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  • Absolutely Incredible Apartment on the Main Beach!

    "This luxury apartment has great character with soaring ceilings, a wonderful modern art collection, modern amenities, unbelievable views and an unbeatable location next to the Palace. It is a relaxing experience waking up every morning with the views over the 'grande plage' and the gentle breeze off the ocean. The balcony is much larger than it appears and you can actually step out on it. The owner of the property and Filipa from KeyWeek were extremely friendly and easy to work with. When we requested an extra set of keys, they immediately sent someone to meet us that day. I hope to return to this apartment many times in the future and certainly will work with KeyWeek every year. Thank you very much!"
    Guest: Paul M. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 21, 2014
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  • Wonderful property

    "We stayed for 4 weeks to enjoy this amazing ,well-modernised and located farmhouse, easily accommodating up to 12 of us in some weeks. Is the property as good as the website shows? Answer , yes , in every respect, though the gardens and lavender/sunflower fringed driveway proved even more spectacular than the photos ! The house was immaculate with nice touches such as fresh-cut flowers , very well equipped with high quality furnishing and inclusions.and our housekeepers Sylvie and Catherine were efficient and delightful.Beverly could not have been more helpful in settling us in, answering questions during our vacation and making sure we were problem-free. Plenty of good restaurants in easy driving distance ,several convenient supermarkets , even a gym in the local village to offset the food and wine intake !! Mas Amoureuse is highly recommended for family or friends to enjoy the best of Provence."
    Guest: brian g. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 31, 2014
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  • well kept apartment

    "This was a very clean apartment in the old town, excellent location for visiting Avignon, the owner could not have been more helpful and gave us lots of advise on where to go, and where to find restaurants which were not just touristy but served excellent food. the location was perfect as a base to travel to other towns in the area an also to go wine tasting in the wonderful Chateauneuf region. I would definitely go back. We were a bit unlucky if you want to call it that as we had a heat wave during our stay, but Mme Guisnet came in from her home to bring us some fans to keep cool. A very good stay and an excellent host. Thank you Mme Guisnet"
    Guest: Vivien T. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: August 6, 2014
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  • Excellent all around

    "Property was renovated to a high standard and is very spacious. The location is fantastic; you are within a 15-30 minute walk to most sights or you can use the excellent tram system to get around quickly. John was very prompt in answering our email questions. Overall the apartment added a very nice dimension to our stay."
    Guest: Glen B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 26, 2014
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Europe Travel Tips

If you’re ready to say goodbye to the U.S. and bonjour, ciao or hola to Europe, here are some country highlights and other tips to get you started on planning your perfect European getaway:

European Travel Tips

There’s a lot to keep in mind when traveling across the pond, especially to a country where you don’t speak the language. Though Europe is a collection of diverse countries, there are some general things to know about this Old World continent that will help you plan and enjoy your trip.

- Learn a few polite key words, standard greetings and salutations in each country that you visit, including: good morning, how are you, I’m fine, thank you and please. Another helpful phrase that needs no explanation is: “Where is the bathroom?”

- In the majority of European locales, waiters and other restaurant workers are paid full salaries and don’t depend on tips as wait staff do in the U.S. It’s standard to leave just a few Euro (unless you have a very large group) as a tip for each meal.

- Before leaving for your trip, make sure your passport is up-to-date, as well as your license if you plan to rent a car. Check in with your bank to let them know you’ll be vacationing in Europe so they are aware and don’t freeze your account. Ask about their credit and debit card policies for ATM use abroad.

- Pack lightly, if you can! Many charming old buildings in Europe don’t have elevators, so it won’t be fun to carry a very heavy bag up several flights of stairs. Also, if you forget some essentials, you should be able to find what you need abroad.

-Purchase converters and adapters so you can charge your phone, dry your hair and plug in your laptop without ruining your devices or blowing out the power.

Italy

Italy is one of the top spots for Americans on their European travels due to its seductive culture, scenic landscapes, ancient history and rich cuisine. Some of the best things to do in Italy are to wander down narrow, ancient streets and duck into various opulent and ancient churches. Indulge in the Italian tradition of a four-hour meal in a fancy restaurant, relishing in “il dolce di fare niente” - the beauty of doing nothing. Here are some of the must-see cities and sights on your Italian vacation:

Rome

Your Roman holiday will be filled with architectural gems known the world over. Take a tour of the Colosseum, spend a few hours traversing the ruins and stare up at remarkably well-preserved temples in the Roman Forum. Walk down an unassuming, narrow alley until you emerge in a wide-open piazza and are graced by the magnificence of the Pantheon. Other must-visits are the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the fountains of Piazza Navona and the Borghese Gardens. Grab gelato at tiny Old Bridge and massive La Palma - two of the best gelaterias in the city.

Tuscany

The Tuscan countryside is romantically written about by authors around the world, and when you pay a visit to Siena, Florence or the smaller surrounding cities, you’ll know why. Stay at a bed and breakfast in the rolling, sunflower-laden countryside outside Siena, and make sure to spend some time in the city center as well - Piazza del Campo (the town square) and the Siena Cathedral are particularly breathtaking. In Florence, the center of the European Renaissance, make an appointment ahead of time for the renowned Uffizi Gallery, shop for gold jewelry on Ponte Vecchio, climb the steep steps inside the Florence Duomo for thrilling views and don’t miss seeing Michelangelo’s famous “David” at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

United Kingdom

The U.K. is a good place to visit for your first trip to Europe because there’s no need to learn a new language. You might want to learn a few British slang words though: A restroom is “the loo,” a stroller is a “pram” and “knockered” means completely exhausted. Here are some tips and top spots for U.K. holidays:

London, England

London is a massive, cosmopolitan city brimming with culture, history and fun. While you are here, take a ride on the London Eye, tour Her Majesty’s Buckingham Palace, learn about the sordid and magnificent history of the Tower of London and make an appointment ahead of time to climb the 334 steps up Big Ben’s belfry for excellent views of Westminster. Also, take advantage of London’s fabulous museums such as the Tate Modern, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, an architectural gem that holds the Rosetta Stone and other famous antiquities - they’re all free to visit! Your trip will not be complete without a shopping trip at Harrod’s and a stroll through part of the 350-acre Hyde Park.

Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is known for its emerald countryside and scenic cliffs overlooking the sea. While in Dublin, one of the top things to do is visit the ancient Dublin and Malahide castles. Walk through the historic, gothic-style St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was built in the 12th century, have a picnic in Phoenix Park or St. Stephen’s Green and go shopping on quaint Grafton Street. Other must-visits are the Trinity College Library, the Kilmainham Gaol panopticon prison and the National Museum Ireland. Take a tour and raise a glass at the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery.

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