Today’s Top Deals: Las Vegas

Although the recession is rumored to be over, the suffering is still in effect. Which makes us wonder, why are they claiming the recession is over? However, due to this continued fall in revenue, many sectors of the economy are still offering heavy deals. Today’s top deal comes from Southwest Airlines; AOL Travel reports on the latest lowest deals to Las Vegas.

The exclusive Southwest Vacation special is the lowest in years. Get round-trip flight and 3-night hotel starting at $55 per person per night [price based on double occupancy]. This offer is good on travel from late summer through early January 2010. Below are some of the many participating hotels. For more information go to Southwest Airlines’ website.

Le Tour de France

If you’ve been noticing a fair amount of cyclists on the way to work today you’ve been a victim of the July craze that is the Tour de France. The Tour de France is the ultimate annual cycling event in the world. Taking place in France every July, the 23 day competition takes the riders through a rigorous 3,500 mile course hitting every terrain the country has to offer. The race typically goes through one stage a day for 20 days and consists of over 150 riders. A stage can be anywhere from 50 to 300 miles in one day, ending with a sprint through Paris to the finish line.

This year America’s Lance Armstrong is trying to make a comeback and win an unprecedented 8th Tour de France. Armstrong is the all time leader with 7 wins which he won consecutively from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong is the prototypical hero to millions; surviving from testicular and brain cancer to win one of the most grueling physical competitions multiple times.

During the tour there are so many stops and checkpoints, making your stay in any region will most likely give you a look at the race from the roadside. Locals come out of their towns to celebrate the event and cheer their countrymen on. If you’d ever had the urge to participate in a foreign national pastime, this is fairly easy to assimilate into. Some mainstay hotspots on the tour include Montpellier, Marseille, Monaco and Paris. Go to the official Tour de France website to keep up with Lance, and check out any of the cities you’d like to visit.

Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

Bastille Day Fireworks Paris

Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fete Nationale (“National Celebration”) in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet (“14 July”). It commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

The parade opens with many cadets from the Ecole Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, Ecole Navale, and so forth, then other infantry troops, then motorised troops; aviation of the Patrouille de France flies above. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France’s allies to the parade; in 2004 during the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, British troops (the band of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Grenadier Guards and King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery) led the Bastille Day parade in Paris for the first time, with the Red Arrows flying overhead.

The president used to give an interview to members of the press, discussing the situation of the country, recent events and projects for the future. Nicolas Sarkozy, elected president in 2007, has chosen not to give it. The President also holds a garden party at the Palais de l’Elysee.

Article 17 of the Constitution of France gives the President the authority to pardon offenders, and since 1991 the President has pardoned many petty offenders (mainly traffic offences) on 14 July. In 2007, President Sarkozy declined to continue the practice.