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  • Perfect in every way!

    "My family and I had the privilege to stay in this delightful home and it exceeded all our expectations. Perfectly located and walking distance to the train station. The house was very clean and the sunny courtyard was the perfect place to sit with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine after a long day of sightseeing. Ingrid is delightful and very helpful with information about shopping and places to see in Amersfoort. I would absolutely recommend this charming home and without a doubt will return in the future."
    Guest: M & N Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 5, 2014
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  • Wonderful Villa to enjoy Tuscany!

    "I've been to this beautiful villa twice. Once for a group vacation with other families. It was perfect for a group....it has beautiful, large, multi-room apartments for all sorts of families, and then a wonderful outdoor space with a pool, and a small area with grass and a slide for small children. The caretaker was wonderful, and helped us providing a Pizza chef for our entire group that has been one of my favorite experiences in the Tuscany region so far! I enjoyed it so much I took some of my family back there when they visited, and we had a great time then too! It was perfect for sleeping and enjoying each other's company in the "living room" of the apartment. The views are spectacular, and I will be looking to stay here again when I visit Tuscany. Thank you!"
    Guest: Sarah Date of Stay: March 2010 Review Submitted: October 31, 2010
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  • Island Paradise

    "We just returned from a 16 day trip to Europe, 4 of which we spent on Santorini. 4 days was not nearly enough - we wish we had at least another 2 days to explore this beautiful island. We chose Mirabo because of it's location and the pictures on the website were beautiful. We stayed in the Grand Maisonette and it did not disappoint. 2 very nice bedrooms and gorgeous bathrooms along with a living area and small kitchen area with mini fridge. The views from the upstairs bedroom balcony, as well as the main courtyard, were amazing and we enjoyed spending some time in the mini pool, having a glass of wine and enjoying the view. (we thought it was a hot tub when we booked but the water was cool, which was nice because it was very warm when we were there.) We did rent a car and we highly recommend it so you can explore every inch of the island, which we did! We spent some time in Oia, Akrotiri, Fira, Faros, and did a fabulous catamaran trip from Amoudi harbor that we highly recommend. The booking office was very close to Mirabo so it's easy to find if you stay at Mirabo. We enjoyed Mirabo so much and highly recommend it.....we also absolutely fell in love with Santorini and will definitely return someday, hopefully very soon. . Mike and LouAnn Jelosek"
    Guest: Mike and LouAnn Date of Stay: September 2012 Review Submitted: October 21, 2012
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  • Multifamily holiday October, 2011

    "Details: The listing was accurate, the property was very well maintained, the owner provided excellent customer service, and we would all recommend this property to a friend or relative. Internet access was fast and reliable. Our group was two 70-years-old, four about 40, two girls of 4 and 2, and one infant. We arrived in a 7 person van and a car which we used for sightseeing trips. There is lots of room for parking in the driveway. We ate many meals outdoors and spent hours in the pool playing with the toddlers or exercising. We enjoyed the chairs near the pool, the hammock, and an old blanket on the lawn under the olive trees. The owner is warm and professional; helpful when asked and careful to stay out of the way otherwise. Excellent bicycles are available at the house. One can easily walk to town for supplies, restaurants, the weekly market, and a few points of interest. St. Remy is conveniently located for automobile day trips to Avignon, Arles, Les Baux, and the Camargue. This is a large, new villa with pool equipped to accomodate large groups conveniently."
    Guest: Bruce B. Date of Stay: October 2011 Review Submitted: November 8, 2011
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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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