London's Churchill War Rooms

London's Churchill War Rooms

One of the most unique museum experiences in London, the former Cabinet War Rooms are now known as the Churchill War Rooms. An education for all ages allows you to walk through the subterranean, former British war offices (right under the City of London!) used by the dedicated men and women who served under Winston Churchill’s brave leadership during the Second World War. Don’t miss the additional, modern and mesmerizing exhibits in all their ‘super-tech’ glory. It is one of my favorite museums in London.

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Footsteps to Althorp: Visiting Diana, Princess of Wales' childhood home

Footsteps to Althorp: Visiting Diana, Princess of Wales' childhood home

I was overjoyed that I could actually plan a visit to the Spencer home, Althorp, where Diana once tap danced and passed the hours swimming and taking walks before being thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of 19. It was quite like a pilgrimage in a way, but also a way to pay my respects to a person whose Royal role was inspiring to me. There was something extra lovely about both the stunning interiors and the delightful exteriors of this gorgeous estate in Northamptonshire. I hope you enjoy this post, and three cheers for the Royal Wedding!

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Paris in 24 Hours or Less (for the First-Timer!)

Paris in 24 Hours or Less (for the First-Timer!)

Paris has a plethora of places to experience, but I have narrowed down a few 'Must-Sees' for one full day in the City of Lights, for those who have never been. Bon Voyage!

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How to Book a Train in Italy

How to Book a Train in Italy

For those of you who aren't sure how to book train transportation, this How-To Guide will help with the fear of the unknown. I chose to focus on Italy and its website, www.trenitalia.com, to help you understand the must-know vocabulary for this country in particular, before you book. Several extra tips are included.

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Tips for Travel with the Mobility Impaired & Elderly

Tips for Travel with the Mobility Impaired & Elderly

You never know what life will throw at you, whether it's years before a trip, or days.  In this post, I have collected information to make travel comfortable and successful for those who have trouble with mobility, and I hope you will find it a useful introduction for the same purpose.  If something happens to you or a member of your traveling group to inhibit their mobile capabilities prior to vacation, don't give up--there are solutions! Read more...

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How to Find Transportation Options You Can Trust--For Free!

How to Find Transportation Options You Can Trust--For Free!

While trip-planning, it's always been a bit mind-boggling to figure out which transport is offered to get from 'A' to 'B'?  Here's a simple solution and a fantastic tool I've been using for years now...and it's completely Free! (No strings attached & no sign-ups required!)  Read on:

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Traveler, Tour Director, Anglophile, and Teacher Traveling is a passion I can't get enough of. This blog was created after receiving numerous requests for travel planning advice. It is intended to present common sense solutions for your travel needs, with some history, culture, and coffee thrown in. I hope it helps you on your journey.

Delight in Da Vinci at the Clos Lucé in France

Delight in Da Vinci at the Clos Lucé in France

The Perfect Side Trip in France:

Nestled in the town of Amboise, France, a true Renaissance time capsule exists for all ages to discover and explore. The Clos Lucé is dedicated to all things Leonardo Da Vinci.  But what was he doing in France?

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Part 3 of 3: French Chateau Trifecta: Chambord, the Granddaddy Chateau

Part 3 of 3: French Chateau Trifecta: Chambord, the Granddaddy Chateau

Trying to schedule seeing the most fabulous castles of the Loire Valley is tough...Is it possible to see them when you have limited time?  If you only have approximately 2-3 hours for each, then the answer is YES! Just make sure you are prepared...Personally, I would rather see a place on my list, even if it's rushed, than forever regret skipping it.

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French Chateau Trifecta Part 2 of 3: Chateau Royal d'Amboise: Surprises Everywhere!

French Chateau Trifecta Part 2 of 3: Chateau Royal d'Amboise: Surprises Everywhere!

Once in awhile, you just have to toss the guidebook and force yourself to trust your gut.  That is what I did with the Royal Chateau d’Amboise (Am ‘bwahzz).  Not that seeing this was a real gamble; I believe this majestic former fortress-turned-castle is underrated, yet still survives in the shadow of its chateau-sisters.  Other than a great view, I wasn’t sure what I would experience up on the ramparts, but I can say that everywhere you turn, a surprise seems to be waiting around the corner.  

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French Chateau Trifecta: Chenonceau, Chateau d'Amboise, & Chambord

French Chateau Trifecta: Chenonceau, Chateau d'Amboise, & Chambord

Sometimes...okay, all the time, when planning for trips, I look for opportunities to visit places that have been on my radar for a long time.  The Loire Valley has been enticing me for years to see its vineyards and several of its biggest treasures...Renaissance-Era Chateaus.

And I bet you’ve seen them in books or movies. They are iconic.  The stuff of fairy tales with their magnificent, white structures, rounded towers (turrets), and graceful gray/blue roofs.  They did not disappoint.  If you are planning a trip to Paris, a side trip of architectural castle-glory is waiting for you in the Loire Valley.  If you only have one day to spare, you could hop on an excursion tour from Paris.  Or, spend the weekend in/around Amboise via various transport options, and take it all in slowly.

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Not your Usual Place for a Wine-Tasting

Not your Usual Place for a Wine-Tasting

The Sign Said ‘Cave’...so we stopped to take a look.  It was France, after all.  

This structure was something completely unexpected.  So when we saw the sign, we decided to turn the car around, and have a closer look...

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Bands & Buckets because of the Beaches

Bands & Buckets because of the Beaches

It's iconic.  The bucket and little shovel on the sand.  It's how many generations have enjoyed their time at the shore.  

But on this occasion, our bucket and our beach was something all together different.

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Smart Steps for Planning Your City Sightseeing

Smart Steps for Planning Your City Sightseeing

A friend recently asked me about planning their days in Paris.  This then led to questions about London, too.  There is so much to see, with so little time.  When you are on vacation, time is money.  How do you corral the mass of information?  Read on to discover smart methods for planning your sightseeing.

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