Finally, another rarely visited area by non-French folk is a little treat called the Viduct des Arts. This was my first visit here, and it was joyous, including the walk upstairs on the Promenade Plantee! To get here, go to Metro Bastille. Find the HUGE new Opera house when you come out of the metro station. Walk down the right side of the new Opera house (you’ll see a sign pointing to the Viduct des Arts), and shortly, you’ll be strolling along the shops with the Promenade above you. There are a couple of entrances with elevators to the Promenade to avoid the two steep staircases! The history:
I’ve just returned from two memorable weeks in France, one of my favorite countries, and Paris is definitely my favorite city in the world. I’ve been visiting France for 35 (yikes) years, and after this 12th visit, I’d like to share with you some observations and suggestions from this recent experience in a 2-part blog post. I’ll share my stops, my favorite must-sees, and my secret-off-the-beaten-path wonders to explore!
Imagine a private plane to take you to all of your tour destinations, not having to wait on a transfer bus to go from city to city, before your sightseeing can begin. That’s where the innovation of Air Tours truly shines. Hours usually spent on transfer bus rides have now been replaced with just minutes aboard a private flight. It minimizes your travel time to get from city to city and it maximizes your time to see and experience the sights on your trip.
In January to February of 2011, I took a trip to Thailand as a gift to myself for graduating with my Bachelors from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) just a couple months prior in December. Being a Thai-American born in New York but raised in a Thai household, the culture shock wasn’t too bad. Outside my house I was American but when I walked through my door I was living under Thai rules. It also helped that I can speak Thai fluently albeit unable to read or write. I should also mention I went alone but still have family there.
Luckily, I traveled during the slow season (also known as value season) so the price wasn’t that bad; it was still something a new grad can handle. Because it was winter here in the states and Thailand only has two temperatures: hot (during our winter) and very hot (every other time of the year), the weather was manageable when I went. I do not recommend traveling to South East Asia during Summer time unless you enjoy scorching heat.
It’s been several months but I thought we’d revisit a video of our beloved Co-President, Rod Fernandez, on Great Day Houston as he highlights reputable travel operators, travel websites, the wonders of river cruising, and new ways to travel and to gather travel information online.
Watch the video! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but best of all, you’ll learn a little bit more about the new wave of travel and how to get it on-line.