2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence Italy

Sleep Well at a Reasonable Price

small group tours to FlorenceOn our small group tours to Florence and the rest of Italy, The Traveling Professor usually stays at 3 star deluxe or 4 star hotels. But sometimes when traveling on your own, you want a good 2 or 3 star hotel at a reasonable price.  This is understandable since the most significant part of a travel budget is usually lodging.  In today's blog post, here are two selections from The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence, by Melanie Wilson and Professor Steve Solosky, recently published on Amazon.com.

Sunday, May 26, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (160)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Scottish Highlands Trip Review

Scotland by Scenic Rail

small group tours to Scottish HighlandsLast month, The Traveling Professor took 11 travelers on a scenic tour to the Scottish Highlands. Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery to be found, and much of it can be seen via stunning train rides.  In today's blog post The Professor will summarize the highlights of the small group tour to the Scottish Highlands.  At the end of the post, please view our photos from the tour.

Saturday, May 25, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (140)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Ireland & Scotland

3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

Go Beyond the Obvious in Paris

3 Almost off the Radar Places in ParisEveryone knows the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and the Arc de Triomphe.  They are some of the most popular places to visit while on a tour to Paris. However, Paris has many more attractive options to visit. In this blog post The Traveling Professor lists 3 of his "almost off the radar" places to visit on your next trip to Paris.

Sunday, May 12, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (203)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

Everything Goes in a Carry-On

eBagsLinda and I will be departing on a 21-day small group tours to Paris, Normandy Invasion Beaches, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  Everything, as usual, goes in our carry-on.  We will take one suitcase each and a small backpack.  We will take into consideration the weather, the terrain we will be walking on, the sites to be visited.  21 days is actually a short trip for us, we have gone on trips as long as 44 days with just a carry on.  Look at the blog post to see how we pack and what we pack.

Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (724)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Travel Tips

Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage

A New Destination from Our Friends at The Heart of Southern Italy

Italy's Jewish HeritageOur dear friends, Tess and Elena have been running wonderful tours to Southern Italy for some time now.  Their company is called The Heart of Southern Italy.  Like us, they love to show small groups the real Italy, especially in Puglia, one of the most beautiful places all in Italy.  Puglia is the home of the best food in Italy and wonderful scenery.  It is far away from the throbbing crowds of Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Now they have introduced a tour The Traveling Professor highly recommends, Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage.  Read all about it in their guest blog post.

Monday, April 29, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (239)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

4 Best Places for Gelato in Florence Italy

It's Not Just Ice Cream, It's Italian Ice Cream and It's Really Good!

best Gelator in FlorenceWho in their right mind would go to Italy without trying one of the best foods ever invented? And by that, we mean gelato.  There is nothing better than ending a wonderful Tuscan meal in Florence by stopping by a gelato shop afterwards and picking up one of your favorite flavors (I like straciatella myself) in a cone or cup, then strolling around the wide open streets of Florence taking in the views. In today's blog post, Steve Solosky and co-author of "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence", Melanie Wilson give you their best picks for gelato in Florence.

Sunday, April 28, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (203)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy
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3 Right Bank Restaurants in Paris

2 Of These Finds are in the Popular Marais Section of Paris

Right Bank Paris RestaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris.  While there are thousands of restaurants to select from, there still are some good Paris restaurants offering excellent meals at good prices. The Traveling Professor has hand-picked some of the favorite Paris restaurants on the right bank, two of them in the popular Marais area, for you to try on your next tour to Paris.

Saturday, April 27, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (213)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
Categories: Paris

How to Beat Jet Lag in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Tips from The Professor

How to Beat Jet LagWith quite a few trans-continental trips under his belt, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in dealing with jet lag.  If not dealt with the right way, jet lag can really ruin a vacation overseas.  There are ways to get to Europe and get your body clock in sync so that you can enjoy the food, sites, and adventure of being overseas without suffering from jet lag.

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (424)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.4
Categories: Travel Tips
Tags: jet lag

5 Things The Professor Takes on EVERY International Trip

Take a Look Inside The Traveling Professor's Back Pack

5 things to take on every tripNo matter where The Traveling Professor goes, whether it be on a small group tour or traveling alone, there are some basic necessities that come on each and every trip.  The items listed in today's travel blog post are not things that you will see in too many other blog posts. Take a look at today's blog post and see what's in The Traveling Professor's back pack on each and every small group tour he goes on whether it be to Paris, Italy, Austria, Iceland, Scotland, Peru, Canada or anywhere else.

Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (599)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
Categories: Travel Tips
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Montréal and Québec City

A New Small Group Tour from The Traveling Professor

small group tours to CanadaLast month, The Traveling Professor visited Canada as part of the effort to put together a new small group tour to Canada that includes visits to Montréal and Québec City. The Professor is very excited about this new small group tour offer.  There will be no jet lag on this trip as travelers can easily fly into Montréal and  back from Québec City in a matter of a few hours. Not only is the price good, wait until you read about the top hotels, bonus features, and exciting tour program he has put together on this exclusive small group tour to Canada.

Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (198)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Canada
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2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

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The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

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