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Danger to dogs playing on northern French beaches

Visiting the northern Brittany coast sounds completely delightful — Mont St. Michel, Paimpol, the pink granite coast — but several recent articles have revealed serious problems with Brittany’s northern beaches, especially in the Côtes-d’Armor department. Algae, washing up on shore and decaying, has made some beaches perilous:

Harmless while in water, the algae form dangerous gases — notably hydrogen sulfide, with its characteristic rotten-egg smell — when they wash up on land and decay. A white crust forms and  … Read more

Dog-friendly Royal Parks in London

Photo by ddqhu

There are eight “royal parks” in London — parks which are officially the hereditary possessions of the Crown but to which the public is given access. They are (in alphabetical order): Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, and St. James’s Park. Dogs are allowed in all of the royal parks; in some parts of the parks, however, dogs are either not allowed or need to be on a leash  … Read more

List of dog-friendly gardens and parks in Paris

The Mairie de Paris has published a useful list of Paris parks and gardens that allow dogs (PDF) — well worth consulting, because Paris is pretty strict about dogs in parks. [7/1/13 Please note that this link still works, but the resulting document is organized slightly differently, and more clearly, than I’ve described below.]

The name of the park is in the left column. The middle column shows that dogs are allowed on that property; if there’s a caption, it describes the  … Read more

Dog-friendly luxury: Châteaux & Hôtels Collection

In a couple of previous posts, I described Relais & Châteaux and Grandes Etapes Françaises, two sources of luxurious and dog-friendly accommodations and restaurants in France (and around the world, in the case of Relais & Châteaux). Another company you should know about when you’re making plans for a glorious French vacation is the Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, which offers over 500 restaurants and places to stay located throughout France, with additional properties in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and  … Read more

Dog-friendly luxury: Grandes Etapes Françaises châteaux and hotels

In an earlier post, I raved about Relais & Châteaux and their glorious hotels and restaurants, some of which welcome dogs as guests. A competitor, Grandes Etapes Françaises, owns ten 4-star châteaux and hotels in Alsace, Anjou, Burgundy, the Ile de France, the French Riviera, the Rhône Alpes, and the Val de Loire. We haven’t stayed in any of them, but they look stunning — and a customer service representative told me that dogs are welcome in all ten properties.  … Read more

Dog-friendly luxury: Relais & Châteaux hotels and restaurants

To be honest, we’re taking a (temporary, I hope) break from visiting and eating at Relais & Châteaux properties. It’s a crying shame, because R&C collects and puts its imprimatur on the finest restaurants and the most gorgeous and charming and luscious hotels around the world — and it’s a French company, so they know what they’re talking about. We’ve stayed and/or eaten in a handful of R&C properties in the U.S. and Europe and each has been divine.

I’m writing  … Read more