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  • Saint Julien Apartment

    "Our stay in Paris was delightful. The Saint Julien apartment was perfect, the staff very welcoming, helpful and courteous. The reference book of places to see/eat was especially helpful and appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed the view of the Eiffel Tower from the window. We will definitely be back to Paris!!"
    Guest: mm Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 18, 2014
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  • Perfect location and delightful apartment

    "We had such an enjoyable time. The apartment was very easy to get in/out of and just a PERFECT location. Perfect size and place of oasis in the city. We didn't realize that most parts of city close on Sundays, so to wake up our first morning with music playing outside and people walking down the street was such a delight! The closeness of the metro was great. And we always felt very safe. Plus, the walk up the flights of stairs was good after all the chocolate we ate! Marie was so easy and gracious to work with from beginning to end!"
    Guest: Gretchen Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 8, 2014
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  • Convenient location

    "I have been to Venice many times, so I was aware of the area, and it suited out needs. When I called Elisa because it took us a little longer to get to the apartment than we anticipated, and we were afraid we had missed her, she was a little unpleasant because she though I was criticizing her, but she turned out to be very charming in person. Mario and Laura were very easy to work with as we planned the trip. As in all of Venice, the main street, San Lio, was overcrowded, but when we stepped off 2 "blocks" to the apartment, it was another world with very little foot traffic. The apartment is large, and, although there is only a central air wall unit for the whole apartment, it kept the whole apartment very, very cool!! Everything was exactly like the pictures. Our only problem was that the windows face other apartment windows right across the tiny calle--think 6 feet away. Their televisions could have been in our rooms with us, even with the windows closed. Thus is the nature of staying in a neighborhood which is what we prefer, but do note that if you need peace and quiet at all times. The apartment was very easy to find, but the door is not green as stated in the directions; it is brown. It was a quick walk across Campo Bartelemeo to the Hotel Rialto dock where we met our water taxi at 4AM!"
    Guest: Marty Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 1, 2014
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  • A beautiful and serene setting for a real Tuscan vacation

    "Muriccaglia was more than everything we ever expected from a country farm in the middle of Tuscany. We started each morning enjoying our coffee outside on the terrace overlooking the olives groves and the hills of Chianti. In the early evening, we watched the sun set behind the cypress trees sipping wine and eating olives. It was absolutely perfection. The property has a beautiful infinity pool that overlooks the hillside. We stayed at the Il Fienile cottage on the property which sits up on a hill overlooking the main house. The accommodations were very comfortable for two 55+ couples in addition to being quiet and serene. What made our stay more memorable was meeting Mimma and Franco along with Mimma’s sister Franca and her cousin LeLe who offered up some amazing cooking lessons. We are still talking about the special evening of cooking and eating at Mimma’s lovely home. Also, their sweet golden Lab, Dhabi, would make anyone feel welcomed. This vacation was a dream come true and more than exceeded our expectations. We found this to be an ideal location as a base to explore the quaint hillside towns of Tuscany. Thank you Mimma and Franco for welcoming us to your home and property."
    Guest: Betsy Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 22, 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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