Try a Short-Stay Apartment in Amsterdam

Book a short-term Apartment in Amsterdam

When most people search for holiday accommodation, they typically end up booking a hotel room. But a short-stay apartment in Amsterdam offers so many more benefits if you on a similar budget. If, for example, you are staying in Amsterdam for a week or more, a short-stay apartment may be a great alternative to a small, cramped hotel room. You'll find that these apartments are quite common for ... Read Full Article

Europe in Winter: Where to Go

Vienna, a star of Europe in winter

The Old World is a gift that keeps giving year round, from the mercurial peaks of the warmer months, to the subzero temps of December and beyond. It’s the latter, however, that tends to capture the imagination, a time when the old town architecture and cobbled streets simmer in the chill, and warming visions of hearty fare by firelight draw the budding European tourist in. Though you’ll need a ... Read Full Article

9 of Europe’s Best Funicular Railways

Funicular in Bergen

They go up, they go down, and they show a side of things you can’t get anywhere else. Sure, funicular railways might have their roots in yesteryear, but they’re still one of the most sought after attractions on the tourist trail. From heritage cars to sleek, modern cabs, Europe sports some of the most visually spectacular funicular rides on the planet. Here’s a bucket list of ten of the best ... Read Full Article

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

backpack carry-on

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

Adare Manor's Library Room.

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