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Day Trip to Verona

Romantic and Historic City in Northern Italy

Traveling Professor VeronaI have toured the major cities of Italy like Florence, Rome, Venice and Milan several times.  People who have traveled with me before ask me to take them somewhere new in Italy.   I have been exploring taking small group tours to the Venetto.  Those towns include Vicenza, Padua, and medieval Verona.   In today’s Italy blog I will talk about visiting Verona, the romantic home of Shakespeare’s Juliet.  BTW, look for The Traveling Professor to offer a small group tour to Verona in Fall of 2014.
Saturday, August 31, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2547)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
Categories: Italy

A Visit to Honfleur from Paris

A Relaxing Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle of Paris

honfleur traveling professorHonfleur is one of those picturesque towns located in Normandy where the Seine meets the Atlantic.  Walking the streets narrow streets of the wooden framed buildings with the smell of fresh seafood and baking bread is still with me since my last visit.  I have traveled to Honfleur from Paris several times.  My friends and guest bloggers Brigitte and Philippe Mercier of Beehome Guest House in Honfleur bring us the story of this Norman village and how to visit Honfleur.

Friday, August 30, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2587)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

London and Paris Trip Report: Days 5-7

A Wonderful Trip With New Discoveries

One reason I keep coming back to Paris, even after 35 visits or so, is that I always discover something new to me.  On my past tours of Paris, I took several visits until I found things like the Musée l’Orangerie, my favorite restaurant, Le Pre Verre, the Musée Arts et Metiers, and the passageways and walks that make a visit to Paris almost like a new experience every time I go.   Read about my last 3 days in Paris and find out about the sites I have visited again and what’s new in Paris for me.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2812)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Paris and London Trip Report: Day 4

Our First Full Day in Paris

August in Paris can be a bit strange in that the streets, busses and trains can be relatively empty because many of the Parisians are on vacation themselves.    All the museums and attractions are open, but some restaurants and shops are closed.   Crowds are moderate at attractions also, but not overwhelming.    The weather is warm, 80's during the day but cooler at night.   Check out my blog post to see what we did on our first full day visit in Paris.

Friday, August 23, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2140)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Paris and London Trip Report: Day 3

London in the Morning, Paris at Night

Traveling Professor Venus de MiloWhat a day it was!  We visited two of the top museums in the world in one day.  Can you guess which ones they are?   We started out our day in London took the trip under the channel to Paris, the City of Light.  It was tough to say goodbye to London, because the people were so friendly, the sites were so exciting, and the food was out of this world.   But it is "bonjour" to Paris, and we are looking forward to a week of art, culture, cuisine and fun.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2312)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

Paris and London Trip Report: Day 2

Unusually Great Weather in London

Big Ben Traveling ProfessorThere has been unusually good weather in London.  Sunny in the 80's.   I usually don't like to travel to Europe in the summer, but the crowds have been manageable if we pick and choose the times and places to visit.  It's our last full day in London before we take the chunnel over to Paris, so we want to make the most of our visit to the historic and friendly city of London.   Read the blog to find out more of our exciting day (and night) in London.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2118)/Comments ()/ Article rating: No rating
Categories: Paris

Paris and London Trip Report: Day 1

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London Traveling ProfessorI am visiting London to "scope" out the potential of putting a London add-on to my small group tours to Paris.   After spending 3 days and 2 nights in London, I will take the Eurostar train through the chunnel to Paris where I will be collecting data to finalize the next edition of "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris".   The trip to London and Paris is off to a good start.  Read more in my blog post about my trip to London and Paris.
Monday, August 19, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1806)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

What I'm Packing for My Tour to London and Paris

No checked Bags for Me! What's on Your Packing List?

Packing List for EuropeOn my 8 day trip to Europe I won't check any bags.   The first reason is that experience tells me about 10% of all checked bags never get to their destination.   Lost luggage will ruin a trip.   The second reason is that I don't want to lug heavy bags up and down stairs, on and off trains, and drag bags through the cobblestone streets of the Left Bank of Paris.  Everything goes in a small rolling suitcase plus my backpack as a carry on.  I have been running tours to Paris, Italy, Spain and Peru for years and have learned to pack very efficiently.  Check out my blog to see what I will be packing for a trip to London and Pairs.
Friday, August 16, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2037)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

I'm Off to London and Paris

Follow My Trip Report to London & Paris Starting on Monday

Traveling Professor Tower of LondonOn Sunday I will be departing JFK airport in New York City and arriving in London on Monday morning.  I will be staying for 2 nights then taking the Eurostar chunnel over to Paris for a six-night stay.   Mostly, I will be doing research for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris, 2nd Edition".  Since I plan to offer tours to London in 2014, I will also be checking out hotels and touring options.  Read the blog post to see what I have planned in London and Paris.
Thursday, August 15, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1847)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Why European Travel is Going to Get More Expensive

Traveling Professor Small Group Tours to ParisIn a few years, it may either be too impractical or too expensive for the average American to travel to Europe.   In my opinion, there are a few reasons why it may soon be nearly impossible to take that trip to Rome you always wanted to go to.  The cost of a trip to Paris may be prohibitively expensive by 2020.  Hotel and restaurant prices in Spain might be out of reach.  Read my blog post to find out why Europe travel to Paris, Italy, or Spain might be a good idea now instead of later.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2006)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: General Travel
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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Professor Steve SoloskyIt seems that everyone wants to be like The Traveling Professor.   I introduced my concise book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris" in 2009, now I see people like Rick Steve's doing "pocket" editions of his books.    I started with a "small group tour" concept and now I see other tour companies like Intrepid and Overseas Adventure Tours trying to do the same thing by offering small group tours.   However, I think I still offer something these big, impersonal tour operators can't do and I write books that are not for everyone, but they are probably for you.
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A Visit to Padua

Before leading a small group tour of Florence and Venice earlier this year, I took a personal 2-day trip to the Venetto region of Italy.  Padua (also known as Padova) is located here, about 30 miles west of Venice.   Although Padua is a small city and below the radar of many traveling to Italy, it is rich in interesting and under-rated sites.   I like how laid-back Padua is compared to the tourist crowded cities of Florence and Venice.   Take a look at my blog post to find out what to see, where to eat, and where to stay in Padua.
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