Posts Categorized: Europe

Croatia with Lisa

Having never been to Croatia, and only having one week to travel around, we decided to stay in the north of the country, so that we would only have short drives between the places we were wanting to visit.

With over 320 sunny days annually, Croatia really is a year-round destination. However, peak season is from the end of June until the end of August when most of the tourists come to Croatia, mostly for the sea and sun type of vacation. If you are planning to visit during these months, the popular spots like Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb will be crowded. To get the most of a Croatian vacation, maybe consider travelling during September and early October, or from April to beginning of June when you’ll avoid the crowds.
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France, Italy and Monaco with Fabyo (Part two)

July 1st started with a quick bite to eat and a short drive to Nice airport for our flight to Venice. Everything was going well until we went to the Easyjet counter to drop our bags off, only to find out that our flight scheduled to depart in just over an hour had been cancelled. Their customer service was quite atrocious and I will never book them again. Without getting into every single unpleasant detail of what ended up happening after that, we ended up buying last minute tickets on Lufthansa connecting in Frankfurt, but our flight from Venice to Frankfurt was delayed and we ended up missing our connection. Read More...

France, Italy and Monaco with Fabyo (Part one)

I had never been to France or Italy before, so I chose an itinerary starting in Paris and ending in Rome, to give me a taste of both countries. Between the two we went to Gordes in Provence, Monaco, Venice and Florence, doing the “in-between” transportation mostly by train or car, with the leg from Nice to Venice by plane. Here’s how it went! Read More...

Uniworld River Cruise – Provence/Burgundy with Manya

Provence and Burgundy conjure up lavender fields, endless vineyards, relaxed pace of life. It is all of that and much more: history, art and culture, gastronomy that make these two regions so popular with tourists.

I flew to Paris on the nonstop Air France flight from Vancouver. With an early morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, I was able to catch a 10am TVG train right from Terminal 2 at CDG to Avignon. Three hours later, I checked in at the lovely Hotel de L’Horloge in the centre of town, on a bed and breakfast basis and a perfect location to walk to the Palais des Papes and to the famous bridge Le Pont D’Avignon.
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Uniworld’s Parisian Holiday Seine River Cruise with Stephen

Traveling to Paris in December 2015, the still-recent November 13th terrorist attacks were obviously on our minds, but we refused to let these misinformed terrorists dictate our travel plans. Many thought this was not the time to go to France, while others thought it was the best time to visit. I obviously agree with the latter since right after a tragedy, a destination is usually much safer due to heightened security.

During our visit, France was on high alert. Security was very noticeably beefed up. Paris was being patrolled by unprecedented numbers of security, police and military personnel, especially in crowded areas, public transport, and places frequented by tourists, including monuments, museums, markets and large shopping centers, stores and and religious sites. We often passed squads of six or eight soldiers with semi-automatic weapons. Sights like this were more the norm than not, not only in Paris, but all over France. At major stores, malls and public buildings, security guards and police examined every bag, scanning our bodies and asked us to open our coats to make sure that we were not carrying any bombs! Read More...

Azamara Cruise, Greece/Turkey with Manya

For my first trip to Turkey and some of the Greek Islands, I was so lucky to experience a wonderful cruise from Athens, on September 20th, 2015 onboard the Azamara Club Journey. The Nine Night Turquoise voyage included 4 stops in Greece: Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini and 4 stops in Turkey: Bodrum, Kas, Fethiye and Marmaris.

Azamara Journey is a small ship but not too small. With 686 passengers and 408 crew members you never feel crowded. The added advantage of a smaller ship is its ability to dock very close the piers for easy access to the cities visited. Read More...

Europe with Charlotte

Being my first trip to Europe I didn’t quite know what to expect, of course you hear about it from others but once you get to experience it first-hand you see what all the fuss is about. My trip was a bit of a whirlwind; 8 people, 5 counties, 10 cities and trying to fit as much as we could in 25 days, including a music festival, Yacht Week and Michelin star restaurants. Here’s how my trip started… Read More...

France with Maggie

France is an absolute favourite destination for me. It presses all the buttons I love, culture, food, wine & art and so much more!

Air France began nonstop service this spring from Vancouver to Paris, the flight operates daily except Tuesday & Thursday. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the service. In economy class we were even served a nice glass of French champagne. The food was good, and they even had an ice cream service! The back galley had snacks and non-alcoholic beverages that you could help yourself to throughout the flight. I found flight attendants to be pleasant and very attentive. Read More...

Vienna with Lisa

Vienna is a city that made me feel very comfortable and at ease. Like many major capitals and city centers it is possible to explore the highlights of the city aboard any of the hop on hop off tour buses that regularly circulate through the city. Over the course of nearly a week in October 2014, we visited the Vienna State Opera, Sigmund Freud’s apartment and clinic, the Spanish Riding School with the Lipizzaner Stallions, Wiener Riesenrad (Viennese giant wheel), and the Steininger Winery in Langenlois. Read More...

Uniworld European River Cruise with Stephen

We have been fortunate to travel with Uniworld before on four river cruises, but when we stepped on board The River Queen we noticed something different. On all previous cruises the staff have been unfailingly polite and friendly, but on this cruise we felt that the entire crew went above and beyond to make sure that the passengers had a truly exceptional holiday experience and were made to feel a part of the River Queen family.

We arrived at the ship around noon, and were met by the Hotel Manager who made sure that we were introduced personally to the front desk staff, the head barman and his two assistants and any other staff we encountered on her personal orientation. This has never happened before. This forged a bond between us and the staff that lasted the whole cruise.
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