France play Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday at 5pm French time. Finding a place to watch the match could be a mission if the semi-final was anything to go by as bars, pubs and restaurants will be packed to the limit, both in cities and small towns. So perhaps the best solution is to head to one of the big screens being set up in cities around the country. The atmosphere will be electric and you should at least be able to see the screen, which won't necessarily be the case if you head to a bar. We've picked out some of the most exciting screenings around the country. Get in touch if you know of any others we should include. Bordeaux Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé had been under pressure to put up a big screen for the final and he finally cracked this week, announcing that the game would be shown live at the Chaban-Delmas stadium. An estimated 30,000 fans are expected to attend. The gates will open at 2.30pm and fans will only be allowed to watch from the stadium's … [Read more...] about The best places to watch the World Cup final around France (if you want atmosphere)
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The survey was conducted by AirHelp, a technology company that provides legal services to airline passengers and ranks airports according to quality of service, punctuality and passengers' experiences based on their reactions on Twitter. Based on these categories, the highest ranking French airport at 85th place (out of 141) was Basel-Mulhouse Airport on the Swiss border which received an average score of 7.41 out of a possible 10 in terms of its punctuality and quality of service. READ ALSO: Photo: Jeff Warren/Flickr However even this top performing French airport had struggled to win over passengers... at least according to their reactions on social media for which it received a measly 4.65 out of 10. Meanwhile, Toulouse airport was next on the list in 94th place followed by one of Paris's main airports Charles de Gaulle at 128th and Bordeaux at 133rd. The other large airport in the French capital, Orly, came a lowly 138th followed by Lyon (139th) … [Read more...] about Why are French airports leaving passengers unsatisfied?
Do say bonjour It might sound obvious to say the word hello when you meet someone, but the French do it much more often than English speakers. When you get on a bus, go into a shop or a doctor's waiting room, even pass someone in a corridor, it’s polite to say ‘bonjour’, even if you’ll never speak to the person again. Similarly, if you’re looking for something in the supermarket, you should say ‘bonjour’ (hello) when you approach the assistant looking for help, rather than just excusez-moi, which might seem more natural. You could even add the word ‘Madame’ or ‘Monsieur’ after bonjour to be extra polite. READ ALSO: Why this is by far the most important word in French And do say bonjour to everyone! When meeting a group of people you might be used to just giving everyone a general wave and shouting "hi". But in France the locals prefer to get a bit more personal so you'll be expected to go around the whole … [Read more...] about How not to annoy the French when you are in France
Between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle of the Médoc peninsula, Jean-Michel Cazes is king of the castle – and he owns quite a few. During a very intimate trip in the village of Bages, Living It got to visit this family estate and have some of the best food and wine the Bordeaux region has to offer. The Médoc and its vineyards have a lot of stories to tell – here are a few we heard through the grapevine while staying at the Château Cordeillan-Bages. Its history dates back to the 17th century when its two turrets were first erected. A couple centuries later, a sprawling manor was constructed right by them. This Relais & Châteaux (the only one in the region), nestled in gardens and vineyards, mingles past and future. In 1989, fifty years after buying the château, the Cazes family repurposed it into a hotel of 28 rooms and suites, fitness, sauna and an azure pool. The bedroom interiors were very recently redesigned by … [Read more...] about Bages, the gem of the Médoc peninsula
A train passes through the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces on Lake Geneva. Photo: Depositphotos It's one of the great pleasures of life in Switzerland – sitting with a glass of (overpriced) wine in the restaurant car of a train and watching the spectacular scenery roll by. But Swiss gourmand Josef Zisyadis was shocked recently when he discovered foreign wine had made it onto the new drinks menu of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF). “Do they serve anything other than French or Italian wines on French and Italian trains?” asked the director of Switzerland’s annual slow-food Week of Taste festival after seeing the options available. Read also: 19 mildly interesting facts about Swiss wine The SBB website shows six different wines – three reds and three whites – are currently on offer. Just half of them are Swiss. The whites include a Fendant from the canton of Valais, a Chasselas from Vaudois and a Spanish Verdejo. On the red side of the list, … [Read more...] about Off track: Swiss trains slammed for snubbing local wines