PARIS: Days after the catastrophic fire at Paris' Notre-Dame, around 30 business owners on Thursday (Apr 18) gathered at a cafe in the shadow of the burned cathedral.The owners of restaurants and souvenir stores, flower stalls and gourmet food markets in an area known to residents simply as the "village", they have all been forced to close since Monday's devastating fire at the UNESCO World Heritage landmark.Few at the gathering on Thursday morning in the Quasimodo cafe - named after the hunchback in Victor Hugo's celebrated novel set at the cathedral - seemed optimistic about the chances of re-opening in the near future.Police are letting only residents and business owners onto the River Seine island known as the Ile de la Cite where the cathedral stands, choking off the tourist traffic that is their lifeblood."We usually have lots of tourists, more than 500 a day, but now there's nobody," said Virginie Aranda, who has a stall at the flower market on the Ile de la … [Read more...] about In Notre-Dame’s shadow, a ‘village’ faces uncertain future
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By Uzma Jalaluddin Special to the Star Wed., Aug. 15, 2018 Summer is road trip season, and my family decides to visit La Belle Province. I usually can’t stand being cooped up in a car for hours, but the kids are growing up so fast, time feels even more fleeting. Besides, Mustafa and Ibrahim have travelled to France, but never Quebec, a situation that needs to be remedied immediately. Since our kids think we are boring, we open up the road trip to our social group; in the end, 6 adults and 7 kids, ranging in age from 13 (Mustafa) to a newborn, set out over the long weekend in search of reasonably priced distraction. The last time my husband and I visited Montreal was pre-kids, so I am looking forward to delicious food (pastry! cheese! bagels!) and practicing my conversational French. I’m also feeling a bit anxious. As the only visible Muslim woman on the trip, I was girding my hijab for a few extra looks, hopefully more of the curious rather than … [Read more...] about Can six adults and seven kids survive a road trip to Montreal?
PARIS: The stars are aligning for a bumper year of Chinese tourism in Europe thanks to a growing taste for culture over shopping and fears of a cold reception in Donald Trump's America."We came with our children to see the art, the culture, not to go to the mall," a 40-year-old woman who gave her name as Li told Reuters on a visit to Paris for the second time."We went to the Versailles castle, saw the Arc de Triomphe, and we are seeing Notre Dame now," she said on a sunny afternoon near the French capital's mediaeval cathedral.In a new trend, Chinese tourists are increasingly eschewing package tours to Europe to strike out on their own trips off the beaten path, surveys suggest.Leisure travel bookings for July and August in Europe are up more than 4 percent from the same period of last year after an even stronger June, which coincided with a Chinese holiday, according to data tracked by consultancy ForwardKeys."This year will certainly be the year with the highest number of arrivals … [Read more...] about Europe poised for bumper Chinese tourism season