• A new year, a new look for France


    It seems that Europe's New Year's resolution was to boost its tourism facilities for 2011. Some venues in France have undergone extensive renovations, while others have upgraded their properties to allow for smoother operations, spending millions of euros in the process.

    According to MSNBC, the Army Museum in Paris has finally completed the remodeling of its east wing. Tourists who want to learn a bit about French military history are now welcome to see the new exhibit, "From Louis XIV to Napoleon I," which covers the years between 1643 and 1814.

    At Musée d'Orsay, the top floor has been under construction for nearly a year. Once it is finished in the spring, travelers will be able to view the institution's full collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art. An edited selection from this section of the museum is currently on display on the ground floor.

    Elsewhere in Paris, there are less lines - and less lines mean less stress for visitors. Tourism officials have unveiled a new online reservation system for the Eiffel Tower, which allows visitors to purchase and print tickets at home to be scanned upon arrival to the iconic French structure.

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