Fragrance-free Flights Please!

A fragrance-free flight would be impossible. How could you stop people from wearing perfume or aftershave, using scented soaps, body washes and hair products, or washing their clothes in strongly scented laundry products? You couldn’t. If someone is sensitive to synthetic fragrances, being on a plane is difficult. But several airlines have made an already bad situation much worse by spraying “signature scents” in their airplane cabins. This leaves us travelers sitting in a chemical … Continue reading Fragrance-free Flights Please!

European Experience Photos

Adam and a Cat

I was one of the judges of the European Experiences photo contest. People who have been on their tours sent in photos showing their experiences. Here are the 10 winners. My friends Kathy and Charley Wood, who run European Experiences, are celebrating five years of doing small group tours of France, Italy, England and Austria. They do a great job – as is shown by these beautiful photos. If you don’t want to spend days … Continue reading European Experience Photos

Sants – Montjuïc District in Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most popular European travel destinations. It is located in northern Spain, in the Catalonia region near the border with France, on the Mediterranean coast. Modernism, a variant of Art Nouveau, was born in Barcelona in the late 1800s. Gaudí designed many buildings in the Eixample district of Barcelona. Max, a transplanted Italian, lives in the Sants – Montjuïc district and runs The Urban Suites.com, 20 suites and apartments (vacation rentals) … Continue reading Sants – Montjuïc District in Barcelona

Guide to Lanzarote on the Canary Islands

Lanzarote Guidebook

The Canary Islands, located around eighty miles off the coast of West Africa close to the Tropic of Capricorn, are a Spanish owned volcanic archipelago of seven islands that was once thought to be the remnants of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. The Canaries are essentially the European Caribbean, boasting year round sunshine and daytime temperatures that range from 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 26 degrees Celsius), making them a hugely popular … Continue reading Guide to Lanzarote on the Canary Islands

New Travel Articles About Italy

On Slow Europe we publish travel articles written by the vacation rental companies (agencies, owners) that we feature in our Find Vacation Rentals section. These are people who have good insider knowledge of their travel destinations. We have two new articles about Italy. Slow Europe Article – Food Shopping for Vacation Renters in Italy by Pat Byrne of Italy Perfect. You find the perfect vacation rental in Italy, you arrive and check in. Next you have … Continue reading New Travel Articles About Italy

A Slow Week in Alghero and North West Sardinia

Sardinia Pelosa

On any map of the Mediterranean, the Italian island of Sardinia is easy to spot being shaped like a foot and lying between Corsica and Sicily. Visitors are often surprised at the size of Sardinia – it is pretty much the size of Wales or West Virginia (but has the advantage of 1800km of mostly unspoilt coastline). Peter Ryder, who lives on Sardinia, introduces us to his corner of the island, near the town of … Continue reading A Slow Week in Alghero and North West Sardinia

Introduction to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote Guidebook

The Canary Islands, located around eighty miles off the coast of West Africa close to the Tropic of Capricorn, are a Spanish owned volcanic archipelago of seven islands that was once thought to be the remnants of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. The Canaries are essentially the European Caribbean, boasting year round sunshine and daytime temperatures that range from 70 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 26 degrees Celsius), making them a hugely popular … Continue reading Introduction to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter

Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds

Hotel Review by Wendy Ashworth, May 2009 Lords of the Manor, 4-star hotel in Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds, England In December 2008 Wendy and her husband Richard spent a weekend at the Lords of the Manor hotel in Upper Slaughter, in the Cotswolds (England). Arrival at Lords of the Manor Upon arrival we were greeted and welcomed most warmly and shown up to our room: Chadlington at the far end of the group of … Continue reading Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter

Visit the Bavarian Forest

Bayerisch Eisenstein and Arber Mountain

The Bavarian Forest in south east Germany and the Bohemian Forest across the border in the Czech Republic were once divided by the “Iron Curtain”. Now you can easily walk or drive across the border. The village of  Bayerisch Eisenstein sits on the German side of the border and is a great base to explore both forest areas. These forests are part of the largest area of wilderness between the Atlantic and the Urals. This is a … Continue reading Visit the Bavarian Forest