Christmas Markets All Wrapped Up With Cruise 1st

October 22, 2014 on 6:45 am | In Europe, London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLeading cruise deal expert Cruise 1st has got Christmas markets all wrapped up this winter having pulled together some of its best deals to cities with the best outdoor European markets.

Whether it’s exploring the picturesque city of Bruges, the Danish capital of Copenhagen or the vibrant city of Amsterdam, there’s a cruise to suit all budgets. With all sailings from Southampton, travellers can sip glühwein and rummage through assorted decorations and hand-crafted toys with this selection of Christmas market cruises from Cruise 1st*.

Under £750
10 night cruise with P&O Cruises’ Adonia: Copenhagen, Kiel Canal, Hamburg and Amsterdam – from £749 per person

On 11 December, guests will depart Southampton to spend 10 nights onboard P&O Cruises’ Adonia. Highlights of the itinerary include the capital of Denmark; Copenhagen, where the Christmas market in the city’s Tivoli Gardens includes more than 50 stalls selling traditional gifts, decorations, hot drinks, sweets and delicious food. Live reindeer also add to the Christmas feel. Guests will also have the chance to explore Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg. Here the stunning lights and colours of the Christmas markets are enhanced by their reflection in the River Elbe. Stalls boast a range of homemade arts and craft, including cookies from the bakers of Aachen and gingerbread from Nuremburg. Further stops include Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Kiel Canal, Germany.

Price is based on two sharing a balcony cabin on a full board basis.

Under £400
Four nights with P&O Cruises’ Oceana: Amsterdam and Bruges – from £379 per person

Departing 13 December from Southampton, guests will spend four nights onboard P&O Cruises’ Oceana which has an impressive atrium, Italian restaurant from acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White and champagne bar. The first port of call is the Dutch capital of Amsterdam where the ice rink and olliebollen (Dutch doughnuts made with raisins and dusted with powder sugar) food stands can be found at Leidseplein from early November until mid-January. The must-see floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) is bursting with Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the adjacent Christmas Palace is home to a unique selection of festive goods and is the perfect place to pick up small gifts. Additional highlights include the fairytale Belgian city of Bruges where the photogenic market squares become adorned with little wooden chalets selling traditional arts and crafts.

Price is based on two sharing an inside cabin on a full board basis. Balcony cabins are also available from £429.

Under £350
Four nights onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth: Amsterdam only – from £319 per person

Departing 19 December from Southampton, guests will enjoy four nights onboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth on a return voyage to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Guests will spend two nights in Amsterdam, affording ample opportunity to explore the city’s 26 neighbourhood markets. Must visits include the floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) bursting with Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes and the adjacent Christmas Palace, Amsterdam’s unique emporium of festive goodies open all year round. Dam Square is also worth a visit where a Christmas tree, traditionally grown in the German Ardennes, soars 20 metres into the Amsterdam sky and is decorated with four kilometres of Christmas lights.

Price is based on two sharing an outside cabin with ocean view on a full board basis. Balcony cabins are also available from £349.

For more information or to book visit www.cruise1st.co.uk  or call 0800 953 4963.


Tanger Outlets Ottawa to Celebrate Grand Opening

October 21, 2014 on 11:26 am | In Canada, Shopping | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGREENSBORO, N.C., — Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT) and RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: REI.UN) announced today that Tanger Outlets Ottawa will celebrate a Glamorous Grand Opening on Friday, October 17 at 10:00 am.

Tanger Outlets’ first ground-up construction in Canada will offer shoppers in Ottawa a fashionable new destination for savings on the season’s hottest trends and gifts, direct from popular brand name and designer retailers. Be the first to shop the more than 75 designer outlets at the centre!

The exciting line up of outlet stores featured at the center will include: Nike Factory Store, Calvin Klein Outlet, GAP Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach Outlet, DKNY Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Aeropostale, Guess Factory Store, Nine West Outlet, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters Factory Outlet, Under Armour Factory Outlet, Fossil Outlet, J. Crew Factory and many more.

The 293,000 square foot centre is located off the TransCanada Highway ( Highway 417) at Palladium Drive. The site is located in the suburban area of Kanata and will benefit from its access to the greater Ottawa market. The concept, design and merchandising of the Ottawa centre is similar to those within the successful, established Tanger portfolio of outlet centres in the United States.

The completed centre represents an estimated $120 million dollar investment in Ottawa as well as the creation of more than 1,000 full and part-time retail management and sales positons.

“We are looking forward to unveiling our first ground-up property in Canada and exceeding the expectations of area residents as well as visitors to Ottawa,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets. “We are thrilled to be able to bring our unique TangerSTYLE to this dynamic market and to allow our shoppers access to sought after brands, the latest fashion trends and incredible savings that come direct from the manufacturer every day.”

Tanger Outlets and RioCan currently co-own outlet centres in Cookstown, Ontario, Bromont, Quebec, and St. Sauveur, Quebec.

“It is exciting to see the completion of this development project, our first ground up development with Tanger, bringing the outlet centre concept to shoppers in our nation’s capital,” said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan. “This unique retail property will be a shopping destination for the Ottawa and surrounding market that we anticipate will satisfy the expectations of Canadians seeking a true outlet shopping experience.”

In keeping with Tanger Outlets’ commitment to supporting the local communities around its centres and children’s causes, the Grand Opening of Tanger Outlets Ottawa will benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation to make a positive and measurable impact on youth development in the National Capital Region. The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness.

” The Ottawa Senators Foundation is happy to partner with Tanger Outlets Ottawa for their Grand Opening Celebration,” said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. “The generous support provided to the Foundation through the Grand Opening Gala will allow our programs to make a greater impact on youth in the National Capital Region.”

Grand Opening Schedule:

To celebrate and welcome shoppers, the centre will host a weekend of Glamorous Grand Opening activities, stylish savings and magical family fun. Here is a list of some of the events and entertainment planned:

Friday, October 17  9:30 am Stores Grand Open – 10:00 am Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony – 10:00 am Family Fun Zone Opens Including an Ice Skating Rink and Rock climbing Wall Tommy Hilfiger’s life size “Selfie” Snow Globe Photo Booth – 8:00 pm Opening Fireworks and Disney Musical Spectacular Saturday, October 18  9:30 am Stores Open – 10:00 am Family Fun Zone Opens Including an Ice Skating Rink and Rock Climbing Wall Tommy Hilfiger’s lifesize “Selfie” Snow Globe Photo Booth – 12:00 pm Special Performance and meet and greet by world Figure Skating and Olympic Medalists TESSA VIRTUE and SCOTT MOIR – 1:00 pm Meet the magical Ice Queen and Ice Princess Elsa and Anna – 7:00 pm Fire Weavers – a Breathtaking Performance of Dance & Fire Artistry About Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.:

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. is a publicly-traded REIT headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina that operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, a portfolio of 45 upscale outlet shopping centers in 26 states coast to coast and in Canada, totaling approximately 13.7 million square feet leased to over 2,900 stores operated by more than 440 different brand name companies. More than 185 million shoppers visit Tanger Factory Outlet Centers annually. For more information on Tanger Outlet Centers, call 1-800-4TANGER or visit the company’s web site at www.tangeroutlet.com.

About RioCan:

RioCan is Canada’s largest real estate investment trust with a total capitalization of approximately $14.9 billion as of June 30, 2014. It owns and manages Canada’s largest portfolio of shopping centres with ownership interests in a portfolio of 340 retail properties containing more than 81 million square feet, including 47 grocery anchored and new format retail centres containing 13 million square feet in the United States as at June 30, 2014. RioCan’s portfolio also includes 16 properties under development inCanada. For further information, please refer to RioCan’s website at www.riocan.com

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Europe’s Hidden Christmas Markets With Grape Escapes

October 21, 2014 on 8:40 am | In Denmark, Dine Drink, France, Germany, Hungary, London, Shopping, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Argos Travel Insurance 100x50Christmas markets around Europe provide a great opportunity for a relaxing winter weekend break. By planning a trip away with Grape Escapes to France, Italy, Portugal and Spain you could avoid dashing to the shops on Christmas Eve for last minute presents or to stock up on quality wines for the festivities and get ahead of the Christmas rush for a great price. Prices start at £180 per person.

Champagne is more than just Christmas bubbles – it’s a region to enjoy leading up to Christmas too! Join Grape Escapes’ Champagne Tasting in Epernay- taste 24 Champagnes in 24 hours to sample an array of world class champagne whilst taking in Epernay’s fabulous annual Christmas festival and markets as it explodes in a riot of lights, colours and flavours. Most of the festivities centre around the famous and elegant villas in the ‘Avenue de Champagne’, housing the world’s most prestigious champagne producers. Price of the tour starts from £299 per person.

It is a British tradition at Christmas to serve the fortified wine, Port. The wine comes from the spectacular terraced hillsides of the Douro valley in Portugal and takes its name from Oporto which lies at the mouth of the Douro River. The bustling suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia lies opposite Oporto on the steep south bank of the river and is the true home of Port. The Flexible Porto two Nights Tour visits two port lodges and includes tasting approximately 14 different wines. By the end of which guests will be well informed on the processes put into making the produce and how to judge its quality, visitors can even bring back some of the local port to enjoy with your minced pies. The price of the tour starts from £253 per person.

22 December to 5 January the town of Logroño in Rioja opens its’ Christmas stalls in the Plaza del Mercado where visitors can find plenty of crafts, unique gifts, delicious food and mulled wine. The Flexible Two Night Rioja Wine Tour explores two Rioja bodegas, tasting up to eleven appellations in the medieval town where the gastronomy is hearty and full bodied much like the Riojas paired with the meal. Bilbao is a short distance away with an easily accessible airport and is a great city where culture-vultures can soak up the dynamic architecture of the Guggenheim museum designed by Frank Gehry. Prices from £464 per person.

The Two Night Flexible Florence Wine Tour can be teamed with visiting the Christmas Market 30 November – 18 December. Several squares in Florence host Christmas markets, starting with the traditional 500 year old annual Christmas market known as the Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt in Piazza Santa Croce. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and a chance to buy authentic handmade gifts, such as woolens, ornaments or toys. There will be plenty of food, sweets and of course mulled wine! Enjoy a day of wine tasting in the world-renowned Chianti Classico region, each estate offers guests a variety of the Château’s wines to taste, including their Grand Reserves. The tour starts from £399 per person.

For more information call +44 (0) 1763 273 373 or visit www.grapeescapes.net

Grape Escapes is a specialist wine tour operator, offering wine tours to France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Grape Escapes offer a broad range of wine tasting tours and trips to vineyards in Ribera del Duero and Rioja in Spain, Tuscany in Italy, Porto in Portugal and the main French wine regions: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Rhône, The Loire and Provence. Grape Escapes run numerous wine tasting trips for individuals, groups (social groups, hen weekends, wine clubs, car clubs, and birthday trips among others) as well as wine tasting trips for corporate clients. www.grapeescapes.net

Prices Include

All prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin / double room.

A £25 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.

Single supplements are available upon request.

Prices Exclude:

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel.

Why book with Grape Escapes:

Personal Service: At Grape Escapes, we believe that there is no substitute for individual knowledge and experience which enables us to deliver a truly personal service to all our customers.

Quaility: We believe that our customers deserve the best value and service, irrespective of whether they are spending £200 or £20,000 on a trip.
Lowest Price Guarantee: We are so confident that not only do we offer high quality tours, but that we offer the best value on all of our packages that we guarantee that you will not find a comparable tour package priced cheaper anywhere on the internet. If you do, we will refund you 100% of the difference.

Financial Protection: All tours booked with Grape Escapes are protected by either ATOL or ABTA.

Flexibility: We offer a very flexible range of holidays within each of the regions that we visit. The flexibility offered by Grape Escapes isn’t just limited to the tour dates, but also includes the type of accommodation and travel method you prefer.


Which Is The Best Christmas Market For You?

October 17, 2014 on 7:42 am | In Europe, London, Scotland, Shopping, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off



Argos Travel Insurance 100x50If you have always wanted to experience the magic of a European Christmas Market short break, but you’re not sure which one to choose then look no further! Specialist tour operator Fred. has launched its ‘Christmas Markets and Winter Breaks’ brochure featuring European Christmas Markets and Winter City Breaks as well as tailormade options for Winter 2014/15. New destinations include more ‘off-the-beaten track’ locations including Würzburg, Wiesbaden, Lübeck, Ludwigsburg and Bremen as well as a new river cruise.

With over 35 towns and cities featured in destinations including Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Belgium, as well as river cruising. A full tailor-made service is also available. Flight and rail inclusive options are available, as well as river cruises. Fred. has put together a quick guide so that you can see which Christmas market break is perfect for you!

A new river cruise, ‘Christmas on the Rhine’, has also been introduced. This seven night cruise between Amsterdam and Basel also includes Cologne and Speyer as well as an optional excursion to Heidleberg. Priced from £1,987 per person to include seven nights deluxe cruise accommodation with all meals included, return flights and the services of a professional cruise manager.

Best for ‘first time’ Christmas Market Visitors – Overall prices start from £219 per person for a two night Christmas market break to Brussels – including return rail from London , two nights accommodation at the three star Hotel Ibis Ste Catherine on bed and breakfast basis (based on a twin-room share). This is probably the best Christmas market for you if you’ve never been on a Christmas market short break as the city makes an excellent introduction to the Christmas market short break concept!

Best for ‘off the beaten track’ – Ludwigsburg – Each year, this charming medieval town lays on a unique Christmas market experience where ‘King Friedrich the First’ parades through the market in his robe every Saturday. The narrow winding streets, historic squares and the smell of traditional German Lebkuchen (gingerbread) makes this a unique Christmas Market experience.

Fred. offers a Christmas Markets short break to Ludwigsberg priced from flights from £329 per person to include return flights between London and Stuttgart and two nights at the three star Best Western Hotel Favorit on bed and breakfast basis. Based on two people sharing. Valid from 25 November – 23 December.

Best for ‘a romantic break’ – Dresden – Known as one of Germany’s most romantic cities, Dresden has a number of Christmas markets including a charming medieval market with its costumed stall-holders and medieval re-enactments.

Fred. offers a Christmas Markets short break to Dresden priced from £369 per person to include return flights between London and Dresden and two nights at the three star Holiday Inn Express City Centre on a bed and breakfast basis. Based on two people sharing. Valid from 27 November – 24 December.

Best for ‘hand-made Christmas gifts’ – Eisenach/ Wartburg Castle – situated in the old stone courtyard of Wartburg Castle, which is perched on a steep hill overlooking the picturesque town of Eisenach, this medieval themed Christmas market is perfect for those looking to find that extra special gift. Watch glass blowers, stone cutter and candle makers at work as they create unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. This particular Christmas Market is available on weekends only rather than daily.

Fred. offers a Christmas Markets short break to Eisenach, priced from £279 per person to include return flights between London and Erfurt and two nights accommodation at the Hotel Eisenacher Hof on bed and breakfast basis. Based on two people sharing. Valid from 25 November – 21 December.

Best for ‘Families’ – Leipzig – This German city is a great find for families at Christmas as it has a ferris wheel and family entertainment and stalls on the market square and children can ‘meet’ Santa in the city’s Fairy Tale Forest.

Fred. offers a Christmas Markets short break to Leipzig, priced from £369 per person to include return flights between London and Leipzig and two nights at the four star Mercure Hotel Leipzig am Johannisplatz on bed and breakfast basis. Based on two people sharing. Valid from 25 November – 23 December.

Best for ‘history & culture’ – Budapest – Explore Hungary’s vibrant capital city and enjoy the many historical sights and attractions it has to offer. The enchanting Budapest Christmas Fair in Vörösmarty Square feature over 100 wooden stalls selling a unique array of arts and crafts which reflect Budapest’s rich and dynamic cultural heritage. You can also enjoy delicacies such as mulled wine, sweet Hungarian pastries, roasted chestnuts and other market snacks.

Fred. offers a Christmas Markets short break to Budapest, priced from £269 per person to include return flights between London and Budapest and two nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the three star Best Western Hotel Orion. Based on two people sharing. Valid from 16 November – 30 December. Other airports are available on request.

For bookings and information call Fred. on 0808 250 7755 or go to www.fredholidays.co.uk


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Handicrafts and Beverages at Christmas Markets

October 14, 2014 on 7:53 am | In Germany, Shopping | Comments Off



Many are familiar with the German Christmas Markets full of food, drinks and seasonal items from open-air vendors. Handmade items, toys, books, Christmas tree decorations and ornaments can also be found here, such as the famous nutcracker. Make sure to introduce your clients to the popular drinks of: Lumumba, Feuerzangenbowle, Jagertee, Eierpunsch or even hot Caipirinha. But for many visitors, one of the highlights of the market is Glühwein – mulled red wine with or without a shot of brandy!

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Baden-Baden Christmas Market

October 13, 2014 on 7:40 am | In Germany, Shopping | Comments Off



November 24 – December 30, 2014
The Black Forest Mountains are the backdrop of the Baden-Baden Christmas Market, located in front of the illuminated Kurhaus, inviting guests from around the world for a special taste of the Christmas spirit.
A daily live program on the open-air stage, which changes daily, will entertain you with different performers, bands, choirs and other artists. Take a stroll along “Church Window Alley” and “Fairytale Alley,” or visit a live nativity scene with donkeys and lambs.

Another highlight of our Christmas Market is the arrival of Saint Nicholas in a hot-air balloon on December 6.
Some 100 plus beautifully decorated stalls will tempt you with their arts and crafts as well as many culinary delights.

A glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) will get you into the holiday spirit and inspire you to find that unique gift for that special someone.

If you have not found what you are looking for at the Christmas stalls, you may find it in the elegant Kurhaus Colonnades or in any of our exquisite stores and boutiques in glittering Old Town.


The Forum Shops at Caesars and Marie Claire SHOES FIRST Shopping Guide‏

October 9, 2014 on 2:42 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCOLLABORATE ON AN EXCLUSIVE SHOES FIRST™ SHOPPING GUIDE, INVITING WOMEN TO STEP INTO THE SEASON WITH STYLE

LAS VEGAS  – The Forum Shops at Caesars, a Simon shopping destination, is one of four locations nationwide announcing the release of an exclusive SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide, inspired by Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia’s famous fashion philosophy that, “Every amazing outfit first starts with a fabulous pair of shoes.
Showcasing the season’s most covetable heels, boots, and flats, the SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide, a portable print booklet available at Guest Services and participating retailers, features the latest looks from H&M, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Fendi, Bally and more— most available for purchase at The Forum Shops. Pop-up selfie stations are now strategically located at participating retailers, encouraging shoppers to snap and share a photo of their personal favorite SHOES FIRST™ style using #foundatsimon and #contest for a chance to win a $500 Simon gift card.
The Shoes First Shopping Guide spotlights the season’s hottest heels, boots and flats and features most styles hand-picked from stores inside The Forum Shops including; Bally, H&M, Giuseppe Zanotti, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Sandro, Michael Kors and Guess. The Shoes First Shopping Guide features six must-have trends and is now available at The Forum Shops

Concierge Centers, Forum Shops Valet Parking Lobby and all featured Forum Shops shoe brands. Pick up your Shoes First Shopping Guide, your favorite new pair of shoes and then show us how you put your best foot forward: take a shoe selfie! Share your fall shoe finds with us @marieclairemag @forumshops #foundatsimon #shoesfirst. We can’t wait to see how you step out in style
“Our SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide brings the joy of discovering fashion to life via a beautifully curated style guide featuring shoes found at our malls,” said Maureen Crampton,director of marketing, The Forum Shops. “We are excited to offer unique style insight from Marie Claire exclusively to our fashion-conscious, shoe-hungry shoppers, who are the tastemakers of the Las Vegas market. We hope everyone takes advantage of the opportunity to showcase their style-savvy with our fun Shoe Selfie Stations.”
“Now in our second year of celebrating SHOES FIRST™, we’re beyond thrilled to extend the power—and reach—of this multiplatform movement,” said Nancy Berger Cardone, Vice President/Publisher/Chief Revenue Officer of Marie Claire. “The Marie Claire woman is shoe-obsessed, as is the Simon shopper, so it’s only fitting that we partner together on this special shopping initiative.”
Starting October 1, consumers nationwide are invited to visit simon.com to view a digital copy of the SHOES FIRST™ Shopping Guide, plus read an exclusive shoe-centric Q&A with Elana Zajdman, Associate Accessories Editor at Marie Claire.

About The Forum Shops at Caesars
Defining the luxury retail landscape in Las Vegas, The Forum Shops at Caesars, A Simon shopping destination, first opened in May 1992 to immediate success. Enjoying two subsequent expansions, The Forum Shops now boasts 675,000 square feet of impressive retail, dining and entertainment options. Featuring 160 specialty shops and restaurants, The Forum Shops is home to some of the most celebrated retailers including many that can be found nowhere else in Las Vegas. In addition to the distinctive mix of retailers and restaurants, The Forum Shops boasts an iconic spiral escalator and the must-see, free animatronic attraction – The Atlantis Show and Aquarium. Consistently named among the top-performing shopping centers worldwide, The Forum Shops is recognized for its unique combination of top retail, dining, entertainment, excellent location and exciting thematic ambiance. Additional information may be accessed at www.forumshops.com.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com .

About Marie Claire
Marie Claire (www.marieclaire.com) is the fashion magazine with character, substance, and depth, for women with a point of view, an opinion, and a sense of humor. Each issue is edited for a sexy, stylish, confident woman who is never afraid to make intelligence a part of her wardrobe. A culturally relevant experience, Marie Claire is published in 35 countries and is read by more than 15 million worldwide. The magazine was founded in 1937 by French industrialist Jean Prouvost, whose goal was to present the realities of life mixed with fashion and beauty coverage. The American edition is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com), one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 1H 2014) and reaches 83 million adults (Spring 2014 MRI; includes HGTV prototype). In addition, the company publishes nearly 300 editions around the world. Hearst Magazines Digital Media, dedicated to creating and implementing Hearst Magazines’ digital strategy, manages 18 websites for brands such as Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Seventeen, as well as digital-only sites such as Delish.com, a food site in partnership with MSN. Hearst Magazines has published more than 150 apps and digital editions for the iOS and Android platforms. The company also includes iCrossing, a global digital marketing agency. Follow Marie Claire on Twitter @marieclaire.


7 Tips for Shopping Europe’s Best Markets‏

August 29, 2014 on 10:10 am | In Europe, Shopping | Comments Off



Paris—The most colorful shopping in Europe is found at its open-air markets. From London’s Portobello market, where you can find everything from antiques to fresh produce and clothing; to La Boqueria in Barcelona, known for its seafood and produce; the outdoor markets of Europe offer fun shopping experiences to locals and tourists alike.

Visitors should remember some things before visiting Europe’s marketplaces. This list, provided by local market tour experts at Coloratour.com, will help you make the most of your shopping adventures in Europe’s best markets.

1. Arrive at the right time to avoid crowds. Come early if you plan on eating at the market; at Les Halles de Lyon in France, where the top chefs shop, most lunch vendors close at 2 and reopen for dinner. Also, most vendors are on vacation during July and August. Markets are busier on weekends, when locals meet with friends to shop.

2. Be wary of pickpockets! Pickpockets love busy markets. Keep your money close to you and leave your passports at the hotel.

3. Cash is king; bring plenty—you might get a discount using cash. Markets have soft prices, so bargain like crazy.

4. Prepare to shop until you drop. Bring roomy bags. Have paint or fabric swatches to shop for a specific room at home. Bring an umbrella and pray for rain—with fewer customers, vendors might strike a deal in the drizzle.

5. Look through riffraff for hidden treasures. Parisian flea market Marché aux Puces, known for its antiques, also offers determined shoppers anything from jewelry to furniture.

6. Be aware of your home country’s customs regulations. For example, in the US, anything made with ivory or tortoise shell will be confiscated.

7. Prioritize the parts of the market you want to see most so you don’t get exhausted wandering.

“Remember, your market souvenirs will bring back memories, which are the best part of your trip”, says Coloratour.com founder Olivier Chavaren.

For more helpful information on market visits, download the free e-book, “10 Best Markets of Europe.”

www.Coloratour.com

Coloratour.com was founded by Olivier Chavaren to offer a new niche in the travel industry – special-interest private tours in Europe concentrating on a wide range of Europe’s colorful markets. For more about Coloratour.com and its tours, please visit www.coloratour.com


7 Tips for Shopping Europe’s Best Markets‏

August 21, 2014 on 8:01 am | In Europe, France, Germany, London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Paris—The most colorful shopping in Europe is found at its open-air markets. From London’s Portobello market, where you can find everything from antiques to fresh produce and clothing; to La Boqueria in Barcelona, known for its seafood and produce; the outdoor markets of Europe offer fun shopping experiences to locals and tourists alike.

Visitors should remember some things before visiting Europe’s marketplaces. This list, provided by local market tour experts at Coloratour.com, will help you make the most of your shopping adventures in Europe’s best markets.

1. Arrive at the right time to avoid crowds. Come early if you plan on eating at the market; at Les Halles de Lyon in France, where the top chefs shop, most lunch vendors close at 2 and reopen for dinner. Also, most vendors are on vacation during July and August. Markets are busier on weekends, when locals meet with friends to shop.

2. Be wary of pickpockets! Pickpockets love busy markets. Keep your money close to you and leave your passports at the hotel.

3. Cash is king; bring plenty—you might get a discount using cash. Markets have soft prices, so bargain like crazy.

4. Prepare to shop until you drop. Bring roomy bags. Have paint or fabric swatches to shop for a specific room at home. Bring an umbrella and pray for rain—with fewer customers, vendors might strike a deal in the drizzle.

5. Look through riffraff for hidden treasures. Parisian flea market Marché aux Puces, known for its antiques, also offers determined shoppers anything from jewelry to furniture.

6. Be aware of your home country’s customs regulations. For example, in the US, anything made with ivory or tortoise shell will be confiscated.

7. Prioritize the parts of the market you want to see most so you don’t get exhausted wandering.

“Remember, your market souvenirs will bring back memories, which are the best part of your trip”, says Coloratour.com founder Olivier Chavaren.

For more helpful information on market visits, download the free e-book, “10 Best Markets of Europe.”

Coloratour.com

Coloratour.com was founded by Olivier Chavaren to offer a new niche in the travel industry – special-interest private tours in Europe concentrating on a wide range of Europe’s colorful markets. For more about Coloratour.com and its tours, please visit www.coloratour.com

Please note: further background information on the company, a product sheet of all tours with their prices, photos and a bio of Coloratour.com’s founder and president are available upon request.


Detroit Debuts The D Discount Pass

August 11, 2014 on 10:25 am | In Great Lakes, Midwest, Shopping | Comments Off



Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau debuts The D Discount Pass for savings at area attractions
Detroit, Mich. — The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) launched a new program on Friday, May 30 to offer visitors discounts to participating area attractions. The D Discount Pass saves 20 percent or more on museum admissions or gift shop purchases.
Current participating attractions and discounts include:
• Arab American National Museum, 20 percent off admission
• Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 20 percent off gift shop purchases
• Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, buy one admission, get one free
• The Henry Ford, 20 percent off admission
• Michigan Science Center, 20 percent off admission
• Motown Museum, 20 percent off admission
The D Discount Pass will be accepted at participating venues Friday, May 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. More attractions can join the program throughout the year.
To take advantage of the offer, visitors can go to visitdetroit.com/discount and complete a brief online form to download The D Discount Pass barcode via a mobile device, email or printed voucher. To apply the discount, visitors need to show The D Discount Pass barcode to museum staff at the time of purchase. The discount is only valid for one person per visit. Visitors may use The D Discount Pass multiple times for the duration of the program.
“As the gateway attraction to the state of Michigan, and one of the country’s best museums, we are excited to participate in The D Discount Pass program and share our significant national treasures and part of Detroit’s rich culture with new visitors from around the world,” says Chief Communications Officer at The Henry Ford Carol Kendra.
In 2013 metro Detroit hosted more than 14 million visitors. The D Discount Pass is designed to introduce metro Detroit’s gems to visitors and save them money at major tourism destinations.
“We hope The D Discount Pass will help make vacations to metro Detroit enjoyable and affordable,” says DMCVB Executive Vice President and COO Michael O’Callaghan. “These participating attractions are some of the best must-see’s metro Detroit has to offer.”
To view updated program details, visitors can go to visitdetroit.com/discount.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization with a mission to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel and as a film location to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. www.visitdetroit.com


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