Home Exchange – Stay in Europe for Free!

Staying in a vacation rental and doing a home exchange are similar in many ways. You stay in a home in a residential area, not accommodations built for tourists. You stay in one place for longer (European vacation rentals usually require a one week stay, Saturday to Saturday). You settle in and become part of your neighborhood. No daily maid service, no front desk, no concierge – you are an independent traveler. But with a … Continue reading Home Exchange – Stay in Europe for Free!

Taking the Eurostar from London to Paris

In a couple of weeks we will be taking the Eurostar train from London to Paris. I put together my research notes and some good links to more information for a “Plan Your Trip” page on Slow Europe. Slow Europe Article – Eurostar from London to Paris We will be taking a train from Windsor to London Paddington, then a taxi or the Underground to St Pancras, and then the Eurostar to Paris. On return … Continue reading Taking the Eurostar from London to Paris

Google Street View Comes to England

Google maps are a great trip planning tool, especially the “Street View” that is available for many countries. You can “walk” down the street of a vacation rental or hotel you are thinking about booking to see what types of places are next door or where the closest cafe is. Or you can be an armchair traveler and see the world from home. I used Street View for France when planning our summer trip, but … Continue reading Google Street View Comes to England

Pour Une Nuit?


Twenty-one years ago, Steve and I sold nearly everything we owned, quit our jobs, gave up our apartment in Vancouver, loaded up our Toyota Corolla and hit the road for a few years. After a year traveling in the US, we parked the car, loaded up backpacks and flew to Europe. We arrived with hotel reservations for five nights in Paris and no other plans. We had a fantastic year traveling in Europe. We traveled using … Continue reading Pour Une Nuit?

What, No Queen?

Double Bed

You would think that countries with such Royal histories would apply more Royal titles to bed sizes than a country that has never had a Royal Family – but that is not the case. European mattress sizes are single, double, king and super king. Super king? US sizes are twin, double, queen and king. See, we have the matched Royal set – Queen and King – they have two kings! There are differences in bed sizes between … Continue reading What, No Queen?

European Experiences!

Introducing European Experiences, small group tours in Europe. My good friend Kathy Wood and her husband Charley have expanded their European small group tours  to include the Alps in Austria and Germany. For the last several years they have been leading groups to the Luberon in southern France. They offer a one week tour, based in the village of Bonnieux. They know this area well, having lived there for six months in 2004 and then … Continue reading European Experiences!

England is Even More Affordable Today

Today the pound is at $1.50 USD. And British Airways has a 3 day sale (ends tomorrow) with prices as low as $648 Dallas to London (return) for travel until March 22 (many other European destinations are included in the sale). Remember when looking at BA sale prices, they usually list one way prices based on a return purchase. The only sales on Business Class are for flights originating in London – none for US … Continue reading England is Even More Affordable Today

Planning a Trip to Southern France

I woke up this morning to a few inches of snow – the first snow of the year in Santa Fe – and realized that we need to start planning our next trip to Europe. We have been talking about spending two months in France in the winter like we did last year in the Cotswolds. This time we will go a bit later, maybe March and April. This keeps us in Santa Fe for … Continue reading Planning a Trip to Southern France

IDP (International Driving Permit) NOT Needed to Drive in Great Britain


The International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of your driving license and is needed, with your valid driving license, when driving in some European countries. This is a hotly debated issue on travel message boards because it is not always clear whether or not one is needed. By Italian law, you need an IDP (and your valid driving license) as a foreigner driving in Italy. You do NOT need an IDP for driving in … Continue reading IDP (International Driving Permit) NOT Needed to Drive in Great Britain

Heathrow to Bath or Oxford

Prior Park, Bath

When we fly into England for a trip to the Cotswolds, we frequently start out with a few days in Bath. Getting from the London airports to Bath is not that easy. We usually have a car service take us, but that is expensive. It was worth it to us because of the time it saved and the convenience. But today I found another option. RailAir – Buses run by First Great Western trains take … Continue reading Heathrow to Bath or Oxford