France travel – Galerie Lachenaud http://galerie-lachenaud.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:28:04 +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 Disney World shares Epcot Food & Wine Festival menu, complete with fries https://galerie-lachenaud.com/disney-world-shares-epcot-food-wine-festival-menu-complete-with-fries/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 16:22:42 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/disney-world-shares-epcot-food-wine-festival-menu-complete-with-fries/ Would you like fries with that? Walt Disney World is adding a fries stand to the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off in mid-July. The Fry Basket will be one of 25 markets at the festival, Disney announced in a menu preview on the official Disney Parks blog. It will be […]]]>

Would you like fries with that? Walt Disney World is adding a fries stand to the 2022 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off in mid-July.

The Fry Basket will be one of 25 markets at the festival, Disney announced in a menu preview on the official Disney Parks blog. It will be located near the theme park’s Test Track attraction. Visitors will be able to order adoba yuca fries with garlic and cilantro aioli as well as a three-pronged “flight of fries” with sea salt and malt vinegar fries, as well as grilled bacon and sweet potato fries, which will include candied pecans, toasted whiskey creme and caramel marshmallows.

Drinks offered at the Fry Basket will be a Salty Dog Cocktail (Vodka, Grapefruit Juice, Ginger, Simple Syrup, Lime, Salty Rim) and 81Bay Brewing Co.’s Lime Lager.

Prices have not been announced for the festival menu.

Disney’s site includes 86 food items, 32 of which are considered new to the festival. There are 116 drinks listed, including 34 new ones.

A starter sample might include guava mousse on a sugar cookie with coconut lime whipped cream (from Shimmering Sips Market), Spam musubi nigiri (Hawaii), Chesapeake crab slider (hops and barley), crispy grilled pork rinds with chili cheese (Swanky Saucy Swine), Rockefeller oysters (Coastal Eats) and octopus with green onion and cabbage bites (Japan).

Markets in India and Italy will introduce brand new food menus. Gnocchi di patate will have two varieties in Italy with a four cheese sauce or a vodka and bacon sauce, as well as an orange blossom panna cotta dessert. The Indian lineup will include paneer with mango curry ketchup, potato and pea samosa and chicken tikka masala.

The event runs from July 14 to November 19, although four markets – Hawaii, Noodle Exchange, Brew-Wing and Coastal Eats – do not open until August 15.

The festival will again feature Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt and Emile’s Fromage Montage, a suggested range of cheese dishes. The Eat to the Beat concert series begins with Baha Men July 14-15 and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy July 16-18.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is currently underway and ends July 4th.

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This scientist is on an international jellyfish tour to explore slime and jellyfish https://galerie-lachenaud.com/this-scientist-is-on-an-international-jellyfish-tour-to-explore-slime-and-jellyfish/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 15:13:40 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/this-scientist-is-on-an-international-jellyfish-tour-to-explore-slime-and-jellyfish/ Questions and answers June 27, 2022 | for more information contact Alex Walls From some of the world’s largest jellyfish in Japan to tiny poisonous Irukandji in Australia, UBC PhD student Jessica Schaub is about to embark on an international jellyfish tour. A doctoral student in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and […]]]>
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From some of the world’s largest jellyfish in Japan to tiny poisonous Irukandji in Australia, UBC PhD student Jessica Schaub is about to embark on an international jellyfish tour.

A doctoral student in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences and the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries, Schaub will explore jellyfish blooms, huge groups of floating “jellyfish” in Japan, France, Argentina and Australia, thanks to a Hugh Morris Fellowship. An Indigenous scientist, Schaub hopes his trip will inspire young Indigenous people to consider careers in science.

What is a “jellyfish”?

Jellyfish actually have two shapes. One is the fluttering, throbbing creature that everyone is familiar with called a jellyfish. The other is a tiny polyp that lives attached to the ground. Jellyfish and polyps have the same DNA, so they are effectively clones. Large groups of jellyfish are known as flowers, which occur seasonally along the coasts of the world. These blooms can cause economic and ecological hardship, especially when fishermen catch jellyfish instead of fish. Interestingly, polyps determine the success of flowers, like their size, but research on these tiny creatures is sparse.

During my trip, I will travel to France and Argentina to learn about polyp research from some of the few specialists out there, while learning about some of the impacts of blooms in Japan and Australia. My Travels are funded by a Hugh Morris Fellowship, administered by the Kimberley Foundation, which enables Canadian graduate students researching in a priority area related to Earth sciences to “undertake a program of self-guided travel and learning through experience “.

Moon jellyfish polyps grown at UBC, scale bar is 1 mm. Credit: Jessica Schaub.

What do you do with slime, tourists and poisonous jellyfish in Australia?

I will be watching a project on Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth, Australia. This reef attracts around 40,000 tourists every year during the whale shark migration, which unfortunately often coincides with the appearance of dangerous Irukandji jellyfish. These jellyfish are tiny and hard to see, but their sting is very powerful and has been fatal in some cases.

To protect tourists, researchers from the Western Australian government and Griffith University’s Sea Jellies Research Lab are working together to develop a type of rapid test that uses environmental DNA (eDNA) to sample water before visiting. send tourists swimming. This rapid test would determine if Irukandji jellyfish are present based on the mucus they release into the water which could be detected via DNA. The higher the level of mucus, the more Irukandji in the water and the more dangerous it is for tourists to swim.

What do you hope the trip will mean for Indigenous youth?

Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields due to many barriers, both historical and contemporary. For example, Indigenous methodologies are often overlooked as hard science, despite offering alternative and often complementary approaches to solving common problems. These Indigenous perspectives, like many other perspectives, are very important in STEM because they offer new ways of approaching problems.

I think advocacy is one of the key ways to change the narrative and encourage Indigenous youth to pursue careers in STEM. So I try to be open and honest about the positive and negative aspects of my journey as a scientist. I hope that by sharing my story, young people can identify and see themselves as scientists too. This trip will allow me to highlight many things that I love about science – learning, collaboration, travel and new experiences – and I hope it will appeal to those considering a career in STEM.

Follow Jessica’s adventures and science via her Instagram and TikTok.

Language(s) of the interview: English (Schaub)

Images and b-roll for media: https://bit.ly/Jellyfishtour

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Australians are traveling more carefully after border closures and COVID-19 lockdowns https://galerie-lachenaud.com/australians-are-traveling-more-carefully-after-border-closures-and-covid-19-lockdowns/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 20:07:55 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/australians-are-traveling-more-carefully-after-border-closures-and-covid-19-lockdowns/ Eliza Reid wasted no time booking her first international vacation in years when the Federal Government announced its timetable for reopening the Australian border. Key points: There has been a surge in holiday bookings, but departures from Australia are a far cry from pre-pandemic levels Hesitation has changed the way we travel, with shorter lead […]]]>

Eliza Reid wasted no time booking her first international vacation in years when the Federal Government announced its timetable for reopening the Australian border.

The 30-year-old was optimistic, factoring visits to the UK, Morocco, France and Spain into her trip.

“We would have liked to travel earlier, but we thought mid-2022 would be the safest,” Ms Reid said.

“We were completely confident the lockdown wouldn’t happen again and things were only getting better.”

Ms Reid had to factor in a few extra pre-departure checks that she would have had before the pandemic.

She used the federal government’s Smart Traveler website to check each of her destinations’ COVID-19 requirements and carefully chose her flights, accommodations and travel insurance to ensure she would be covered if she contracted the virus. during his trip.

Ms Reid’s decision to book the trip herself seven months before her departure date was common before the pandemic, but there are signs that COVID-19 has significantly changed the way most Australians travel.

Traveler reluctance sees ‘rebirth’ of travel agents

Dean Long says there has been an increase in people using a travel agent for the first time.(Supplied: AFTA)

Federation of Australian Travel Agents chief executive Dean Long said continued concerns over the re-emergence of COVID-19 restrictions were causing a major change in the way people plan their trips. trips.

“The window that people used to book was around 120 days, up to 170 [days] for international travel by Australians,” he said.

“It is now very rarely more than 30 [days].”

Mr Long said travel agents had reported a strong recovery in business travel, with domestic bookings up 74% from 2021 lows.

However, international travel saw the strongest return, with airfare sales up 404% and 16% of all new inquiries to travel agents coming from people who had not used one in the past. during the two years preceding the pandemic.

Mr Long said travel hesitancy drew many people to a travel agency because they were looking for help navigating the new world of travel.

He said officers were seeing a ‘renaissance’, with people keen to meet various entry and exit requirements, including pre- and post-departure testing as well as minimum levels of insurance cover for fees medical conditions related to COVID-19.

“They’re really keen to get first-hand experiences of what it’s like on the pitch right now,” he said.

Find the key to traveling with confidence

The Insurance Council of Australia said travel insurance policies would never include cover for government-imposed border closures or travel bans, as this would make cover unaffordable.

He added that many policies would not cover cruises either, but many cruise lines offered free coverage as an incentive to get people back on the water.

A boy pretends to lose his balance as his brother pushes him off what looks like a ledge to a lookout in front of the Matterhorn.
More and more Australians are willing to book a trip abroad, although travel insurance does not cover border closures.(Provided: Matte Brown)

However, industry experts say there are other ways to regain the confidence to travel and ensure that hard-earned vacations are not ruined by COVID-19.

In Mrs. Reid’s case, she made plans that could be changed if the need arose.

“We’ve made sure that all of our flights and accommodation bookings are either refundable or flexible so that if anything happens we can move things around,” she said.

His advice is backed by CHOICE travel specialist Jodi Bird, who says research is key to choosing accommodation and transport that people are confident will provide a credit or refund if travel is suddenly restricted.

“We know, for example, with Australian domestic airlines, if you book domestically they will no longer cover domestic travel bans, but, at the moment, they still cover if there is a ban on foreign travel,” he said. said.

Mr Bird warned that travelers using an agent should not automatically accept the insurance policy suggested to them.

“Before you go and get a travel insurance policy, we recommend, maybe, you just go home and do a little research,” he said.

“You might be able to get better or cheaper coverage elsewhere.”

He said there was a growing number of complaints about travel insurance claims.

“I think a lot of travel insurers are still dealing with the highest amount of claims and they’re also trying to push back and enforce the loopholes in their coverage, so people really jump through those loopholes, so you – as a consumer – really need to understand what you are [being] covered for.”

Long road to return to pre-pandemic travel levels

While traffic through travel agencies increases every month, Mr Long said there is still a long way to go.

An airplane on the runway at Rarotonga airport in the Cook Islands
Travel figures are still down from the start of 2019.(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

About a million Australians flew overseas each month before COVID-19, but the most recent official data available to the industry showed there were just 375,000 departures in March 2022.

“What will be interesting will be how that starts to change towards the end of this year,” Long said.

“If we can return to a booking window of longer than 60 days and suppliers continue to have very good refund and cancellation policies due to COVID, that will be key to restoring consumer confidence.”

A woman wearing bright pink clothes standing in front of a green and white striped building with a red door.
Eliza Reid booked her trip months in advance once restrictions began to lift.(Provided: Eliza Reid)

For Ms. Reid, who began her journey abroad, it was an incredible feeling to explore the world again.

“COVID cases are much lower in the countries we travel to, compared to Australia, so that’s heartening,” she said.

“There are still restrictions in [some counties’] high-traffic areas – like wearing masks at airports and on flights – but once we’re in the cities we’re traveling to, you can just go about your day as you normally would.

“It’s summer here, and we walk a lot, so we don’t wear masks when we’re outside.”

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In the lair of the Wolf of France: why visit Castle Rising | Day trips https://galerie-lachenaud.com/in-the-lair-of-the-wolf-of-france-why-visit-castle-rising-day-trips/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/in-the-lair-of-the-wolf-of-france-why-visit-castle-rising-day-trips/ Castle New castle. Once you say it, there’s no obvious place to stop: “Castle-Rising-castle-rising…castle…rising…castle.” That chant came, without fail, from the back of the car as we drove past fields of lavender, between tall hedgerows, down narrow lanes leading nowhere except, yes, Castle Rising: the little village with almshouses, old cottages and abundant gardens. ; […]]]>

Castle New castle. Once you say it, there’s no obvious place to stop: “Castle-Rising-castle-rising…castle…rising…castle.” That chant came, without fail, from the back of the car as we drove past fields of lavender, between tall hedgerows, down narrow lanes leading nowhere except, yes, Castle Rising: the little village with almshouses, old cottages and abundant gardens. ; the fine church, its ornate west facade heavily restored but still a thing of Norman glory; and, dominating the low landscape, the castle itself.

It wasn’t just the name that had such charm. (The increase apparently comes from Hour, meaning “inhabitants of the place of brushwood”; poetic but not overly helpful.) The appeal of the magnificent 12th century keep, earthworks and associated buildings was its sense of remoteness, of a forgotten place. On the edge of the Fens, near the Wash, the castle stands on the mysterious plains of northwest Norfolk. The nearby Lost Village of Babingley – named after the river that meanders through the marshes between the castle and the sea – accentuates this secluded vibe.

The entrance to Castle Rising. Photograph: Anthony Jolley/Alamy

For several summers I rented a vacation home further up the coast. At the insistence of my two daughters, we visited Castle Rising at least twice a season. This vacation in Norfolk spanned years from childhood through college age. We’ve dragged friends young and old there, wanting them to feel as spellbound as we do. They have all been obliged or given a good impression of doing so. Castle Rising was our find, a special place we had stumbled upon after taking a wrong turn.

Now, looking at the English Heritage website, I see that this “secret” place is described as “one of the most famous 12th century castles in England”. That may be true, but other than those with local knowledge, no one I know of has ever heard of it – unless they have a fascination with the traitorous Isabelle, “Louve de France” (1295-1358). The rebellious queen, wife of Edward II of England, was banished to Castle Rising, living out her widowhood in a lavish existence of hunting parties and feasting in the great hall. His widow’s weeds were made of silk and gold, and adorned with pearls and rubies by the hundreds. Months before her death, in a pinch you could say, she gave up everything to become a nun, leaving Castle Rising to her grandson, the Dark Prince.

The audio guide, an aid we would normally have avoided, told us all about it in vivid detail, accompanied by lively medieval music. (1592 play by Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, adapted into a film by Derek Jarman with Tilda Swinton as Isabella, offers a more sophisticated take.) We never got tired of it and knew the text by heart. I’m not sure the kids were as interested in the Plantagenet Monarchy as I was, having the medieval history bug, but it appealed to their fantasy.

Reenactments of battles take place there regularly, decorated with colorful pavilions and flags, but we were not tempted. On the contrary, we adored the emptiness and the silence: warm days, a light breeze stirring the grass, few people around. During our first visits, it was possible to walk freely in the park of the castle, paying if someone was around with an ATM and a bag of money. English Heritage has sharpened up. There is now the essential shop where you can equip yourself with the essentials of the game: plastic breastplates, spears, gauntlets and other accessories. As keeper of the household purse, I escaped slightly: an embossed pencil or a postcard perhaps, but no knightly pretense or armor was necessary. Most of the money – quite a lot, I remember – was spent on the village teahouse afterwards.

An aerial view of Castle Rising
An aerial view of Castle Rising. Photograph: Robert Harding/Alamy

I asked the children what they remembered the most. Among the hodgepodge of impressions: crossing the bridge and crossing the big gatehouse, running around the moat (now only grass); roll the banks; climbing on the high wall that surrounded the huge green basin in which the buildings are nestled. And then entering the castle itself, climbing beautiful worn stairs in hidden and empty passages and tiny stairs, the old kitchen, the great hall, the rebuilt parts, a chapel, the musty smell of the mossy stone, the glimpses through the open loopholes of the grey-green salt marshes.

In rainy summers we would always go there, always unprepared, freezing, soaked to the skin (reflecting my inability to get the right things in the trunk of the car). On those days we had the place to ourselves except for the couple who were always there, with a vacuum flask, sturdy shoes and hooded anoraks, showing us how it was to be done. Were they a figment of my imagination, ghosts perhaps? In this place of magic, you could believe anything.

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Other historic houses associated with powerful women

Marble Hill, Twickenham

This 1720s Palladian mansion was built for Henrietta Howard, 9th Countess of Suffolk. Although historically shunned as the mistress of George II, Howard was an extremely strong woman. She was an orphan who survived an abusive marriage to become a major influencer in political and literary circles.

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

The abbey promontory site was believed to be infested with snakes until a nun called Hild turned them to stone and built her monastery there. This religious center for men and women was one of the most important of the Anglo-Saxon period.

Farleys House, Sussex

Photographer Lee Miller moved here with artist Roland Penrose in the 1940s and it became a retreat for artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Works by surrealists and modern artists cover the walls and also house the Lee Miller Archive.

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10 things to do in Camargue, France https://galerie-lachenaud.com/10-things-to-do-in-camargue-france/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 17:00:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/10-things-to-do-in-camargue-france/ There’s no denying that France is one of the most visited places in the world, with an estimated 117 million people visiting the country in pre-covid times. Undoubtedly, there is a lot to see in France and a tourist may find it difficult to decide where to go. However, if you are traveling to the […]]]>

There’s no denying that France is one of the most visited places in the world, with an estimated 117 million people visiting the country in pre-covid times. Undoubtedly, there is a lot to see in France and a tourist may find it difficult to decide where to go. However, if you are traveling to the south of France, you should visit the Camargue.



The Camargue is not a town or a village. It’s not even a museum, but it’s definitely a wonderful tourist attraction not to be missed. especially if the visitor is a nature lover. The region of France known as the Camargue is a wild region located between the Mediterranean Sea and two arms of the Rhône, the Grand Rhône to the east and the Petit Rhône to the west. It is just south of the city of Arles. The delta created was eventually protected from encroaching waters to create an area of ​​salt flats and marshes. It is also rich in agriculture. In 1970, a nature reserve and regional park were created to protect over 320 square miles of wild land.


ten Experience the rush to ride the white horses

Discover riding a white horse from the famous Camargue region. These seahorses, which tilled the earth and guarded the black bulls, are honored during the annual Féria du Cheval in July in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. White horses have lived in the area for centuries and many still roam free. However, tourists can tour parts of the Camargue riding one of these beautiful horses.

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9 Camargue Museum Experience

The Musée de Camargue is a society museum that showcases the singularity of the relationship between man and nature in the Camargue. It is located 10 kilometers from Arles on the road to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, on the site of Mas du Pont de Rusty, capital of the Camargue Regional Natural Park. The museum, renovated in 2013, offers an immersion in the Camargue of yesterday and today through the permanent exhibition “Le fil de l’eau, le fil du temps”. Historical, interactive works, playful sound installations, films and contemporary works of art invite young and old to travel between past, present and future.


8 Visit the Tower of Constance

The tower of Constance, a forbidding round tower bordering the ramparts, is visible from afar when approaching the town of Aigues Mortes. He is well known in the region for his cruel role in the persecution of Protestantism among women in the 17th century, where declaring and practicing Protestantism was considered a sin. The tower was used to imprison Protestant women. The women received a minimum of food, hardly any light and no material comfort. Today the tower is a museum and memorial to the women who suffered and died there.

seven Discover The Cinematographic Panoramic View In Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Experience a healthy and breathtaking walk in the capital of the Camargue, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Home to many historic churches and rustic stonework, the destination is packed with museums, authentic restaurants and scenic views. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is located on the edge of the Camargue Regional Natural Park, where the Rhône and the Mediterranean Sea meet. The streets of this charming village in the Bouches-du-Rhône are alive with local culture and customs.

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6 Salt Pan Experience

Between sea dunes, Laguna and rice-growing marshes, the Camargue is also known for its extensive salt production. The region’s thriving salt production business is located between the Mediterranean sandy beaches of Montpellier to the west and the Rhône to the east. Even the Romans mined salt here. The pink color of the water is mainly caused by the pink algae (Dunaliella Salina) that live there. This pink algae is the primary source of sustenance for another typical saltwater inhabitant, Artemia salina, a small shrimp, and provides the pink coloration to resident flamingos.


5 Excursion To Aigues-Mortes In The Camargue

Aigues-Mortes is a medieval city surrounded by ramparts built by order of King Louis IX, King of France also known as Saint Louis. Guests will be able to explore the wonderfully preserved medieval ramparts that surround the city, wander the labyrinthine streets, indulge in culture and learn about its history and the French language. The name of the city comes from the marsh and the saltworks. It means “standing water”.

4 Take a boat trip with Tiki III on the Petit Rhône

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  • Child rate:
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The Camargue is a place with lots of water which gives guests a great experience when exploring and traveling by boat. Take a famous boat tour around the city on the TIKI III. The guided boat trip will take each guest along the Petit Rhône. Tourists will have views of wildlife like bulls, horses, egrets, European bee-eaters, and vegetation while being guided by the captain’s commentary, stopping halfway to let visitors meet the shepherd who will present his herd of bulls and horses.

RELATED: 10 Best Beaches To Visit In France

3 The Shellfish Hut

For 18 years, La Cabane aux Coquillages has been offering a wide choice of seafood and shellfish to savor without moderation, frequented by many tourists. The experience is something every tourist should not miss. Simple, quality products are available at two points of sale: on the banks of the Aven near the port of Kerdruc in Névez, and at the port of Trévignon near Concarneau. Customers have a choice of mussels, oysters, cockles, winkles, clams and scallops when in season.

2 Pont de Gau Ornithological Park

Discover the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park. The estate is located nearly 4 kilometers from Saintes Maries de la Mer. The park was founded in the 1900s by the French naturalist André Lamouroux. The estate has a vast territory of around 60 hectares of Camargue fauna and flora and discovery trails that customers can follow in the company of their tour guide. The reception desk offers fetch quests, trail maps, and high-level guides. The ornithological park, open every day of the year, is the ideal place to explore, observe and photograph a wealth of bird species, including the magnificent flamingos.


1 Saint-Trophime Primatial Catholic Church

St-Trophime Church, a cathedral built in the 11th century, is a Roman masterpiece in the great exhibition known as the world. Saint-Trophime was dedicated to Saint-Étienne, the first Christian martyr, both of whom can be seen in their standing statues on either side of the door. The church has been well preserved, with all its beautiful decorations and grandeur. Inside the church is a treasury which contains fragments of bones of the bishops of Arles. The St-Trophime cloister, a neighboring monastery, occasionally hosts exhibitions.

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Tens of thousands march in Georgia ‘for Europe’ after EU bid hit https://galerie-lachenaud.com/tens-of-thousands-march-in-georgia-for-europe-after-eu-bid-hit/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:02:10 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/tens-of-thousands-march-in-georgia-for-europe-after-eu-bid-hit/ Published on: 06/20/2022 – 20:02 Tbilisi (AFP) – Tens of thousands of Georgians took to the streets on Monday to support the country’s bid for EU membership, days after the European Commission recommended postponing Tbilisi’s bid. EU leaders are expected to vote by Friday on granting candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, all of […]]]>

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Tbilisi (AFP) – Tens of thousands of Georgians took to the streets on Monday to support the country’s bid for EU membership, days after the European Commission recommended postponing Tbilisi’s bid.

EU leaders are expected to vote by Friday on granting candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, all of which applied for EU membership shortly after the invasion of Ukraine via Moscow on February 24.

Waving Georgian, Ukrainian and European flags, around 60,000 protesters gathered outside the Georgian parliament on Monday evening for the “March for Europe”.

Many held placards reading “We are Europe” as the EU anthem, Ode to Joy, was performed at the protest.

The rally was initiated by the Black Sea nation’s leading pro-democracy groups and backed by all opposition parties to “demonstrate the Georgian people’s commitment to their European choice and Western values”.

“Europe is a historic choice and an aspiration of Georgians, for which all generations have made sacrifices,” rally organizers said on Facebook.

Ahead of the rally, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili said in a televised speech: “We must mobilize on this historic day for our country. Our message is that we want a European Georgia.”

“European Perspective”

One of the protesters, 47-year-old writer Malkhaz Kharbedia, said “every Georgian must take personal responsibility for our European hope to come true.”

“We took to the streets today because the time has come to rely only on ourselves, not on others, the time of our personal responsibility, our efforts, our unwavering will, our perseverance”, he told AFP.

Another protester, biologist Lili Nemsadze, 68, said: “Denying Georgia EU candidate status will mean that we will find ourselves in Russia’s sphere of influence.

Russian President Vladimir “Putin will interpret this as a green light to invade Georgia again.”

Georgia’s bid for EU and NATO membership – enshrined in the country’s constitution – has long angered the Kremlin and tensions peaked with Russia’s 2008 invasion of Georgia .

On Friday, the European Commission recommended that the European Council grant candidate status to Kyiv and Chisinau, but said it would “come back (by the end of 2022) and assess how Georgia fulfills the number of conditions before to grant his candidate status”.

The Commission also recommended giving Georgia “the European perspective”, which its leader Ursula von der Leyen called a “big step forward” on Georgia’s path to membership.

“The door is wide open,” she said, adding, “The sooner you deliver, the sooner there will be progress.”

“De-oligarchization”

Georgia’s ruling party, Georgian Dream, said at the time that it “regrets” that the country was not recommended as a candidate along with Ukraine and Moldova, saying that “by all measurable parameters ( compliance with EU standards), Georgia is ahead of both Ukraine and Moldova.”

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Friday hailed “the historic decision to give Georgia a European perspective”.

“We will work with Brussels to implement all requirements and achieve candidate status.”

The Georgian Dream government has come under increasing international criticism over a perceived rollback of democracy, which has seriously damaged Tbilisi’s relations with Brussels.

The European Commission said the conditions Tbilisi must meet to embark on a path to formal membership include an end to political polarization, progress on media freedom, judicial and electoral reforms as well as ” deoligarchization”.

Georgian Dream is controlled by its powerful oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is widely believed to be in charge in Georgia despite having no formal political role.

Earlier this month, the European Parliament passed a non-binding resolution, calling on the EU to impose personal sanctions against Ivanishvili.

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have signed Association Agreements with the EU designed to bring them closer together economically and politically.

The agreements also include free trade agreements between the countries and the EU as well as visa-free travel for its nationals for a short stay in the Schengen area.

But they give no guarantee of eventual membership.

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Eurostar: Beautiful French city straight out of a fairy tale accessible by train from London in 8 hours which inspired Sleeping Beauty https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eurostar-beautiful-french-city-straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale-accessible-by-train-from-london-in-8-hours-which-inspired-sleeping-beauty/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/eurostar-beautiful-french-city-straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale-accessible-by-train-from-london-in-8-hours-which-inspired-sleeping-beauty/ You’d be forgiven if you were at all hesitant to fly right now following the recent airport chaos at London airports including Gatwick and Heathrow. However, don’t let that ruin your dreams of a summer getaway just yet – it’s entirely possible to get to many gorgeous European destinations entirely by train thanks to the […]]]>

You’d be forgiven if you were at all hesitant to fly right now following the recent airport chaos at London airports including Gatwick and Heathrow. However, don’t let that ruin your dreams of a summer getaway just yet – it’s entirely possible to get to many gorgeous European destinations entirely by train thanks to the Eurostar.

Take the gorgeous French city of Carcassonne, for example. Located in the Aude region of southern France, charming Carcassonne is only eight hours away and a relatively easy train journey via Eurostar and TGV from London St Pancras International.

The fairy-tale place is particularly known for its medieval hilltop citadel La Cité, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the southeastern part of the city which includes a 12th century castle, fortified walls and a moat. And if the network of turrets and watchtowers of this long, rectangular building sound familiar, well, there’s a reason.

READ MORE: “I took the Eurostar from London to Paris and will never fly again even though it’s much cheaper”



Aerial view of the medieval city of Carcassonne and the fortress castle

The old walled town, considered one of France’s must-see historical sites alongside The Mont Saint Michel, is said to have been Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, as well as the Bavarian palace of Neuschwanstein in Germany. Unsurprisingly, the scenic site draws Disney lovers and history buffs from afar to Carcassonne, with around two million visitors a year.

For this reason, it is best to leave as early in the day as possible if you want to take a leisurely stroll through the winding cobbled streets or take photos without tourists in front of old stone buildings like the Château Comtal. In the old town of Carcassonne it is also worth taking a stroll through the picturesque and narrow streets of the La Bastide district.



The medieval old town of Carcassonne with the gothic cathedral

The good news for foodies, meanwhile, is that Carcassonne is home to a number of brilliant creperies and other classic French eateries. For a reasonably priced, Tripadvisor-approved place in the center of the Old Town, look no further than The Secretwhich offers a fixed three-course menu.

Other inexpensive eateries in the center include The little spoon and Kitchen Anette. Or if you are looking for a chic outdoor terrace, typically South of France, as well as delicious authentic cuisine, The Plô Tower Garden will not disappoint you. A Tripadvisor member commented: “Went there with my kids. There was a nice variety of choices and the food was good. Charming courtyard leaning against a wall of the city. Very friendly service. Ideal for a romantic date and/or a good family dinner.”



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There are tons of wonderful options for staying in Carcassonne on Booking.com, whether you want to stay inside the walls or enjoy stunning views of the fortified citadel from below. A particularly magical choice according to users is Domaine Le Couventin the village of Grèzes.

The duo of villas for rent is a 10-minute drive from Carcassonne and was once a convent and presbytery. Ideally to cope with the heat of the South of France, the properties share a swimming pool and garden, as well as their own private terraces each.

Another charming choice is Carcassonne guest house, a well-rated bed and breakfast with stunning views of the town’s castle and the Aude River. You can walk to the walled town in 10 minutes, find a mix of shops, bars and restaurants in just five minutes, and expect a continental breakfast every morning on the outdoor terrace.



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How to get there

You can avoid the airport chaos by taking the train from London to Carcassonne. The journey takes eight and a half hours and only requires two changes. From London St Pancras, the route first takes you to Paris Gare du Nord aboard the Eurostar. Once in Paris, change stations for Paris Montparnasse on a high-speed TGV to Toulouse Matabiau, and take your last train to Carcassonne at the next station. Train tickets can be purchased via Railway line and Rail Europe.

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Alternatively, it is also possible to travel to Carcassonne by air. Ryanair direct service to Carcassonne airport from London Stansted, with flights lasting 1h55. You can also fly from Heathrow or Gatwick to the nearby hub of Toulouse, then take a taxi or rental car to Carcassconne (1h10). British Airways flies from Heathrow, while EasyJet steals from gatwick.

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Live Updates: Putin Says Russia Withstood Worst Western Sanctions https://galerie-lachenaud.com/live-updates-putin-says-russia-withstood-worst-western-sanctions/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:08:26 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/live-updates-putin-says-russia-withstood-worst-western-sanctions/ The European Commission has recommended Ukraine candidate status for EU membership. Ursula von der Leyen, chair of the commission, said on Friday that the EU executive believes Ukraine should be granted status provided it continues to carry out reforms to bring it into line with regulations. of the EU. These reforms include the rule of […]]]>

The European Commission has recommended Ukraine candidate status for EU membership.

Ursula von der Leyen, chair of the commission, said on Friday that the EU executive believes Ukraine should be granted status provided it continues to carry out reforms to bring it into line with regulations. of the EU. These reforms include the rule of law, the fight against corruption and its judicial system.

“Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the country’s aspirations and determination to uphold European values ​​and standards,” von der Leyen told reporters, noting that the EC had “very carefully” assessed “the merits” of her candidacy.

Kyiv applied for membership soon after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Although an important step, the committee’s opinion must now be endorsed by each of the 27 EU member states at a leaders’ summit next Thursday and Friday.

Some countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal, have expressed doubts about the decision, and discussions are not expected to be straightforward.

Ukraine’s bid received a significant boost on Thursday with the joint visit of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to Kyiv, where the EU’s three most powerful leaders endorsed his desire to join the bloc.

However, even if Ukraine is granted candidate status by the 27 countries next week, it will face a long and arduous process before it becomes a member of the EU.

The last country to join the EU, Croatia, took nine years to become a member after gaining candidate status in 2004, while North Macedonia has officially been a candidate country since 2005. Albania, the Republic North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey is also a candidate country.

Von der Leyen also said the commission had recommended candidate status for Moldova, under similar conditions as Ukraine. However, she said Georgia’s status as a candidate country should only be granted after taking further steps to meet EU requirements.

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Latest travel rules for France, Spain, Greece and Italy as summer vacation approaches https://galerie-lachenaud.com/latest-travel-rules-for-france-spain-greece-and-italy-as-summer-vacation-approaches/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:48:56 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/latest-travel-rules-for-france-spain-greece-and-italy-as-summer-vacation-approaches/ In March, all of the UK’s covid travel rules were scrapped, prompting thousands of Britons to book some much-needed time in the sun. The UK is not the only country to have eased restrictions, holidaymakers can now travel to more and more countries without vaccinations or testing, one of them being Greece, which has scrapped […]]]>

In March, all of the UK’s covid travel rules were scrapped, prompting thousands of Britons to book some much-needed time in the sun.

The UK is not the only country to have eased restrictions, holidaymakers can now travel to more and more countries without vaccinations or testing, one of them being Greece, which has scrapped all its Covid restrictions from 1 May. are able to travel to the country without having to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative test. Face masks are still mandatory on public transport.

However, some countries still apply Covid restrictions, and it is always worth checking before travelling. Here’s everything you need to know about the vaccination proof and test for some of the other most popular destinations for UK travellers, as reported in the Liverpool Echo.

Read more: Family shell out ‘hundreds’ to get to Bristol airport after Kos holiday canceled at last minute

Spain

If you are traveling to Spain for tourism, you must show valid proof of one of the following:

  • Fully vaccinated – your vaccination status must meet the validity period requirements of the Spanish authorities

  • Negative COVID-19 test – either a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test performed within 24 hours of departure.

  • Recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery file to prove your COVID-19 status upon entry into Spain

Children under 12 do not need:

  • Complete an online health check form before travel
  • Show proof of full vaccination when entering Spain
  • Take diagnostic tests before you arrive
  • Show proof of having recovered from a previous Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months

Travelers from the UK who can either show proof of vaccination or full recovery, or have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection within the last 6 months, or those under 12 years of age, do not need to complete the Spanish Travel Health Check form.

All other persons must complete the Spanish Traveler Health Screening Form no later than 48 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travelers can now enter Spain.

If you are not fully vaccinated, the UK government states that you can enter Spain by showing one of the following:

  • Documentation certifying that you have had a PCR and tested negative within 72 hours of entering Spain – or 24 hours if using an antigen test
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the last 6 months – you can also use a medical certificate or recovery file to prove your Covid-19 status on entry to Spain

France

There are a number of rules that anyone traveling to France must follow. Fully vaccinated travelers aged 12 and over must provide proof of their vaccination status upon entry into France.

Since March 31, travelers from the UK aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours before departure. All children under 12 are exempt from COVID travel restrictions in France.

France will accept British proof of recovery from COVID-19 and vaccination card at the border. The French government recognizes any vaccination certificate that meets European standards. This means that your last dose must have been taken at least seven days before travel for Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or 28 days after a second dose of Johnson & Johnson.

If more than nine months have passed since your initial course and you have not received a booster since, you will be considered unvaccinated and must follow the rules for unvaccinated travellers. Tourists aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure.

Italy

As of June 1, COVID-19 restrictions on entry to Italy have been lifted. Italy does not require proof of vaccination, a negative test result or a COVID-19 recovery certificate to enter the country, regardless of your vaccination status.

The Passenger Locator Forms (EU PLF) to enter or travel to Italy as a visitor have also been removed. All passengers entering Italy by plane, ferry, train or coach must wear an FFP2 mask to enter the country.

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Cindy Crawford looks ready for the beach in snaps taken during her trip to the south of France https://galerie-lachenaud.com/cindy-crawford-looks-ready-for-the-beach-in-snaps-taken-during-her-trip-to-the-south-of-france/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:39:34 +0000 https://galerie-lachenaud.com/cindy-crawford-looks-ready-for-the-beach-in-snaps-taken-during-her-trip-to-the-south-of-france/ Oh so chic Cindy Crawford enjoys a romantic trip to the South of France with husband Rande Gerber after celebrating her 24th wedding anniversary By Sam Joseph Semon for Dailymail.com Published: 10:39 p.m. BST, June 13, 2022 | Updated: 10:46 p.m. BST, June 13, 2022 Cindy Crawford shared several snapshots of her trip to the […]]]>

Oh so chic Cindy Crawford enjoys a romantic trip to the South of France with husband Rande Gerber after celebrating her 24th wedding anniversary

Cindy Crawford shared several snapshots of her trip to the south of France on her Instagram account on Sunday.

The 56-year-old supermodel was accompanied by her husband, Rande Gerber, while on vacation and the happy couple made sure to pose for a few photos together.

She also wrote a short message in the caption of her post that read, “Not a bad start to summer.”

Fun in the sun: Cindy Crawford shared several snaps of her trip to the south of France on her Instagram account on Sunday

In her first snap, Crawford and Gerber, who recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary, were seen relaxing on a scenic beach.

The model wore a gorgeous patterned button-down shirt over a black bikini top while out by the sand.

The influencer also tucked her top into denim shorts that showed off her toned legs and rocked a set of two-tone sneakers.

She accessorized with a stylish pair of sunglasses and her gorgeous brunette locks cascading down her back.

Dressed for the occasion: The model wore a gorgeous patterned button-up shirt over a black bikini top while out by the sand

Dressed for the occasion: The model wore a gorgeous patterned button-up shirt over a black bikini top while out by the sand

Gerber, 60, opted for a blue polo shirt and slightly darker shorts while spending time with his wife.

Crawford, who shares daughter Kaia, 20, and Presley, 22, with her husband, also included a photo of herself that she took in a bathroom during her trip.

The model made sure to share a photo of an impressive food handout that had been prepared for her and her friends.

One of his other snaps showed a pole with numerous distance markers attached to its top.

Hanging out: The model made sure to share a photo of an impressive variety of dishes that had been prepared for her and her friends

Hanging out: The model made sure to share a photo of an impressive variety of dishes that had been prepared for her and her friends

Which way?  One of his other snaps showed a pole with many distance markers attached to its top

Which way? One of his other snaps showed a pole with many distance markers attached to its top

Panoramic views: The model also shared a photo of a beach-like area while spending time by the water

Panoramic views: The model also shared a photo of a beach-like area while spending time by the water

Crawford and Gerber then changed their outfits as they toured what appeared to be a beautifully designed yard.

The model donned a fuchsia-colored patterned dress that showed off her sculpted legs during the visit.

She also sported a set of high-heeled shoes and her brown locks cascaded over her shoulders.

Gerber opted to wear a black button-up shirt and a set of fitted gray jeans as he posed with his wife.

All dressed up: Crawford and Gerber then changed their outfits while visiting what appeared to be a beautifully designed courtyard

All dressed up: Crawford and Gerber then changed their outfits while visiting what appeared to be a beautifully designed courtyard

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