Europe

Diversions in the Dordogne | France

Diversions in the Dordogne After our excellent dinner at Lou Peyrol, in St. Marcel du Perigord, and reunion with our friends, we drove the 2 miles down the narrow road to our house (for a week) Although we bid and won a week at the house at a Silent Auction, all arrangements were made through SIMPLY Read More…

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Return to Paris | France

Our trip to France in late September, and early October proved to be another excellent one, thanks to the help of posoters on Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums. They are so well-informed and so patient. I’ve been circling around this trip report for a long time, but won’t be able to write much of it, until Read More…

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Warsaw | Poland

Quoting Travellers Warsaw by Thomas Cook: “Once a sleepy provincial Russian town, it was transformed into the ‘Paris of the North’ prior to the outbreak of war in 1939, reborn of ashes it became a grey city hidden behind the Iron Curtain. At present, it is changing again, swiftly evolving into Read More…

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Polish Countryside | Poland

I wouldn’t necessarily want to be in Poland during the winter, but I certainly enjoyed being there in the fall. Krakow and Warsaw were the main destinations, but I really wanted to see more of the countryside. When we had a choice of out-of-town day trips, we quickly decided NOT to go to the Salt Read More…

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Krakow | Poland

Many people go to places like Munich for the Christmas Bazaars, and probably for the whole Christmas ambience.   If I had no other plans for Christmas, I would go to Krakow.  I can just see the Old Town Square lit up for the holiday, and I’m sure the churches have lots going on.  The population Read More…

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Gardens of Wales | Wales, UK

Many people start planning their spring and summer European trips at this time of year. It’s a great time to think of the out of doors: sun, fun, and gardens.  If you’re thinking of England, please remember that Wales is a part of England. (don’t say that too loudly in Wales, though) and that Read More…

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Venice | Italy

What is there left to say about Venice?  Perhaps that I never particularly wanted to go there, since I’m not a water person, and I pictured myself having to jump down in to a boat whenever I wanted to go anyplace. Now this is akin to withdrawing your projections about another person and finding Read More…

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Rome II | Rome, Italy

“Rome wasn’t built in a day” must be the best understatement of all time. Neither can Rome be described in a day or even in a few thousand words.  At the same time, I’m convinced you must discover Rome for yourself. We had had three days in Rome with Elderhostel, and after bidding goodbye Read More…

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When in Rome | Rome, Italy

We arrived in Rome on a gorgeous sunny October day, driving down from Tuscany with the Elderhostel group, regaled on the way by remarks by Borden Painter, a retired President of Trinity College, Hartford, (which manages all Elderhostel trips in Italy).  Borden gave us a several bits of background on Read More…

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Elderhostel | Tuscany, Italy

For years, I’ve been getting Elderhostel catalogs. They were huge and on thick newsprint stock – and detailed to an almost unfathomable depth, while also beckoning me by the wide range of travel destinations and study options contained therein. Elderhostel was started 30 years ago by Marty Knowlton Read More…

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