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A Day Trip to Brussels from Paris or London

How to Plan a Short Visit to Brussels

day trip to brusselsOn our small group tours to Paris, once in a while, we take a break and do a day trip somewhere else.  It could be Giverny, it could be to Versailles and if we are ambitious, we can take the train up to Brussels for a day or two visit to this wonderful city.  Read The Professor's blog post on how to plan a day trip to Brussels.

Sunday, July 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (80)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris
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Four Lunch Spots in Paris

Enjoy a Nice Relaxing Lunch in Paris

best lunch spots in parisOn our small group tours to Paris, we always take time out to stop for a nice relaxing lunch.  And why not? We had a "tough" day of touring and it's time to live as the Parisians do.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has selected four of his best lunch spots in Paris.  On your next tour to Paris, check one of these places out.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (187)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Tips on Finding a Great Hotel in Paris

Great Values are Available - If You Know How to Look

Hoteliers in Paris have admitted to me, Paris tourism is in a slump by as much as 30%. What that means is the savvy traveler can find bargains - if they know where to look.  For instance, we found a 5-star luxury hotel in the 5th arrondissement for $154 a night, right next to a 2-star hotel charging $150 per night.  I'll take the upgrade for $4 any day or night.  The key to finding the best rates is to know what leverage you have and then to apply it.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor tells you the tips to get the best hotel rates possible on your next tour to Paris. 

Saturday, July 08, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (206)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

3 Elegant and Affordable Places to Dine in Paris

Upscale Dining at a Reasonable Price

elegant and affordable dining in parisParis is considered by many as the food capital of the world.  On The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we enjoy nice meals without breaking the bank.  Whether it be for lunch or dinner, there are places to dine in Paris on the high end without blowing your entire food budget on one meal.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post to find elegant dining experiences at a reasonable price.

Monday, July 03, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (156)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Perfect Father's Day Travel Gift

He Will Love It - Guaranteed

best fathers day travel giftLooking for the perfect Father's Day gift of travel for Dad?  Something he will never, ever forget?  Something he can do with you, or a Father/Son or Father/Daughter experience?  In today's blog post we have a travel gift that Dad would probably not plan on his own, but it is a trip he probably has wanted to do for a long time.  Read the blog post to find out this great travel gift for Dad.

Thursday, June 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (123)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy

A Visit to the Normandy Invasion Beaches

American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer NormandyJust about every year, I get to run a tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches which includes the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  It is one of the least popular tours we run, but for me, it is the most profound and compelling trip I take, no matter that I have done it over a dozen times.  In today's blog post, I will describe my experience in visiting the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

Monday, May 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (121)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Favorite Paris Left Bank Eating Spots

Professor's Picks for Places to Eat in Paris

best left bank restaurantsNearly every week I get 5 or 6 requests regarding my favorite eating spots in Paris. Believe me, I have never run into a Paris traveler who has complained there is no where to eat. But in any case, whether it be on my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, take a look at my favorite restaurants on the Left Bank of Paris.

Saturday, May 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (174)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

2 Restaurants Near the Eiffel Tower

Top Choices - Good Bargains

restaurants near eiffel towerWho doesn't love to eat while in Paris?  Who doesn't love to eat near the Eiffel Tower when in Paris?  The Traveling Professor has picked out 2 of his favorite spots to share on your next tour to Paris.  As an extra bonus in the Paris food post, I suggest a place near the Eiffel Tower full of casual eating spots as well as markets and shops.

Friday, May 12, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (165)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Travel Product of the Month

Eat, Drink and be Merry on Your Next Tour

small group tours to italyI have been taking my small group tours to Italy and Paris for years.   Although I know my French and Italian pretty well, ordering from a menu can be a challenge.  For example, when dining at Aux Lyonnais in Paris, exactly what am I getting when I order "Caillette de Chabeuil" or "Gigot d'agneau de lait roti"?  In Rome, what happens next when I order "Braciolette d’abacchio ai ferri con patate" or "Straccetti di calamari alla piastra".   Use this travel product of the month to avoid using the hazardous "point and pray" method when ordering off a French or Italian menu.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (304)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Three Lunch Spots in Paris

Quick and Delicious Lunch Options

Best Lunch in ParisLunch in Paris!  What a delight.  There is nothing like taking a break during the day to sit down for a short, or even better yet, extended lunch hour.  I take a group of 8 travelers on a small group tour to Paris next week and I am already thinking of places to stop for lunch. Check out my Paris blog post to see The Traveling Professor's favorites for lunch in Paris.

Saturday, April 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (392)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris
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When to Use Award Miles Instead of Points

best way to use award milesWith airlines devaluing their award miles programs lately, award miles are becoming less and less valuable. In most situations, travelers get a better value by using travel points instead of award miles. However, the savvy traveler can find ways to get the best value out of their award miles program by following the tips presented here by The Traveling Professor.

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Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria

christmas market tourLast year, The Traveling Professor ran the inaugural Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria tour.  Our journey was like going back in time, to the Christmas you remember as a child. Local markets with hand-made crafts, hot mulled wine, horses clip-clopping on the cobblestone, trumpeters in the evening, carolers,  and lots of good cheer.  This year we go back with a slightly modified itinerary.  See my blog post on what its like to visit Austria and Bavaria for at Christmas time.

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5 Tips for Using a Credit Card Overseas

tips on using credit cards overseasThe safest and most efficient way to pay for items while traveling overseas is to use a credit card. Amex is widely accepted but not as much as the Visa and MasterCard. By the way, forget about Traveler's Checks.  In countries like Norway, Iceland, and Denmark, it seems as if credit cards are the preferred method of payment and on some of these trips, we never even touch cash.  In places, especially southern Italy, cash is king. But there are 5 things to remember when using a credit card overseas.  Check my blog post for my tips on using credit cards overseas.

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Tips for Traveling Safely

travel safetyLet's face it.  The world can be a dangerous place. However, as a traveler, you can make the travel experience as safe as possible. There are some easy steps that can be taken that can reduce the risk of being exposed to dangerous situations while overseas. In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has outlined 10 steps that can be taken that will reduce the risk of being put into a dangerous situation on your next trip. Travel safe!

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