位於法國西南部的波爾多是葡萄酒鑑賞家的天堂,亦是個多采多姿的醉人之城。在這裡,你可親嚐六大產區之佳釀、享受頂級美饌、於知名百貨公司盡情購物、飽覽怡人景致等。國泰假期為你安排「與Roy Moorfield細味波爾多醇酒之旅」,讓有品味的旅客和品酒專家參觀波爾多區內出色的酒莊,帶來與眾不同的品味體驗!

The beautiful port city of Bordeaux in south-western France is a paradise for wine connoisseurs, who come from around the world, not only for the fine wines to be found here, but also to enjoy the fine dining, exciting shopping, and fabulous scenery that the region has to offer. Cathay Holidays has prepared a special Bordeaux Essential Connoisseur Wine Tour aimed at discerning travellers and wine aficionados, as well as those who would just like to learn more about fine French wines. 

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著名酒堡 Château Pontet-Canet

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頂級享受: 參觀酒莊、五星級住宿配上美酒佳餚 Luxurious experience: visiting Château, five-star accommodation and food and wine

8日6夜旅程將由身兼作家、廣播員及著名品酒師Roy Moorfield作嚮導,並入住波爾多及波亞克5星級酒店。行程包括參觀多個著名酒堡品嚐佳釀,於米芝蓮星級餐廳及酒廠享用美饌,與酒堡主人互相交流品酒心得和參觀品牌專門店、老佛爺百貨等等,帶領你享受獨特、奢華的品酒體驗。

Hosted by the renowned writer, broadcaster and wine expert Roy Moorfield, this eight-day/six-night event includes accommodation at the finest hotels in Bordeaux and Pauillac, visits to several chateaux for wine tasting as well as lunch or dinner at selected chateau and Michelin-starred restaurants, meetings with chateau owners and visit famous big-brand boutiques, Galleries Lafayette. 

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Roy與旅客分享品酒心得 Roy share tasting experience with travelers

「與Roy Moorfield細味波爾多醇酒之旅」將於5月3日由香港出發,每位由港元69,999起。集結品酒、餐饗、購物三大享受,切勿錯過。按此查看詳細行程及一系列古堡酒莊和星級餐廳資料。

The Bordeaux Essential Connoisseur Wine Tour will depart Hong Kong on May 3 and is priced at HK$69,999 per person. Please click here for a full itinerary, with a list of all the Chateaux and fine restaurants to be visited on the tour. This really is a unique opportunity to discover the world of French wine and delicacies with plenty of free time for shopping and soaking up the atmosphere of this charming region!

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壯觀的多佛白崖

多佛白崖是沿英國南部海岸線上的一個白色崖壁,位於英法兩國間的英吉利海峽上最峽窄的一處,橫過海峽便到達法國北部的加萊小鎮。由於鄰近歐洲,多佛多年來都是英國一個很重要及繁忙的港口,遊客更可從此處乘搭輪船前往法國。
白崖開放給行山人士,順著崖壁的蜿蜒小徑慢慢步行上白崖山頂,沿途景觀十分怡人,乘著海風一邊步行非常舒適。在天氣晴朗、視野最佳的時候,更可看見法國陸地。如此漂亮的地方,難怪英國人常在這裡度過週末。
白崖是由一種極細而純的粉狀灰岩組成,質地並不堅固。隨著海浪和風雨不斷侵蝕,白崖某些段落會有石塊坍塌。但請放心,只要沿路遵照指示步行,這裡仍是十分安全的。



White Cliffs in England

The White Cliffs of Dover form part of the southern English coastline, facing the narrowest part of English Channel and across to the town of Calais in northern France. Dover itself is an ancient but still-important English port. Tourists can enjoy a relaxed ferry crossing between England and France from here.
This is a good place for hiking. The route is easy and the views are nice. When the weather is clear, you can see France from the cliff tops. English people sometimes come to spend the weekend with their family here.
The cliffs are white because they are chalk, which is soft and fine. With continuous erosion, there can be rock falls in some places. But rest assured, as long as you follow the instructions posted along the trail, it’s still safe to go.
     
— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

壯觀的多佛白崖

多佛白崖是沿英國南部海岸線上的一個白色崖壁,位於英法兩國間的英吉利海峽上最峽窄的一處,橫過海峽便到達法國北部的加萊小鎮。由於鄰近歐洲,多佛多年來都是英國一個很重要及繁忙的港口,遊客更可從此處乘搭輪船前往法國。

白崖開放給行山人士,順著崖壁的蜿蜒小徑慢慢步行上白崖山頂,沿途景觀十分怡人,乘著海風一邊步行非常舒適。在天氣晴朗、視野最佳的時候,更可看見法國陸地。如此漂亮的地方,難怪英國人常在這裡度過週末。

白崖是由一種極細而純的粉狀灰岩組成,質地並不堅固。隨著海浪和風雨不斷侵蝕,白崖某些段落會有石塊坍塌。但請放心,只要沿路遵照指示步行,這裡仍是十分安全的。

White Cliffs in England

The White Cliffs of Dover form part of the southern English coastline, facing the narrowest part of English Channel and across to the town of Calais in northern France. Dover itself is an ancient but still-important English port. Tourists can enjoy a relaxed ferry crossing between England and France from here.

This is a good place for hiking. The route is easy and the views are nice. When the weather is clear, you can see France from the cliff tops. English people sometimes come to spend the weekend with their family here.

The cliffs are white because they are chalk, which is soft and fine. With continuous erosion, there can be rock falls in some places. But rest assured, as long as you follow the instructions posted along the trail, it’s still safe to go.

     

— Wallis Lai, Marketing Executive of Cathay Holidays Limited 

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要盡情地享受歐洲刺激滑雪之旅? 國泰假期全新歐洲Flexiski套票為你一站式安排! 搜羅一系列位於熱門滑雪點包括瑞士、奧地利、法國及意大利之酒店及Chalet供你選擇。酒店更設於Chamonix、Courchevel、St Moritz、Verbier及Courmever等值得推薦的一流滑雪場,讓你享受Ski-in Ski-out 的方便。

Cathay Holidays brand new Flexiski in Europe packages take all the hassle out of organising a ski trip, giving you the freedom to spend as much time as possible out on the slopes. Many fine hotels and chalets are available in each of the top four European skiing destinations – Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy – at some really outstanding resorts, such as Chamonix, Courchevel, St Moritz, Verbier and Courmeyer!

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Chamonix 是歐洲其中之一的著名滑雪場
One of the well-known European Ski Resorts - Chamonix 

除酒店機票,旅程中的來回酒店接送、滑雪用具、滑雪及纜車通行證等亦可為你預訂。挑戰阿爾卑斯雪山絕無問題!

With one of these tailor-made Flexiski packages, you will be able to enjoy convenient round-trip hotel transfers, and pre-arrange ski equipment hire, ski and lift passes and more, leaving you with all the time you’ll need to make the most of your Alpine adventures.

入住位於名人滑雪勝地法國Courchevel的Hotel Saint Louis(海拔1850),4晚只需港元18,390起,包往返日內瓦之來回機票、早晚餐及來回機場私人接送等。另外,入住位於奧地利Chalet Amalien Haus亦是不錯選擇,4晚只需港元18,990起。

For example, you can stay at the Hotel Saint Louis in Courchevel 1850 (the highest area of Courchevel) for four nights with half-board – including a buffet breakfast, a four-course dinner and more – from just HK$18,390 including flights to Geneva and private airport transfers. Another great option is the Chalet Amalien Haus in St Anton in Austria, where you can enjoy a similar package from HK$18,990.

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面向阿爾卑斯山的Hotel Saint Louis客房
Hotel Saint Louis Bedroom facing the Alps

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Chalet Amalien Haus 設計精緻舒適 
Chalet Amalien Haus offers chic and comfortable stays

所有Flexiski套票之出發日期由2013年12月至2014年4月。想了解套票詳情或國泰假期之度身訂造服務,請按此

These and Cathay Holidays’ other fabulous Flexiski destinations will be available for departure from December until early April. For more information on how we can help you get the best out of your next ski trip to Europe, please click here.

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Les Etangs de Corot hotel is located in Ville-d’Avray, a lovely little commune just outside Paris. Since the 19th century, artists, painters, writers, and musicians have been attracted and inspired by its charms. This week we ask Hong Kong resident and former Sales & Marketing Director for Les Etangs de Corot Anna Fedou about the hotel and Ville-d’Avray.

 

WA: How far from Paris is Ville-d’Avray?  

Anna: To reach central Paris it’s a 20 minute drive to the Champs-Elysées area through the Bois de Boulogne, or a 30 minute ride to the Opera area. Otherwise take the 20-minute train that will drop you in Gare Saint-Lazare so close to Galeries Lafayette.

 

WA: Can you briefly introduce Ville-d’Avray, and the nearby area? 

Anna: Ville-d’Avray has been a haven for artists and writers over the past two centuries, gradually becoming a popular resort town. Parisians appreciated the calm of the countryside, and built large properties that seemed to float amid vast green gardens. Les Etangs de Corot sits like a crown jewel in the heart of a bucolic environment that miraculously has been left intact for over 150 years. Nearby you can visit Versailles and its palace. Giverny and its Museum of Impressionism can be a wonderful day trip. Parc de St-Cloud and the ceramic museum at Sevres are also worth a visit.

 

WA: The Cathay Holidays package includes a 90-min Spa treatment from Caudalie Spa. What can guests expect? 

Anna: This Vinothérapie® spa was created especially for those who love treatments derived from the vine and from grapes, and is located in an exceptional environment, right next to the city yet feeling a world away. Its exceptional countryside setting and sweeping view over a peaceful pond makes this a perfect showcase for Caudalie’s Vinothérapie® Spa treatments.

 

WA: Do you have any restaurant recommendations for when guests are back in Paris? 

Anna: There are so many choices in Paris right now, but if I can give you one piece of advice I would recommend a whole street. As you know Paris is all about strolling along the streets, so my recommendation is Rue des Martyrs, and its connecting streets, in the 9th arrondissement. Try Yoom, 20 Rue des Martyrs, for the only trendy dim-sum place in Paris. Hotel Amour at 8 Rue de Navarin has a nice, secluded garden for afternoon drinks, late lunch or even brunch, and Le Pantruche at 3 Rue Victor Massé, has the best French cuisine at the best price, in a typical casual atmosphere.

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Cathay Pacific Holidays held a special event last Thursday, June 6, at the W Hotel Hong Kong to launch the new CX Holidays Signature portfolio of deluxe and bespoke travel experiences. Among those assembled for this glittering occasion were radio personality and entertainer Jan Lamb, Cathay Pacific wine consultant and wine-tour leader Roy Moorfield and former National Geographic Channel photographer Ron Yue.

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The Hong Kong media turned out in force for the event, and were given the opportunity to try Cathay’s comfortable new Premium Economy seats, to sample some of the fine wines available in Cathay Pacific First Class cabins, and to familiarise themselves with some of the exciting tours that will be available from the CX Holidays Signature collection over the coming months. 

We will be mentioning more about these, and about Roy and Ron, and their CX Holidays Signature tours in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

You can explore what CX Holidays Signature currently has on offer by clicking here.

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For a great day trip outside Paris, you won’t find anywhere more charming and picturesque than the lovely town of Fontainebleau and its surrounding countryside. Famous both for its scenic forest and for the historic, magnificent Château de Fontainebleau, the town is only about 40 minutes from Paris by rail (trains leave from the Gare de Lyon), or about an hour by road.

(Photo from: http://www.minube.sg/)

One of the great things about visiting Fontainebleau is that, while it is no less interesting than Versailles – many people in fact prefer it – there are far fewer tourists, and so you won’t have to join any long queues or be jostled by crowds, unless perhaps you are arriving on a public holiday.

The town itself is very easy to navigate, with one main street – the rue Grande – leading you past many interesting and attractive shop windows containing everything from fine pastries to jewellery.

The air is remarkably clean here, too, and despite being only a short ride outside Paris, there’s a very rural French atmosphere, which is further augmented by the weekly Sunday morning food market. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, you’ll certainly find it in Fontainebleau.

(Photo from: http://www.passagestothepast.com/)

Cathay Holidays is currently offering a four-day, three-night Paris Seasonal Package that starts from just HK$7,500 with a choice of more than a dozen hotels. Extra nights are also easy to book at reasonable prices, so you can stay longer to explore places like the enchanting town of Fontainebleau. Please click here for details.

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One of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument, the iconic Louvre in Paris decided to develop a satellite museum so that people could view some of its content without travelling into the capital. And so Louvre-Lens opened last December 2012.

(Photo Source: http://www.lemonde.fr) 

Louvre-Lens is located in the city of Lens, in the northern part of France, about two hours’ drive from Paris, and about 90 minutes by car from Brussels.

(Photo Source: http://www.wallpaper.com) 

Not only exhibitions of paintings and sculptures are held here – Louvre-Lens also organises events such as musical performances and literature readings. Highlights this month include a marathon reading of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables taking place on March 30 and 31.

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You can visit Paris with a four-day, three-night Cathay Holidays package starting from only HK$6,775. For details please click here.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Cote d’Azur 

The final winner of our February “Waterscapes” photo competition is Laurence Lee of Hong Kong, who took this picture last year on the Cote d’Azur, in the South of France. “The name seems quite appropriate here,” writes Laurence, “with the sea, cutting through the middle of the scenery, being a lovely azure blue, and one of the nicest stretches of the southern coast visible in the distance.” 
Laurence used a Lumix LX3 (5mm, f4, 1/800 sec, ISO 180), to get his shot.
The theme for March will be “Art on the Street”, so send in your photos of any kind of street art, and we’ll select our favourites. If yours is chosen, you’ll see it posted it here on Welcome Abroad, and also receive a HK$300 Cathay Pacific Holidays cash voucher.
Read the Rules of Submission, and send your photograph to marketing@cxholidays.com.
If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Cote d’Azur

The final winner of our February “Waterscapes” photo competition is Laurence Lee of Hong Kong, who took this picture last year on the Cote d’Azur, in the South of France. “The name seems quite appropriate here,” writes Laurence, “with the sea, cutting through the middle of the scenery, being a lovely azure blue, and one of the nicest stretches of the southern coast visible in the distance.”

Laurence used a Lumix LX3 (5mm, f4, 1/800 sec, ISO 180), to get his shot.

The theme for March will be “Art on the Street”, so send in your photos of any kind of street art, and we’ll select our favourites. If yours is chosen, you’ll see it posted it here on Welcome Abroad, and also receive a HK$300 Cathay Pacific Holidays cash voucher.

Read the Rules of Submission, and send your photograph to marketing@cxholidays.com.

If you are unsure about how to resize or optimise your photograph before submitting, please click here to read our simple FAQ.

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Today, we have a Q & A with M. Vincent Fabre, President of the unique Marathon du Medoc, which is a celebration not just of running, but of fine wine, too!

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What is special about the Medoc Marathon?

The Medoc Marathon was the first marathon in the world which proposed to run 42.195km in fancy dress with refreshments including water, wine, oyster, beef, cheese and ice cream. It’s not an easy race because of the many dusty roads, so the runners are coming here to enjoy themselves, not to break records!

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How many wine Chateaux will be open for runners?

Between 30 and 40 Chateaux are open for the runners during the race, the most famous being Chateau Latour, Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

 

Is it ok to drink wine when running a marathon?

During the Medoc Marathon, runners “taste” rather than “drink” red wine. We recommend drinking a glass of water before tasting.

 

What else do you provide at the supply stations along the course?

Runners can find water, dried fruits, cola, energy drinks, oysters, beef, cheese, ice cream, candies – and some fancy “pit stops” such as a make-up stand one kilometre before the finish line in order for the runners to look great when they cross the finish line!  

 

Can you recommend a nice route for runner-tourists to take for their recovery run the next morning?

We organise a 10km vineyard walk with five wine tastings the day after the Marathon. It’s not a race, just a walk open to the runners, volunteers, partners and spectators. This year’s walk will visit Cissac-Médoc, a village near Pauillac and Saint Estèphe.

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Do you have any special message for runner-tourists considering taking part?

The Medoc Marathon is the only such opportunity to visit the most famous Chateaux in the world in a day. What could be more beautiful than tasting a glass of wine front of a fine Chateau, in the middle of a vineyard with 8,500 others persons?

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Note: This year’s Marathon du Medoc will take place on Saturday, September 7, with a whole range of activities organised for the weekend, and the fancy-dress theme for runners will be “Science Fiction”. Watch this space for news on a Cathay Holidays package, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the other Marathon Packages we already have on offer here.

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The 37th Paris Marathon will be held on April 7 this year. Known as one of the five biggest marathons in the world (along with those held in New York, London, Berlin and Chicago), the course of Paris Marathon allows runners to take in many of the city’s most famous and spectacular sights.

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Runners will set off from the Arc de Triomphe, and then head down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde. The Rue de Rivoli then leads them to the Place de la Bastille, and after the greenery of the Bois de Vincennes park, the difficulty of the return journey is eased by fine views of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

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Each year, this event attracts around 16,000 participants from outside France, and although the official enrolment period has now ended, Cathay Holidays still has several much sought-after slots reserved for runners who may have missed the deadline.

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To be one of the lucky few, and take part in one of Europe’s great social and sporting events for 2013, click here for reservations and package information.

Cathay Holidays will have more upcoming overseas marathon packages to offer in the near future – so stay tuned for news about your favourite destination.

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