Spain in the Spring

I will be visiting Barcelona and Madrid with a day trip to Toledo in March, and I am eager beyond belief. I’m sure many of you have been to Spain already, so I’m looking for some advice.

Paris by Métro: Saint-Paul

St. Paul at a Glance Line=1 Arrondissement=4th Tip=There is an escalator towards the center of the platform that you can use to go up. Sights Within 1 Kilometer: North Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue-130m Mona Lisait Bookstore-210m* Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris-250* Musée Carnavalet-300m Musée National Picasso-600m East Saint-Paul/Saint-Louis Church-69m* Village Saint-Paul-270m* Sully Hôtel-290m Place…

Paris Walks: The Resistance and the Occupation, Left Bank Circuit

Paris Walks is a 12 Euro walk based on a theme of your choice.  You can find their website here.  Guidebooks will mention this group if you are traveling to Paris or London.  Here are my thoughts. Pros -Guides are highly knowledgeable about the subject -There are a variety of types of tours to meet…

Left Bank Walk Through Paris

The left bank is probably one of the most famous areas of Paris.  If you’ve been before, but would like to return to see something new, check out this walk designed by my aunt.  We followed the route and had a balanced day of exploration. Jardin des Plantes Greenery surrounds you in this escape from…

Go with a Greeter

It is nice to know that there is someone waiting for you when you arrive at a new destination.  If you plan on spending some time in a city, why not pick the brain of an expert?  The Global Greeter Network pairs a local guide with you, and a personalized tour is organized.  They consider…

Old Town Chicago

I live about 30 miles west of Chicago, yet I barely know anything about it.  Sure there was a great fire caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow (as legend states), and Al Capone fought the law during the prohibition era, but there is so much more.  In an effort to expand my knowledge of the third…

Finding the Right Tour

Sometimes a tour is the right choice.  Perhaps you want to consider a tour if it is your first time abroad.  Maybe you can’t find travel partners.  A tour is an easy way to travel with others.  It is also possible that there are sights you want to see, but you’d feel more comfortable going…

Finding Locals

The sun stands high over the campanile as I begin to melt.  A group of tourists, all in matching orange shirts, bump into me as a man with a camera steps on my bare toes after trying to take a picture of the basilica.  If I put my arms out and spin, I would take…

The Master of European Travel: Rick Steves

Rick Steves has been traveling with me since my first trip to Europe. His guidebooks offer the insider tips every traveler needs to get rid of the tourist label.  His company, Europe Through the Back Door, promotes thoughtful travel at an affordable price.  If you are going to Europe, he is your man.  I wouldn’t…