Paris Insider tips: Make the Most of your Paris Trip

The Champs Elysees is the heart of Paris

I have traveled to Paris dozens of times and am always amazed at how much I learn about this wonderful city on each visit. It is always an exciting experience. Here are just a few Paris insider tips I have learned through the years. By sharing these Paris travel tips with our readers, I hope to positively contribute to our readers over all Paris travel experiences. Paris Insider ... Read Full Article

Travel Stuff We Love

Mastey's Color protection Shampoo, travel stuff we love

We're headed out to Europe next week for our Scenic river cruise on the Danube and then on to Spain for about 10 days. Two different climates, each demanding different clothes! But, we're prepared because we pack light, and take mix and match clothes that layer well. We also prepare by packing the right toiletries. Here is our list of 'Travel Stuff We Love' this spring. Travel Stuff We ... Read Full Article

Hop on for a Benelux Culinary Tour

Market hall in Ghent, Belgium a Benelux country

Rail travel is often associated with the hateful commuter necessity that we experience daily or the iconic luxury experiences that we only read about; but is there anything in between? Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar for a nine day trip that would weave me across Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – for a Benelux culinary journey. My Benelux Culinary Tour The ... Read Full Article

The Kinderdijk Windmills, a Year-round Attraction

The Kinderdijk Windmills line the Overwaard canal

If you’re looking for the quintessential Dutch landscape, you can’t find a better one than Kinderdijk. Located a mere sixteen kilometers from Rotterdam , in the province of South Holland, this tiny village is home to the Kinderdijk Windmills. These nineteen old windmills, make up the most dense concentration of windmills in the entire Netherlands. It lies at the confluence of two meandering ... Read Full Article

Pre-Trip Planning for Your Travels to Europe

Us passport

When traveling to Europe, it is essential that you plan ahead. Here are some of the things you can do in advance to make sure you avoid the glitches that may occur when you aren't prepared. Pre-trip planning for Europe Travels Get a Starter Supply of Euros Before You Go We usually carry a couple hundred euros with us as we travel to Europe. It is nice to have some cash for tipping or taxis ... Read Full Article

Uzes: a Treasure in France’s Languedoc Roussillon

Small cafe in Uzes

If you’ve never been to the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, you are missing a whole lot, including an opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Uzes. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you spend an entire week in Uzes and use it as a hub from which to explore the region. Why Visit Uzes? This beautiful town, set above the wild lands of Languedoc, is a place to discover “France ... Read Full Article

The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Berlin

Bonanza coffeehouse

Whether you’re an embracer of change or a stickler for the straight and true, third wave coffee culture has all but taken over much of the western world in recent years. While the old guard in Europe has been slow to accept the modern approach – ever-faithful to Mediterranean habits over single origin roasts and bio milk – young, creative populations in capitals like Berlin are sprouting some ... Read Full Article

Paris: Beyond the Tourist Haunts

Fondation Louis Vuitton

This year, we decided to take a river cruise on the Seine into Normandy, spending four leisurely days beforehand in Paris. After all, I'd never pass up the opportunity to spend time in Paris. We travel to Paris regularly, so we are always looking for new and interesting things to do, beyond the regular tourist haunts. Here's a rundown of what we did this summer. Three of us arrived on a ... Read Full Article

St. Germain en Laye: Paris’s Royal Suburb

The Castle of Saint Germain en Laye

Saint Germain en Laye is an elegant, royal town located just a short drive (or RER line #1 trip) from Paris; a perfect spot for a day trip from Paris or for a quick overnight visit. Founded in 1020, Saint Germain en Laye is the birthplace of Louis XIV. The city features a vital, historic town center with 26 protected, expansive acres including many early 19th century arcaded houses. It is a lively ... Read Full Article

In Search of the Authentic Pint in Paris

Stolly's Stone Bar

Of course there are great pubs in Dublin, Limerick and Galway, but what about Paris pubs? We have searched out the most authentic Irish pubs in Paris, because sometimes you just gotta have some pub grub and an authentic pint! Kitty O'Shea's Pub and Restaurant   One of the most authentic pubs in Paris, Kitty O'Shea's, is set right in the heart of Paris. The owner and wait-staff ... Read Full Article