wine of the month
Ayala Brut Majeur
French Champagne: Rites of Passage
A fine champagne is the most festive and exalted of all French wines. Just open a bottle and friends will inevitably ask: "What are we celebrating?"
The association of champagne with grand festivities dates back to the 18th century when it was used for anointing the French kings in Reims. Ever since then, champagne houses have underscored champagne's connection to nobility, luxury and powerful rites of passage through their advertising and packaging.
Learn more here.
recipe of the month
Broiled Oysters with Sabayon Glaze
It wouldn't be the holidays in Paris without oysters.
When the temperatures start to drop, oyster stands start popping up all over the city, in front of brasseries, wine bars and grocery stores. It's easy to pick up a dozen fresh French oysters, crack them open and simply enjoy their briny nuances with a glass of white wine, but the holidays call for something a little more special, I think. Something champagne worthy.
Get a great oyster recipe here.
Have you ever thought about renting an apartment in Paris instead of a hotel? We have a lot of wonderful vacation rental agencies in Paris that we recommend, but this week we'd like to bring A la Carte Paris to your attention.
A la Carte Paris specializes in the short-term rental of high-end apartments with charm. Its agents carefully pick out lively neighborhoods in central Paris, in the historical heart of the city, so you can discover the main attractions on foot. Each apartment is designed with a high level of comfort to welcome guests, and each flat comes fully equipped, including luxurious bedding, and is wired for Internet, TV and music.
The first step in booking an apartment consists of browsing the offers on the A la Carte Paris website. Check it out -- we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the extent of the selections, as well as the good values offered. Girls' Guide readers who book with A la Carte Paris will be treated to a deluxe welcome package. Plus, if you are a Girls' Guide Travel Club member, then you'll be eligible to enjoy a special Girls' Guide-only rate on a
number of A la Carte Paris's apartments.
gg2p travel club
A la Carte Paris is but one of the 100-plus partners participating in our new Girls' Guide Travel Club. Our club gives you both value (i.e., big savings) and VIP treatment. Don't you think you are worth it? Learn more here.
Remember, there are only 11 shopping days left until Christmas!
girls' paris trip
Finally, if you'd like to learn more about our spring Girls' trip to Paris, then join us on a conference call with Debbie Phillips and Doni Belau (trip leaders) to find out about what an amazing time we'll be having and to ask all your questions.
The conference call is Thursday, January 19, at noon EST. There are still a few spaces left for our trip, so join us in January for the call. Simply send an email to [email protected], and we'll put you on the conference call list and send you the number that week.