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Featured Journey: Luxury Vineyard Tour Through France Travel Blog

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we'd like to raise a toast to French wines!  As the fall season begins in the Northern Hemisphere, the harvest season starts in France, when the finest grapes are picked and the wine making process begins. We start our journey with a glass of bubbly, in France's Champagne Region. From there, we make our way to the Loire Valley, onto Bordeaux, and complete our experience in the Burgundy or Bourgogne Region. From castles to chateaux, boutique properties and former monasteries, we've pulled together an itinerary featuring the best luxury hotels in each region, which make excellent destinations in their own right, or can be perfectly paired for a grand tour through the wine regions of France -- à votre santé!


Champagne
Loire Valley
Bordeaux
Burgundy

Champagne

Famous for the sparkling wine that bears its name, the Champagne Region is located in the northeast of France. Long associated with French monarchs, this historic area's terroir is ideal for growing three types of grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. The champagne houses have different philosophies and formulas for mixing the various grapes and the aging process, resulting in distinctively unique flavors. Resilient through World War I, parts of the region, including some champagne houses and cellars were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.

Domaine Les Crayeres

Domaine Les Crayeres

Guests can discover more than 600 champagne labels while dining at Chef Phillippe Mille's gourmet restaurant, situated within Domaine Les Crayeres. This Relais & Chateaux property is nestled amidst seven acres of lush vegetation. Formerly the home of the de Polignac family, the property provides reminagined chateau style accommodations with classical French style. Ideal for exploring the Champagne region, the elegant property is located in the heart of Reims. 

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Chateau De Fere

Chateau De Fere

Situated about one hour and 15 minutes from Paris, Chateau De Fere offers a historically rich setting in the village of Fere-en-Tardenois. Combining contemporary styling with Old World charm, guest rooms and suites are housed within a 16th century castle and feature wood floors, intricate woodwork, exposed beams, and old stones. The restaurant is divided into three private rooms and furnished with representations of the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine. There's the ruins of a Chateau de Fere-en-Tardenois on-site, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, tennis, ping pong, and bicycles. 
 

 

Loire Valley

Following the Loire River, this region is widely known for its white wines, but also offers premium reds. Divided into three regions: Upper Loire which is just south of Paris and known for Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume wines that showcase the area's Sauvignon Blanc grapes, the Central Loire Valley is recognized for both white and red wines including the dry Chenin Blanc, the Coulée de Serrant dessert wine, and Vouvray wines, and Pays Nantais which is located close to the Atlantic Ocean and recognized for Muscadet wines that pair well with clams, oysters, mussels, and seafood. In addition to wines, the Loire Valley is known for its castles, as well as Monet's Home and the village of Giverny. 

 

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Built in 1860 by Panckoucke, the famous publisher, Domaine des Hauts de Loire is located in the heart of the castles of Loire Valley, about two hours from Paris. The former hunting lodge has been transformed into a luxury Relais & Chateaux destination with a cooking school, outdoor pool, tennis, and pétanque play area. Set along the Loire Valley Wine Route, guests can explore the area's vineyards by car, foot, or bicycle, and the property's gourmet restaurant is a two Michelin Star recipient. 

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Chateau D'Artigny
Chateau D'Artigny

In the heart of the Loire Valley, about 15 km (9 miles) outside of Tours, Chateau D'Artigny was built by the famous perfumer F. Coty. Completed in 1929, the castle hotel offers the L'Origan restaurant, serving chef-prepared French cuisine made with local ingredients in a sophisticated setting with high windows, woodwork reliefs accented with gold-leaf gilding, and fluted columns. There's also a spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, Duo Cabin, meditation room, and a fitness center. 

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Bordeaux

Known around the world for the finest red wines, the Bordeaux Region is located in the southern part of France along the Atlantic Coast. The Dordogne and Garonne Rivers run through the region, with most of the  wine estates set along the Gironde or one of the river's tributaries. Bordeaux is the country's fourth largest city, and is located in the center of the region. Most of the area is flat, which combined with the landscape, unique soil and maritime climate, make the region an ideal area for wine production. The native Bordelais have been producing wine for about 2,000 years, and the historic town of St.-Emilion is an idyllic stop while visiting Bordeaux.

Chateau des Vigiers

Chateau des Vigiers

Nestled amidst world-famous vineyards, Chateau des Vigiers is located within a 16th century chateau in Dordogne, between Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion. Known as the "Petit Versailles" the luxury property offers Michelin Star dining at Les Fresques, and accommodations accented by authentic period furniture, hand-woven tapestries, and carved marble fireplaces. There's a 27-hole golf course on-site, as well as the Maria Galland Beauty Spa. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of the property's Bergerac Red Wine, as well as a wine tasting with the hotel's sommelier in the wine cellar. 

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Les Sources de Caudalie

Le Sources de Caudalie

Nestled amidst the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, Les Sources de Caudalie was inspired by the French Paradox, a study from 20 years ago that proved the diet and lifestyle in the Southwest France is conducive to good health. Amidst vineyards and forests, the architect crafted the retreat from recycled local materials that are in tune with the surroundings. The hotel has 40 guest rooms, 21 suites, and five cottages, each with antiques and elements inspired by the region's heritage. For dining, the hotel's La Grand'Vigne Restaurant is located withing a former orangery, and offers chef-created cuisine prepared using local ingredients. 

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Burgundy

Our vineyard tour of France wraps up in Burgundy. Southeast of Paris, the Burgundy (Bourgogne in France) Wine Region is recognized around the world for its fine red wines. Somewhat fragmented,  the area consists of four contiguous districts: Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais, and the disconnected Beaujolais Region about 70 miles south. Some of the region's cities include Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, as well as Beaune, Cluny, Macon, and Vézelay. Burgundy's vineyards tend to be smaller than those in Bordeaux, resulting in a limited production of a particular wine causing higher prices, and multiple brands of any one wine. This area is best known for Pinot Noir due to the climate and soil, as well as Chardonnay wines that can age for decades. 

 

Chateau De Gilly

Guest Room at Chateau De Gilly

Transformed into a luxury hotel in 1988, the Chateau De Gilly was originally built at a castle for relaxation in the 16th century. Specializing in French cuisine, the chateau's Clos Prieur restaurant is nestled within a rib-vaulted room that was once the cellar for the Cistercian monks of Gilly. Midway between Dijon and Beune, the property is opposite the prestigious Clos Vougeot Castle vineyard, and about 25 km (15.5 miles) from the Beaune Hospices wine cellar and vineyard. 

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Hotel Le Cep

Hotel Le Cep Exterior

Originally built as a private residence in 1442, Hotel Le Cep is located in Beaune's town center, close to the Basilique Notre Dame church and the famous Hospices de Beaune. Guest rooms and suites are set within two historic mansions with traditional French courtyards, and each room is named after a Burgundian village or Grand Cru wine. The hotel's Michelin-starred Loiseau des Vignes restaurant offers a gastronomic experience, and there is the Spa Marie de Bourgogne with 14 sensorial experiences. 

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Transporting guests back to the days of the Belle Epoque, Prestige Suites at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes are perched on the seventh floor of the hotel. Overlooking the Mediterranean with parquet floors and elegant lounge areas, the one- and two-bedroom suites are named after prominent celebrities with strong ties to the region. One of the lavish suites is the Sean Connery Suite with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private elevator, marble floors, fine wood furniture, and a spacious sea-facing terrace. Continue below the Sean Connery Suite photo. 

Sean Connery Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The elegant Grace Kelly Suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a private salon with a unique design that provides the feel of being on a private yacht. There's a large terrace with panoramic Mediterranean vistas, and a glamorous dining room. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Grace Kelly Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Named after one of the finest stars of French cinema, the Sophie Marceau Suite is an elegant space with sumptuous fabrics in shades of cream, parquet floors, broad sofas, and relaxing sun-filled terrace. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a spacious lounge area and dining room. Continue reading below the photo of the Sophie Marceau Suite. 

Sophie Marceau Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The Alain Delon Suite honors a monumental French cinema star. Offering a modern and timeless setting, the suite has a lounge area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There's also an outdoor terrace providing partial sea views. Read more below the photo of the suite. 

Alain Delon Suite at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes

The InterContinental Carlton is located on the famed La Croisette Boulevard. Featuring a Belle Epoque facade, the historic hotel was built in 1911 and inaugurated in 1913. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the property has a private sandy beach, fine dining, elegant ballroom, and a centralized location close to the Cannes Palais des Festivals and the shopping district.

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Exterior of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes


For a limited time, the Nolinski Paris is offering guests a special portrait session package with the famous Studio Harcourt. For more than 80 years, the photography studio's black and white portraits have been celebrated worldwide, with an array of well-known clients including kings, queens, and Hollywood elite. Learn more about the special offer below the photo.

Nolinski Paris Studio Harcourt Special Offer

From July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, hotel guests can book the Nolinski Paris Prestige Session Special Offer*:

- Solo Portrait for €1,595 instead of €1,995

- Duo Portrait for €1,985 instead of €2,480

- Family Portrait for €2,400 instead of €3,000
*Price includes the session and printing of the portrait. Valid through March 31, 2018. 
 
Prestige Sessions provide a unique experience evoking the glamour of the greatest film stars. Sessions include professional makeup and photography, along with an artistic black and white portrait. Guests should contact the concierge via email: concierge@nolinski.com to check availability and schedule a Studio Harcourt session. Continue reading below the photo.
 
Superior Guest Room at Nolinski Paris
 
The Nolinski Paris opened in July 2016. Just a few steps from the Comedie Française, the Louvre Museum, and the Palais Royal Gardens, The Nolinski offers a prime location to discover Paris. From bright, luminous rooms and a mineral spa, to the Réjane brasserie and the hushed tones of the Grand Salon, each space is an invitation to let the senses roam and emotions rise.
 
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer, as well as a personalized note from management. 
 
 
 

Completely transformed, the Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel reopened on July 5 after a four-year restoration project. Situated on the Place de la Concorde, the historic property mixes vintage glamour and architectural elements with modern amenities and technology. Read more below the photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Lobby

Opulent objects like amethyst chandelier and Baccarat decanters have been given prominent placement, Karl Lagerfeld designed two of the property's prestigious suites, and there's a new swimming pool featuring a mural by ceramist Peter Lane. Continue below the pool photo. 

Hotel de Crillon Pool

The hotel's guest rooms and suites combine the property's 18th-century heritage with bespoke furnishings, elegant antiques, and carefully selected accents for a sophisticated Parisian residential style. Read more below the photo of the Bernstein Suite. 

Bernstein Suite Bedroom at Hotel de Crillon

There's also revitalized dining options, including L'Ecrin serving a contemporary gastronomic menu by Chef Christopher Hache. Along with Brasserie D'Aumont with timeless French cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients and regional products. For Afternoon Tea and sweets, Jardin d'Hiver is a glamorous residential lounge, and Les Ambassadeurs provides an iconic setting for cocktails and live entertainment. Continue below the Jardin d'Hiver. 

Jardin d'Hiver at Hotel de Crillon

Within the reimagined palace there's the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa along with the Hair Salon by David Lucas and the Barber by La Barbiere de Paris. Need shoes buffed? Shoecare by Devoirdecourt can assist. 

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Tucked amongst 2.5 acres of pine trees and fragrant gardens, the Villa Rose-Pierre feature a private villa setting with the services and amenities of a five star hotel, including 24-hour butler service and two servants' quarters. As part of the iconic Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, the villa offers a secluded setting with a private heated infinity pool with mosaics and glow-in-the-dark stars that light up at night, along with an exclusive synthetic clay tennis court with sea views. Continue reading below the pool photo. 

The private pool at the Villa Rose-Pierre

Decorated by interior designer Alberto Pinto, the four bedroom residence opens to large outdoor terraces, with seaview balconies in each of the bedrooms. There's a grand entrance hall, living room, kitchen, sun room, and dining room. The master suite offers privacy on the main floor with a large en-suite luxury bathroom, while the three guest bedrooms are upstairs with their own en-suite bathrooms. The rooftop terrace has an outdoor dining table and sofa seating for guests to enjoy meals and cocktails with views of the grounds, pine grove, and Mediterranean. While the lower level has a TV lounge, sauna, and fitness room.

Guests of the Villa Rose-Pierre also receive breakfast, a 60-minute spa treatment for two, as well as a "Haute Couture" skin analysis by Dr. Burgener. Continue reading more below the photo of the grand hotel. 

Exterior of the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel is an iconic property along the Côte d’Azur. Built in 1908, the legendary palace hotel offers classic glamour and timeless French style. Le Spa features a hydrotherapy circuit, indoor pool with a counter-current system, yoga and Pilates classes, plus personal training, jogging trails, and synthetic clay tennis courts. The Club Dauphin Swimming Pool has a large terrace with lounge chairs and cabanas, there are activities for families and children, plus three restaurants including the Michelin-Starred Le Cap (photo below), known for its regional cuisine. Continue below the photo of Le Cap's Terrace. 

Le Cap Terrace at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Steps from the Comédie Française and the Palais Royal gardens, the Nolinski Paris is a design-focused hotel set within a Haussmann building. Guests are welcomed into a minimalist Carrara marble reception area, and the elegant interiors feature the refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot. Focused on attention to detail and superior service and hospitality, the hotel offers guest rooms and suites within a discreet setting, plus the Brasserie, Le Grand Salon, and Spa Nolinski by La Colline. Continue reading below the photo to discover 3 reasons to choose the Nolinski Paris. Plus, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks. 

Deluxe Suite at the Nolinski Paris

1. Design 

Stairwell at the Nolinski Paris

From the Haussmann building to the interiors which combine classical style with enchantment and flair, from bright luminous rooms to dark tones to hushed settings, the property is designed to conceal mysteries for visitors to unlock. Guest rooms and suites feature hues of emerald green and blue, mingled with custom made furnishings, precious materials, and luxurious comforts. While convivial public spaces showcase Epicurean experiences and the art of attention to detail. 

2. Brasserie Réjane & Le Grand Salon

Le Grand Salon at the Nolinski Paris

Serving Parisian specialties such as classic breakfasts with croissants and coffees, along with traditional stewed dishes, the Brasserie Réjane has cubist-inspired tiling, abstract paintings, blackened oak wood panelling. Ideal for breaks between museums or post-theater dinners, the restaurant features three unique spaces, along with a bar counter with painted mirrors and embellished brass, plus a winter garden greenhouse with bronze flowers. While Le Grand Salon is a place to relax with swivel armchairs, and a bronze fireplace under a silver leaf ceiling, serving cocktails, teas, and private lunches. 

3. Spa Nolinski by La Colline

The Pool at Spa Nolinski by La Colline

Offering La Colline beauty treatments, Spa Nolinski by La Colline provides a serene setting that combines the four elements into a cozy setting focused on well-being. There is warm wood panelling, granite flooring, soft whispers of water, and flickering candles. The pool is surrounded by dark rocks, a mirror on the ceiling reflects the abstract setting, and there are Louis XIV armchairs and sofas around the pool for guests to relax. There's a sauna and hamman giving way to the night sky, and three massage huts for treatments, plus personal training sessions available on-site or in the Louvre gardens nearby. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome pastry or appetizer. Plus, guests get a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited international phone calls and internet. 

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Tucked away from the galleries and shops of the Place des Vosges, Le Pavillon de la Reine is nestled within a 17th century building. Named after Queen Anne of Austria who once stayed in one of the property's wings, the hotel is located in the heart of Le Marais. Designed to offer the understated sophistication of a private home blended with the service and amenities of a grand palace, the hotel has a private, greenery-filled courtyard garden, spa, and the Honesty Bar serving breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, and cocktails. Recently, the luxury hotel unveiled the Suite de la Reine and the Suite Madame de Sévigné. 

Suite de la Reine is one of the property's most spacious suites. Situated at the corner of the building, the suite has large double aspect windows allowing Parisian sunlight to flow in, wooden floors, a handcrafted chandelier, and a decorative fireplace. There's also a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate dressing room, and an elegant marble bathroom with contemporary furnishings and a neutral color pallete. Continue reading below the photos of Suite de la Reine. 

Living Room of the Suite de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite de la Reine Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sévigné is named after a colorful French aristocrat known throughout France as one of the icons of French literature. Marquise de Sévigné lived around the corner at the Hôtel de Carnavalet from 1677 until her death. Featuring a blend of contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, the suite is furnished in a neutral color palette with accents of orange. There's a large sitting room with a sofa bed and minibar, separate bedroom, and a spacious bathroom. Read more below the photos of Suite Madame de Sévigné.

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bedroom at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Living Room at Pavillon de la Reine

Suite Madame de Sevigne Bathroom at Pavillon de la Reine

The Suite de la Reine and Suite Madame de Sévigné can be interconnected to accommodate up to 8 guests.  

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Recently opened in the heart of Paris, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique property with a Spa by Codage with made-to-order treatments, indoor pool, and hammam. Nestled within the 1st Arrondissement's Saint-Honoré District, the designer hotel's restaurant celebrates the gastronomic art of blending flavors with gusto and is overseen by 2-Michelin-starred chefs. Continue reading below.

Dining at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Guest rooms and suites combine contemporary and traditional decor in five different color schemes with solid walnut floors, Carrara marble, Marshall speakers, and furniture by Sarah Lavoine, Cassina, and GamFratesi. Read more below the photo.

Guest room at Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a Signature cocktail at the bar. 

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Steps from the Opera and Paris' chic department stores, The Chess Hotel is a boutique property with 50 guest rooms and suites. Designed by Giles and Boissier, the luxury hotel combines natural materials such as linen, oak, and marble with signature accents like suspended lamps, curvaceous furniture, and artwork by Cyprien Chabert. There's a daily tea time, and the hotel provides guests with Samsung Dringme smartphones with access to city guides and concierge services. Continue below the photo.

Buffet Breakfast at The Chess Hotel

Five Star Alliance Perk: guests that make reservations with Five Star Alliance get a welcome drink, and a smartphone to use during their stay with unlimited phone calls and internet access.

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Suite Bathroom at The Chess Hotel


This Valentine's Day, what better way to celebrate your love than a romantic getaway? Throughout the month of love, hotels around the world are offering special packages designed to inspire romantic memories. Here are five luxury getaways, ideal for surprising your sweetheart. 

The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos

The Royal Palm Hotel GalapagosFor an exotic retreat, book the Valentine's 3-Night/4-Day Romantic Package at the Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos. The package includes three nights in a Casita or Highland Villa, a special Valentine's five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, complimentary bottle of house wine, in-room chocolates, and a choice of land tours and sea excursions. Valid for arrival February 1-28, 2017.

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The Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is set within the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. The private estate adjoins with the Galapagos National Park, and features fine dining, outdoor pool, and gardens with fountains.  Luxurious guest rooms, villas, and casitas feature custom furnishings, and the entire property is designed to be harmonious with the natural environment. 

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Hotel Brunelleschi Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi FlorenceThe Hotel Brunelleschi is offering a Valentine's Day special that includes accommodations and a romantic dinner at the luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Florence. Steps from Il Duomo (Florence Cathedral), the hotel was featured in both the DaVinci Code and Inferno. 

The Hotel Brunelleschi Valentine's Day offer includes:
• One night in one of the hotel's luxurious rooms or suites
• A rich buffet breakfast
• A sweet inroom welcome: a selection of fine delicious chocolate
• A tasting dinner on February 14th, served in the ancient halls on the first floor (drinks included)
• 2 soft bathrobes to cuddle yourself during your stay
• Ambiance music composed by various artists
• Personalized room set-up: choose your favorite ambient fragrance and fresh flowers
• High speed internet Wi-Fi unlimited service
• Health Club access 

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The Peninsula Paris

The Peninsula ParisThe "From Peninsula with Love" package at the Peninsula Paris provides an elegant setting ideal for creating moments to remember. Daily breakfast is included, along with a "Love Cake." During the month of February, the hotel is offering guests a special Van Cleef & Arpels experience, based on availability.

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COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan LondonThe COMO Metropolitan London is offering a variety of Valentine's Day options, including a Valentine's Day cocktail masterclass in the Park Lane Met Bar where couples can learn how to craft drinks from expert mixologists. There's also special couples spa treatments offered from February 11 to 18.

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Castlemartyr Resort

Castlemartyr IrelandFor those that love Irish Castles, the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork is offering a variety of ways to celebrate February, the month of love. The Lady Fitzergerald's Afternoon Tea is served in the Bell Tower Restaurant, and evokes the romance and spirit of the Downton Abbey era, there are special menu offerings at Franchini's, golf packages, and spa offerings with aromatherapy massages, prosecco, and chocolate strawberries. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic getaway.

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