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  • Christmas in London
    Christmas in London
    We recently talked about breaking away from the tourist pack by vacationing in Europe during the fall and winter. Well, I think it’s time to look at opportunities to visit some of my favorite cities at one of my favorite times of the year – the Christmas season. And in Europe, Christmas truly is not just a day but a season. Events and lights begin by mid-November and run into the first week of January. So start considering a once-in-a-lifetime experience now by seeing the season’s sight...
  • Paris in October? Several Enchanting Reasons To Go
    Paris in October? Several Enchanting Reasons To Go
    If you’re looking for the perfect time to visit Paris, look no further than the fall months. While everyone sings about “April in Paris”, one of my favorite months to visit is October. There are countless reasons to love Paris at any time, but only in October do you get that tantalizing hint that summer is gone and winter is just around the corner. The sun is still bright but seems to cast a more vibrant light through the trees with their autumn colors. And the crisp air is idea...
  • Break from the Pack - Fall and Winter Travel Brings New Views
    Break from the Pack - Fall and Winter Travel Brings New Views
    Fall is the time to break from the pack and choose to visit Europe in the shoulder and off-seasons. For travel between the U.S. and Europe, low season begins right after Labor Day and continues through mid-January. Shoulder season then picks up with many deals still to be found through March. High season picks up late May through August. Shoulder season and low season are my favorite times to travel for a variety of reasons, and with fall about here and winter not far away, ...
  • Springtime Means Flowers Blooming in Europe
    Springtime Means Flowers Blooming in Europe
    Our self-guided walking tours will lead you through cities that are remarkable for their history, culture and architecture. But many of these cities also offer some incredible visions of natural beauty as well. And after a long hard winter, springtime is a welcome relief for everyone and a perfect opportunity to explore some of these wonderful displays of nature’s splendor.  Amsterdam is one of our favorite historical cities for self-guided walking tours. This  wonderful city is also th...
  • Portofino – A Favorite Port Of This Travel Writer
    Portofino – A Favorite Port Of This Travel Writer
    I’m fortunate to be able spend much of my time exploring some of Europe’s most historic cities while writing our self-guided walking tours for independent travelers. So I’m often asked about my favorite experiences while travelling. And one of the most frequent questions: What is your favorite port? For sheer beauty and a romantic setting, I don’t think any port can beat the magic of Portofino with its captivating harbor tucked away in a small cove along the Italian Riviera. This wa...