Europe Travel Blog

Herewith is a collection of Europe travel tips, advice, suggestions, insights, and recommendations to help you make the best of your Europe travel!  Check back often – Craig will never run out of Europe travel topics to write about – believe me!

Delicious Milano!

The typical Milanese cuisine might not be as famous as the Roman or Tuscan, but it’s definitely worth trying: in fact, it includes some of the most delicious food in Italy! Just like that of the whole region of Lombardy, the Milanese cuisine is made of ancient recipes...

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“Hell cannot be so terrible” – Verdun, 1916

"Hell cannot be so terrible" Verdun. For a past generation, this one simple word evoked all the horror of war. Displacement, destruction, devastation, death. Hyperbole is not even possible when describing the events of the Battle of Verdun. Verdun is a town that found...

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Authentic Food of the Cinque Terre

Want to try some of the best cuisine in Italy?  The food of the Cinque terre is a delight that needs to be sought out and included on any trip to the "Italian Riviera".  In fact, the food of the Cinque Terre —including pesto genovese, minestrone and focaccia, is a...

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The #1 time saving tip when travelling in Europe

You're booking your dream trip to Paris, and like most people, you are on a budget.  So you search hotels based on price.  You find what looks like a great deal, book it, fly to Paris, and arrive at your hotel only to find out that it's not even close to Notre Dame or...

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Is the Blood of Christ in Europe?

Relics have long been part of many religious traditions, and indeed Europe is brimming with churches and cathedrals built to venerate literally thousands of these precious remnants of martyrs and saints.  In Bruges, Belgium, there is a relic sacred above all others -...

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7 simple tips to "café" like a pro in Paris

I know café is not really a verb.  But I'm choosing to ignore that. So how does one "café" in Paris?  Follow these 7 simple tips from the Paris Tourist Office and your waiter might not even realize you're a tourist (unlikely, but possibly!). 1. There's no rush. Drinks...

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Rust Never Sleeps

The Eiffel Tower, that accidental icon of Paris, is under constant threat, and the armed soldiers walking around the base are doing nothing to stop it.  Though their presence is accepted and appreciated by visitors and Parisians alike, the threat I'm talking about is...

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High season in Europe? What high season?

"When is the best time to travel in Europe?"  Great question!  I think the answer is "whenever you can!" I am often asked about the merits of travelling in Europe during the so-called "shoulder" season as opposed to "high" season.  Shoulder season is often defined...

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Don't order French Fries in Belgium!

  Frites - the national dish of Belgium Dating back to the 1600's, people in the French speaking region of Belgium (Wallonia) experienced a shortage of river fish that they would usually catch and fry up in the winter.  Someone got the idea to cut potatoes, a...

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