Chaos at Barcelona Airport due to Strikes – be prepared for long lines!

It seems like at least once a year there are news from Europe about strikes crippling air transportation on the old continent – Air France, Alitalia and Lufthansa all had their share of problems, causing flight cancellations and delays, inconveniencing travelers. This year, the (private) security workers at Barcelona’s International Airport have been staging work-stoppages to improve their negotiating position … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Historic St Anne Bernadine Church, Vilnius

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a fun city – and it has a long history you can explore in the historic buildings around town, like the red-brick St Anne Bernardine church. It’s worth a walking tour of Vilnius to see this and other beautiful buildings!

Travel News: The End of Roaming Charges in the European Union is here!

Many travelers (including yours truly) have been shocked by high mobile phone and data charges on foreign trips. Phone companies worldwide are milking their customers with outrageous charges for phone use in foreign countries. As of June 15th, European Union regulation has ended roaming charges across EU nations – roam like at home is the message. You can make phone … Continue reading

Good location, great value – Hilton Milan!

For my return visit to beautiful Milan, I wanted to stay in a central location at a good price and make use of my Hilton Honors Diamond membership for some extra perks and chose the Hilton Milan near the Central train station – a great choice! We really enjoyed the location and very good service and I’d be happy to … Continue reading

Best hotel in Heidelberg, Germany: Crowne Plaza!

I have traveled countless times to the Heidelberg area on business and for a personal trip, I picked my favorite hotel in town: The Crowne Plaza! It’s in walking distance from the pedestrian area in the old town, has modern rooms, a great pool & wellness area and a breakfast you don’t want to miss! With service improvements and upgrades … Continue reading

A historic town with a youthful feel – Heidelberg, Germany!

I have lived in Southern Germany and later traveled there a lot on business – and Heidelberg became my favorite city to stay during those trips. With it’s historic old town with cobblestone streets and narrow alleys, the big castle overlooking the town and plenty of restaurants and bars, with a mix of tourists and locals, business travelers and students, … Continue reading

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Fantastic Foto Friday: Dream Castle on the Hill – Sintra, Portugal

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If you haven’t had enough history in Lisbon, Europe’s most underrated capital, or just want to enjoy the cooler mountains, Sintra is a great getaway from Lisbon, easy to do as a day-trip. And Pena Palace was my favorite sight on the trip, with it’s different styles from different ages all combined into one castle that looks like straight out of a Disney fairy tale!