5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

With Hotel and Dining Recommendations

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Saturday, January 5, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (144)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

5 Inexpensive but Good Hotels in Paris

Great Location and Super Value

small group tours to ParisParis hotels can be quite expensive at any time of the year.  Since lodging expense is a significant part of any traveler's budget, looking for good and inexpensive budget accommodations can be a priority.  The Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to Paris for over 10 years.  Benefit from his research and knowledge in finding an inexpensive but good hotel in Paris.

Friday, December 21, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (211)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Paris

New Paris Restaurant List

Eight Additions to The Professor's Restaurant Picks

small group tours to ParisWe do several small group tours to Pairs each year.  We are always uncovering places to dine. We did three small group tours to Paris this year and have added some spots to our list. Most of them are on the Left Bank, on the inexpensive side.  If you have ever been with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours, the names are very recognizable for reliable, good food. 

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (260)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

Planning a Trip to Giverny, Home of Monet

It's Like Being IN a Monet Painting

Tips for Planning a Trip to Giverny Home of MonetOne of the greatest, if not the greatest, Impressionists painters of all time is Claude Monet. His home, gardens, and studio is located about 75 km (about 45 miles) from the center of Paris.  We have done a trip to Giverny many times on our small group tours to Paris. It is an easy day trip done as a group or individually by car or train. If done right, a trip to Giverny is more than worthwhile.  Look at today's blog post for The Professor's best tips on planning a trip to Giverny.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (256)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

4 Paris Restaurants Featured in Movies You Know

Where Hollywood Meets Paris

small group tours to ParisOn our small group tours to Paris, The Professor always likes to point out sites featured in movies.  It's part of the fun in traveling to Paris.  In today's blog post, The Professor points out some restaurants featured in movies you know.  And, you can dine at these restaurants too.  Join The Professor on his next small group tour to Paris or go on your own to see where Hollywood meets Paris.

Monday, September 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (277)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

Five 2-Star Hotels in Paris

Good Budget Friendly Picks

best 2 star hotels in ParisHotels in Paris can be expensive and a good bargain is hard to find.  The Traveling Professor, on his small group tours to Paris, has used several good 2-star hotels. The Professor's requirements for a good 2-star hotel is that they must be clean, comfortable, and quiet.  Location also plays a big factor into selecting a Paris hotel.  In this blog post, The Professor has selected five good 2-star hotels for your next trip to Paris.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (305)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

4 More Paris Restaurants

Two on the Left Bank, Two on the Right

favorite paris restaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris. Today, more than ever, there are options for eating in Paris. In general, on our small group tours to Paris we eat at local spots at a moderate price.  I have picked out 4 of my favorite Paris restaurants, two of them are actually located on the same street, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The other two are on the other side of the river and I am very sure you will enjoy them. 

Friday, August 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (290)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Paris

Normandy Invasion Beaches Tour

How to Plan a D Day Tour

Normandy Invasion Beaches TourToday is the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.  The Traveling Professor just completed a small group tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches with 12 travelers.  There are quite a few ways to do a tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.  Some people do it as a one-day big bus tour from Paris, some people do a self-drive tour, some people hire a private guide.  Then, there is the issue of how many days to spend on the beaches and where to stay.  The Professor gives his opinion on all of this with today's blog post on how to do a D Day tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (280)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

3 Elegant Lunch Spots in Paris

Elegant Dining at Bargain Prices

small group tours to ParisWe just completed 2 small group tours to Paris.  Each group had 7 travelers and we completed our "Paris Beyond the Eiffel Tower Tour".  Our guide, the well-known Michael Osman, took us past the typical tourist destinations of Paris and opened our eyes to lesser-known but wonderful sites like the Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Parc Monceau, a walk through the passages of Paris, and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.  An important part of each day on our small group tours of Paris was lunch.  In today's blog post I will point out 3 bargain lunches in Paris, 2 of them at some of the most elegant locations to be found.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (562)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

Great Bargains with Comfort and Style in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

Friday, May 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (629)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris
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5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

Travel MistakesWith well over a million and a half miles of international air travel under his belt and over 20 years on the road, The Traveling Professor has learned a thing or two about travel and how to travel smart. There are a few things every international travel should do, but there a few critical mistakes an international traveler should avoid. All of the travel mistakes The Professor points out are easy to avoid too and The Professor tells you how. Check out today's international blog post to see the 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make.  We welcome your comments too.

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3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

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5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

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Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Travel Product of the MonthEvery now and then we get the opportunity to review a product that we think will be of good use to our travelers.  A few months ago we were sent the 130 Degrees® Anti-Theft Purse and Linda used while we were on a small group tour to Paris. Take a look at the review and we think this might be a good product for your consideration.

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4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

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3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

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Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

sleep in airportBad weather, especially in the winter, is a primary cause of flights being cancelled or delayed.  This weekend we saw a good percentage of flights get cancelled due to snow and cold weather. If you flight is cancelled or delayed, don't count on the airlines to help out. They might provide some food vouchers or they might provide a hotel, but don't count on it.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance you will be on a cancelled flight and there are steps to be taken in case a flight is cancelled or delayed.

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