The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

THE23RD Al­liance Fran­caise French Film Fes­ti­val got off to a crack­ing start in Syd­ney on March 6 with Va­lerie Donzelli’s Dec­la­ra­tion of War; fes­ti­val spon­sor Sof­i­tel (sof­i­tel­syd­ney. com.au) has a French Film Feast Pack­age to March 31 from $575 for two at the Sof­i­tel Syd­ney Went­worth, with break­fast, movie passes, ho­tel park­ing and Frenchthemed ex­tras, in­clud­ing din­ner with matched wines Also on a French note, Christophe Chas­tel and Philippe Pee of Guest Apart­ment Ser­vices (guestapart­ment.com) have been in Australia pro­mot­ing their port­fo­lio of charm­ing Paris apart­ments; they started their busi­ness in 1997 and re­port that Australia is the fastest-grow­ing mar­ket for digs, from pent­houses with sky­line views to stu­dios on the Ile Saint Louis Bill Peach will be host­ing a 13-day Rhine River cruise for Bill Peach Jour­neys (bill­peachjour­neys.com.au), de­part­ing May21 on River Cloud II; the itin­er­ary in­cludes the fa­bled Rhine Val­ley and me­dieval vil­lages be­side the Moselle River; from $12,495 a per­son twin-share ex Zurich Anew­fam­ily guide­book, Bali with Kids, edited by Laetitia Knight (bali­with­kids. com), is billed as con­tain­ing info suit­able for hol­i­day­ing with chil­dren from ba­bies to teenagers; it is also avail­able as an e-book

Cathay Pa­cific (cathaypa­cific. com/au) has taken de­liv­ery of its first 777-300ER air­craft to fea­ture pre­mium econ­omy and long-haul econ­omy seats; the pre­mium seats, in a ded­i­cated zone, will be avail­able on CX100/101 ser­vices be­tween Syd­ney and Hongkong from April 1 The Levin in London (thelev­in­ho­tel.co.uk), which is min­utes from Har­rods, has a three-night Dol­lar Pack­age for Aus­tralian guests from $1250, in­clud­ing break­fasts, choice of an ad­di­tional meal or af­ter­noon tea, and round-trip Heathrow or Eurostar St Pan­cras trans­fers; sis­ter ho­tel The Cap­i­tal, next door, has a sim­i­lar deal from $1395.

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