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December, 2021 Eye Need to Do’s: ASVOFF Fashion Film Festival, Eiffel Tower Concert, Soutine & DeKooning, & Nijinsky at the Paris Opera

Fashion icon Diane Pernet is presenting the 13th edition of her A Shaded View On Fashion Film Festival. The festival lineup this year includes short and long films and a Zoom talk series. The impressive jury includes filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, fashion designer Pam Hogg, fashion influencer BryanBoy, and Daphne Guinness.   December 1-3 Admission is free but you must register online for tickets.    https://shotgun.live/fr/ festivals/opening-ceremony- asvoff-by-diane-pernet-3537 ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Ashton, Paris Opera, Rachmaninov, Atout France, Nijinsky, Tuileries Gardens, Richard Nahem, Eye Need To Do's, Place Vendome, Red Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, De Kooning, Frenchlation


Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Here is my annual Thanksgiving blog, which I've published before. Enjoy! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and for the last seven years I have published this French Thanksgiving vocabulary list, courtesy of my former New York French teacher, Luc Georges. Since Thanksgiving is not an official holiday in France, many ex-pats postpone their Thanksgiving dinner for Friday or Saturday, but some are traditionalists and make it on Thursday. I will be going to a friend's house Saturd...
Tags: Travel, New York, Holidays, France, Paris, Atout France, Tuileries Gardens, Richard Nahem, Place Vendome, Red Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, Wood Doors, Indiens, Luc Georges, Green Doors, Iron Doors


SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 1- Tuileries Christmas Market Tour

Please join me for a very special Facebook Live tour with Atout France of the festive Tuileries Christmas Market on Wednesday, December [email protected] East Coast Time, 9am Mid-West Time, 7am West Coast Time & 4pm Paris Time.  As is the custom each year, Paris is decked out in lights as the festive season approaches. Streets sparkle, major department stores come alive and the magic of Christmas weaves its spell!  We will visit the best and most popular Christmas market in the iconic Tuileries Garde...
Tags: Travel, Holidays, Entertainment, Events, Paris, Atout France, Tuileries Gardens, Richard Nahem, Place Vendome, Red Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Postcards, Wood Doors, Green Doors, Iron Doors, Eye Prefer Paris Paris Door Collection, Green Doors Blue Doors Metal Doors


Everyone needs a holiday - but when and where?

Every day, millions of people around the world turn to Google to search for travel related information. These searches help connect businesses and customers — but they also help us understand people’s enthusiasm when it comes to their travel and holiday plans. The message we’re seeing is clear: people are eager to travel, so long as they can do so safely. Trending questions people ask about travel in January vs. May 2021 For the travel industry — an industry that is made up of m...
Tags: Google, Europe, France, Spain, Middle East, Croatia, Zagreb, Lagos, UN World Tourism Organisation, Sub Saharan Africa, Matt Brittin, Spain Italy, Atout France, Southern Europe, Google in Europe, Google in Africa


Zut alors! France spanks Google over ‘misleading’ hotel ranking algorithm

France’s competition watchdog has slapped Google with a €1.1 million ($1.3 million) fine over “misleading” hotel rankings generated by the tech giant’s algorithms. The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF) began to probe Google’s classifications after hoteliers complained about their ratings. The investigation revealed that Google had replaced the rankings used by France’s tourism agency (Atout France) with the company’s own grading system. The DG...
Tags: Google, Startups, France, Insider, Atout France, Neural


Google slapped in France over misleading hotel star ratings

Google has agreed to pay a €1.1 million fine over misleading star-ratings for hotels in France. The tech giant had been applying its own (algorithmic) system of ratings for hotels applied via its search engine and on Google Maps. But back in 2019, following a number of complaints by hoteliers, the French national competition and consumer watchdog (DGCCRF) instigated an investigation into this propriety rating system. The probe revealed that the tech giant had replaced the standard classification...
Tags: Google, Europe, France, Hotels, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ratings, Algorithms, Google Maps, Atout France, European HQ


World Tourism Day: How digital skills can support recovery

After months of isolation while living in quarantine, travel is the leisure activity that I miss the most. And I’m not alone. Our research, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group, shows that 31 percent of people hope to plan leisure travel once they feel safe enough to do so. World Tourism day is coming up on September 27, and Search trends show that people have the travel bug: In June, the top three travel-related Search queries were: “When can we travel again?” “When will international tra...
Tags: Google, Europe, Greece, France, Nigeria, Africa, Spain, Search, Middle East, Un, Boston Consulting Group, South Africa Kenya, Atout France, Traveltech, Google in Europe, Google in Africa


Paris – A capital of love & LGBTQ culture

Paris is proud SPONSORED — This summer, the 10th annual Gay Games took place in Paris. Over 10,000 athletes from 70 countries competed in the event and thousands more of other paricipants swarmed the city. With 10 days of events, Paris (already the city of love) proved itself as a capital of LGBTQ culture. Sporting events, cultural activities, parties and festivals took place across the city during the games, with thousands of spectators and volunteers participating. I had the chance...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Sports, San Francisco, Cologne, Paris, Amsterdam, Keith Haring, Hôtel De Ville, Gay Travel, Marais, Anne Hidalgo, Atout France, Paris City Hall, Grand Palais, Hong Kong Read


5 Unexpectedly Romantic Places in France

Camille de Laitre of Paris, France knows very well that her home country is considered one of the most romantic places on the planet. But she warns: don’t just fall under Paris’ spell – there are hidden gems around the country perfect to fall in love, or for those already in love. With some help from Atout France’s new website, it reveals the lesser known parts of France – but here, Camille reveals some of France’s most unexpectedly romantic locations. Continue reading 5 Unexpectedly Romantic Pl...
Tags: France, Paris, Wedding, Paris France, Camille, Atout France, Honeymoons, Location Europe, Hiddens Gems, Camille de Laitre


Sweepstakes: Le Petit Marseillais™ and ATOUT France - Win a Trip to France!

WHO: Le Petit Marseillais™ is partnering with ATOUT France to offer a chance to visit the sunny south of France! Born in Provence, Le Petit Marseillais remains rooted in the sunny ingredients and joie de vivre of the South of France.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: France, Frugality, Atout France, Le Petit Marseillais, France Born, Provence Le Petit Marseillais


Disneyland Paris: Paris Is Waiting For You Print Ads via BETC

Disneyland Paris, the city of Paris, and the Île-de-France Region are unveiling a new joint campaign to promote tourism in the area, highlighting the magic of Paris and its Region.Disneyland Paris is Europe’s number one tourist destination, and is uniting with the City of Paris and the Île-de-France Region to give pride of place to France’s capital city through their first joint tourism ad campaign “Paris is waiting for you.” Favourite Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie invite visitor...
Tags: Europe, France, Advertising, Disney, Barcelona, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Minnie, Mickey, BETC, Anne Hidalgo, Fontainebleau, Galeries Lafayette, Atout France


30 Best Food Experiences of my 30s

To celebrate my 40th birthday, I’m sharing the 30 best food and dining experiences I had during my thirties covering Europe, Asia, and the Americas! Our first expat experience in Amsterdam, back in 2004, was a turning point in my relationship with food. No longer was it something I ate mindlessly. I started to think about where ingredients come from and why the foods I saw in Europe seemed so much fresher and more flavorful than what I ate back home. It was a gradual progression, so although...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hong Kong, Europe, Greece, France, China, India, Americas, San Francisco, Spain, Unesco, Budapest, Hungary, Munich, New Brunswick


The 30 Best Travel Experiences of my 30s

To celebrate my 40th birthday,  I’m sharing the 30 best travel experiences I had during my thirties covering Europe, Africa, and the Americas!  I just celebrated one of those ominous birthdays ending with a zero. Although I’m never thrilled about getting older, I will say I’m not nearly as upset about turning 40 as I was turning 30. That could be because, overall, my 30s were my best years so far. That’s not to say there weren’t hurdles along the way; (the past year-and-a-half and losing my fa...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Greece, California, France, India, Africa, Americas, US, San Francisco, Spain, River


President of France bestows National Order of Merit on Zubin Karkaria

President of France François Hollande bestows the prestigious National Order of Merit on Zubin Karkaria Zubin Karkaria, CEO – VFS Global, and CEO – Kuoni Group, was appointed ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite’ (Knight of the National Order of Merit) by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande. The prestigious French award was conferred on Mr. Karkaria by H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, on behalf of President Hollande, at a ceremony at The Taj Maha...
Tags: News, France, Life, India, Francois Hollande, Switzerland, Hollande, Charles de Gaulle, Mumbai India, Atout France, Kuoni Group, Visa Application Centres, VFS Global


Understanding Champagne

Fact: A bottle of Champagne pops open every 2 seconds somewhere around the world. If you’re like me, that fact conjures up a bevy of celebration images; people clinking glasses at weddings, Bat Mitzvahs, graduations, anniversaries, cheering career promotions, expanding families or new adventures. But the reality is that in France, Champagne isn’t merely reserved for momentous occasions nor is it only suitable pre and post-mealtime. This is something I came to fully understand on my recent trip...
Tags: Travel, France, Troyes, Alsace, Lorraine, Dom Perignon, Atout France, Reims Epernay, French Traditions, Epernay


CheeseWeb’s 2015 Year in Review

While 2015 gave us some incredible highs, it also smacked us down with our most difficult emotional challenges and left us facing 2016 with more uncertainty than ever. I’ve been writing year-end round-up posts for many years and, normally, I look forward to reflecting back over the past year. For the first time, however, part of me has been dreading writing this post. It seems impossible to sum up what this year has been in a few trite paragraphs. Those of you who follow our newsletter closely...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Review, France, Germany, India, Spain, Unesco, Canada, Atlantic, New Brunswick, Galicia, Normandy, Belgium, Romania