Boxes at Laduree
Friday July 31st 2009, 11:18 am
Filed under: art/culture/design,fashion,food and drinks,news,paris,pastries

fifi boxes at laduree
Meet Mademoiselle Fifi (yes, Fifi). Apparently, she’s the summer mascot at Laduree and is featured on this cute macaron box. Personally, the box looks like dog biscuits should be inside, but… it’s cute, anyway. A box fits 8 macarons and costs 14.70 euros. Laduree

louboutin laduree boxesWhile we’re on the subject of boxes, designer Christian Louboutin got together with Laduree and came up with these boxes covered with macarons and shiny Louboutin shoes and purses.

The macarons will take on a Mediterranean flavor created by pastry chef Philippe Andrieu.

12 euros for a box of 6 macarons. Available in September, 2009.



PMS Comes From France
Friday July 31st 2009, 9:10 am
Filed under: funny,photos

pms france
Just in case you were wondering, cursing and crying about PMS, at least now you know where it’s from. (We saw this just outside of Besançon, Burgundy.)



Travel Grove
Friday July 31st 2009, 7:01 am
Filed under: tips,travel and places,travel tip

travel groveJuly is just about over and some people are already preparing for the Fall. Travelers and travel-minded people, however, still have a lot of time to plan a summer vacation. Afterall, they have ALL of August.

2009 has got to be one of the best times for traveling due to the economic challenges facing so many businesses; the travel industry was also affected, But look at taking a vacation as an opportunity to seize great value vacations whilst helping out the industry.

Everyone has their own favorite travel search engine but sometimes it helps to try out different companies and then compare. This time, why not try out Travel Grove? You’ll be able to find the best vacation packages available to you for where ever you want to go, that will also fit your schedule and budget. The site features an impressively easy interface to find the best travel deals, and you can even read other people’s travel guides, which provides valuable information based on real-life trip experiences. As an avid traveler myself, true testimonials of hotels, restaurants, cities and sights – are welcome and treasured information during the trip planning process. Travel Grove is chock full of relevant travel information, so much so, that I think maybe it should be called Travel Trove!

This is a sponsored post.

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Solar Blimp From NYC to Paris (Rests on Land or Water)
Wednesday July 29th 2009, 2:00 am
Filed under: cars/bikes/etc,environment,nature,news,travel and places,travel tip

air ship solar powered nyc to paris
From cleantechnica:

“A Spanish company called Turtle Airships is working on plans to build a luxurious solar-powered blimp which can take passengers from New York to Paris.

Perhaps the only thing cooler than being powered by lightweight photovoltaic cells, this airship is also designed to rest on land or water.

The first blimp prototype will be propelled in two nontraditional ways. The outside of the ship will be covered with Cadmium-Indium-Germanium (CIG) photovoltaic cells, picked for their their light weight. The cells should generate enough power to move the blimp at around 40 mph in average conditions, or at around 70 horsepower. Meanwhile, a diesel drivetrain will generate the rest of the power, and ideally the designers will look to an adapted hybrid electric model for that. And because blimps fly at low altitudes, they don’t have to deal with problems that plague diesel engines at elevations over 30,000 ft.

The only thing currently keeping this visionary project from flying is…”

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Warning About Les Experts Tonight (CSI in France)
Tuesday July 28th 2009, 12:09 pm
Filed under: cultural differences,daily life,tips,tv and movies,weird

les experts miami csi in france
An unexpected (to me) warning was issued on the radio today regarding tonight’s episode of Les Experts Miami. It has something to do with a very violent initial scene and France Inter suggested to parents that they not allow their kids to see it. I think if any kids heard the warning (which they probably didn’t because kids would not bother with this station), it would make them want to watch it even more – but I kind of appreciate the heads-up. Anyway, I’m not too much of a fan after watching it a little – Really horrible acting (actually the French dub actors are better!), same stories from all other police shows and just how many times can we watch that guy put on and take off his sunglasses? So bleh. Sorry, experts!

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