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  • Grand chalet sympha pour famille nombreuse.

    "Nous avons passé un très chouette séjour à l'enneigé. Madame Vuarno ("responsable du chalet)nous a très gentiment acceuillis. Malgré l'hospitalisation pendant presque 4 jours de notre petit-fils à Thonon les bains pour une bronchiolite, nous avons passé de merveilleux moments en famille. (14 personnes) Cerise sur le gâteau : les 30 cm de neige fraiche qui nous ont permis de construire un double igloo à l'arrière du chalet et de faire ainsi beaucoup mieux que nos voisins . Accès et parking spacieux, pratique et impeccable. Navette bien organisée et tout près du chalet. Au plaisir de relouer un chalet chez vous."
    Guest: V! H. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: April 2, 2014
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  • Wonderful apartment

    "We very much enjoyed our stay in this apartment. The apartment is beautiful, comfortable, bright, nicely decorated, and well appointed. We were a couple with our twenty-something daughter and her boyfriend. The lay-out suited our needs exactly. The bedrooms were well separated, and each couple had its own private bathroom. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen, while small, worked out well. The location was great and the building was very good. The welcome person was extremely helpful and gave us a warm reception. The reservation process was easy. I would rent it again any time."
    Guest: Katherine S. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • Outstanding

    "We had a party of 9 adults and Lisheen House was perfect. Ideally located in the Burren national park, with gourmet pub and art gallery an easy walk away, the house is beautifully furnished and ultra comfortable for all times of year. Mary and Shamus are warm and hospitable and there to help whenever needed. Lisheen is a very beautiful holiday destination."
    Guest: MS Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 9, 2014
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  • Perfect Location and Clean Apartment

    "We rented this apartment for the second half of our trip to France. To our surprise the apartment was a lot bigger than we expected, very clean, and it has a perfect location. There was only 3 of us so there was more than enough space to sleep, cook, and the bathroom was very specious as well. Also there was enough storage for luggage and clothes. The washer and drier were very helpful since we already traveled for 1.5 week. the kitchen was equipped with all the necessarily tools and dishes and basic spices. On our arrival day the apartment was very clean, all the sheets, pillows and towels were there. The location of the apartment is a dream come true for every tourist. The metro station is right around a corner, as well as bakery and supermarket. It is a walking distance to Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. The Opera and Galeries Lafayette are only few metro stops from this location. we had the pleasure to meet the owners, very nice and hospitable couple. Overall if we ever go back to Paris we would not hesitate and rent exactly this apartment, we also recommend it to all our friends and family."
    Guest: Marcela M. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: November 28, 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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