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Latest Paris Advice

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, the British government have issued the following advice for British nationals travelling to France and Paris in particular.

On Friday 13 November, a number of terrorist incidents took place in Paris resulting in widespread casualties. British nationals are advised to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities. French authorities have heightened security measures due to a risk of further attacks. The advice of the Paris Police is currently to keep movement around town to a minimum. Systematic border control checks have been implemented at all entry points into France. A national state of emergency and a three-day period of mourning have been declared (14-16 November). Public gatherings, the flying of drones and use of fireworks in the Ile de France region (Paris and surrounding area) have been prohibited.

A full report can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france.

There is currently no official statement advising people against travelling to Paris. However, OneStage will be keeping reviewing this advice on a regular basis, in order to advise our clients who are booked to travel to Paris, or intend to book a tour there over the coming months.

To our friends and colleagues in Paris, our thoughts remain with you.

Memories of Alsace & The Black Forest, Oct 2015

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Group photo outside Strasbourg Cathedral.

Exploring Alsace & The Black Forest OneStage-style

Thirteen lucky travellers embarked on a journey from London to Strasbourg with Eurostar & TGV via Paris on Sunday morning, where we arrived safe and well with all our luggage intact at around 5pm. Our amazing, city-centre, youth accommodation ‘CIARUS’, deceptively large and ideal for ensembles requiring versatile rehearsal facilities, has en-suite rooms and enjoys an ideal city centre location. OneStage arranged a crisp, clear night for our evening guided walking tour (thank you Anne) visiting the main sights including Strasbourg Cathedral and the half-timbered buildings in Petite France and one of our wonderful concert venues. Dinner was at a traditional Alsatian restaurant in the city centre sampling some of the region’s culinary delights, a.k.a. copious amounts of choucroute and sausages.

A bright Monday morning revealed rows of storks’ nests in the trees, visits to other youth accommodations and potential concert opportunities. We meandered along the Alsatian wine route to the pretty town of Scherwiller, stopping for Flammeküche/ tarte flambée at a rustic Alsatian restaurant. Large groups welcome! A little wine tour and tasting seemed appropriate after dinner. The descending fog and limited lighting meant that we regrettably postponed our visit to the Chateau du Haut-Königsbourg, in favour of heading onwards to Lake Titisee in the Black Forest.

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OneStage Team Photo

Shimmering sunlight on Tuesday morning revealed glittering autumnal golds, browns and reds in the forests surrounding our guest house. A truly dazzling sight and great start to the morning, with a hearty German breakfast to set us up for the day. We visited numerous villages and venues, stopped off in a farm house to enjoy some local produce and had plenty of time in Freiburg. Our guided tour revealed some fascinating aspects about Freiburg and the coffee and Black Forest Gateau in Cafe Atrium was simply divine. We left Freiburg feeling content and hungry for a sumptious German meal that awaited us at a traditional Black Forest Straussenwirtschaft. Mulhouse was our final destination, where we checked in to our hotel and enjoyed our final night on tour.

Alsatian culinary delights

Black Forest culinary delights

Our last morning ended with a final visit to one of our favourite concert venues in Mulhouse before we made a dash to the station for our train to Paris, a mere 2h,20min journey. We travelled across Paris to the Gare du Nord, with plenty of time to check in to our Eurostar back to London. This OneStage team thoroughly enjoyed the company of each and every participant and we would like to thank you once again for joining us on our whirlwind tour of these lovely regions and we look forward to working with you very soon.

Our special thanks to Tourisme Alsace, Strasbourg Tourist Board, Voyages SNCF, CIARUS and The Hoch-Schwarzwald Tourist Office for their suggestions and support.

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