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Paris & Must-See Sites

Paris deserves its reputation as the most Romantic City in the World. Every turn reveals a famous landmark, a cozy café, a smart Boutique, and historical buildings situated at one of the busiest boulevard. Live and experience La Vie a la Française: French cancan, painters in Montmartre, chateau of Versailles, Garnier Opera … and simply write your story sous le Ciel de Paris.

Arc de Triomphe, La Grande Arche
Champ de Mars
Chapelle Expiatoire
Chateau Versailles
Conciergerie, Palais de la Cite
Domaine National du Palais-Royal
La Bastille
La Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
La Cité des Sciences à La Villette
La Defense
La Seine & Croisière
La Tour Montparnasse
Le Marais
Le Marais & Le Centre Pompidou “Beaubourg”: Contemporary Museum
Le Musée du Quai d’Orsay
Le Parc Monceau
Le petit et Grand Palais near Champs Elysées
Le Trocadero
Le Village de Bercy: a typical southern French place, with great restaurants
Les Buttes Chaumont: a wonderful green park Quartier Latin
Les Halles – rue de Rivoli
Les Invalides
Les Jardins de Tuileries
Les Jardins du Luxembourg
Montmartre: le Sacré Cœur et la place du Tertre, encompass Artists, Painters, etc
Musee du Louvre
Opera National de Paris – Palais Garnier
Paris Zoological Park
Place Concorde
Sainte-Chapelle, Palais de la Cite
Tour Eiffel








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PARIS, Shopping Addresses & Quotes

Fancy shopping? There is more to the Capital of Luxury. Outlets, small shops and flea markets also coexist in the city of lights.
Coco Chanel’s Famous Quotes:

  • Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
  • Simplicity is the key note of all True Elegance.
  • You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.
  • Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!They Say:
    “I could give up shopping but I am not a quitter.”
    “Honestly, shopping beats therapy anytime. It costs the same and you get a dress out of it.”
    “I’m not a shopaholic, I’m helping the economy.”
    “Shortest horror story ever: Sold Out.”
    “Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.”
    …and they are Right!

Top Range

  • Les Galeries LaFayette
  • Le Printemps Haussmann
  • Le Bon Marche
  • Beaugrenelle
  • Le Carrousel du Louvre


Middle Range

  • Forum des Halles
  • Italie Deux
  • Les 4 Temps & Le CNIT
  • So Ouest
  • Aeroville

Outlets near Paris

  • La Vallee Village
  • Usine center (Paris Nord II) (Avenue de la Plaine de France, 95500 Gonesse)
  • One Nation Paris (1 rue du Président Kennedy, 78340 Les Clayes Sous Bois)

Best addresses to shop in Paris:

  • Avenue des Champs Elysees
  • Rue de Passy
  • Rue St Honore
  • Rue de Rennes
  • Rue de Rivoli – Le Marais
  • Boulevard Haussmann
  • Boulevards Saint Michel & Saint Germain
  • Avenue Montaigne
  • Avenue des Ternes
  • Quartier Beaubourg et les Halles

Shopping Tips
For bargain shoppers, you should know that Paris has two sales periods:

  • Summer sales begin June 25th and ends July 29th.
  • Winter sales start around 8 January each year. For a period of six weeks, all the shops in Paris offer many discounts to liquidate their stocks of the past season. (Discounts can sometimes reach – 70%).
  • The main stores in Paris usually open from 10:00 till 19:00. They close on Sundays, except for the shops in Carrousel du Louvre, Avenue Champs-Elysées, Marais district or Sevres-Babylone.


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Journees du Patrimoine, SEP. 21-22, FRANCE


European Heritage Days are the occasion to visit Monuments and Castles often for free!
In Paris, discover places usually closed for public. In Ile-de-France, visit the abundant Heritage sites of different eras, from the Renaissance estate to the fortified castles, … Royal Residences.

PARIS Outings to discover:

  1. Elysée Palace opens its doors for European Heritage Days. Visit this high place of power and the prestigious salons of the Hotel d’Evreux.
  2. Palais-Royal and the meeting rooms of the State Council, Ministry of Culture and the Constitutional Council.
  3. French National Assembly, tour Palais Bourbon, Hotel de Lassay.
  4. Ministry of Economy and Finance. Visit Bercy from the inside and enjoy crazy experiences as ziplining.
  5. Ministry of the Interior. Visit Hotel Beauvau, ..lounges, gardens, offices, former jails.
  6. French Court of Appeal.
  7. Grand Palais, created for the 1900 World’s Fair.
  8. Musée de la franc-maçonnerie proposes exclusive tours to discover its values and culture.


  1. Seine-et-Marne Heritage with guided tours, exclusive open houses and family entertainments!
  2. Yvelines castles and museums.
  3. Essonne and its treasures.
  4. Val de Marne
  5. Val d’Oise.
  6. Seine-Saint-Denis.



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BELGRADE: Some of the Finest Restaurants

Mezestoran DVORIŠTE, Svetogorska 46, 11000 Beograd
Tel: +381 11 32 46 515

Skadarska 32 (278.76 mi), Belgrade, Serbia 11000
Tel: +381 11 7234885

Kej oslobođenja bb (kod hotela Jugoslavija), 11070 Beograd
Tel: +381 063 836 1462
Close to Saint Ten Hotel, Nebojsina 49a Belgrade, Serbia


(By Therese ABou Jaoude Nassar & Hoda Takieddine Talih)

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BUCHAREST: Some of the Finest Restaurants


Music and Dance

Stavropoleos 5, Old Town Area, Bucharest
Tel: 0040726 282 373

19:15 Traditional music- Altita Group;
19:45 Traditional music – Caru’ cu bere Taraf (inside the Beer Museum);
20:45 Caru’cu bere team parade;
21:00 Society dances – Contesina Group;
21:30 Sportive dances – Contesina Group;

Str. Franceza nr. 62-64 (0.20 mi) Bucharest, Romania 030119
Tel: 0040730 188 653
20:00 – 23:00 Manuc Inn taraf
20:45 – 22:15 Traditional dances with Rapsodia Carpatilor Ansamble – Songs from Banata, Moldavian, Dances and Folklore from the Oas County

Șepcari 16, Old city
Tel: 0040725558286

(By Therese Abou Jaoude Nassar & Hoda Takieddine Talih)


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Romania Facts & Figures

Surface: 238,391 km2 roughly the same size as the United Kingdom.
The Palace of Parliament, located in Bucharest, is the world’s largest and most expensive civil administration building in the world. It also ranks as the biggest office building in Europe (3.9 million square feet) and 2nd largest in the world, after the U.S. Pentagon. More than a million tons of marble, steel, crystal and wood have been used to build this palace!
Carpathian Mountains: home to one of the largest undisturbed forests in Europe = 400 unique species of mammals, including the Carpathian chamois, where 60% of European brown bear live.

1,350 floral species e.g. yellow poppy, Transylvanian columbine, saxifrage and edelweiss.

Turda Salt Mines (Salina Turda) located in Transylvania, stands the world’s largest salt mine museum, (400 feet into the Earth).
The Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea, where it forms the Danube Delta – 2nd largest and best preserved in Europe formed over a period of more than 10,000 years – 2,200 miles2 of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands,. Home to the world’s largest reed bed; hosts rare species of plants & animals e.g. endangered sturgeon, otters, wildcats & European mink.
The 2nd largest underground glacier in Europe (in terms of volume) is found in Transylvania = 3500-year old Scarisoara Glacier, 75,000 cubic meters, located in the Bihor Mountains… 154-foot deep entrance shaft leads to some impressive ice structures, ice stalagmites & Scarisoara ice-cave.
Peles Castle was the 1st European castle entirely lit by electrical current produced by its own plant.

Castle’s central heating & vacuuming systems, built in 1883, are still in use today.

The world’s first industrial oil refinery opened at Ploieşti (southern Romania) in 1857. Oil was exploited commercially in Romania since 1857, two years before oil was discovered in Pennsylvania.
The earliest reliably dated European modern human fossils, up to now, were discovered in 2002 in southwestern Romania (at Pestera cu Oase – translated as the “Cave With Bones”). The fossil’s age is estimated at 37,800 to 42,000 years old.
The real Dracula (Vlad Draculea) nicknamed Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) was a Romanian prince and military leader who fought bravely against the invading Turkish army in the mid 1400’s. Count Dracula – the Vampire – was created by Irish writer, Bram Stoker in 1897.

The most famous novels written are “The Castle in the Carpathians” by Jules Verne, and “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.

Voronet Monastery, northeastern Romania, is known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the East’. The monastery built in 1488 is known worldwide for frescoes & intense shade of blue known as ‘Voronet blue.’
Tallest wooden church in the world, 2nd tallest wooden structure in Europe, is in Sapanta Peri = Maramures.
Romania Today is the #9 wine producer in the world!

11 “indigenous” varieties of grapes cannot be found anywhere else in the world are produced here.

The movie Cold Mountain was filmed in Romania. Hollywood celebrities Jude Law, Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman relaxed in Poiana Brasov after shooting the film Cold Mountain on location in nearby fields and farms.
The Pastrami – a popular sandwich ingredient in America – has its origins in Romania. Little Romania…
The Black Church has the largest organ in Europe with 4000 tubes (built by Buchholz, Berlin’s famous organ builder, in 1836) as well as the largest bell in Romania, weighting 6.3 tons – Brasov (Transylvania).
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Capri, Positano Hotels, To-Do List by Dr Tracy Boghossian


an island in Italy’s Bay of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.

(Highly recommended for Honeymooners and for discerned People with luxurious taste)

A small villa of 11 gorgeous Rooms built in 1906 and continuously renovated. Known for its luxurious amenities, and above all impeccable and personalized services. For honeymooners, the hotel offers welcome drink, a bottle of sparkling wine, private jaccuzzi if available and stunning views.
The Excelsior Parco is located halfway between Marina Grande and Capri town’s Piazzetta. The port is a five minute walk, and the center of Capri town can be reached in just 15 minutes by foot.
Hotel’s free shuttle service: 9:00am and 9:00pm to the Piazzetta, port, beaches of Marina Grande, Bagni di Tiberio.

What to do in Capri?

  • Island Boat Tour & Grottoes e.g. White, Elephant Arch, Red & Coral Cave, Fishemen Grottoes, Grotto Verde, Blue Grotto
  • Capri’s Piazzetta
  • Marina Grande
  • The Faraglioni Rock Formations
  • The Punta Carena Lighthouse
  • The Tragara and Pizzolungo Trail
  • Villa San Michele
  • Mount Solaro
  • Full Day in Ischia & Mortella Gardens
  • Via Camerelle



a cliffside village on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. It’s a well-known holiday destination with a pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. Its Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta features a majolica-tiled dome and a 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary. The Sentiero degli Dei hiking trail links Positano to other coastal towns.

In the very heart of Positano ….
Protected by the Goddess Pasitea, looking straight at the island of the Gauls, the fabulous island of the sirens of Ulysses, the Positano Art Hotel Pasitea offers its customers scents and flavors of the divine coast. Located in the most popular area of Positano, this property is very popular for sightseeing on the Amalfi Coast or to enjoy the fabulous and relaxing sea of the city. The hotel, offers its guests 30 rooms distributed on 4 floors accessible by a lift, each with its own peculiarities. Ask for the “Renovated Section”

What to do:

  • Amalfi Coast tour: Amalfi Coast Experience: Positano, Amalfi and Ravello tour (Amalfi Drive: Iconic corniche with epic coastal views… Vertiginous, cliff-hugging highway with world-famous views of the Amalfi Coast and the sea far below.
  • Church of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Amalfi Cathedral
  • Fornillo Beach
  • Paths of Gods hiking
  • Positano Spiaggia beach
  • Bagni d’Arienzo Beach Club
  • Arienzo Beach (reached by stairs)
  • Grotta dello Smeraldo
  • Cantine Marisa Cuomo
  • Isola Ligalli -boat trip
  • Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius from Positano

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