A Perfect River Cruise for Seniors

Watching the world go by while on your Europe River cruise. for seniors

By now you have heard of the popularity of river cruising among seniors. As a senior myself, I can attest that it is a wonderful, relaxing  way to see the world. Here are six reasons why a river cruise is a perfect way for seniors to travel Europe and beyond. And, if you are accustomed to ocean cruises, you'll find river cruising to be even more relaxing. Why a River Cruise for Seniors Makes ... Read Full Article

Travel Stuff We Love

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We love to travel and we also love to share with our readers items that make travel easier, more interesting, or are just plain fun. Here is our latest batch of travel stuff we love: Travel Stuff We Love Carry on Backpack Our latest love (for sure) is Standard Luggage Company's  Carry-on Backpack. We received a sample of this product just before we left for our annual beach weekend. I couldn't ... Read Full Article

Why Take a Europe River Cruise?

River cruising in Europe

River cruising has been growing in popularity for the last two decades, with more and more cruise companies and ships plying the great rivers of Europe. Taking a Europe river cruise appeals to a wide range of travelers, which also makes it especially great for a multi-generational trip. Whether you’re traveling with your kids, parents, grandparents, or the whole extended family, river cruising ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article

Explore Some of Europe’s Unique Sights

Plitvice lakes National Park in Croatia is one of Europe's Unique Sights

Most world travelers have already been to Paris, London and Rome, so they might be looking for some unique Europe sights to visit. We have compiled this short list of places for those seeking some of Europe's little known treasures. Europe's Unique Sights Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia In Croatia, located between the capital Zagreb and the little town of Zadar, you can visit ... Read Full Article

Three of Ireland’s Best Hotels

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Three of Ireland's best hotels have just one thing in common: superb hospitality. Otherwise, they're as different as chalk and cheese, as the saying goes. These are upscale lodgings with highly individual character. Ireland's Best Hotels The Falls Hotel and Spa The Falls Hotel and Spa just outside the village of Ennistymon in west Ireland's County Clare, stands on 50 wooded acres above ... Read Full Article

Carpe Diem: Seize the Day and Travel Now!

Travel now, the world is your oyster

You would not be reading Europe Up Close if “travel a lot” were not one of your life’s great pleasures. I’d like to suggest that you abandon procrastination before you use up your allotted travel days. Murphy’s Law can strike at any moment and the chance to travel might be gone. Older people inevitably start collecting minor disabilities and issues: heart, hip, knee, back, fill-in-the-blank. ... Read Full Article

Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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Every year we try to come up with some great gifts for the travelers on your Christmas list; from that perfect gift for that special someone to some wonderful stocking stuffers for traveler friends or lovers, our list has something for everyone. Kindle Paperwhite I took my new Paperwhite on our last trip and I loved it because I didn't have to lug several paperback books with me for reading on ... Read Full Article

Italy From Bottom to Top: Tasting and Talking about Puglia Wine

Mattie John Bamman

Follow me as I journey from the southern tip of Italy’s Puglia region all the way up to the Trento Alps. I’ll be focusing on budget-friendly travel, and I’ll rarely use a car. Along the way I’ll sample traditional foods, visit lesser-known ruins and cities, sample excellent wines, and visit local cooking schools, the entire two months living out of a backpack. . . Day #8 Fabio Ingrosso and I ... Read Full Article

Italy from Bottom to Top: the Cuisine of Puglia

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To enter Puglia’s culinary world is to walk into a combination of creativity and simplicity infused with fresh produce. For centuries, agriculture was the primary source of income, and you can taste the high standards of the local farmers who know just how a vegetable is supposed to taste. Chemicals have been introduced to the area, but even though most farmers use chemical fertilizers and ... Read Full Article