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Using Your Phone in Europe and South America

Here are Solutions to Save Money

traveling professorStaying in touch while away is the norm these days.   In the past, it was nearly impossible to do and very expensive.  It can still be expensive to use a cell phone while on vacation in Europe or South America if not done right.   In this blog post I will detail ways you can use a cell phone or communicate back home while on a tour to Europe or South America.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2422)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: General Travel

Top Ten Ways to Save Money in Paris

Let's Hear Your Money Saving Tips Too

Paris can be an expensive city.  Hotels are pricey.  A good meal in Paris will cost some euros.   However, there are ways to save money in Paris without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  In today's blog post we come up with The Traveling Professor's 10 best ways to save some money on your next tour to Paris.   



Tuesday, October 29, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2534)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

What to See and Do in Florence Italy

I Would Like to Hear Your Experiences Too

DuomoOn our tours to Italy, Florence has become a city that everyone wants to go to.  They are enamored with the art, the history of the Medicis and the famous artists and writers, the food ain't bad either.   One of the reasons I love to visit Florence is because it is so compact - just about everything is within easy walking distance.   There are also quite a few "hidden" spots we visit in Florence too - like the artisan shops and newly discovered places like the Last Supper of Saint Appolonia, painted 50 years before da Vinci's masterpiece.   So while everyone loves to visit Rome and Venice, I find Florence to be my favorite stop on my tour of Italy.

Thursday, October 24, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2139)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
Categories: Italy

Take a Cooking Class in Paris

It's a Fun Way to Learn French Cooking and Meet New Friends

cooknwithclassOn our tours to Paris we always go to great museums, eat delicious food, and enjoy the art, culture and history of the city.  But there is more to the City of Light than that.  In this guest blog post, we have invited our friends from Cook'N With Class to describe some of the cooking classes in Paris that are available to travelers.   It sounds like fun and a great way to meet other people.  So, on your next tour to Paris, try something different and take a cooking class.

Monday, October 21, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2605)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Day Trip to Giverny - The Home and Gardens of Monet

One of the Most Popular Side Trips from Paris

Traveling ProfessorOn my tours to Paris, we sometimes take a side trip to the home and gardens of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet.  It's an opportunity to be IN a Monet painting as opposed to looking at one.  Monet's home and gardens are located in a small town, about a 45-minute train ride from Paris, called Giverny.   In this blog post I will describe how to get to Giverny from Paris and how to enjoy a day at the home and gardens of Claude Monet.

Saturday, October 19, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2568)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Day Trip to the Champagne City of Reims

A Perfect Day Trip from Paris

Champagne TastingSometimes we like to take a diversion from the city on our tours to Paris and head out to the countryside to the Champagne region of France.  So, we'll take the 45 minute fast train to Reims and celebrate by visiting one of 20 or so Champagne houses like Pommery, Taittinger, Mumm, Krug, or Piper-Heidsieck.    It's a fun day, easy to do.  So next time on one of your tours to Paris, decide to pop the cork and head out to Reims.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2158)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Day Trip to Lucca from Florence

Spend a Day in this Authentic Walled-In City

On our tours to Italy, a day trip over to the walled-in city of Lucca is always a treat.  Lucca is decidedly Tuscan in every way.  It's double-fortified walls make it one of the best preserved cities in all of Italy.   Within the walls, the streets are nearly car-free making it an excellent destination for a full-day stroll.  Even better, rent a bicycle and ride either through the city or along the 2-mile ramparts surrounding it.  On your next tour to Italy, take the train ride over from Florence and see what the beautiful city of Lucca has to offer.

Sunday, October 13, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2055)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Markets of Paris

Wonderful Markets are All Over the City

An essential part of a tour to Paris should be a visit to one of the many markets.  There are probably hundreds of markets (called a marché) in all shapes and sizes offering everything from flowers to foie gras, baguettes to books, and Cabernet to Camembert.   I’ve listed those that are most likely of the most interest to those on a tour of Paris and are easily accessible when taking a tour to Paris.

Friday, October 11, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2233)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Traditional Roman Walk

In One Mile We Can See Thousand of Years of Roman History

Traveling ProfessorOn  tours to Italy we always take a day to walk through the heart of Rome.  As we stroll through the heart of Rome it is a tour through thousands of years of history.   We see some of the most famous sights in all the world.  I know all the health experts say that walking will help someone lose weight, but on our tours of Italy, we consume so much gelato, delicious pizza, tartuffo and other treats, our 1-mile walk through Rome might be an experience where we put on a few pounds, rather than lose them.  Take a look at my blog post to see how we plan our walking tour of Rome while visiting Italy.

Thursday, October 10, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2121)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

How to Get the Best Airfares

Good Advice for Traveling to Paris, Italy, Spain and Peru

When do I buy my ticket to Paris?  What website gives me the best airfares to Italy?  What is the cheapest way to get to Spain? How do I get the best flight to Peru?   What airline do I fly to Venice?  These are questions I get almost every day.  And while airline travel is confusing, getting more and more expensive each year, travelers are using more strategies to get the cheapest airfare to Europe and South America.  I am involved with purchasing airfare for travelers all over the United States to Europe and South America.  In this blog post I will pass on to you what I have found as the best way to find the best air itineraries for travel to Paris, Italy, Spain, Peru & Machu Picchu whether traveling on your own or going on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain or Peru.

Saturday, October 05, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2639)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: General Travel
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Paris Public Transportation Ticketing Options

Paris MetroWhether traveling on one of my Traveling Professor small group tours to Paris or going on your own tour of Paris, the best way to get around is by bus or metro.   Both the Paris bus and metro are economical, cover the city extremely well, and operate frequently.   In this blog post we won't talk too much about the virtues of the Paris public transportation system, but we'll discuss what kind of transportation tickets to buy for your next trip to Paris.

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Beware of the Pick Pockets!

I have lived in New York City nearly my entire life and I have not come close to being victim of a pick pocket.   Unfortunately, pick pockets are much more common in Europe and Peru.  pick pocket I remember seeing someone having their pocket picked on the Paris metro, I can recall someone having their bag stolen in Lima, Peru and one of our travelers on a small group tour to Rome would have had his pocket picked (her hand was actually in his pocket) if we didn't scare her away.   Violent crime is unusual in Europe and Peru, but the annoying pick pockets are unfortunately, way to common.  In this blog post I give some tips to avoid having your pocket picked.

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What is the Best Time of Year to Visit Paris?

Paris Traveling ProfessorWhat is the best time to visit Paris?  It's a question I get from people who travel on my small group tours to Paris as well as others planning individual trips to Paris.   Every season has its advantages and disadvantages.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor provides insight on which season to visit Paris depending upon weather, crowds, and in terms of best value.  

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Customer Service - European Style

Traveling ProfessorOne of the reasons we travel is to experience the different customs and cultures of foreign people.   When taking a tour to Paris, Italy, or Spain, travelers may find different approaches to customer service than what they are used to in the United States or Canada.  In this blog post I'll go over a few things that might be encountered in terms of customer service in Europe in order to prepare you better for your next trip. 

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How to Get the Best Airfares

When do I buy my ticket to Paris?  What website gives me the best airfares to Italy?  What is the cheapest way to get to Spain? How do I get the best flight to Peru?   What airline do I fly to Venice?  These are questions I get almost every day.  And while airline travel is confusing, getting more and more expensive each year, travelers are using more strategies to get the cheapest airfare to Europe and South America.  I am involved with purchasing airfare for travelers all over the United States to Europe and South America.  In this blog post I will pass on to you what I have found as the best way to find the best air itineraries for travel to Paris, Italy, Spain, Peru & Machu Picchu whether traveling on your own or going on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain or Peru.

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