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In May Venice Gets Ready for Painting and Art Biennale While June is All About Rome and Vatican Celebrations

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If you’re planning to visit Italy this season, there are plenty of culture rich events to attend in both Rome and Venice!  The beautiful Italian cities are full of art, paintings, and culture.  During June, there are many religious observances in Rome. Make sure you witness at least one of the masses, processions and feasts.  On May 30th, Corpus Christi starts with a Mass at San Giovanni en Laterano, followed by a procession to Santa Maria Maggiore.  On June 24th, in observance of San Giovanni (John the Baptist), an additional mass, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, is held at San Giovanni Rome Cathedral. The feasts are typically comprised of street vendors who serve snails and suckling pig, flavored with pestled celery and caraway seeds, and roasted in traditional Roman style with salt and olive oil.  This year expect the celebrations to elevate to highlight the entry of newly enthroned Pope Francis.

On July 30th, a fundraising event will be held in Venice for the Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts.   In the basin of San Marco and the Giudecca Canal, hundreds of boats will be illuminated with paper lanterns. A boat bridge will float from the Dorsoduro to the Giudecca. Once a hotel, The Ca’ Giustinian is a former 15th century gothic palace near Ca Rezonico, just a canal view across from Palazzo Grazzi. The evening’s sit down meal will include local dishes and conclude with a 30 minute fireworks display just before midnight.  This event will definitely be worth attending, not only to support art, but to enjoy the beauty and magic of the city of Venice.

Previews of the 55th International Art Exhibition will be held in Venice May 29th through 31st; most art venues will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.  The exhibition will run from June 1st to November 24th, 2013.  If you want to attend the preview, or get special access during the event, consider purchasing a Biennale Card.  Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts benefit 100% from revenue related to sales of the Card.

I found out about these great events from my favorite travel guide, Travel with Carnet!  

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Carnet Editors Refine City Visits and Weekend Extravagances in Los Angeles for Events Art Food and Shopping Enthusiasts

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I get the best luxury lifestyle news, travel reviews, and information about my favorite cities to visit from my preferred travel guide, Travel with Carnet, so I always know where to find the best dinging, lodging, and events.  I’ve also found some great recipes, wine recommendations and more from Carnet’s Magazines!  The Magazines include Finer Things, Culturally Inclined, Reservation Required, Gourmet Table, For the Ladies, and Gentlemens-Corner.

 

I read Gourmet Table to stay informed about the most acclaimed chefs and five star fine dining establishments around the world and to learn about wines, how to bring home my favorite international flavors, and more!  I always check out the archives to find great articles.  From “A Table: Summer Tea and the Perfect Pitcher,” to “A Gemstone of a Wine,” to “Carnet Recipe: Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe,” to “Alain Ducasse,” Carnet’s Gourmet Table Magazine has me covered with news about restaurants in all my favorite cities, plus gourmet recipes, wine recommendations, and more.

 

If you’d like to be in-the-know about modern luxury and travel news, visit Travel with Carnet

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If You’re Short on Time Plan a Trip to Paris France with Different Ways to Look at Travel

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Have some time off?  Now is a great time to plan a trip to Paris!  From design fairs and antique markets to music, fashion and museums; a visit to France this spring offers culture, unique finds, and visitor attractions for the luxury traveler. Plan your vacation using the Travel Carnet trip planner to design a luxury travel guide with food and culture found in Paris, France.

There are so many events for fashion lovers in Paris!  See the European Dress in Detail – 1700-1915 – Exhibit, which has been presented at LACMA in California and the Deutches Historisches Museum in Berlin, and will be featured at the Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris through April 24th.  If you’re fashion conscious, don’t miss it!  Through July 14th, you can catch The Art of Hair – frivolities and trophies – at the Musee du Quai Branly.  This exhibit examines the unique theme of hair through paintings, sculptures, photographs and trophies, and takes an in-depth look the power of hair in different societies.  Looking for more modern fashion?  Try the Paris Hotel de Ville’s haute couture exhibit, featuring Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and more!

Culture minded Paris travelers will want to take part in France’s Night of Museums.  This year, 14 Paris museums, including Victor Hugo’s house, Catacomes, and Musèe d’Art Moderne, will be open after normal hours for visitors.  This will be the perfect night to explore Parisian culture after a spectacular dining experience at one of Paris’ many acclaimed restaurants. 

Music lovers will not be disappointed with Paris’ event offerings.  June 18th to June 26th at the Opera Bastille, the Paris Opera will deliver a four part performance of the Ring cycle for the first time in 60 years.  From June 8th to July 28th, be sure to catch The Paris Jazz Festival, a music tribute to American Jazz.  This year the festival will include a botanical exhibition, and its performers include Daniel Mumair Quartet, Hadouk Trio, and Eric Seva Sextet.

If you’re thinking about planning a trip to Paris, now is the time to do it!  There are so many great events to attend and things to do.  Visit Travel with Carnet to plan your dream vacation and design your own luxury travel guide!

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Visiting New York This Spring? Find the Best Events and Things to Do Including Broadway Shows to See

I am so glad that I found insider tips for my upcoming trip to New York City!  I’ve already made plans to see the Broadway Play “Lucky Guy” starring Tom Hanks at the Broadhurst Theater during my visit.  It was tough to decide on just one show as there are so many good plays on Broadway this spring like “Matilda the Musical” at the Shubert and “The Trip to Bountiful” at the Sondeim.

 

Over in Midtown West, again a tough choice, but I got tickets for “The Nance” at the Lincoln Center Theater.  The competition was stiff with other events like a 4 week run of a new play about the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti called “Three Trees” at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre on the Upper West Side and also Debby Boone performing at the Café Carlyle.  I’m going to try to squeeze in (timewise and budgetwise) the musical mystery “Bunnicula” in Union Square at the DR2 Theater.

There are always a lot of great things to do in New York City, and it really helps to have insider tips when planning your visit.  I get my tips from TravelWithCarnet.com. If you want to be in-the-know on the best events in your favorite cities to visit, check out Travel With Carnet

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Find the Best Things to Do on Your Vacation, Including 5 Star Fine Dining and High Fashion Shopping

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I love Travel with Carnet because the website and travel guides make it easy to plan my luxury vacations!  When I use Carnet, I know that I’m staying at luxury hotels, eating the best cuisine, and shopping in the most fashionable areas of each city I visit.  Carnet helps me to get around some of the world’s most cultural cities and squeeze everything in to my itinerary that I want to do.  Traveling has never been so luxurious and so easy!  You can view Carnet mini guides here.

Where to Shop
Love to shop?  The mini guide lists a number of fashionable boutiques and even designer flagships in Paris.  For New York City, the mini guide honors Bloomingdale’s and other original New York department stores, calling them “Meccas.”  The Milan mini guide informs travelers of the best shopping areas in Milan, which is truly a shopper’s paradise.

Tourist Trapped
One of my favorite segments in the Carnet mini guide is called Tourist Trapped.  This segment includes quirky tips to help travelers decide for themselves if a famous tourist attraction is really just a tourist trap.  For example, in the Paris mini guide, Carnet offers travelers tips on how to get the best experience out of an Eiffel Tower visit, like how to avoid lines and where to find the best views of the city.  The London mini guide provides information about the reality of visiting Stonehenge.  I really appreciate Carnet’s honest approach.

Where to Eat
The mini guides also provide tips on where and what to eat in each city.  The guide recommends Soto for delicious Japanese cuisine in New York City.  Traveling to Paris?  The Carnet mini guide not only recommends a number of excellent Parisian restaurants, but also provides information on some popular Parisian specialties, including Salade gourmande, foie gras with a string bean salad.

I love the way the Travel with Carnet web site is organized.  The design reflects Carnet’s dedication to luxury and fashion, and there are many ways to browse, save, and store helpful travel information.  I can even save Carnet’s suggested itineraries to my TravelCarnet on my mobile phone.  Carnet’s guides are designed for culture seekers and foodies who like to walk the best neighborhoods in a city when they travel.

Whether I’m traveling in Europe or visiting one of my favorite American cities, Carnet is my favorite trip planner.  Carnet makes it easy to plan a luxurious trip filled with fine dining, culture rich entertainment, and fashionable shopping.

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Found a Great LA Guide while Dining in at LA Restaurant Week, Reviews for all types of Cuisine

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This month (Jan. 21 – Feb. 1), restaurants in LA are hosting dineLA.  Get this LAguide map to the best LA dishes. Foodies can travel to the four corners of the world by discovering the hidden delights of California’s cosmopolitan city. Great website for reviews to be certain your palate will be pleased through the last bite of appetizers, main courses and desserts offered during LA Restaurant Week. Here are their top picks:

Mr. Chow – Beverly Hills

If you want to try the top restaurants serving Asian cuisine, Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills should be your first stop. It combines the best flavors of Chinese food with a star-studded clientele and Hollywood ambience. Try the spicy 9 season prawns, try a Californian favorite, sweet and spicy crispy beef or lettuce wraps with garlic noodles and squab.

 

Bouchon Bistro

Michelin award winner Thomas Keller has brought his vision of French recipes to Beverly Hills with Bouchon, his elegant brasserie. For lunch, try the Confit de Canard featuring a subtle combination of duck leg confit, French green lentils and red wine duck jus. If you stop in for dinner, don’t miss the pan-roasted Idaho trout with lemon confit brioche, croûtons & beurre noisette.

 

Rivera
The Latin American cuisine at Rivera captures the wide range of flavors that encompass South America with dishes like tamale of Salmon Mousse and ground Nnxtamal with cilantro crème sauce for l unch or saddle of pork with chile piquin and yucca root for dinner. The menu will not disappoint!

For further information on Mr Chow, Fig & Olive, Koi, Tagine, Rivera, Asia de Cuba,   Bouchon Bistro and LA restaurant week, go here

 

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Used Carnet Trip Planner Online To Reserve Famous Restaurant In LA Where Great Food, La Chefs And Star Sighting Are Part Of Editor Picks For Travel To LA

 

The last trip planner I used for Los Angeles completely left out hotspots like Mr. Chow, Tower Bar and The Palm. This time I saved Carnet’s Los Angeles suggested itineraries to my TravelCarnet on my mobile phone. The insider addresses I get with the Carnet guide really help me feel like I am staying on top of the best places to have a business dinner or culinary experience. The guide suggests:

–   Mr. Chow, a go to for celebs and their agents for gourmet classic Chinese cuisine

–  Madeo is a hidden gem that keeps well known actors and today’s young stars craving for their Italian menu with classic service and old Hollywood style

–  Foodies will love Animal, a Hollywood cool meat lover’s eatery where offal and delicacies are served to today’s hottest stars

–  La Boheme, a French inspired bistro has been a go-to for Parisian classics alongside the entertainment industry’s who’s who

 

Do you want insider travel tips for LA? Click here!

 

My city trip to Los Angeles was complete with my Carnet itinerary to view art paintings, galleries and attractions that were highly cultural. I visited modern galleries, modern art museums, art deco architecture and even some of the masters. The Carnet guide was a great travel advisor that recommended interesting things to do in LA that would please a lot of different personalities.

 

I also used Carnet to find an excellent list of tourism ideas. The Carnet LA guide has a best list of modern luxury picks and the tourism guide led me to the best galleries where I bought a few pieces of art. Their lunch recommendation was for a restaurant with an insider address – there wasn’t even a sign or number on the front of the building! I had the best sushi prepared by a Master Chef who used to work under Urisawa.

 

Many people are unaware that Los Angeles boasts a great culinary scene with superb restaurants and dining rooms that are as elegant as those found in the best restaurants in Europe. Use the online travel app for what to do and see and where to go for your luxe Los Angeles vacation. Create a free login and you can save your favorite places into a custom travel map using the TravelCarnet trip builder.

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