France travel – Galerie Lachenaud http://galerie-lachenaud.com/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:57:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-52.png France travel – Galerie Lachenaud http://galerie-lachenaud.com/ 32 32 EU – Laurence Boone will attend the Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, 14 Nov 2022) https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eu-laurence-boone-will-attend-the-foreign-affairs-council-meeting-brussels-14-nov-2022/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:25:40 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eu-laurence-boone-will-attend-the-foreign-affairs-council-meeting-brussels-14-nov-2022/ Laurence Boone, Minister Delegate for Europe, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Council of EU Foreign Ministers on 14 November in Brussels. She will represent Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna, currently at the G20 with President Macron. Ministers will discuss the situation in Ukraine […]]]>

Laurence Boone, Minister Delegate for Europe, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will take part in the Council of EU Foreign Ministers on 14 November in Brussels. She will represent Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna, currently at the G20 with President Macron.

Ministers will discuss the situation in Ukraine following a virtual briefing by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Laurence Boone will stress the importance of maintaining our long-term support for Ukraine, in all its forms. She will underline the importance of the conference on civil resilience in this country, organized by France and Ukraine and which will be held in Paris on 13 December. It will also remind us of the need to maintain our support for partners who feel the consequences. of Russian aggression, including through the Paris meeting of the Moldova Support Platform on November 21, the reauthorization of the UN Black Sea Grain Initiative and the continued flow of grain via EU solidarity channels.

With regard to the Western Balkans, the Minister of State, who will be there this week, will reaffirm France’s efforts to reduce the current tensions between Serbia and Kosovo and our role in the reauthorization by the Security Council of the mandate of EUFOR ALTHEA in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She will also stress the importance of the European Political Community for this region ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Tirana on 6 December.

EU Member States will also discuss Africa, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes region. Ms Boone will call for a stronger EU role in the region and remind participants of President Macron’s efforts to facilitate dialogue between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In addition, the Minister will welcome the adoption by the Council of new sanctions in response to the current repression in Iran and will reiterate our very strong condemnation of Iran’s support for Russian aggression against Ukraine.

She will also reiterate the urgent need for Lebanese lawmakers to quickly elect a new president.

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How to find cheap petrol and get reduced rail fares in France https://galerie-lachenaud.com/how-to-find-cheap-petrol-and-get-reduced-rail-fares-in-france/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 07:54:28 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/how-to-find-cheap-petrol-and-get-reduced-rail-fares-in-france/ Life in France can be expensive, so here are our money-saving tips so yours goes a little further. 1. Compare gas pump prices You can compare the price of petrol at garages near you on a government site: www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr. Just enter your zip code and select the type of fuel you need. Gas stations near […]]]>

Life in France can be expensive, so here are our money-saving tips so yours goes a little further.

1. Compare gas pump prices

You can compare the price of petrol at garages near you on a government site: www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr.

Just enter your zip code and select the type of fuel you need.

Gas stations near you will appear, along with the price and the date and time the price was last changed.

Read more: Language courses, motorway tolls: Tips for saving money in France

This means you can easily find who sells the cheapest fuel for your car near you or while traveling.

If you click on each station, the website gives a map to show its location, other services and opening hours.

In 2006, a law, updated in 2009, was passed requiring any outlet selling diesel, SP95, SP98, SP95-E10, E85 and LPG to display their prices on the government website.

The seller must notify any price changes and the website is checked and updated daily. The new rates of the day are available from 05:00. Once a week, you can also find out the average price of petrol throughout the country, including the price of central heating oil, before and after taxes.

Service stations can be penalized for not providing the correct prices and are monitored by the office of fraud and consumer goods The Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and the Repression of Fraud.

Read more: Highway tolls in France set to rise: what motorists can expect in 2023

Anyone who notices a difference between the price at the pump and the price on the website can complain via prix-carburants.gouv.fr/contact. You can also notify if a gas station does not appear on the site.

When planning a trip, fill in the towns of departure and arrival to know where to refuel for your trips.

The site will calculate a route and give details of each station along the way, with the address, the price of each type of fuel and a detailed map showing how to find it.

2. Earn money by recycling old ink cartridges

Recycling old ink cartridges is not only good for the environment, but also for your bank balance.

Empty ink cartridges should never be thrown away with your other household waste, as they are not biodegradable and contain components that are toxic to the environment.

Most stores selling ink cartridges will have dedicated bins where they can be recycled, and some recycling centers will also accept them.

Read more: How your gas and electricity bills will evolve in France in 2023

Some companies recycle them and give you money to do so – usually between €0.50 and €4 each.

Stationery supplier Bureau Vallée, for example, offers up to €2 for empty cartridges when you bring them to one of its stores.

A table on the company’s website shows the prices of different models – cartridges produced by Canon or HP are worth more than those that are simply compatible with printers from these brands. Cartridges that are still usable are reconditioned, refilled with ink and put back on sale, with the rest being recycled.

Other companies allow you to send in old cartridges.

Cynkle, for example, offers free shipping once you’ve racked up €20 worth of cartridges and has an online calculator to estimate their value. You should receive payment within 24-48 hours of package arrival.

France Cartouches has exactly the same offer, but promises payment after sorting the cartridges, which can take up to a week.

To find more companies offering this service, search for ’empty ink cartridge redemption’.

3. Save money on train travel during the holidays

Once a year, you can benefit from a 25% discount on train tickets to go on vacation.

The offer is open to as many people as possible, including employees, the self-employed, job seekers and retirees.

This includes accompanying family members, including children under 21.

You cannot use this offer and another discount card for the same journey.

Read more: Here’s how to save money on good French wine

The discount is for return tickets for a journey of 200 km or more. You must complete a form, which you can download here depending on your situation: https://tinyurl.com/5n6fy9md.

Bring it to a station at least a day before your trip.

Employees must have the form completed by their employer. Others must bring proof of status to their town hall, which will stamp it. UK pensioners could use their S1 form.

You must also bring proof of relationship to any family members you are traveling with.

If you pay at least half of the ticket with holiday vouchers, the reduction goes up to 50%.

4. Check if you are eligible to open a French LEP savings account

The regulated LEP (People’s Savings Book) savings account has an interest rate of 4.6% after an increase in August due to inflation.

LEPs are tax and fee free.

Read more: Modest income but refusal of free French complementary health insurance? Next steps

Currently, nearly 15 million people could technically be eligible for a LEP in France, but only seven million have one, according to the Banque de France.

This while they are reserved for the most modest households, with an interest rate more than double that of a Livret A or a Livret de développement durable et solidaire (LDDS).

To qualify for an LEP, you must be:

  • 18 or older
  • No longer financially dependent on your parents
  • Reside financially in France
  • Receive an income below the ceiling set by the State

Read more: Who can open a French LEP savings account at 4.6% interest?

For 2022, the income limits were as follows, calculated based on the income you received in 2020 (your taxable income for 2021).

Each person in a household is considered a “unit” (part), and all children are “half a unit”.

  • 1 share: €20,296
  • 1.5 rooms: €25,716
  • 2 units: €31,135
  • 2.5 rooms: €36,554
  • 3 games: €41,973
  • 3.5 rooms: €47,392
  • 4 rooms: €52,811
  • Any additional half-game: €5,420

When opening the account, you must transfer a minimum of €30. Deposits and withdrawals are free and available at any time. The only condition is that the account must remain in credit.

The account limit is set at €7,700, not including interest. This means that by including interest, the amount may be higher than that.

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France and its art make lasting impressions https://galerie-lachenaud.com/france-and-its-art-make-lasting-impressions/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:45:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/france-and-its-art-make-lasting-impressions/ By Susan Hegger Special for the Post-Dispatch The must-see destinations may still be there, but as you get older you start to realize that you won’t always be there. At some point, you have to start checking them off. My list included Monet’s garden in Giverny, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and the castles of the […]]]>

By Susan Hegger Special for the Post-Dispatch

The must-see destinations may still be there, but as you get older you start to realize that you won’t always be there. At some point, you have to start checking them off.

My list included Monet’s garden in Giverny, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy and the castles of the Loire Valley. The icing on the cake would be my first visit to Paris in 30 years.

Despite the decades, Paris remains as beautiful and accessible on foot as ever. And we found it easy to visit Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens or even take a boat cruise on the Seine without prior planning. But if the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Musée d’Orsay are on your must-see list, booking your tickets online in advance is the only way to ensure you can see the attraction at your own pace. (We made a point of buying tickets for the museums as soon as they opened.)






No visit to Paris is complete without a stroll to the top of the Eiffel Tower with its breathtaking view of Paris. But be patient: even with a timed ticket, the wait for the elevator can be long. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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We luckily saw most of the main tourist attractions, including a dizzying lift to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Yet the unexpected highlight of this visit was an unexpected education in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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At the Musée d’Orsay, a surprisingly impressive (former) Beaux-Arts train station, we walked around the first floor (a sculpture room with a small-scale Statue of Liberty and galleries with pre-1870 paintings) and headed straight to the second floor and its world-class collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. There, relatively sheltered from the crowds, we saw several Monets, including a haunting portrait of his wife on her deathbed; Van Gogh’s luminous “Starry Night Over the Rhone” (no, not the one you’re thinking); without forgetting the masterpieces of Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, Seurat, among others. It was a living art history lesson.

However, we have not neglected the first floor. It is home to several influential works by Manet, including the controversial Déjeuner sur l’herbe, as well as Whistler’s Mother, a revelation for its subtle, nuanced shades of greys, blacks and whites.

The Musée d’Orsay only whetted our appetite, so we visited the Orangerie, which requires a reservation. (We were able to get one a few days in advance, but in an interesting twist, only the morning hours—our favorite—were available.) His most famous paintings are eight dazzling wall panels of Monet’s water lilies. But the collection also includes familiar works by Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and others.

L’Orangerie’s collection of 20th-century art took us to the Center Pompidou to find out more. (OK, a rainy afternoon also played a role. Luckily we were able to get in and buy a ticket.) Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the museum is interesting on its own because its innards – escalators, elevators, ducts air — are outdoors. Inside, it houses a fascinating collection of modern and contemporary art.

The biggest disappointment? Notre-Dame was closed, still being restored after a devastating fire in 2019. (The monument sported what seems to be France’s most popular prop: scaffolding, which also covered parts of the Eiffel Tower, l Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel and the Palace of Chambord.) France apparently wants to be at its best for the Paris Olympics in 2024.







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Commissioned by King Louis IX (Saint-Louis), the Gothic chapel of Sainte-Chapelle was built to house religious relics, including the crown of thorns. Today it is best known for its 15 magnificent stained glass windows. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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Biggest regret? We didn’t make it to the Marmottan Museum, which holds over 100 works by Monet as well as works by other artists from Monet’s own collection.

The biggest surprise? The sublime Sainte-Chapelle, royal chapel built in the 13th century by Saint Louis (King Louis IX) for the Crown of Thorns. The church has 15 magnificent stained glass windows, each telling a biblical story. But it’s the subtle interplay of light, color and shadow that makes the visit so heavenly.







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In May, Monet’s flower garden at Giverny was an exuberant profusion of color. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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A garden in Giverny

A stroll through the village of Giverny is like walking through a painting by Monet. The gardens are bursting with vibrant flowers, vines cling to the sides of sturdy stone buildings, and families with picnic baskets sprawl across the village greenery.

Giverny was the home of Claude Monet, the Impressionist genius, for 43 years until his death in 1926. It was here that he carefully designed and created his garden, transforming it into both a work of art and a source of inspiration for paintings that continue to dazzle. us today.

Giverny is a relatively easy day trip from Paris. So it was no surprise to see the long lines of people – without tickets – trying to get in on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Our project was different. We wanted to discover the village, spend the night in a charming inn, La Musardière, dine in its gourmet restaurant and see Monet’s garden the next morning. (Naturally, we had ordered our timed tickets months in advance.)

The next morning we were at the special entrance for ticket holders right at 9am. A healthy crowd was already waiting — but nothing like the hordes of the day before.

Monet’s garden is made up of two separate gardens. One is a lush flower garden behind the artist’s house; the other is a Japanese-influenced water garden (across the street). This is where the famous footbridge covered in wisteria is located, the one immortalized in a series of paintings by Monet. And, of course, this is where the water lilies, perhaps the most famous of Monet’s subjects, bloom. We were too early for the water lilies; July is a prime time for them.

In May, the flower garden is an exuberant profusion of alliums, irises, wisteria, azaleas and delphiniums. The highlight of the show is the Grande Allée tunnel, flowered arches leading to Monet’s pink house with green shutters, colors that Monet himself chose.

Our last stop was the house, with its bright yellow dining room, cool blue kitchen, and cozy studio and living room – Monet’s intimate creation as much as his gardens and art.







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Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a tidal island surmounted by a church and an abbey dating back more than a thousand years. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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The angels above

Mont Saint Michel in Normandy is an enchanting place. For starters, it’s simply stunning – a golden-walled city built on a tidal island, a glittering sight that can be seen for miles. No wonder medieval pilgrims came here.

Legend has it that in 708 AD, the Bishop of Avranches received a visit from the Archangel Michael and was commissioned to build an oratory there. Over the centuries, the abbey was built and extended, reaching its peak in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Mont St. Michel was about a mile and a quarter from our hotel, the Mercure Mont St. Michel. We could have taken one of the frequent free shuttles, but we wanted to approach it on foot, like those pilgrims of old. It was, in our opinion, the best way to experience its impending greatness and majesty.

Shops and restaurants line the touristy Grande Rue which leads to the abbey and Benedictine church, the literal and metaphorical highlight of any visit. We hiked the Grande Rue to the top, with a few stops on the way up. The monastery complex itself requires a ticket, which can be purchased on site or online in advance. The self-guided tour is one-way and takes visitors up and down through all three levels of the abbey, including the soaring Gothic choir, the meditative cloister and the refectory.

On the way back, we followed the Chemin des Remparts starting from the North Tower and descending along the ramparts. This route gave us spectacular views of the mudflats surrounding the island, the surrounding countryside and the imposing abbey itself.







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Even with scaffolding, Chambord, the largest of the Loire castles, is magnificent. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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The royal treatment

Here’s the dilemma: the Loire Valley is littered with castles – some say hundreds – so how do you decide which ones to visit, especially when time is limited? Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is attractive because it is built on an island; Villandry for its gardens; d’Usse because he inspired Sleeping Beauty. Each castle seems to have a particularity to recommend it.

We chose Chambord and Chenonceau for the simplest of reasons: their extravagant beauty.

With more than 400 rooms, Chambord, completed in 1547, is the most sumptuous of all. (Less than 60 are open to view.) It has a double helix staircase supposedly designed or influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, who lived his last years in France. It’s also known for its rooftop terraces, whose towers and elaborate chimneys make it look like an urban skyline. Unsurprisingly, for a time, King Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, lived in Chambord. It is, after all, a residence that emphasizes power and demands awe.







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Chenonceau, nicknamed the “château des dames”, is said to be the most visited palace in France after Versailles. Photo by Susan Hegger.


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In contrast, the romantic Chenonceau is often described as the “château des dames”. (After Versailles, it is said to be the most visited palace in France.) King Henry II gave it to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, who built the arch bridge over the Cher. When Henri died in 1559, his wife, Queen Catherine de Medici, chased Diana away, took over Chenonceau and built a gallery on the bridge. The two women also added gardens, which remain as originally designed. So while Chenonceau may look like a fairy tale palace, it’s clear these women were no strangers to power.

Centuries later, however, royal intrigue has given way to flights of fancy, family picnics and photo ops – more than fair trade, I would say.

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Air France and KLM launch the Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard https://galerie-lachenaud.com/air-france-and-klm-launch-the-air-france-klm-world-elite-mastercard/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:32:28 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/air-france-and-klm-launch-the-air-france-klm-world-elite-mastercard/ Air France and KLM launch their first credit card in Canada – Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® – with their partner Brim Financial. Issued and managed on Brim’s state-of-the-art digital platform, the card will allow Canadians to earn Flying Blue Miles with their everyday purchases. The new Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® allows […]]]>

Air France and KLM launch their first credit card in Canada – Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® – with their partner Brim Financial. Issued and managed on Brim’s state-of-the-art digital platform, the card will allow Canadians to earn Flying Blue Miles with their everyday purchases.

The new Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® allows customers to earn experience points (XP) faster and enhance their Flying Blue experience, helping them achieve or maintain their status even faster. Cardholders will earn Miles every time they use their card, which can be redeemed by booking tickets, upgrades and ancillary travel options, in addition to making purchases at partners or even donating Miles to a charitable or sustainable cause.

We are delighted to launch this new Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard“said Benjamin Lipsey, Senior Vice President, Customer Loyalty at Air France-KLM, “offering our Canadian customers exponential value and program enhancements that will allow them to upgrade their Flying Blue status faster and earn additional Flying Blue miles on their everyday purchases. We are proud of this partnership with Brim. Their state-of-the-art platform will provide a seamless experience for our customers.”

The Brim ecosystem gives cardholders access to Brim’s feature-rich platform, including instant approvals, virtual cards, family card functionality, expense monitoring, installment payment ( BNPL), full mobile wallet compatibility, and robust loyalty and rewards.

The new Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard® allows cardholders to earn more Miles and Experience Points (XP) and up to 5X more Miles when traveling with Air France and KLM:

1 Cardholders earn more Miles:

  • 5 additional Miles per Euro (1€)* spent on Air France and KLM tickets, in addition to regularly earned Flying Blue Miles
  • until 30 miles per $1 at selected merchants
  • 2 miles per $1 at the restaurant
  • 1 mile per $1 for any other purchase

2 Cardholders earn more experience points (XP):

  • Flying Blue members receive a welcome bonus of 60 experience points (XP)which equals 60% of the XP required for Silver status
  • Members earn another 30 XP per year when renewing the card
  • XP is earned on all eligible flights with Air France, KLM and SkyTeam partnersdepending on flight distance and travel cabin

3 Cardholders are provided with comprehensive travel insurance and Free Boingo Wi-Fi worldwide.

4 The card is available with no annual fee ($132) until December 15, 2022.

We are pleased with our partnership with Brim, which allows us to offer our loyal members and cardholders more benefits when traveling to more than 1,000 destinations within the Air France, KLM and SkyTeam networks.commented Jean-Eudes de La Bretèche, General Manager of Air France-KLM Canada. “In addition, the welcome bonus of 60 Flying Blue experience points (XP) and an additional 30 XP after each renewal, combined with the programme’s bonus miles ratio per purchase, will instantly increase the benefit opportunities for our customers..”

Brim is delighted to partner with Air France and KLM, globally recognized and trusted travel brands to bring the all-new Air France KLM Mastercard to Canadians.noted Rasha Katabi, Founder and CEO of Brim Financial. “Cardholders gain access to Brim’s feature-rich platform with first-of-its-kind integration with the Flying Blue program. This digital approach elevates the customer experience to a whole new level.”

The Air France KLM World Elite Mastercard is available in virtual and traditional plastic versions. The physical card is made from recyclable, bio-based, chlorine-free, degradable, and ocean-safe plastics. https://brim.flyingblue.ca

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France and New Zealand secure places in the semi-finals https://galerie-lachenaud.com/france-and-new-zealand-secure-places-in-the-semi-finals/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 20:09:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/france-and-new-zealand-secure-places-in-the-semi-finals/ WASHINGTON, DC – The Portland Thorns and Kansas City Current meet tonight in the 2022 NWSL Championship. Audi Field – home of the Washington Spirit – is hosting this year’s NWSL Finals. See below for an overview of the game, details on how to watch, NWSL Championship history and what’s at stake for both teams. […]]]>

WASHINGTON, DC – The Portland Thorns and Kansas City Current meet tonight in the 2022 NWSL Championship. Audi Field – home of the Washington Spirit – is hosting this year’s NWSL Finals. See below for an overview of the game, details on how to watch, NWSL Championship history and what’s at stake for both teams.


How to watch the 2022 NWSL Championship

For the first time ever, the 2022 NWSL Championship will air in prime time on network television. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Fans can also stream the game live on Paramount+.


Portland Thorns vs. Kansas City Current – 2022 NWSL Season Results

The Portland Thorns and Kansas City Current have met twice in the regular season. Portland won Game 1 – the regular season opener – 3-0, while the two teams tied 1-1 in their last meeting (September 18).

“We’re a different team now than we were then,” the Kansas City defenseman said. Alex Loera says On his territory. “I think the whole group is like, ‘Why can’t we? Why can’t we be the ones who won it all? We’re here. I think everyone knows we have such a great opportunity ahead of us.


How Portland and Kansas City Reached the NWSL Finals

Portland thorns: While Portland narrowly missed out on the NWSL Shield, the team earned a bye to the NWSL Semi-Finals as the No. 2 seed. The Thorns advanced to the NWSL Finals in winning last week’s semi-final against the San Diego Wave, 2-1, with Crystal Dunn scoring the match winner in stoppage time.

Kansas City Current: After finishing last in 2021, Kansas City had a slow start to the 2022 regular season, winless in its first five games. They then went on a 13-game unbeaten streak, the second-longest in NWSL history, and qualified for the NWSL Playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

To reach the NWSL Finals, Kansas City had to win consecutive away games. In the quarter-finals, the Current beat the Houston Dash, 2-1, with a thrilling stoppage-time goal from Kate del Fava. They extended their historic playoff run with a 2-0 semi-final win over OL Reign, with Alex Loera and Kristen Hamilton counting goals.

RELATED: Kansas City Current Bought to Achieve 2022 NWSL Championship


NWSL Championship – The Story In Play

Portland thorns:

  • Just by being here, the Portland Thorns are the first team in league history to qualify for four NWSL championships.
  • If the Thorns win, they will make history as the first NWSL team to win three titles, having won in 2013 and 2017.
  • Still, this is Portland’s first championship appearance since 2018, when they lost 3-0 to a North Carolina Courage side that included Crystal Dunn.

Kansas City Current:

  • In its second season as a franchise, Kansas City Current qualified for its first-ever NWSL playoff appearance – and made it all the way to the championship game. Pretty remarkable when you remember that the Current finished last in the NWSL 10-team table in 2021.
  • No NWSL team has ever reached the championship — let alone win it — after finishing last in the standings a season earlier.
  • Kansas City is also the lowest seed (No. 5) to qualify for the NWSL Championship (although the NWSL Tournament only went from four to six seeds last year).

MORE NWSL COVERAGE: Kansas City current bought to reach 2022 NWSL Championship


NWSL Championship History

  • 2013: Portland Thorns (defeated Western New York Flash, 2-0)
  • 2014: FC Kansas City (beat Seattle Reign, 2-1)
  • 2015: FC Kansas City (beat Seattle Reign, 1-0)
  • 2016: Flash of Western New York (beat Washington Spirit on penalties)
  • 2017: Portland Thorns (beat North Carolina Courage, 1-0)
  • 2018: North Carolina Courage (beat Portland Thorns, 3-0)
  • 2019: North Carolina Courage (beat Chicago Red Stars, 4-0)
  • 2020: Not played due to Covid-19, Challenge Cup/Fall Series played instead
  • 2021: Spirit of Washington (beat Chicago Red Stars in overtime, 2-1)
  • 2022: ??

What they say ahead of the NWSL Finals

Christine Sinclair explains why this year’s Portland Thorns team was able to reach this point:

“I think we’re heading into every year expecting to play in this (NWSL Championship) game tomorrow, expecting to be a challenge for the Shield. But the thing with this team is that these young players who came in, whether they were rookies, whether it was their second or third year, had such an impact on this team and had a unique combination of experience. and youth. It’s a joy to go to work every day and be around this team and how tight we’ve become over the course of the season. It’s an exciting group and certainly one of the most talented I’ve ever been in, but we still have a game to play.

Kansas City defenseman Kristen Edmonds when she found out the team had something special:

“During preseason I kept saying, ‘Something feels different’… We went to Florida for a month and the first two days I just had this feeling, for me, something very different this season.”

Becky Sauerbrunn on Portland’s mentality ahead of tonight’s game:

“I think when you’re in a league game everything is so much more intense and there’s so much extra stuff going on around the team. As a veteran player it’s kind of (my job ) to bring us back to football. We all know how to do that job. We’ve done it all season and obviously we’ve done it well enough to get to this point.

Kansas City captain Desiree Scott explains how the team bounced back from finishing last in 2021 to reach the 2022 NWSL Finals:

“Obviously after a not so good season before, I think a lot of people wouldn’t have thought we could get here. But as the season went on…I think that belief continued to grow with our winning streaks, just the way we were playing… We thought we could get here and here we are.

Christine Sinclair explains what it means for this year’s NWSL Finals to air in prime time on a major network:

“We’ve both been lucky enough to play in some really big games in our careers and that extra exposure is exactly what women’s football needs… I was lucky enough to play in the first league game and I think – outside of the people in Portland – nobody knew the game was going on. So I would say that’s what this league is, that’s what we deserve as players. This women’s sport, in general, all they need is a chance. People will watch, people will come if they get the chance. To get this game to air in prime time – on a major network – it will just keep developing the game to keep inspiring young people watching. I strongly believe that young children need to be able to see to believe this can happen.

RELATED: Sam Coffey on NWSL rookie season, USWNT debut & takeaways from Yates report


NWSL Final Availability Report

Kansas City Current

  • Out: Jaycie Johnson (right leg), Claire Lavogez (right leg), Sam Mewis (SEI – right leg), Lynn Williams (SEI – right leg), Mallory Weber (SEI – right leg)
  • Questionable: Cece Kizer (concussion)
  • International duty: none

Portland thorns

  • Output: None
  • Questionable: None
  • International duty: none

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Medtecs will showcase its state-of-the-art PPE solutions in Germany and France https://galerie-lachenaud.com/medtecs-will-showcase-its-state-of-the-art-ppe-solutions-in-germany-and-france/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 10:18:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/medtecs-will-showcase-its-state-of-the-art-ppe-solutions-in-germany-and-france/ TAIPEI, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As countries reopen their borders to international travel with rising global vaccine coverage, the world is slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels of activity since the COVID-19 outbreak nearly 3 years. Needless to say, personal protective equipment (PPE) must remain in place for most people to resume their pre-pandemic lives. […]]]>

TAIPEI, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As countries reopen their borders to international travel with rising global vaccine coverage, the world is slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels of activity since the COVID-19 outbreak nearly 3 years. Needless to say, personal protective equipment (PPE) must remain in place for most people to resume their pre-pandemic lives. The world’s leading PPE brand, Medtecs International Corporation Limited (Medtecs), will once again participate in MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany on November 14-17 and at Expoprotection in Paris, France through November 15-17to demonstrate its readiness and strength to deal with new and changing demands for protection.

In these two upcoming exhibitions, Medtecs will showcase its excellent medical protective equipment designs and manufacturing capability, as well as its comprehensive product lines, which cover all levels of protection and meet the needs of medical institutions. This year, Medtecs also plans to introduce its latest collection of scrub suits, as well as its OMO Acne Patch, which features the patented peel-and-stick design, and medical-grade nitrile gloves. Through these exhibitions, Medtecs will share its extensive experience and know-how in the healthcare sector, as well as its strengths and efforts in disease prevention and control.


Medtecs, a professional manufacturer of PPE and medical consumables headquartered in Taiwan with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience, will take this opportunity to expand its presence in the global arena by advocating its comprehensive and diversified product lines, globalized supply chain and stable production, numerous international certifications, extensive experience serving national health institutions and having the largest capacity in the world in the processing of seam tapes. With a proven track record and extensive experience in the field of PPE, Medtecs’ presence at MEDICA and Expoprotection this year will be another highlight of both shows. The main products displayed at the exhibitions are PPE, Nitrile Gloves, Work Coveralls, Workwear and Acne Patches.

Exhibition details:

MEDICA 2022

  • Venue: Messe Düsseldorf
  • Booth name: MEDTECS (TAIWAN) SOCIETY
  • Booth ID: Hall 7a, B57-7
  • Date and time of the exhibition: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 14-17, 2022

EXPOPROTECTION 2022

  • Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
  • Booth name: Medtecs (Taiwan) Corp.
  • Booth ID: Hall 1, Aisle S, Booth number 102
  • Date and time of the exhibition: 09h00-18h00, November 15-16, 2022; 09:00-17:00, November 17, 2022

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Les Sables-d’Olonne: capitalizing on sailing and offshore racing https://galerie-lachenaud.com/les-sables-dolonne-capitalizing-on-sailing-and-offshore-racing/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 18:19:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/les-sables-dolonne-capitalizing-on-sailing-and-offshore-racing/ by Ramy James Salameh For Les Sables d’Olonne, sport has brought the world’s attention to this elegant seaside resort in western France. Settled on the shores of the Atlantic coast, the destination has become the world capital of single-handed offshore racing, the cradle of round-the-world single-handed sailing races for the Vendée Globe and the Golden […]]]>
by Ramy James Salameh

For Les Sables d’Olonne, sport has brought the world’s attention to this elegant seaside resort in western France. Settled on the shores of the Atlantic coast, the destination has become the world capital of single-handed offshore racing, the cradle of round-the-world single-handed sailing races for the Vendée Globe and the Golden Globe.

The latter is described as the father of single-handed around the world events, that of sailing purists, placing man and not machine at the heart of maritime exploration, while the Vendée Globe, just as demanding, uses advanced technologies and equipment, but with no less cunning, determination and courage.

A village dedicated to the race opens its doors to the public on the Esplanade du Vendée Globe a few weeks before the start of the two races, offering visitors and sailing enthusiasts the opportunity to see the boats first hand, talk to the sailors fearless and get carried away by the magnetic pull of the ocean and adventures at sea.

The pontoons, piers and water arteries of the bustling port all converge on the famous Port Olona canal. This is where sailing legends are created, as the starting and finishing point of these most famous sailing races.

A flotilla of boats trails in the wake of the competing boats on the day of the start of the race. All cross the iconic “Channel” linking the race village of Port Olona to the open sea. A procession of many kinds of crafts brings a lot of pomp and pageantry to the occasion, which resembles a classic boat regatta. Sailors are greeted enthusiastically by the thousands of people lining the channel, many with their feet dangling from the harbor walls, waving and cheering, trying to capture a moment in sporting history.

Paris Air Show Vendée and Les Grands Plages

Les Sables d’Olonne’s support of these incredible races not only shows the power and appeal of witnessing elite sport, but has further cemented the destination’s reputation as a haven for sports travel enthusiasts. This transcends sailing and branches out into the breathtaking natural landscape of the surrounding area.

In June 2022, the third edition of the Vendée Air Show filled the sky in front of one of the most spectacular beaches in Europe – Les Grand Plage. The sandy expanse arches around the bay and extends for 3 km. About 120,000 spectators packed the beach and boardwalk to watch the aerobatics of rolls, spins and loops, performed by more than 40 aircraft.

Most of the time, the Grande Plage can be seen as a microcosm of Vendée life and lifestyle and can be found in just one stroll; the beach is shared by bowling traditionalists, walkers, runners and swimmers of all ages, with many stopping to watch tribes of surfers catching waves or yoga practitioners contorting bodies creating art sculptures momentary human.

One block from the elegant south-facing bay and promenade of cafes, restaurants and shops, one can explore the daily life of the intoxicatingly French Sablais, especially in the Marches Halles. In 1889, architect Charles Smolski rebuilt the structure, drawing inspiration from Gustave Eiffel and Victor Baltard; the elegant balustrades, Juliet balconies and overhanging cast iron and glass canopy make the building itself worthy of a visit, as much as the many fresh produce stalls alongside the general hubbub of market life, which has seen trade on this site since 1810.

Les Marche Halles sits on the site of the former Les Sables cemetery, as the building is almost within easy reach of the 17th-century Notre-Dame de Bon-Port cathedral, a marvel of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and of where many streets converge, the ideal meeting point from where the many cafes and pastry shops sit at the foot of the church.

The Big Beach

Vendée Iron Man 70.3 and active adventures

Another event on the 2022 sports calendar in Les Sables d’Olonne, the Vendée Iron Man 70.3, another race of endurance and adaptability. Perhaps of all the events that start downtown, Iron Man is the one where competitors can see more of the area via a 1.9km swim, 90km bike race and a cross country race. 21km.

The competitors’ initial swim begins on the beach in front of Les Atlantes and loops around the famous lighthouse and into Port Olona’s historic canal, passing crowds of excited spectators but also the most historic landmarks of Les Sables d’ Olonne.

From swimming, competitors move on to cycling, which is another 90km loop taking riders east of the town and into the Forest of Olonne. It is here that the spectacular natural landscape is unveiled and offers a topography diverse enough to challenge the participants of Iron Man. For sports tourists, this magnificent landscape is easily accessible; several kilometers from the center of Les Sables d’Olonne, and the greater Vendée offers some 1,800 km of cycle paths.

Part of this vast network of pistes is Marais Olonne, a chain of salt marshes, centered on the former salt-producing village of Ille d’Olonne. Walkers share these narrow paths laid out between the fish marsh and the salt marsh, with cyclists and electric scooters, all with the same aim of admiring the diversity of flora and fauna, from migratory birds to the strange group of grazing goats, unfazed by passers-by. by.

The flat landscape offers a feeling of space, the perspective highlighting a solitary fisherman’s hut in the foreground and wind turbines in the distance sharing the panorama with the bell tower of the Saint Martin de Vertou church. The spire was a visual landmark to head towards and belongs to Ille d’Olonne, one of the many picturesque villages that invites a stopover; especially since this smallest of the villages has a square with the grandest names, Place Général de Gaulle.

In the region, you are never too far or even too long to interact with water. Another way to get even closer to nature is paddle boarding, an almost zen-like experience, providing pure calm, with the only noise coming from the paddle entering the water or the aquatic landing of an egret. . The patchwork of marsh canals was a welcome antidote to the nervous energy of the racing village and the constant stream of boats maneuvering deftly into one of the 1,500 berths that Port Olona offers its sailing community.

The final Iron Man is the “run”, which includes two circuits to reach the distance of 21.1 km of the route, which takes a section of Les Grand Plage, before reaching Le Remblai (promenade) and being able to admire many architectural styles including magnificent 19th century villas. The runners continue towards Lake Tanchet, a popular area for walkers and anglers. The finish line then appears, while the competitors return to the city center.

Explore the salt marshes on e-scooters

La Chaume: Fishermen’s Quarter

Outside of racing or party days, it’s a good time to discover La Chaume and the rich maritime heritage of the fishermen’s quarter. Step into the little waterside cafes tucked away in the narrow streets of whitewashed cottages to find walls adorned with black, white and sepia postcards of a bygone era and nautical ephemera . The postcards depict the old port, the fisherman, their wives and families bringing home their catch of cod, sardines and tuna.

It is on this side of the Channel that other landmarks point to the ancient trades of salt, wine, wheat and sailcloth, all of which are still somewhat relevant today. The 11th century Saint Nicolas Priory was built by the monks of Sainte Croix de Talmont and has known many reincarnations. Today it is an exhibition space. Arundel Tower was built in the 15th century as part of the defenses of Castle St. Clair, now incorporating the Museum of the Sea. These are the first monuments that every sailor leaving and entering the mouth of the harbor is comforted to see .

It is towards these historic buildings that each skipper of the flotilla of boats accompanying the departure of competitors in the Vendée Globe and the Golden Globe Race positions his vessel. It’s easy to imagine how emotional it must be and the feeling of homecoming that centuries of sailors have felt when they see these landmarks appear; especially the skippers of those epic sailing races where sailors spend so much time at sea and overcome so much.

Café within La Chaume

Back home

Les Sables d’Olonne has used its maritime history as a means to develop its maritime future by being the transition point for the most important single-handed sailing races in the world and also by highlighting the Côte de Lumière. Sport and active adventure have become part of the fabric of this spectacular city that respects its heritage, but writes new chapters in the historical annals through these unique nautical events.

Many skippers have set off on a journey “in which human values ​​and surpassing oneself are essential to face the elements and go to the end of the adventure”, specifies Yannick Moreau, mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne.

These sailors are certainly dreaming of their return to Les Sables-d’Olonne and hope that we will all be back to witness their return.

For more information, see lessablesdolonne-tourisme.com, vendee-tourism.co.uk and admiralhotel.fr

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Everything you need to know about this year’s winter sports season, from ski lodges to sustainable choices https://galerie-lachenaud.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-this-years-winter-sports-season-from-ski-lodges-to-sustainable-choices/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 05:03:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-this-years-winter-sports-season-from-ski-lodges-to-sustainable-choices/ Environmental impact Inghams – which has reported more people turning to higher, snowier resorts with each end of the season – announced a sustainability program in March 2022, offsetting flights and ground operations with carbon credits and s partnering with Protect Our Winters UK to commit to a more sustainable future while supporting rewilding projects. […]]]>

Environmental impact

Inghams – which has reported more people turning to higher, snowier resorts with each end of the season – announced a sustainability program in March 2022, offsetting flights and ground operations with carbon credits and s partnering with Protect Our Winters UK to commit to a more sustainable future while supporting rewilding projects.

Several resorts are going carbon neutral or launching other programs, but that largely generates goodwill, not bookings.

The most notable change is from plane to train. Last season, the French company Travelski Express took over the long-running Eurostar ski train exclusively for its holidays. It carried over 5,000 skiers last winter, and this season it has added three more resorts to its roster, including Courchevel and Val Thorens. An early Saturday departure from London St Pancras International and a late Saturday return allows for a full seven days of skiing.

The price is a big draw – seven nights from £569 including lift pass, transfers and accommodation – but travelers also love the adventure of train travel and the environmental benefits of a train carrying more than 600 skiers. “Each trip emits less than a quarter of the CO2 of a flight, and you are directly in the heart of the Alps”, explains Guillaume de Marcillac, CEO of Travelski. “Each train can carry the equivalent of three plane loads and there is no charge for skis or extra luggage.”

However, a do-it-yourself train holiday using regular services, with individual changes and transfers, can be a costly headache. But ski train champion Snowcarbon works with smaller operators to create bespoke packages.

Pierre et Vacances, the French apartment rental giant, says its parking bookings have increased, suggesting moving to the road. It also offers changes on Sundays to take advantage of cheaper flights.

But climate change continues to impact the mountains themselves. The summer heat wave forced the French resort of Tignes to end glacier skiing 14 days after the start of its six-week run. The resort used to be open year round, but now the future of all summer skiing is in question.

Elsewhere, the Marmolada Glacier in the Italian Dolomites partially collapsed due to summer heat, killing a number of climbers. Late season skiing is increasingly unreliable at lower resorts and operators often end their season early.

Les Portes du Soleil, the Franco-Swiss ski area with over 400 miles of pistes, looks to the future. “Some stations are forced to adapt their opening and closing times,” said a spokesperson. Avoriaz, the highest station in the Portes du Soleil, at 1,700 meters above sea level, opens before and closes after the 12 other stations. “We had to accelerate the diversification of activities. If there is no snow in December, the resorts open their bike parks.

“People want high-altitude resorts, but there will be limits and a saturation of high-altitude ski areas. There will be no more space on the slopes and the prices will increase.

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Around the world: luxury resort operator Philippe Zuber’s favorite things https://galerie-lachenaud.com/around-the-world-luxury-resort-operator-philippe-zubers-favorite-things/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 18:55:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/around-the-world-luxury-resort-operator-philippe-zubers-favorite-things/ Philippe Zuber, CEO of luxury resort operator Kerzner International. Courtesy of Philippe Zuber Text size Philippe Zuber, chief executive of luxury resort operator Kerzner International, got his start in the hospitality business by attending hotel management school after graduating from high school. “It’s safe to say that hospitality is really in my soul,” says Zuber, […]]]>

Philippe Zuber, CEO of luxury resort operator Kerzner International.

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EU institutions try to save energy but MEPs still travel to Strasbourg https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eu-institutions-try-to-save-energy-but-meps-still-travel-to-strasbourg/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 15:26:52 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eu-institutions-try-to-save-energy-but-meps-still-travel-to-strasbourg/ As EU institutions in Brussels scramble to save energy internally, some MEPs have argued that Parliament should no longer travel to Strasbourg once a month. “I find it completely unjustified that the European Parliament is heating and lighting two places and that we continue to travel between the two places,” German Greens MEP Daniel Freund […]]]>

As EU institutions in Brussels scramble to save energy internally, some MEPs have argued that Parliament should no longer travel to Strasbourg once a month.

“I find it completely unjustified that the European Parliament is heating and lighting two places and that we continue to travel between the two places,” German Greens MEP Daniel Freund told Euronews. “I think that during the time of the energy crisis, we should stay here in Brussels.”

According to the EU treaties, Strasbourg is the seat of the Parliament’s plenary sessions, where its members debate and vote on key issues. This takes place 12 times a year.

But MEPs do the majority of their day-to-day work in Brussels, traveling to the French city every month, only occasionally debating and voting in the Belgian capital.

A report by the European Court of Auditors published in 2014 estimated that moving all Parliament’s activity to Brussels would save around €114 million per year and that the total CO2 emissions – attributable to the operation of the Strasbourg site – amount to nearly 19,000 tonnes.

Strasbourg’s parliamentary seat has clear historical roots, however, not least as a sign of peace between France and Germany after the end of World War II. However, Freund considers this to be outdated.

“I think that in 2022 the relationship between Germany and France is strong enough that we can now afford a seat in the European Parliament,” Freund explained.

“The Parliament wants it, but unfortunately we cannot decide it. It is the governments, in particular the French government, which prevent us from taking this decision. If the EP could decide on its own, I think that tomorrow we will have a seat here in Brussels. “

In January 2020, MEPs voted in favor of asking EU countries to accept a single seat for the European Parliament, but did not specify whether it should be in the Belgian capital or in Strasbourg.

What are institutions doing to save energy?

In the offices of the European Commission, the heating temperature has been lowered by 2°C, as well as its humidification rate.

This follows a 20% reduction in the total energy consumption of its buildings over the period 2015-2021.

The European Parliament has lowered its temperatures and reduced the lighting in its premises.

The building is already equipped with photovoltaic solar panels, cogeneration units and heat pumps, and to pay skyrocketing energy bills, it has abandoned 14 construction and renovation projects.

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