A Brief History of Spain

Moorish influence in the Canopy at the Alhambra

Before embarking on a trip to Spain, learning a bit about its history can make your trip more meaningful. The Iberian Peninsula was first inhabited around 800,000 BC and proved to be a much-desired piece of real estate through the centuries, as evidenced by the large number of foreign invaders that chart Spain's history. First came the Phoenicians, then the Greeks, and then the ... Read Full Article

Belgium Tourist Information

In Antwerp, Statue of the giant's hand being thrown into the Scheldt River.

Belgium is one of the smaller countries in continental Europe and the “middle child” of three countries comprising “Benelux” (the others being the Netherlands and Luxembourg). It is an often-overlooked country but many consider it a European gem. Its capital, Brussels, is nicknamed the capital of Europe as it is home to the European Union headquarters. In Brussels one can find a unique blend of ... Read Full Article

Avoiding Credit Card Woes in Europe

Choose your credit card wisely

  Recently, we have noticed that our credit cards do not always work in some areas of Europe. Although not a cause for panic, there have been a few changes that travelers should be aware of when using credit cards in Europe. The Chip-and-PIN cards were introduced in Europe almost ten years ago and now more than 80 countries use them. The Chip-and-PIN credit cards use an embedded ... Read Full Article

Travel Stuff We Love

Samurai Backpack

  On our quest to find the best travel items for our readers, we critically examine what we ourselves use and love, and also try out travel items that are sent to us for review. While there are many items sent to us to check-out for a review; we cull through them and publish information only on those travel items we love. Here is our latest list of Travel Stuff We Love! Eccolo ... Read Full Article

EuropeUpClose Picks for Best Cities in Europe for Canoodling

Rome at Night

  Looking for romantic Europe?   From the cozy canals of Venice, to sophisticated Paris, to mysterious Valencia, Spain, Europe offers romance around every corner. You can find romance anywhere, but these cities are our favorites for finding that special spot to snuggle. Venice, Italy The city of quiet canals and music is our choice for the best city in Europe for canoodling. What ... Read Full Article

The Wonder of White Nights in Northern Europe

Midnight Sun at North Cape Norway

  Come inside the Arctic Circle, where during most of the summer, the sun never sets. Northern European countries that lie inside the Arctic Circle provide some very interesting White Night experiences. Because the sun does not set throughout the  night, you can take the opportunity to change the way you travel…take a chance, do something you haven’t done before, stay up late (really ... Read Full Article

Exploring Rome from the Piazza della Repubblica

Victor Emmanuel Monument, Rome

While we had been to Rome before and had seen all the major sights, this time we were interested in a less frantic, more in-depth visit. We stayed in a great location near the Piazza della Republica on the Via Nazionale. The Piazza della Republica is impressive with gorgeous semi-circular colonnades surrounding the white marble Fontana delle Naiadi. It is not far from the Termini rail station, so ... Read Full Article

Enjoying a Tulip-Time Cruise in The Netherlands

Kukenhof Gardens

  This spring we treated ourselves to a Tulip-Time River Cruise with AMA Waterways in the Netherlands. While I had taken a Christmas Market river cruise a few years ago with a friend, this was my husband's first river cruise. It won't be his last; we both had a wonderful time. We chose a late spring cruise so that we would be sure to see a good selection of  blooms when we went to ... Read Full Article

Tired of Trying to Get WiFi in Europe? Try This

Telecom Square Mobil Hotspot package

  We travel to Europe often and we are always looking for reliable WiFi connections so we can do our work and keep in touch with our family, friends and business associates. It has always been a frustrating experience until this last trip. Telecom Square contacted us and asked us to try out their Mobil WiFi Hotspot while on our trip to the Netherlands and Italy. What a difference this ... Read Full Article

The Good Life at the Grand Hotel President Sorrento

View from the garden at the Grand Hotel President

  On our recent trip to Italy, we enjoyed a two-night complimentary stay at the Grand Hotel President in Sorrento. After several days in Rome and two nights in gritty Naples, we were ready for a respite and the Grand Hotel President Sorrento proved to be just that. Set a few miles high above Sorrento (the gateway to the Amalfi Coast), the hotel offers unparalleled views over the Bay ... Read Full Article