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  When can we travel again? That is the question on many people’s minds. We all crave returning to beloved locations or to get on with our bucket lists and adventures. I’ve heard from many who want to know when they can fulfill their European travel dreams. When we can travel and when we  should travel will be determined by many factors, including the rate at which vaccinations are administered, variant strain spread, and other key indicators. I’ve assembled a couple of resources to

  For the past couple of Sunday evenings, I’ve been making the trip to a cozy and familiar landscape via PBS’s “All Creatures Great and Small.” I was gifted the books of beloved author and Yorkshire veterinarian, James Herriot, when I was in high school. I return every now and then to the warmth, humanity, and humor of these stories. PBS Masterpiece recently released a new adaptation in a weekly series. It does not disappoint and captures the stories in the

The smell of a salt-kissed breeze along the Amalfi coast, the taste of freshly-aerated wine in the south of France. Who else is missing the excitement and experiences of traveling? Oh how we tend to take these luxuries for granted. Whether missing some of your favorite places in Europe or wanting to see new ones, it’s been a challenging year. Thankfully you can still travel without leaving the comforts of your home. "How?" you might ask. Movies! So my gift to you is

This year, thanks to my grandson’s kindergarten class, we’ve started a new tradition. That of doing a Lantern Walk on Martinmas or St. Martin’s Day. St. Martin of Tours (France) lived in the 4th Century. As a young man, he was a Roman soldier. On a cold and snowy night in November, as he rode into a city, he came upon a beggar, huddled by the city gates, who had very little clothing and was certainly not in any shape to

  When I think of food in France, particularly Provence in the summer, I think of fresh, simple, and healthy. I was able to make such a dish several years ago, Oven Dried Tomatoes and Courgettes (zucchini), that turned out to be the perfect complement to go with my sea bass and contributed to a delightful evening spent at a 16th Century chateau in rural France near Grenoble. My former husband and business partner and I had happened upon this chateau that

  You never know where the road will lead. As the year draws to a close, European adventures from earlier in 2019 are warm memories. It’s also the time for a brisk up-tick in tour inquiries for the following year and beyond. Some will book with a customized trip all their own with My European Vacation, others might decide to go a different route, or to postpone their European travel plans altogether. Those that do decide to travel with My European Vacation

Over the past couple of years, I’ve come to have an unapologetic love affair with Scotland. Because of some fabulous tour clients with Scottish family heritage and some amazing local partners in Scotland, I've had the privilege to become very familiar with many parts of this land. I’d like to share it, with all of its rugged beauty, history, and triumphs, with you. Do you love ruggedly wild vistas, deep and mysterious lakes, stunning mountains, hills and dales covered in heather

Discover the charms of Slovenia and the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia with us. https://www.myeuropeanvacations.com/book-your-european-tour/ When I was growing up, and well into my adult years, I admired and loved my maternal grandmother’s cooking. I especially looked forward to the holiday season, when everyone in the family knew that they’d be a recipient of Grandma’s potica (pronounced po-teet-sa). Potica is a Slovenian and Croatian (povitica) delicacy that is hard to describe unless you’ve tasted it. It’s a magical combination of a yeast dough thinly-rolled,

Exchanging currency seems simple. But if you’re thinking about bringing US dollars (or your own currency) to exchange once you arrive at your destination, forget it. You’ll pay a premium at currency exchange stands at the airports and it’s not even possible to go into banks anymore to exchange your money. It's better to obtain local currency while you're already in Europe. Bring your debit card/credit card and plan to use cash dispenser machines (ATMs). You’ll get the best exchange rate

After hours in the air, we all want to hurry to our hotels, flop on the bed and take a nice long nap. But with red-eye flights with early morning arrival times, sometimes that just isn’t possible. Most European hotels and lodging have check-in times around 3:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. at the earliest. Many, depending on where you’re traveling, have even later check-in times. It’s not uncommon for independently-owned guest houses and inns to have a check-in time that’s around 4:00 p.m. If