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Catalunya, Spain in Photos The Catalunya region of Spain is so diverse. From the architecture of Gaudi to the beauty of the Pyrenees it seems to have it all. I wanted to capture the beauty of Catalunya Spain in photos and put them all together in one photo story. We had the chance to experience so many great moments and witness some incredible landscapes. Catalunya is a place that surprised me so much that I want to encourage everyone to visit if they get a chance. So please enjoy…. The La Pedrera of Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain More Gaudi architecture in Barcelona, Spain The Opera house in Barcelona, Spain La Sagrada Família as seen through another Gaudi Work Red Bull F1 Race car at the Catalunya Grand Prix. The red sea of Poppies in Catalunya, Spain The wine region of the Pyrenees, Spain The Astronomy Park of Montsec in Catalunya, Spain Tourists take a self portrait in Barcelona, Spain The beautiful Spanish Pyrenees Deb looking out Over the Pyrenees Our Paragliding team in Catalunya, Spain

A guide to the eateries of France - travel tips and articles There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide: Auberge 'Auberge' by Ludo29880. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike An auberge (inn), which may also appear as an auberge de campagne or auberge du terroir (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel and serves traditional country fare. Bar 'la fourmi' by superbez. A bar or bar américain (cocktail bar) is an establishment dedicated to elbow-bending and rarely serves food. Bistro 'P8070034' by philip_sheldrake. A bistro (also spelled bistrot) is not clearly defined in France nowadays. Brasserie 'brasserie' by zoetnet. Unlike the vast majority of restaurants in France, brasseries – which can look very much like cafés – serve full meals, drinks and coffee from morning till 11pm or even later. Buffet A buffet (or buvette) is a kiosk, usually found at train stations and airports, selling drinks, filled baguettes and snacks. Café

Places To Visit, Trip Planner, Travel & Vacation Ideas France sans frontières: the best French border towns Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and Perpignan lies close to the southern border with Spain. Lille: a party city with all you can eat 'Lille - Palais des Beaux Arts - 24-07-2008 - 11h47' by Panoramas. Its strong northern accents and cool weather are the target of plenty of good-natured ribbing from the rest of France, but Lille has the last laugh. Lille’s Palais des Beaux-Arts boasts a world-class art collection, including pieces by Rubens, Goya and Delacroix. After mingling with the cultured crowd, fuel up with a buckwheat pancake at Le Galichon (24 rue Royale). Strasbourg: canalside walks at Europe’s heart 'petite france.' by boulanger.IE. Strasbourg mixes cut-and-thrust modernity with a rustic, village feel.

Food Lovers' Walk in Paris: Along Rue de Seine and Bonaparte Strolling aimlessly through the streets of Paris is one of my "must do" suggestions for every visitor to the city. An essential part of experiencing the city, I've ranked it at the top of any list I give friends, right there with eating pastries. I know I'm not alone in this way of thinking either, in both the walking and the eating pastries. "A flâneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles thorugh a city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure, aesthetic or erotic." ~ from the book The Flâneur by Edmund White Yes, I am a fan of walking the city wherever I go, but even more so in Paris. Each time I return to Paris, I find myself retracing these steps, seeing familiar shops and the new ones that have popped up since I've left. These maps have been so helpful and popular with my friends that I've decided to make a series of them here on the blog. Tart Infiniment Vanille and Montebello from Pierre Herme

Five of the Best Sweet Treats to Try in Paris Sweet Treats in Paris by Canon s3 When strolling along famous Paris streets like the Champs-Elysées and Rue Royale, your nose will be assaulted by delicious odors wafting from some of the greatest bakers, confectioners and chocolatiers in France. Don’t be tempted by imitators – when in Paris, go for the original and best creators of world-famous sweet treats. See the top five places to satisfy your sweet tooth and your sense of occasion below… 1) for bonbons: l’Etoile d’Or Bernachon chocolates Paris by Ricardo Denise Acabo’s knowledge of chocolate is the stuff of local legend and though the French may passionately debate about which type is their favourite, everyone agrees that the perfect delivery system for her chocolate masterpieces are her heavenly bonbons. Where: 30 Rue Pierre Fontaine 2) for hot chocolate: Angelina Cafe Glorious Angelina's Hot Chocolate by Ingrid Where: 226 Rue de Rivoli 3) for a glazed croissant: Pierre Hermé Pierre Hermé Croissant by Michal 4) for ice cream: Berthillon

Adapting to Paris-101 When I first settled in Paris, one of the most stressful aspects to adapting to my new life was the linguistic transition. Seven years of French language exposure only equipped me with the necessary skills to excel in simulated classroom conversations but the moment I was in a situation where I had to speak unprepared to a real, living, breathing French person I crumbled in panic and self-doubt. It was on my first date with my husband that I realized I wasn't as impressive as I thought. Five years and the ability to fool even the Frenchiest of French people later, I can say with confidence that I'm bilingual. But communicating coherently was only part of my battle. Several months ago I offered some suggestions on how to become an expat in France. Bryan's tips: ** Don't expect ever to be fully integrated or adapted. ** Take every anecdote and bit of advice with a grain of salt, otherwise you'll probably get a bit freaked out. ** Network freely and without hesitation. ** Become a local.

Pain et Chocolat One of the audience questions that resonated with me most at Ann Mah and Lisa Pasold's talk on travel writing at the American Library of Paris last week was one that I've often asked myself. As a travel writer, do they struggle with sharing their finds with the world versus keeping some of them secret to retain exclusivity? When I stumble upon a charming restaurant or café that hasn't yet been packaged and sold to eager tourists in major publications or websites, a part of me feels as though I shouldn't tell a soul. But then the better half of me, the part that enjoys sharing with you and suggesting places that could mean the difference between a mediocre Paris trip and an exceptional one, trumps all selfishness. I actually credit my friend Emily for introducing me to Pain et Chocolat, an adorable salon de thé in the 7th run by a lovely older couple. Desserts and pastries are made in-house in a tiny kitchen where the whippet thin couple can barely fit side by side together.