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France Heads For Its "winter Of Discontent", Which Means It's Time To Short The Euro - Forbes

June 28, 2014

High Energy Prices Going Higher Energy prices are already high and rising as a grand experiment in turning off nuclear power stations, banning new coal-fired power station developments and banning the rock fracturing technologies which would permit the exploitation of shale gas and oil start to bite. Russian gas, already expensive, will get more expensive and remain unreliable as it embraces China as an alternative to Europe as its biggest customer, and seeks to punish Europe for encouraging Ukraine to shun its former motherland. German business leaders are re-starting their push for an exit from the euro and a return to the deutschmark to avoid continued propping up of weak southern members of the European Union such as Greece and Spain. Britain is shuffling towards a break-up of its own with Scotland going to the polls later this year at a referendum which could see it leave the United Kingdom and, if that happens, a UK exit from Europe will move a step closer. But, even after toting up those Euro-negatives there is a new crisis emerging which could swamp everything else; the collapse of the French economy which has just seen its purchasing managers index drop to a four month low with worse to come as political and social unrest heads into crisis country. Trains, Planes And Taxies, Not In France Not only have French train drivers been on strike, crippling the movement of locals and tourists alike, but also hampering manufacturers from getting their exports to market. Air traffic controllers are next cab off the strike rank, though technically they have already been beaten off the rank by taxi drivers objecting to Uber, the private car hire service. For anyone visiting France, which is where I have been for the past week, there are two anecdotes which compound the view that it is the country most likely to drag Europe back into recession. Firstly, a side trip away from the usual (and magnificent) tourist destinations is sobering. A shopping mall on the outskirts of Avignon in southern France features a bustling Carrefour Carrefour supermarket, surrounded by empty shops giving the impression of a rural town in a drought.
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Avignon: Readers' Tips, Recommendations And Travel Advice - Telegraph

June 24, 2014

Alan Barker, Derby A city par excellence We stayed at the Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis (20 rue du Portail Boquier; 0033 4 9027 5555; www.cloitre-saint-louis.com ), inside the walled city, which had secure parking. Everything was within easy walking distance, including the Palais des Papes (10 minutes away). We took a petit train (which cost 7/6.20) to get an overview of the area, which included English commentary on the history of Avignon. The Palais des Papes is open all day so we went at lunch time to miss the coach tours. Then we took a short stroll up to the gardens for panoramic views of the Rhone.
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How To Spend A Day In Avignon

June 18, 2014

The Palace of the Popes is the centerpiece of a town inhabited since the Neolithic, but which didn't come into its own until the Popes settled here in the 14th century. The enormous Palace of the Popes was built in a mere 20 years. You can visit it in considerably less time than that. Get yourself an Avignon Pass (free at the tourist office) and pay full price for your first Avignon museum, then get a discount at each subsequent museum you visit. A free audio tour will animate the now empty palace for you. A perfect day in Avignon? Skip the hotel breakfast except for the coffee, head over to the area near les halles and get a slab of Pizza Provencal and wander around the city with the essential elements of Provence in your hand: bread, olive oil, herbs and tomatoes. Shop or visit smaller museums in the morning, like the little archaeological museum, leaving the Palace of the Popes for the afternoon. When lunchtime comes, head off the beaten tourist track--maybe to Le Chandelier, 29 rue Sarailleire, where you'll have the special lunch menu.
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A Very French Revolt | Seeking Alpha

June 14, 2014

Older workers have been encouraged to retire earlier, again, at the tax payers' expense. A recent post from Scott Sumner - How to think about France makes some economic comparisons with the USA: ...So, here are some [2008] ratios of France to the United State:- GDP per capita: 0.731 GDP per hour worked: 0.988 Employment as a share of population: 0.837 Hours per worker: 0.884 So French workers are roughly as productive as US workers. But fewer Frenchmen and women are working, and when they work, they work fewer hours. ...The bottom line is that France is a society with the same level of technology and productivity as the US, but one that has made different choices about retirement and leisure. Vive la difference! Professor Sumner observes what von Mises called "Human Action". He goes on to make some observations about employment protection: France has a wide range of policies that reduce aggregate supply: 1. High taxes and benefits, which create high MTRs. 2. High minimum wages and restrictions on firing workers.
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India To Introduce Electronic Visa Facility This Year: Tourism Secretary

June 10, 2014

Though India ranks at 39th spot in terms of foreign tourist arrival and 16th in terms of foreign exchange receipts but India has the highest per-capita spend of a tourist in any country in the world, further informed the Tourism Secretary. We need to go on about visa liberalisation. In his address at the ASSOCHAM seminar, the chambers president, Mr Rana Kapoor said, The Travel and Tourism sector has emerged as one of the key sunrise sectors and a potential game changer for India by driving equitable growth through large scale employment for specialized as well as unskilled workforce, developing remote locations, encouraging entrepreneurial ventures at the micro level and promoting environment management. India has signed 48 agreements with other countries and international organisations to widen links of friendship and mutual promotion of tourism. Due to this, total tourist visits in India have grown at a steady rate of about 16 per cent in the last five years with a forecasted growth rate of 12 per cent in the next decade. The sectors direct contribution to GDP is estimated at INR 2,222 billion in 2013 and generated 25 million direct employments in 2012, forecasted to increase at a growth rate of 2.1 per cent by 2023, said Mr Kapoor. Tourism in India is insulated against economic fluctuations and it is important to leverage its potential through a sustainable policy framework, encouraging community participation and collaborative community models, offering a holistic platform to promote inclusive growth and strengthening the backward linkages of the industry, further added the ASSOCHAM chief.
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Catchy Tune Put Avignon On World Map | The London Free Press

June 7, 2014

If you ever wondered about the power of the Catholic church in medieval Europe, you get a pretty good sense of it in Avignon. The palace -- actually two palaces -- is really a medieval fortress with 10 high towers and thick stone walls topped by battlements. The heavily fortified complex encompasses a massive 15,000 sq. metres of floor space, and is the world's largest Gothic building. Now a museum and atmospheric event space, visitors can tour 24 areas -- ceremonial rooms, chapels, the cloister and private papal apartments decorated with beautiful frescoes. A full roster of concerts, plays and exhibitions are held there year-round. Other Avignon sights worth seeing include the Romanesque cathedral of Notre Dames de Doms, the leafy squares, winding streets and stately buildings of the old town-centre, and the 4.2-km of restored city walls, which were built by the popes to protect their stronghold from invaders. On warm days, the lush and lovely hilltop Rock of the Domes garden offers a shady respite and cooling breezes as well as sweeping views of the palace, city rooftops, the river and the surrounding countryside. TO MARKET, TO MARKET For an authentic taste of Provence, stop by Les Halles.
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Avignon: A City At Ease With Its Rollercoaster Past - Ft.com

June 3, 2014

. . Oh yes, one can have many kinds of good time in Avignon. In the train of the Popes every sort of entrepreneur came to make money here, mighty Jewish financiers from Munich and Venice, artists and entertainers of many persuasions who have bequeathed their lively influences, to this day. The annual Avignon Festival , which more or less takes over the city during June, is one of the great civic festivities of all Europe. But for my money simply being in Avignon is festival enough.
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India To Introduce Electronic Visa Facility This Year: Tourism Secretary

May 31, 2014

India will have one of the friendliest visa regimes once the electronic visa facility is introduced. He further informed that the Tourism Ministry has tied up with worlds top hotel school Ecole Hoteliere Avignon. The Tourism Secretary also informed that setting up of the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) aimed at imparting training top-notch training in food has been formally approved the Ministry. Currently, the training in food in hotel management institutes is a minor part of the curriculum while the ICI will be a repository of every single recipe in India including even the smallest community and that would include research and training the people in all cuisines popular across India. The ICI building will probably come in two years, while it will be having a campus each in Kolkata, Pinjore, Noida and the headquarters will be in Tirupati, he added. Talking about domestic tourism scenario, Mr Dewan informed that out of the population of about 120 crore, India has about 105 crore domestic tourists as per 2012 figures which is expected to slightly improve when figures for 2013 are ascertained. Though India ranks at 39th spot in terms of foreign tourist arrival and 16th in terms of foreign exchange receipts but India has the highest per-capita spend of a tourist in any country in the world, further informed the Tourism Secretary. We need to go on about visa liberalisation. In his address at the ASSOCHAM seminar, the chambers president, Mr Rana Kapoor said, The Travel and Tourism sector has emerged as one of the key sunrise sectors and a potential game changer for India by driving equitable growth through large scale employment for specialized as well as unskilled workforce, developing remote locations, encouraging entrepreneurial ventures at the micro level and promoting environment management. India has signed 48 agreements with other countries and international organisations to widen links of friendship and mutual promotion of tourism. Due to this, total tourist visits in India have grown at a steady rate of about 16 per cent in the last five years with a forecasted growth rate of 12 per cent in the next decade. The sectors direct contribution to GDP is estimated at INR 2,222 billion in 2013 and generated 25 million direct employments in 2012, forecasted to increase at a growth rate of 2.1 per cent by 2023, said Mr Kapoor. Tourism in India is insulated against economic fluctuations and it is important to leverage its potential through a sustainable policy framework, encouraging community participation and collaborative community models, offering a holistic platform to promote inclusive growth and strengthening the backward linkages of the industry, further added the ASSOCHAM chief.
For the original version of the article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/India-to-introduce-electronic-visa-facility-this-year-Tourism-Secretary/5889187689

France By Train Part Ii: Avignon | Lauren Razavi

May 27, 2014

No matter what time of year you visit the city, however, there's lots to see. The most remarkable monument is undoubtedly the imposing Palais de Papes and its expansive garden complex. The structure served as the Popes' residence in the 14th century and is one of the most important gothic palaces in Europe, preserved almost perfectly and rightly classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can explore 25 different rooms featuring priceless frescoes, incredible sculptures and fascinating architecture, with extensive tourist information available in a plethora of languages. Surrounding the Palais are the enchanting Rocher des Doms gardens where locals and tourists alike relax with morning yoga, picnic lunches or an evening stroll. Large basins are home to swans, ducks, geese and carp all around, while the area itself overlooks the Rhone River with magnificent views from almost every vantage point. A collaborative exhibition spread across the Palais and the formidable modern art gallery Collection Lambert is in full-swing during our stay, showcasing the work of five female artists: Camille Claudel, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak and Berlinde de Bruyckere. The works on show celebrate and explore conceptions of femininity through a variety of visual art forms. The Collection Lambert gallery itself is a perfect example of France's national appreciation modern artistic works.
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48 Hours: Avignon - 48 Hours In - Travel - The Independent

May 21, 2014

Open 8am-7pm daily, Sunday mass at 11am. A walk in the park The hilltop gardens of Rocher des Doms (19), the site of Avignon's first settlement, are well worth a stroll. Perched over the Rhone, with far-reaching views of the valley and neighbouring Villeneuve-les-Avignon, the gardens feature a tree-shaded duck pond, landscaped terraces, playground and even a tiny vineyard. Out to brunch You don't have to visit the Petit Palais (14) to enjoy the international flavours at Autour d'un The, Un Voyage... (00 33 4 90 86 44 58; autourdunthe.com ). This elegant salon de the offers a Sunday buffet (22) by reservation from 11am to 3pm in its shaded garden or within the stone walls of the Petit Palais. Cultural afternoon The opulent lives of the 14th-century popes are evoked within the enormous rooms of the Palais des Papes (3), where the papacy decamped when things became too unstable in Rome (00 33 4 90 27 50 00; palais-des-papes.com ; 9am-7pm; 10.50, including a very useful audio guide). The elaborate interiors have disappeared over the centuries, but the sheer scale of the ceremonial rooms, chapels and private apartments decorated with frescos, more than makes up for it.
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