London is a wonderful city, full of an array of things to do. It is super easy to get around and the tube goes most everywhere and is easy to navigate. We have put together a two-day itinerary which, of course, could be extended to three days, if you prefer a slower pace.
In a book entitled, So You're Going to France! by Clara E. Laughlin, first published in 1927, the author discusses the travel company that she owned based out of NYC. At the end of the book she has "Twenty Rules for Travelers". They apply today just as much as they did in the 1920's and 30's, in one way or another. Read the full article for all 20 tips!
The Airport Schlep
Schlep: verb to haul or carry (something heavy or awkward).
Noun a tedious or difficult journey.
As more and more people are travelling by air these days, and security procedures are becoming more and more elaborate, and unfortunately, it is taking a while for some airports to catch up. The need for clear signage, easy access, and calming space is not always being met. The newer airports, such as Heathrow Terminal 5, were designed with the frequency and abundance of travelers in mind. It is spacious, accommodating to flight changes, and has plenty of places to sit, unravel and prepare yourself for your next flight.
By Sarah Franklin
I've had the privilege of spending time in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France for the past five summers and I've fallen in love. Whenever my family arrives in Toulouse, we rent a car and head out of the city and straight into the countryside. The first time I saw the fields of sunflowers alongside the road, driving towards Carcassonne, I was aghast, “gob smacked,” and overwhelmed with the visual beauty. So much so that my husband had to pull the car over; so I could be closer to these dancing heads who follow the sun like New Englanders in springtime. Then there were the vineyards. Perfectly straight corridors of chartreuse vines, lush with low hanging fruit, high cypress trees and an occasional old stone barn. The route between the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, following the Canal du Midi, had me from the start.
Traveling to Europe, from west to east over several time zones can cause our bodies to feel out of sorts in many ways. We may have a hard time sleeping, digestive problems, light headedness, difficulty concentrating or functioning, and mood changes. This is all part of jet lag: what happens when your circadian rhythm is thrown off.
Whenever you travel in Europe, you will always be tempted to bring things back to the US with you. We've all filled out the customs form that they hand you on the plane asking you to declare everything you're bringing home with you, but there still stands the question of what is allowed back into the US.
The question always arises of how much of a foreign language to learn before you travel to Europe. Firstly, let me say that our tour guides are fluent in the languages of the countries where they are guiding, so you never have to worry about not getting what you need due to not knowing the language. You will be covered!
The question often comes up of how to avoid jet lag. You can scour the internet and find various different "remedies" and "tricks" on how best to avoid jet lag after a European flight. Sometimes though, jet lag is just unavoidable. While the remedies and tricks found on the internet may be helpful in easing the symptoms and discomfort of jet lag, they are not going to solve it entirely.
By Sarah Franklin
Recently I had the privilege of going on Discover Europe’s trip, A Pilgrim’s Way, that follows the Camino de Santiago, the road to Santiago, or Way of St. James. During the middle ages, to guarantee remission of their sins, pilgrims walked from many points in Europe all the way to Santiago to throw their bodies down in front of the remains of Saint James the Apostle, for redemption. Gavin Miller, our tour guide, informed us from the start, that the path of the pilgrimage actually goes back to prehistoric times when man sought the edge of the world as North West Spain was thought to be the end of the earth as its name, Finisterre, implies.