By Darwin Porter

Frommer's. the easiest journeys commence the following. event a spot the way in which the locals do. benefit from the most sensible it has to provide. * Insider pointers on discovering French cowboys, Picasso's public artwork, and the main real bouillabaisse. * Outspoken critiques on what is worthy some time and what is now not. * particular costs, so that you can plan the ideal journey no matter what your funds. * Off-the-beaten-path studies and undiscovered gem stones, plus new takes on best sights.

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76€. 30. S. 50€. S. Dollar, and the Euro: At press time, C$1 equaled approximately US86¢, or approximately 66 eurocents. 00 C$ of $20, $50, $100, $500, and sometimes $1,000. Generally, you’ll pay a service charge ranging from 1% to 4%. Although not as popular as they used to be, traveler’s checks are still widely accepted at establishments in France. The most popular traveler’s checks are offered by American Express (& 800/807-6233 or 800/221-7282 for TRAVELER’S CHECKS cardholders—this number accepts collect You can buy traveler’s checks at most calls, offers service in several foreign banks.

Abrivados involve bulls in the town square as “chaperoned” by trained herders on horseback; encierros highlight a Pamplona-style stampeding of bulls through the streets. Music from local guitarists and flaming torches add drama. For more information, call & 04-90-92-05-22. Mid-July. Nice Jazz Festival. This is the biggest, flashiest, and most prestigious jazz festival in Europe, with world-class entertainers. Concerts begin in early afternoon and go on until late at night (sometimes all night in the clubs) on the Arènes de Cimiez, a picturesque hill above the city.

Ca) offers ideas and advice for gay travel all over the world. com), with separate, annual books for gay men and lesbians. SENIOR TRAVEL Many discounts are available for seniors— men and women of the “third age,” as the French say. Contact the French Government Tourist Office (see “Visitor Information & Maps” on p. 22). At any rail station in France, seniors 60 and over (with proof of age) can get A La Carte Senior. The pass costs 53€ ($69) and is good for a 50% discount on unlimited rail travel throughout the year.

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