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Viking Rhine River shore excursions

Top Shore Excursions on Viking’s Rhine River Cruise

In May this year we sailed the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland, north to Amsterdam with Viking River Cruises. Amazingly, this is our fifth river cruise, fourth with Viking, and we’re surprised, even ourselves, at how much we enjoy these experiences. What we appreciate in a river cruise is the combination of onboard relaxation and […]

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Sherry and Vanessa toast to the next challenge: destination unknown.

Seasoned Traveler Finds European Adventure with Competitours

Last year we wrote about a company that calls its competitive European mystery tours “SightDoing” rather than sightseeing. This year, a competitor from the 2015 experience talked to us about how this all played out from the traveler’s perspective. Competitours began their wacky form of small group tourism eight years ago. The gist of the […]

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swiss village from train

Swiss Village from the Train

As you ride the train through Switzerland, you see one scene like this after another. Every time you go round the mountain, there’s another micro climate and another postcard worthy shot. Some times its cloudy, sometimes clear. Sometimes the fog is so thick you can’t see the valley at all. The trains in Switzerland aren’t […]

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Discovering European Capitals of Culture

Since 1985, the European Commission has been designating one or two cities per year as European Capitals of Culture (ECOC). That’s thirty years of work, recognizing more than fifty cities, and resulting in thousands of events and special exhibitions. How did I miss this? For most of that time, I must have had my head […]

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Our 2014 Travels in 50 Photos

2014 was our biggest year of traveling yet. We visited 19 countries, including a long driving trip in the western United States. We saw, in order, the United States, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, back to the United States, Greece, England, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia. I made […]

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The Panoramic Trains in Switzerland five "Big Screen' new meaning

The Lowdown on Travel with a Eurail Pass

Our Itinerary The hardest part about traveling with our Eurail pass, good for 15 travel days within two months, was deciding where to go. We studied the maps, solicited ideas, hemmed and hawed, started in one direction and changed course midway. Now that we’re at the end of our two Eurail months, I’m beginning to […]

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