The Vieux-château de l’île d’Yeu, a fortification off the French Atlantic coast. #France #travel (Taken with Instagram)

The Vieux-château de l’île d’Yeu, a fortification off the French Atlantic coast. #France #travel (Taken with Instagram)

The Riviera region features charming country houses, built in Provencal rustic style. #France #Travel #Green Guides (Taken with Instagram)

The Riviera region features charming country houses, built in Provencal rustic style. #France #Travel #Green Guides (Taken with Instagram)

"Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together." - Vista M. Kelly

The Musee d’Orsay serves as a stunning showcase for the fine and decorative arts. #tourism #travel #paris #france #museum (Taken with instagram)

The Musee d’Orsay serves as a stunning showcase for the fine and decorative arts. #tourism #travel #paris #france #museum (Taken with instagram)

When Gustave Eiffel completed the Tower in 1889 it became the tallest building in the world at 984 ft. #landmark #tourism #paris #france #eiffel #eiffeltower  (Taken with instagram)

When Gustave Eiffel completed the Tower in 1889 it became the tallest building in the world at 984 ft. #landmark #tourism #paris #france #eiffel #eiffeltower (Taken with instagram)

The Chateau de la Tour-d’Aigues burned in 1782 and 1792 and is being progressively restored.  (Taken with instagram)

The Chateau de la Tour-d’Aigues burned in 1782 and 1792 and is being progressively restored. (Taken with instagram)

Japan crowned culinary capital of the world with 29 Michelin three-star restaurants after dethroning the French

via Daily Mail Online

Japan has become the food capital of the world with the highest number of restaurants with three Michelin stars - knocking the French into second place.

There are 29 three-star restaurants in Japan - compared with 25 in France in the latest edition of the guide.

In total Western Japan now has 296 Michelin stars in the new 2012 book which is published tomorrow.

Kyoto: The region had the highest concentration of Michelin stars with 15 - one more than Tokyo

Kyoto: The region had the highest concentration of Michelin stars with 15 - one more than Tokyo

Marc Veyrat: France lost one of its three Michelin star restaurants when he shut down la Maison de Marc Veyrat

Last year the two rival culinary capitals were level with 26 top restaurants each - but the Japanese raced into the lead when Marc Veyrat’s eaterie in Savoie la Maison de Marc Veyrat closed down.

For good measure, a further three of their restaurants were given the highest Michelin rating.

The rise of the Japanese has been remarkable - because the Michelin guide was only launched there in 2007. The makers have long been accused of having a French bias.

Bernard Delmas, Michelin president in Tokyo, said: ‘Japan is a unique country with many cities full of high-level cuisine.

'That is why, even in the fifth year of the arrival of our guide in Japan, we continue to discover new stars to introduce to our readers.

Japan’s culinary centre is Kansai with 15 three-star restaurants. The area centres on Japan’s second-largest city of Osaka and the ancient capital of Kyoto.

The region has three more top rated restaurants than Tokyo which last year received more stars than any other city in the world.

The Michelin award is especially respected in Japan, where diners are willing to wait in long lines and pay high prices at noted establishments. 

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If you’re planning a late summer driving trip to France, and  your driving companion’s name starts with the ninth letter of the  alphabet, then Michelin has perhaps just what you need. Following the  success of the ViaMichelin Traffic application for iPad, the company has  launched the first iPad map of France. The 2011 Michelin France map is  available for download from the iTunes App Store.
- via tyrepress.com

If you’re planning a late summer driving trip to France, and your driving companion’s name starts with the ninth letter of the alphabet, then Michelin has perhaps just what you need. Following the success of the ViaMichelin Traffic application for iPad, the company has launched the first iPad map of France. The 2011 Michelin France map is available for download from the iTunes App Store.

- via tyrepress.com

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