Art du Voyage
Travel Notes

November 2005


........The Art du Voyage monthly link with travel agents........


Happy Hogmanay 2006!

Hogmanay Fireworks
Celebrate New Year's Eve
in Edinburgh

Welcome to Hogmanay, Edinburgh’s magic and majestic Winter Festival! Say goodbye to 2005 and welcome 2006 in style in the city where the world’s best New Year celebration takes place - Edinburgh…
The fun starts several days before New Year’s Eve since celebrations last for four whole days… there are over thirty events, including the famous Torchlight Procession, a parade of fire through the city center…the legendary Royal Bank Street Party with four different stages located on Princes’ Street that will play everything from Latin and Jazz to Hip-Hop… the stunning Seven Hills fireworks…when the clock strikes midnight, prepare to be overwhelmed with the joy and spirit of this amazing city.
Edinburgh Castle Rock

Edinburgh Hogmanay 2006


Parisian Valentine Chez Maxim's


For over a century, the historic Maxim’s restaurant in Paris has entertained celebrities and world leaders in its gorgeous Belle Epoque interior… enjoy a romantic gourmet dinner for two on Valentine’s Day in this mythic and magical place...

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Scenic Railways
of Switzerland

Embark on a memorable journey aboard three of the most awe-inspiring Swiss Scenic Trains…

Swiss Alps

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Holiday Shopping
at the Flea Markets
of Paris

Don’t miss this year’s “Tables de Fetes,” a special holiday event when antique and second-hand dealers at Paris’ famous Flea Market display a variety of festive holiday table settings. A unique exhibit to be discovered while strolling through "Les Puces," the flea markets, the event runs from December 03-18 and features both traditionally elegant and extravagantly fantastic displays - you can even vote for your favorite display. You’ll certainly be inspired to create a superbe holiday table for family and friends. Come on December 11 for the award ceremony when the dealers offer drinks and snacks to celebrate the season!

Flea market in Paris




Val d'Isere

Travel to the typically Alpine village of Val d’Isère for a memorable holiday on the slopes…with buildings dating back to the 15th-Century, Val d’Isère offers the great combination of a traditional European setting, trendy shops and boutiques, fantastic restaurants, and amazing skiing…part of the vast “Espace Killy” ski area, an amazing winter playground with over 90 ski lifts and nearly 500 miles of downhill & cross country trails, Val d’Isère offers off-piste and heli-skiing as well as snowshoe trails and an awesome Snowpark for freestylers…

Espace Killy

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Cannes Fashion Festival
5-15 January 2006

Cannes Fashion Festival
In an exclusive event held in Cannes, the greatest names in luxury clothing will be presenting their Spring/ Summer 2006 collections at the Palais des Festivals. Take the opportunity to participate in unique gala evenings at the most fashionable night spots with famous designers such as Christian Lacroix and Valentino. 300 top-of-the-range boutiquesShopping representing all the leading names will give you a very special welcome and a chance to buy items from their winter collections with reductions of 30 to 50% on pre-sale prices. Following the success of this event last year, Cannes will again be swept by shopping fever during 15 days. So, come to France for an amazing shopping spree on the French Riviera and take advantage of the greatest winter sales.

Cannes Fashion Festival

Hotel Cavendish**** - Cannes

Hotel Cavendish
Ideally located a few minutes walk to the “Palais des Festivals” and “la Croisette”, the 4-star Cavendish, built in 1897 and reopened in May 2001 after a comprehensive renovation program, recreates the atmosphere and the style of the end of the 19th century. The 34 rooms have been totally rebuilt, redecorated and therefore also equipped with the latest technology: direct internet Bedroomaccess, soundproofing, air-condition, TV with pay TV movies system, direct telephone, safe and mini bar. Designer Christophe Tollermer is in tune with all that is rich in the Mediterranean locales of southern France and Italy. The result is an ambient opulence that is always elegant and unique.

Special Offer:
Complimentary private beach club entrance
with 5-night stay in summer!

Hotel Pont Royal**** - Paris


More than a distinguished address of the Left Bank combining refined decoration and thoughtful attention, Hotel Pont Royal is an historical landmark.between the river Seine and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. In the midst of the Faubourg, Arts and Letters thrive in the Salon Littéraire and the garden, where many existentialists and Nobel Prizes followed one another.

Hotel libraryIts exclusive and intimate atmosphere is matching with an exquisite blend of contemporary and traditional design, made of mahogany wood, silks and stone. In the heart of the capital, this very special "garden" is two steps away from the Musée d'Orsay, a bridge from the Louvre, a stroll from Montparnasse and the Opéra. In this prestigious neighborhood, you find the antiquity dealers of the Rue des saints-Pères, the "Café Bohême" on Place Saint Germain des Prés, the trendy Café de Flore, and the Luxembourg Gardens which are a few of discoveries in store. The new restaurant "L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon" is next door, and the cosy bar with the lovely library, emphasises the literary aspect of this unique hotel.

Special Offer: 4th Night Free until March 31, 2006!

Joël Robuchon is the executive chef of the century. In his restaurant, he launched a new interactive conceptENJOY L'ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON of the French Cuisine, designed around a central open kitchen, and surrounded by a circular counter acco-modationg up to 40 seats. It is open 7 days a week, from 11:00am to 02:00 continuously. The team made of Master Chefs is also preparing the breakfast and room service for the great pleasure of the guests at Hotel Pont Royal.

Hotel Christiana**** - Val d'Isere

elegant combination of wood and colour

Welcome home!...comfort, charm, authenticity and ample space...warm atmosphere and relaxing privacy...elegant combination of wood and colour...terraces opening on the mountains...ambiance of superb comfort, intimacy, and rest...and Val d'Isere, the place in the French Alps where snow is guaranteed.

Grandes Etapes Françaises

Special offer
from November to March

Stay 2 nights and the third one is

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