your interests may be. Discover the many outdoor activities you can practice there… Our winners have tested for you vineyards and the French Riviera! Rose and Rico, as well as Marielou, got the chance to discover respectively some French vineyards and the Mediterranean way of life. They share with us their impresssions…

Book now
 
Agents specialised in France
To organise your trip, choose one of our certified agents. They have received a complete training on all the practical and cultural aspects of France.
Tips from the certified “Agent of the Month” of November 2010 Each month, ATOUT FRANCE, France Tourism Development Agency, features one of our France certified destination specialists to allow you to get to know them better. This month, Evelyne Théberge from Uniktour tells you about her favourite winter product!

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Visit Paris Shopping Packages !

 

Dear tourist,

Did you know that the concept of chic outlet shopping, so popular in North America, also exits in France, just a 35-minute drive from Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Paris? In fact, La Vallée Village, member of ATOUT FRANCE, offers deals on more than 100 prestigious brands.

If your clients are among the many Canadians who choose France for its shopping, this newsletter dedicated to La Vallée Village may be of great interest to you!

In this enews, we propose many packages combining a half-day shopping with different activities: treatments in a luxury spa, a dinner cruise, candlelight tour of a castle or the services of a personal stylist, all with private transfers. In addition, La Vallée Village reserves a personalized welcome for your groups.

Enjoy your read and happy shopping!

Isabelle Gagnon
Promotion Coordinator
ATOUT FRANCE in Canada

La Vallée Village
 
New prestigious brands at La Vallée Village
A hundred prestigious French and international brands, offering previous seasons’ collections at very reduced prices (very attractive), 7 days a week, all year round.
 
La Vallée Village, just a click away
Your clients can now reserve their transportation from Paris to La Vallée Village online, thanks to La Vallée Village’s on-line reservation service, “Shopping Express”. They can also reserve their transportation for any of the 8 other Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe.
 
Personalized welcome for your groups
For your groups of 15 persons minimum and up to 60 people, La Vallée Village can organize a personalized welcome package.

Packages

La Vallée Village presents its day-out ideas launched with selective partners : Bateaux-Mouches, Spa Aquatonic Paris Val d’Europe, Ultimate Shopping and the Château Vaux le Vicomte.

 
River dinner cruise & VIP shopping
VIP shopping at La Vallée Village followed by an “Excellence” dinner on the Bateaux-Mouches river cruise boats, with round trip transfer in a deluxe chauffeured car, from €252/pers.
 
Deluxe spa & VIP shopping
VIP shopping at La Vallée Village followed by special treatments at Spa Aquatonic Paris Val d’Europe with round trip transfer in a deluxe chauffeured car, from €217/pers.
 
Personal shopper experience & VIP shopping
A half-day VIP shopping at La Vallée Village accompanied by a personal stylist, with round trip transfer in a deluxe chauffeured car, from €255/ pers
 
Candlelight visit of a castle & VIP shopping
A half-day visit of the Château of Vaux le Vicomte and shopping at La Vallée Village, with round trip transfer in a deluxe chauffeured car, from €164.70/pers, the “candlelight special” from €167.90 /pers.

  Transline      Transline
Transportation is operated by our long-time partner, Transline, which uses a fleet of deluxe cars.

Hotel partners
 
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
Whether your clients are alone in Paris, with friends or family for shopping and culture, serviced apartments are the ultimate answer to their needs. Plus benefit from the commissionable rates of 12%!
 
The Cambon Hotel: the arty way of life!
A 4-star hotel to be discovered in next to no time, where regular guests passing on the address by word of mouth. To your clientele’s delight, Hotel Cambon proposes a new special offer valid until March 31, 2011!

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Discover France. News August 2010

Bonjour,

Summer has been gorgeous throughout Canada and we hope you enjoyed it. Always looking for ideas and news to share with you, we suggest extending this vacation mood by planning now your escapade to the sunny regions of France.
In this e-news, we highlight Overseas France: the Reunion island, recently listed as a Unesco world heritage site, Martinique, famous for its dazzling nature as well as its rich culture, Guadeloupe, where exotic flavours appeal to gourmets and Tahiti’s beautiful underwaters, a wonder for divers and other water-sport fans alike.
September is grape harvest season, a key moment in all the wine-producing French regions. Many have contacted us to know how to participate, so here are a few châteaux where you can give a hand! Very soon, you will also be able to follow the winners of the Discover France by its wines contest, on franceguide.com.  François, Charlotte, Rico and Rose will share with you their impressions, tastings and encounters with the winegrowers.
Need some help for your next travel to France?  You can contact a French certified agent, our destination specialists!

Caroline Putnoki
Directorr for Canada

On the agenda
 
Reunion Island and the city of Albi recently became Unesco world heritage sites
The World Heritage Committee held their 34th session in Brasilia from July 25th to August 3rd. The two sites proposed by France were accepted by the committee. The pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island, as well as the episcopal city of Albi are now part of the prestigious list. France now totals 35 World Heritage sites.
 
2010 grape picking: take part and visit the vineyards
Pick grapes or watch others as they work…

La France des gourmets
 
Authentic taste of Guadeloupe
Besides sunny beaches, lush vegetation, good rums and beguine, the islands of Guadeloupe will win you over with their multitude of flavours! A Caribbean feast showcases abundant and tasty vegetables and fruits, inimitable sugarcane, honey, not to forget some authentic cultures recently going through a boom…
 
Wine domains and oenological classes on the French Riviera
These wines, among the best vintage wines of Provence, are worth discovering, notably the wine of Bellet, a small vineyard with a great reputation, producing aromatic whites and rich red wines.
 
Corsican local products and specialties
Rich in heritage, Corsica is equally rich in living traditions, in which gastronomy plays a central role.

Our favorites
 
Martinique, island of flowers and…museums!
Martinique, it is more than 6000 years of history, to be discovered through all its heritage. You will be staggered by all the Martinique treasures.
 
Explore Tahiti’s Waters
The warm, crystalline waters of Tahiti and its surrounding islands have for years beckoned to those who love the life aquatic. French Polynesia’s many oceanic drop-offs and lagoons offer a spectacular array of coral gardens, rare and vividly colored sea creatures, and water temperatures that hover between 79Ëš and 84ËšF all year. There are more ways to experience these warm tropical waters than you may think…
 
Information about eco-tourism in Outre-mer: gîtes holiday cottages and guestrooms
The France of the three oceans offers superb “nature” destinations, thanks to its preserved landscapes, but also because of its beautiful addresses located very close to their environment.

Book now
 
Tips from the certified “Agent of the Month” of August 2010
Each month, ATOUT FRANCE, France Tourism Development Agency, features one of our France certified destination specialists to allow you to get to know them better. This month, Marjorie Chartier from Corail bleu Voyages tells you about French West indies and the languedoc-Roussillon region!
 
Agents specialised in France
To organise your trip, choose one of our certified agents. They have received a complete training on all the practical and cultural aspects of France.

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The New Paris Ile-de-France. Summer 2010 news

 

Dear Friend,

Are you looking for an exceptional moment, an unforgettable evening, a last-minute deal or any other opportunity to fulfill your craziest desire? There’s no need to look any further, as the Paris Ile-de-France region has everything you could dream of! This newsletter will surely answer many of your questions.

You will also find activity suggestions, the events and festivals calendar, this autumn’s latest cultural news along with the list of tourist information desks and useful publications, all destined to help you discover “the new Paris Ile-de-France“.

Enjoy your read!

Isabelle Gagnon
Promotion Coordinator
The France Tourism Development Agency

The new Paris Ile-de-France
 
What’s new in the Paris Ile-de-France region
Widely admired for the diversity of its natural and cultural richness as well as its historical heritage, the capital of French ‘‘art de vivre’’ has greatly contributed to France’s strong reputation on an international level.

On the agenda
 
Take pleasure in Paris Ile-de-France’s many summer festivals
Anything is possible in the summer: parties, concerts, water sports, shows, relaxation, open-air cinema, top deals for budget fun…
 
The season’s cultural news
Versailles – Following Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan, it is now Takashi Murakami’s turn to bring contemporary art to the rooms of the Château de Versailles. From September 14th to December 12th, 2010, visit the first ever French retrospective of this world-famous Japanese artist.
 
Scintillating end-of-year celebrations in Paris
At this special time of year, the city has a magical atmosphere, combining dreamlike illuminations with unique events… And all this enhanced by the infinite choice of gifts on offer in the city’s department stores and markets! You really never know what surprises are around the corner!

Practical informations
 
Tourist Information Desks in the Paris Ile-de-France region: where to find them ?
In order to meet the needs of visitors arriving in the city, our tourist information and welcome desks are there to provide help and advice, from booking hotels to finding tickets to shows, concerts and cultural exhibitions, and even arranging tours of the many tourist attractions in the Paris Ile-de-France region.
 
Order now!
Published by the Tourist Board in collaboration with Lonely Planet, “Rediscovering Paris, latest Parisian hotspots…” is a new guide which is particularly targeted at visitors who have already been to Paris. Its goal is to consolidate the image of Paris as a “trendy” destination by highlighting new sites that complement the city’s traditional favourites.

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Salut Wine+Food Festival, Toronto, May 8 to 15th, 2010

Bonjour,

Get ready for the Salut Wine + Food Festival, which will be taking over Toronto from May 8 to 15! 
ATOUT FRANCE and Air France are now associated with this famous event, and, thanks to our partners, you could win a 10-day French wine and food tour for two, taking in the best from Paris to Bordeaux!

So while you await your chances to win, here are all the tools for you to be able to plan your own unforgettable wine and food tour in France. Simply follow the guide…

Good luck, and happy reading!

Caroline Putnoki
Director in Canada

How to book a perfect Wine and Food getaway in France
 
Back to School with Alain Ducasse
Sharing knowledge is a core value for Alain Ducasse, who is creating a sensation with the opening of a new generation culinary school in Paris. Knowing the right questions to ask the sommelier, discovering grape varieties, exploring an appellation… in short: the school’s aim and philosophy is to offer accessible, forthright and interactive courses that break with the often overly severe codes of sommellerie.
 
An insider view into French culture with Meeting the French
Meeting the French is a Paris-based travel agency that offers accommodation, tours and activities in contact with the inhabitants. We bring to our guests an insider view into French culture, and the opportunity to live a unique human experience.
 
Bordeaux wine tour by Gateways International
Embark on a custom-made programme, designed by reputable France specialist, Gateways International. Discover Bordeaux, its wines and region, with a guide and chauffeur, and gain access to some of the most well-known cellars and vineyards in Saint-Émilion and Médoc…
 
Agents specialised in France
To organise your trip, choose one of our certified agents. They have received a complete training on all the practical and cultural aspects of France.

Did you know…
 
New FranceGuide 2010 is prefaced by great Chef Alain Ducasse
ATOUT FRANCE, the France Tourism Development Agency is thrilled to present its most recent edition of FranceGuide, the reference for Francophiles and sophisticated travelers. The magazine offers twice as much, with over 40 articles available online exclusively.

Not-to-be-missed!
 
French Toast, a celebration of France at Salut Wine+Food Festival
Join us on Saturday, May 15th for a journey through the world of French Wines. The tasting takes place at the St. Lawrence Hall, beginning at 7:00pm. For further information, please refer to www.salutwinefestival.com.

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Choose Corsica said Franceguide 2010

Bonjour

Go to Corsica once and you are sure to get addicted!  The proud and fiery character of its inhabitants, the charm of the villages, the natural beauty of preserved sites and its clear, emerald waters, not to mention the figatelli, the brocciu and the Patrimonio wine… Once you have discovered Corsica, you will love it for the rest of your life.
In collaboration with the Corsican tourist board, we present you today a sample of the best Corsica has to offer, with Napoleon’s festivities, Guitar Nights or the polyphonic singing festival in Calvi on the agenda, to name but a few of the many animations and fairs taking place throughout the year.

Marie Folacci, Promotion Director for the Corsican tourist board, also shares with us her favourite spots and activities. Whether they be the hiking trails criss-crossing the island or the sandy beaches of the Balagne area, all of which bypass cities exhibiting exceptional cultural heritage, you will be amazed by the diversity of the land.

Of course, your visit would not be complete without some gastronomic discoveries! Treat your taste buds to an extraordinary experience with the cheeses, cold cuts and local wines. In an excerpt from our new FranceGuide 2010 webzine, Alexandre Lobrano invites you on a tour of the island’s foodie delights.

So to each his own Corsica! Whether you are dreaming of a relaxed time, good food, natural beauties or thrills, our partners are available to help organize your own memorable traveling experience.

À prestu !

Caroline Putnoki
Director in Canada

On the agenda
 
 Les     
Napoleonic festival
Every year, the city of Ajaccio honours its most famous native, with parades, costume shows, commemorations and much more!
 Les      Guitar nights
This unique, world famous festival will take place from July 17th to 24th in the wine-producing village of Patrimonio, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Bastia.
 Les rencontres polyphoniques de Calvi      Polyphonic singing festival in Calvi
Polyphonic singing is one of the most popular cultural traditions in Corsica. Created in 1989, this festival is today one of the island’s main events. Rendez-vous in Calvi from September 14th to 18th!

Marie Folacci’s favourites
 
 Reopening of museums     
Reopening of the Palais des Gouverneurs in Bastia and opening of the “Palais Fesch, Musée des Beaux-Arts” in Ajaccio
Corte- Ajaccio- Bastia- Sartène “Archaeological capital”. Each important for their historical, administrative and cultural contributions, the cities today still boast their importance in today’s modern society. It is easy to combine a visit to one of these towns together with a trip to the local countryside organised by one of the various Tourism Offices. Focus on two important openings.
 Le Mare a Mare Sud      Le Mare a Mare Sud
Following this hiking trail from one sea to the other, you will plunge into the heart of the scrubland, discover forests of centennial chestnut trees, cross rivers and pass by perched villages of the Alta Roca for unforgettable meetings with the locals.
 La Balagne      La Balagne
Pristine landscapes, fine sandy beaches, a ragged coastline of inlet coves, authentic villages and traditional craftsmanship… Should you wish to hike, get a suntan or explore charming towns and churches, this region of Corsica awaits you.

A gourmand’s Corsica
 
 Local products and specialties     
Local products and specialties
Rich in heritage, Corsica is equally rich in living traditions, in which gastronomy plays a central role. An authentic and generous mediterranean—inspired cuisine—to savour without moderation!
 The wines of Corsica      The wines of Corsica
Nine OAC all compete in aromas and taste. Don’t hesitate to go and visit the local wineries; Corsican wine-growers will be happy to share their production with you.
 
 Chasing the gourmand's delight     
Chasing the gourmand’s delight, by Alexandre Lobrano
Excerpts from our FranceGuide 2010 webzine
Though it’s known as « l’île de beauté » , for me Corsica will always be « l’île délicieuse ». From its superb charcuterie—I think it produces the best ham and sausage in the world—to its cheese— including its signature brocciu (a soft ewe’s or goat’s milk cheese often used in Corsican cooking)…

Book now
 
 Ulysse     
Ulysses, your travel bookstore, shows you the wonders of Corsica
Between the sea and the mountains, Corsica offers getaways amid wild, untamed nature whose beauty will seduce you at once. Hikers, foodies, and lovers of dolce farniente – Corsica awaits!
 Air France      This summer, 4 daily flights from Montréal to Paris… and Corsica
Buoyed by the success it enjoyed in 2009 operating up to 4 daily flights out of Montréal-Trudeau and one out of Toronto for Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France will be repeating the offering once again this summer.
 Agents specialised in France      Agents specialised in France
To organise your trip, choose one of our certified agents. They have received a complete training on all the practical and cultural aspects of France.

Visit France. April 2010 newsletter.

Bonjour,

Famous for its gastronomy, heritage and history, the Paris Ile-de-France region has always been at the avant-garde of French trends. In one stay, you can discover the new Parisian spirit, with its many museums of modern arts, young creators and organic cafés, plus the treasures of the past and traditions with visits to Auvers-sur-Oise, Vaux le Vicomte or Versailles. Our bulletin will reveal the vibrance and novelties of this region, along with our coups de coeur and favourite addresses.

On the agenda, a new exhibition dedicated to women artists: Elles@centrepompidou, the first retrospective of the entire work of Yves St-Laurent at the Petit Palais, and a nostalgic promenade through the 20 craziest, most creative years of Haute Couture at the Museum of Decorative Arts. Continue with a visit to the Galeries Lafayette, which combines art, fashion and design. The exhibit, “Space for Fantasy” in the Galerie of the Galeries might just change the way you see the world… Then stroll through the five floors dedicated to fashion and beauty, or pause at the champagne bar for a refreshment. Once you have bought that new outfit, enjoy the City of Light with Bateaux Parisiens and the Illumination Dinner Cruise.

Back on the river banks, discover the Seine differently with the “Yvelines animated picnics,” inviting you to have lunch on the riverside this year. A must for families and friends!

The Fouquet’s Barrière Hotel, located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, or the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, nestled by Place Vendôme and the department stores, both offer the perfect setting for your shopping escapade in Paris.

Caroline Putnoki
Director in Canada

On the agenda
 
Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Petit Palais
The exhibition retraces four decades (1962 to 2002) of creations by the famous fashion designer who died in 2008. From March 11 to August 29, 2010.

 
An Ideal History of Contemporary Fashion, vol. I: 70-80
The Museum of Decorative Arts presents a historical retrospective of twenty years of creation from April 1 to October 10, 2010. Discover 150 models and 40 videos of this intriguing period which saw the rise of fashion’s great names and of models becoming icons.
 
Elles@centrepompidou
For the first time ever, a museum presents collections of art made by women only. Discover their creations in this innovative presentation at the National Museum of Modern Art.

Our favourites
 
Royal Serenade and Nocturnal Fountains Show at Château de Versailles
Every Saturday night, From June 19 to August 28, 2010, baroque musicians and dancing pairs invite you to join a grand ball in the style of the Grand Siècle while the gardens become a land of astonishing sights and sounds. This summer, come and spend an amazing night walking through the Château de Versailles!

 

Château of Vaux le Vicomte’s Exclusive Offer
Visit the Château of Vaux le Vicomte, a masterpiece of modernity and elegance, with your family and benefit from our exclusive offer: free costume rental for children!
 
« Voyage au Temps des Impressionnistes » at Château d’Auvers
Wishing to combine culture and art, the Château of Auvers-sur-Oise proposes this unique and surprising walk-through show. Thanks to multimedia techniques, music and commentaries along the visit, step into the paintings of Cézanne, Renoir, Pissarro, Monet…

Not-to-be-missed
 
River cruise on the Seine with Bateaux Parisiens
Yacht or glass-topped boat? Majestic Paris by day to the sounds of an Edith Piaf song or magical Paris by night to the sounds of jazz? For a ride, a lunch with friends or a diner with your loved one, the voyage begins right at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower!

 

The “Yvelines animated picnics”
To stay with this year’s theme, the third edition of the Yvelines animated picnics honours the “Picnics by the riverside”! An outdoor celebration gathering from May 30 to July 14…

Accommodation
 
Dignified Luxury© in the heart of Paris’ Golden Triangle
At the intersection of the Champs Elysées and the Avenue George V, Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière offers its guests the finest service and amenities while never forgetting their commitment to the environment. It’s what we call Dignified Luxury©.

 

The InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Across the street from the Opéra Garnier, close to some of the best-known Parisian attractions such as the Louvre, world-famous department stores and the wonderful Place Vendôme, this hotel is an invitation to all to experience what is unique in Paris.

Book now
 
Montréal: newest Air France destination offering Premium Voyageur seating
This year, as Air France Canada turns 60, the airline will reach another historic milestone on March 28, when its Boeing 777-300 will touch down in Montréal equipped with four distinct cabin classes, including the brand new Premium Voyageur cabin.

 

Discover ATOUT FRANCE’s best addresses for only $659*
For only $659*, taxes included, Air Transat will fly you to Ile-de-France, an area famed for its stunning beauty, vast array of activities and wonderful sites. Is your ATOUT FRANCE program filled to the brim? Then sit back and relax as Air Transat flies you there in the utmost comfort!

ATOUT FRANCE for Canada
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France Guide ., Spring 2010 issue

Bonjour,

To kick off the season – much-awaited not only for the weather, but also for the launch of our annual FranceGuide magazine!  – we’ve come up with something new and refreshing.  Since Canadians are using the web more and more to book trips and share ideas via social networking, we wanted to be part of the game. FranceGuide, available online for years now, has grown into a full-blown webzine, combining the best of both worlds:  the usual enticing photos and witty, informative articles of the print copy, with the possibility to reach an endless number of readers. Even great, world-renowned Chef Alain Ducasse, who prefaces this year’s magazine, couldn’t resist becoming a part of our world on the web!  I strongly suggest you take a few minutes to watch our video interview with him.
 
For those of you who have received your copy of FranceGuide at home, or picked it up at one of our distribution points, you’ve certainly noticed a reduced number of pages…  Indeed, we’ve revised the format to respond to the ever-growing demand, and now print and distribute 60% more copies than last year.  But of course, how could we do justice to covering a full-year in France in only 60 pages?  That’s why the webzine includes 40 exclusive online articles, tips and videos.

Check out the articles below to learn more about all of the webzine’s functions and advantages, before becoming engrossed in its rich content.
Don’t forget to let us know what you think!

Caroline Putnoki
Director for Canada

FranceGuide 2010
 
New FranceGuide 2010 is prefaced by great Chef Alain Ducasse
ATOUT FRANCE, the France Tourism Development Agency is thrilled to present its most recent edition of FranceGuide, the reference for Francophiles and sophisticated travelers. The magazine offers twice as much, with over 40 articles available online exclusively.

 
Alain Ducasse, ambassador of the French art of living, confides in us
The chef, trendsetter and leader first prefaces the magazine, and then, for our cameras, elaborates on sustainable development and the fascinating diversity of his homeland, so intricately linked to the excellent reputation of French cuisine.

 
 Web bonus     
Before you bite into your new FranceGuide…
Here are a few hints to guide you through your online viewing. Be one of the first to tell us what you think! The pen icon at the bottom of each page allows you to share your personal experiences and comments, as well as post pages to your Facebook or Twitter account. The heart leads to our coups de coeur – tips and insider information about French regions – and a click on the arrow brings you to a short video. All you have to do now is sit back and enjoy the browse!

Why France?
 
Ten reasons to visit France in 2010
The release of FranceGuide magazine is the perfect opportunity for the France Tourism Development Agency to remind Canadians why the world’s most visited destination deserves to be seen this year.

Excerpts from our new webzine
 
 Magical Impressionism in Normandy     
Magical Impressionism in Normandy
by Monique Burns
Picnics in hay-scented fields, lazy boat rides on the Seine, world-class art exhibits, dramatic sound-and-light shows, dance parties in riverside guingettes, and footloose rambles through the countryside. Monet would have loved this, as would have Renoir, Degas and all the other 19th-century artists who made Normandy the birthplace of Impressionism.
 Bordeaux fête le vin      Bordeaux fête le vin
by Gary Lawrence
With four days of festivities, half a million tastings and nearly as many visitors, Bordeaux’ celebration of wine is the real deal. Could any other city in the world be more appropriate than Bordeaux to pay homage to the nectar of the gods?
 All That Jazz      All That Jazz
by Monique Burns
On the Cote d’Azur, moonlight glistens on the Mediterranean and filters through a grove of centenary pines. In the distance, the lights of Cannes glitter around the crescent bay of Golfe Juan. Onstage, a stone’s throw from the sea, a saxophonist throws back his head and launches into a slow, sensuous riff.

The grand annual France survey
 
 From you to us     
From you to us
Each month, we share with you our favourite French news, events and unbeatable deals to better inform you and give you a taste for France. Take advantage of our yearly survey to update your profile and be sure to receive news you’re interested in for your next travel to France!