Posts Tagged ‘Paris’


10 Spectacular Sunsets in the City

Whether the sun sets in the east or the west, sunsets offer travel photographers the opportunity to snap  once-in-a-lifetime photos. Here are ten of our current favorites from around the world.

Santorini, Greece

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Walt Disney World, Florida

Image: Express Monorail, Flickr

Tokyo, Japan

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Sarajevo, Bosnia

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San Francisco, California

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Paris, France

Image: Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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London, England

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New York City, New York

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Free Mobile City Guide Apps Available Now

Introducing the new Let’s Go city guide mobile apps, absolutely FREE! Download the apps of your choice for your iPhone or iPod Touch, and enjoy mobile access to Let’s Go content for Amsterdam, London, NYC, Paris and Rome.

The Let's Go Free City Guide Mobile Apps

The Let's Go Free City Guide Mobile Apps

  • Find the hottest restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels, sights, shopping and cultural attractions.
  • Browse know-before-you-go info, fun facts and insider tips.
  • Search for just what you need, when you need it.
  • Get unique pointers on free stuff, Let’s Go Picks, and local favorites.
  • Map what you find, for easy access.
  • Share & check-in via email and Facebook.
  • The new free Let’s Go mobile apps are an easy way to take the Let’s Go trusted guides with you as you explore and connect with other travelers and friends back home. Download them all for your iPhone or iPod Touch:

  • Amsterdam
  • London
  • New York City
  • Paris
  • Rome
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    Mother’s Day Vacations

    While a dozen roses, brunch and a nice scarf is a tried and true recipe for a successful Mother’s Day, why not spoil the woman who brought you into this world. A mother-daughter getaway is not only fun, but it can allow you and your mom to establish a deeper bond and create memories that will last for years to come.

    In order to make the trip as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, here are some of our essential tips to planning the perfect Mother’s Day vacation:


    All mothers deserve to be pampered on Mother's Day, regardless of species. Photo: Matt McGee

    • Decide as a unit what kind of trip you want. Are you looking simply to unwind or are you in the mood for more adventure? Based on this, you can both suggest ideas accordingly—i.e., a trip to a spa for those seeking relaxation or surf lessons for those craving activity.
    • Don’t let one person coordinate every detail of the trip. Rather, take turns and make compromises with the planning so that each person feels that her needs and interests are being represented.
    • Since money can be a major source of tension, determine who will be paying for what beforehand. Are you splitting everything 50-50, or will you be paying for the airfare and rooms, while she covers the meals and day-to-day activities?
    • Remember, it’s all about the quality, not the quantity. Before you book a two-week cruise, think about your past travel history. If you’re used to only spending the holidays together, opt for a beachside destination or a long three-day weekend.
    • Just because you’re committed to spending quality time with your mother or daughter, doesn’t mean you can’t embark on a group activity, such as whitewater rafting or a nature hike. In fact, the presence of strangers may prompt you to act on your best behavior and meet new families with similar interests.
    • Likewise, a mother-daughter getaway does not mean that you have to spend every single breathing second with one another. Both of you should bring along a good book or even set alone time so you can take an occasional break from one another. You’ll come back feeling reconnected and eager to continue where you left off.
    • Turn off your cell phones, iPods and what-have-you when spending time together. This only disrupts the mood and makes the other person feel as if they’re not being valued.

    Here are some ideas for unique and memorable Mother’s Day vacations:


    Treat your mom to a posh shopping vacation in Paris. Read our article on Paris shopping.
    Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Paris on TravelMuse.


    Your mother has been working hard her entire life. Take her to Cabo for a spa vacation where she can really unwind. Read our article on Cabo spa vacations.
    Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Cabo on TravelMuse.

    Grand Cayman

    Ready for a little adventure? Take your mom to Grand Cayman to go scuba diving. Read our article on diving in Grand Cayman.
    Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Grand Cayman on TravelMuse.


    If you and your mother are looking to build some teamwork skills this Mother’s Day, consider rafting down the Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Read our article on rafting in Yosemite.
    Plan your Mother’s Day vacation to Yosemite National Park on TravelMuse.

    Need additional ideas for your Mother’s Day vacation? Use our inspiration finder to give you more ideas.

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    Move Over Paris, Tokyo is the New Gourmet Capital of the World

    For me, eating is one of the most important parts of traveling—so much that I’d rather stay in an inexpensive hotel, forgo the souvenirs and eat ramen noodles weeks before my vacation just to save the extra cash for gastronomic heaven. And, adherents to the gospel according to Michelin will certainly agree

    The famed Michelin Guide, which evaluates the best restaurants and hotels throughout the world, has awarded Tokyo more three-star restaurant ratings in its 2009 Tokyo edition than (gasp!) Paris. Eleven restaurants in Tokyo have been awarded three stars, while Paris followed in a close second with 10 stars. Tokyo also beat out Paris in the total number of stars awarded—Tokyo received 261 and Paris received 197.


    Delicious cuisine is plentiful in Tokyo. Photo: Mahiro1322

    The Michelin Guide rates restaurants regardless of cuisine style and according to five criteria:

    1. Quality
    2. Mastery of flavor and cooking
    3. The personality of the fare
    4. Value for the money
    5. Consistency between visits

    Stars are awarded based on the food alone (not ambiance, service or any other factors):

    • One star indicates “a very god restaurant in its category.”
    • Two stars indicate “excellent cooking and worth a detour.”
    • Three stars indicate “exceptional cuisine and worth the journey.”

    According to the Associated Press, the “contest” wasn’t exactly fair because Tokyo is home to 160,000 restaurants, while Paris has 60,000. Don’t worry Paris, there’s always next year.

    Learn more about Tokyo culinary vacations.

    Learn more about Paris culinary vacations.

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