European Travel Tips & Guides

pitigliano one of the beautiful towns and villages to visit in tuscany

European Travel Tips & Guides

What Is An Agriturismo?

February 10, 2021
what is an agriturismo

For a long time, agriturismi (Italian “farm-stays”) have been Italy’s best-kept accommodation secret, at least until now. But what is an agriturismo? Well, yes — it’s a “farm-stay.” But it’s also much, much more… and, we think, the best way to experience Italy’s countryside! Here’s why — plus three myths, and one often-forgotten truth, about Italy’s farm-stays. The…

Carnival in Venice

February 9, 2021
Costumes of the carnival in Venice

“Carnevale” is one of the most colorful celebrations in the world! Carnival in Venice is a one-of-a-kind celebration suspended between past and present with a traditional local allure featuring many events. Among these, the two-day ‘Festa Veneziana’ with its typical masked regattas, the ‘Best Masked Costume Contest’ and the ‘Festa delle Marie’. Each year, Carnival includes…

7 Tips for Traveling to Non-English Speaking Countries

February 9, 2021
6 tips for traveling to non-english speaking countries

Of course in many major cities around the world, most of those involved in the tourism industry speak English. But do not let fear of not speaking the local language keep you from traveling

Travel Scams to Watch Out for in Europe

February 9, 2021
Scams to watch out for in Italy

The last thing anyone needs or wants is to fall prey to one of the many travel scams that seem prevalent these days. Travel is one of life’s great pleasures, and usually you are more interested in researching for sites you want to see and which restaurants you would like to visit, instead of what scams you should watch out for.

9 Reasons Why We Love Europe!

February 9, 2021
9 Reasons why we love Europe

What is it about Europe that everyone loves and that entices travelers to return again and again? You may be able to book a cheaper holiday, but nothing compares with the variety and fascinating wealth of Europe.

How to Make Crêpes the French Way

January 8, 2021
how to make a french crepe at home

What is a Crêpe? These delicate pancakes are known as ‘crêpes’ in France. Their name comes from Old French ‘crespe’ which traces back to the Latin ‘crispa’ or ‘crispus’ which means curled. This probably refers to their often slightly ruffled edges. A French café that specializes in crêpes is known as a crêperie. Crêpes are…

Andalucia Travel Guide

January 8, 2021
Travel Guide for the Spanish region of Andalucia

Andalucia is the region of Spain I grew up in, and spent many years taking friends and family around visiting the breathtaking sites as well as showing them the authentic side of Spain and would love for you to join me on a small group tour and experience the magic of southern Spain.  Spain’s region…

The Most Beautiful White Washed Villages of Andalusia

January 6, 2021
arcos de la frontera one of the most beautiful white washed villages of andalucia

Visiting the big Andalusian cities of Seville, Cordoba and Granada in Southern Spain and looking to experience one or more of the famous white washed villages (pueblos blancos) of Andalusia? The dazzling white washed villages of Andalusia along the coastline and in the Sierras are charming and make for a perfect day trip from one…

Tips for Visiting the Alhambra in Granada

January 6, 2021
insider tips for visiting the alhambra in granada

We’ve been designing custom itineraries of Spain for many years, and for the 28 years we lived in Spain, every time we had visitors (family and friends) we would take them to see the Alhambra, one of the most magical sights to experience in this part of the world. Over the years, we’ve garnered a…

The Complete Guide to Italian Cheeses

December 28, 2020
the complete guide to italian cheeses

Italy is the 3rd largest cheese producer in the EU and the 4th largest in the world. There are over 2500 varieties of traditional Italian cheese and out of these around 300 types of cheese come under Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)—an agriculture product designation given by the EU to keep the production exclusivity of…

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