Category Archives: Europe

general information for European travel

Last Minute Vacation Package

Looking for a romantic getaway for Valentines Day?
How does 8 days in Paris AND London sound?

Gate 1 Travel is currently offering 8 days in Paris and London, starting at only $699.
Offer includes all airfare AND hotel with breakfast each morning.
This price is available for departures out of NINE cities – New York, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco AND Seattle.

Prices like these are normally seen out of the Eastern Seaboard – I’m beyond excited to see them available for West Coast departures as well.

Being skeptical, I confirmed the pricing for this offer out of San Francisco.

Departing from San Francisco on February 13 (other dates are available), based upon double occupancy (avoid that single supplement!), the grand total with taxes and fees comes to $1859.88. Thats only $929.94 per person.
Skip the diamond bracelet and take your sweetie to Paris this February


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Airfare Alert


I am once again wishing that I were independently wealthy.

While I wouldn’t need a whole lot of money to afford the following deal, it the whole “job” thing getting it the way once again.

The Aer Lingus Vacation Store is offering a spectacular deal right now. Book by November 30, and roundtrip airfare to Dublin PLUS four nights at the Regency Hotel, Dublin starts at just $499 + taxes and fees for travel during January or February 2008.

The price of $499 is based on travel out of New York, but the supplemental charges for other cities are still very affordable:
Boston + $30
Washington DC & Chicago +$20
Orlando +$90
Los Angeles & San Francisco +$110

More details are available here.

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Venice, Italy

I returned from Italy last week. The experience was beautiful, amazing, and I learned an amazing amount from this trip. I am working on writing up several postings for this trip, so there will be several upcoming articles based upon my experiences last week. But, the two cities I visited, Venice and Florence, were fascinating and I look forward to visiting both places again in the future. Venice was beautiful. We were really only there for one full day though, so there was a lot that I wanted to see and do that we just didn’t have the time for. Everything I’d heard of Venice was that it was a dirty, polluted, smelly city. As a result, I was expecting something incredibly gritty – maybe something like the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, but without all of the crazy homeless people defecating on the sidewalk. I was thinking the sidewalks and alleyways would be strewn with litter and that the canals would be brown. As a result, my expectations for the ambience were so low, that the city almost felt like Disney in comparison – like an area that was kept clean and sanitized to meet tourists standards, but not in an overly pristine and homogenized way like Disney. It was as though the worlds best set designer had been given the keys to Venice and told “Make it look like a beautiful, romantic ideal, but lived in and vibrant”.One of my favorite things to do while I was  there was to just start walking around the neighborhoods, wander down the alleys until I either ended up in a residential courtyard, or found my way back to a main street. Watching the locals walk their dogs, hang their laundry out the windows, picking up on the true atmosphere of the locals and immersing myself in the culture is my favorite part of traveling. 

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Thursdays Deals

Reykjavik has long been on my list of places to visit. I’d like to see the Aurora Borealis, sit in a thermal hot spring.

If only I had more vacation time.

If you happen to live in Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Minneapolis MN, New York (JFK) NY, or Orlando FL, you are in luck. Right now, has package getaway to Reykjavik out of these cities starting at $599, plus taxes & fees, that includes both the airfare AND hotel.

See here for details.

Purchase deadline for this package is 11/20/2007, is valid for travel 11/01/2007 through 12/18/2007 , and is based upon double occupancy.

If you’ll be taking off for this getaway, remember to pack your knit sweaters. And remember that Im jealous.

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