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Paris Cleans Up Its Act

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What’s a Paris stroll if you can’t daydream? Tourists to the French capital can now walk the city’s sidewalks without regard to what may lie underfoot.

“Paris is winning the pooper-scooper campaign,” announced the Mairie de Paris, or mayor's office, in a report by the AFP, thanks to success of the Campagne de Propreté 2009—a citywide cleanup campaign launched earlier this year.

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Test Drive: TOTALe from Rosetta Stone

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I work in  T+L’s Research Department, which requires fluency in a minimum of one foreign language (I speak French), but heading to a preview last Thursday for the new TOTALe product from Rosetta Stone, one of the leaders in foreign langage instruction, my aim was to brush up on my Portuguese, which I had picked up in bits and pieces on a trip to Rio. Though I remember being able to communicate with the locals (it’s hard not to), today, eight months later, I recall only one word: guarana, the name of a fruit, and also the base of a popular soft drink. How far could I get, in 30 minutes, with TOTALe? Would I be able to order more than a Guarana?

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Fly the (Pet-) Friendly Skies

The first pets-only airline, Pet Airways—which takes off this month from five U.S. cities: L.A., Chicago, New York, D. C., and Denver—now tops the list of pet travel perks.

A safe and comfortable alternative to commercial lines’ cargo class, Pet Airways aims to ease both animal and owner stress alike, with an online flight tracking and individual carriers secured in temperature-controlled cabins. Doting attendants check up on “Pawsengers” every 15 minutes and walk them upon landing (unfortunately, there’s no in-flight snack service—vet’s orders).

Flights can be booked through the Pet Airway’s website which crashed when it opened for reservations in April. But your furry four-legged friends will have to wait in line. The airline is booked solid throughout the summer. Bone voyage!

Lisa Cheng is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.

New Website for Girls on the Go

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If too many guidebooks and too little time is your dilemma, then try SeeJaneFly.com, a new travel web site that customizes simple but stylish city guides for women on the go. For now, guides are available only for San Francisco, though ones for Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and Las Vegas are due out this summer, and Chicago, Houston, and Miami, later this year.

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Yapta Begins Hotel Price-Tracking

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Airfare price-tracking site Yapta.com is now doing the same for hotels. The new hotel price-tracking feature keeps tabs of domestic and international hotel rates posted on online booking engines, like Cheaptickets and Orbitz, and alerts you when rates go down. The new tool is best used for pre-booking research--but you’re on your own if you want to cash in on a price drop. (For airfares, Yapta will facilitate a refund on the price difference.)


Lisa Cheng is an assistant research editor at Travel + Leisure.

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