Ghent Belgium

Ghent - Sint Baafskathedraal Church

Ghent is an easy day trip from Brussels. The city was built on the basis of textiles. As a major trading center in the Middle Ages, it built a grand city center to celebrate and demonstrate its position and wealth. It continued being prosperous through the mid-17th century until the Dutch closed the canal that [Read more …]

Leuven Belgium

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Leuven Belgium is an easy 20-minute train from Brussels, making it a perfect day trip. Julius Caesar found this lovely, historic town as a fortified Roman Empire camp. It grew to become the seat of one of Europe’s most important universities in the Middle Ages—a school at which professors including Erasmus and Mercator taught. Today, [Read more …]

Paris Restaurants and Food

We are foodies. No doubt about it. We love exploring new places when we travel and revisit old favorites. This blog compiles all of our Paris restaurant reviews in one spot. 1st Arrondissement L’Escargot Montorgueil (38 Rue Montorgueil) 2019: This Marais neighborhood spot specializes in, you guessed it, escargot. We were in the mood for [Read more …]

Biking through Cote de Beaune

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The main purpose of our trip to Beaune France was to visit the Cote de Beaune Burgundy wine region. We spent one day in the area on bikes: electric bikes to be precise. This was our first time on electric bikes. We rented them to explore about half of the 22 km “Voie des Vignes” [Read more …]

Beaune France

Beaune Town Hall or Hotel de Ville

What’s not to love about visiting France’s Burgundy Region? We love its foods, its wines and its atmosphere. We were last there 7 years ago and it was time to get back. Beaune France is the largest city that is specifically in the Burgundy Wine Region. It is also one of our favorite small French [Read more …]

Vaud Wine Region

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The canton of Vaud is the second-largest wine-growing region in Switzerland. The region has been growing grapes and making wine since Roman times. Today it accounts for about a quarter of the country’s total production. The region consists of eight designated AOCs (appellation d’origine contrôlée which means “controlled designation of origin”). Six of these are [Read more …]

Lausanne Switzerland

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Lausanne Old Town Lausanne Switzerland is one of the country’s cultural and intellectual centers. It is also in the center of the country’s Vaud wine region, right between two of its premier areas, La Cote area (known for producing steely white wines, mainly from the Chasselas grape) to the west and Lavaux (known especially for [Read more …]

Kleine Scheidegg

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Jungfrau is 13,642-foot mountain in the Switzerland Alps from which the region gets its name. The mountain is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps and is an attraction primarily due to the cog- (or rack-)railway. Cog wheels on the trains mesh with the rack rail and allows the train to make the [Read more …]

Grindelwald and the Jungfraujoch

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Grindelwald Grindelwald is the principal town in the Jungfraujoch, a term that refers to the saddle between the Eiger and the Munch Mountains in Switzerland’s Alps. The combination of snow-clad mountain peaks, beautiful valleys, sheer rock faces, waterfalls and glaciers, including the Aletsch (which is Europe’s largest at 65 square miles and 2,300 feet [Read more …]

Switzerland’s Scenic Alps Part One, Matterhorn

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It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. We originally planned to spend a day in Zurich, followed by a day in St. Moritz and another day on an end-to-end train trip (from St. Moritz to Zermatt) on the Glacier Express, one of the most iconic and scenic train trips in the world. We didn’t [Read more …]