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Year of Campiegne in Raleigh


Submitted by Lisabeth Tunell

On November 4, George Chapman, Raleigh's former planning director, persuaded Mayor Charles Meeker to proclaim the next 12 months as the "Year of Compiegne in Raleigh." Why you may ask, which is what I asked since Raleigh (I thought) has no close ties with France!

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I ran in the "City of Oaks" marathon this past November and the route took us right by the N.C. State's Bell Tower. As many times as I have driven by N.C. State and the tower I never knew what the history behind it was or why  Raleigh was called "The City of Oaks" until I read Ruth Sheehan's column. The Bell Tower is a landmark built to honor the university's students and faculty who served and died in World War I and the start of construction was in 1919 but due to budget problems and the Great Depression, was not completed until 1949. A block or two from N.C. State's Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street  there is a little patch of green behind the Bruegger's bagel shop, on Logan and there is actually a city park named for Compiegne, France. Raleigh, designated 20 years ago, became the sister city of Compiegne.

Ninety years ago in Compiegne, France at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918, the signing of the Armistice, signaling the end of World War I. It was signed with representatives of the German, British and French forces present.

Both the Bell Tower and Compiegne Park are in need of repairs and N.C. State officials announced forthcoming refurbishments to the tower and thanks to George and Gretchen Chapman so is the Park.

The Bell Tower, Chapman noted. overlooks the campus's only roundabout, a traffic device that has been hotly contested for use on Hillsborough Street recently. In Compiegne, there's a single landmark named for its sister of Raleigh.....It's a roundabout!

We all learn something new everyday about the city in which we live!

Posted by Judy Burrell.  If you're trying to save money in these uncertain economical times, but sure want a little get away vacation time once in a while, try Myrtle Beach, SC.  We went there over the Thanksgiving holiday and had a great time.  The Bay Watch Resort has oceanFRONT 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos complete with a full kitchen.  We had a one bedroom condo that even included free hot breakfast every day, free internet, with an outstanding view of the Atlantic Ocean, all for only $80 per night.  There are not many vacation spots in the country where you can enjoy such a special view and amenities so reasonably.  It was nice having a condo with a full kitchen so we didn't have to go out for all of our meals.  What a savings!

Of course Myrtle Beach also has lots of fun things to do like over 100 golf courses, Vegas type shows, good shopping destinations and miles and miles of beautiful beaches.

So if you want to have a quick, inexpensive get away, try Myrtle Beach.  It was only 3 1/2 hours from Raleigh, Bay Watch Resort

Submitted by Lisabeth Tunell

Triangle tourists and business travelers will gain a new connection to Europe and beyond next June (2nd) when Delta Air Lines launches nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris.

Delta will fly between RDU and Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport with connecting flights t 169 airports around the world. "From de Gaulle, you can go anywhere in the world, especially the Mideast and Europe and south Asia," said John Lewis, president of Raleigh-based Travel Management Partners. Delta has already moved its domestic flights from Terminal 1 into RDU's new Terminal 2, which began operation last month. Delta is the second airline in a week to announce a Paris flight from North Carolina. US Airways plans a nonstop between Charlotte and de Gaulle, starting next spring and will operate daily from April through October. Delta, RDU's third busiest carrier after Southeast and American saw and increase in air travel here and abroad and was holding steady through the first nine months of the year.

RDU once had a flight to Paris (Orly) back in 1988 that was an unprofitable adventure for American Airlines and they stopped flying that route in 1994. Bob Cortelyou, a Delta senior-vice president said Delta expects its Paris flight to be more profitable because it will use a small jet (Boeing 757-200), carrying only 174 passengers, and will serve the busier Pairs hub, de Gaulle."This is a way to start the market, and then if we have some great success, we can look at a bigger aircraft," he said. 


Departs RDU daily (except Monday and Thursday) at 6:20 p.m. and arrives in Paris at  CDG 8:35 a.m. the next day.

Departs CDG daily (except Wednesday and Saturday) at 10:30 a.m. and arrives RDU 2:15 p.m.

With connections via CDG to 16 airports: 109 in Europe, 28 Africa, 10 in the Mideast, 20 in the Far East and two in Polynesia.

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