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  • Friendship

    "My wife and I came to Holland to experience Amsterdam and maybe find my roots. With the help of Fleur we were able to accomplish both. The B&B exceeded our expectation. The use of free passes greatly reduced our costs. Fleur's knowledge of the city made our daily planning a lot easier and took the guesswork out. Our breakfast again exceeded our expectations. Great way to start the day. We heartily recommend this B&B to you."
    Guest: Fritz Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 2014
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  • A true paradise

    "When we arrived at the Villa we thought we had arrived in Paradise. We had a very warm welcome from Roger who took the time to make us visit the entire property and explain all the amenities to us. Also very informative on the surrounding markets, place to see etc... We had a wonderful vacation. Quand nous sommes arrivés à la villa nous avons crus être arrivés au paradis. Roger nous a reçu très chaleureusement et nous a fait visiter toute la propriété en nous donnant toutes les explications des facilités de l'endoit. Il nous a aussi donné toutes les informations nécessaires pour le shopping, les places à visiter etc... Nous avons passé une semaine extraordinaire."
    Guest: Jo A. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014
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  • Cozy, comfortable, and convenient location

    "Our first visit to Paris and we couldn't have picked a better apartment. Convenient location to RER and Metro stops. You could hear the bells ring at Notre Dame which is just a few blocks away. Close to restaurants and shops. Comfortable bed and foldout sofa bed in the living room. Would definitely come back again."
    Guest: Rebecca B. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 15, 2014
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  • A beautiful home in a charming hill town.

    "We (husband, wife and two daughters) stayed at Caroline's absolutely beautiful home for three nights in August. The townhouse is even nicer than the pictures. It is very big (three big bedrooms), bright and airy. I could go on and on about how well appointed it was. Caroline was there to meet us, she provided us with local information and left us with a lovely spread of olives, cheese, figs, red wine, etc - so thoughtful. When we arrived in Jimena, it was the middle of the day and not a soul to be seen. The house is just barely up the street from the plaza. Around 8:30, however, the town comes to life. We would have dinner at one of the local restaurants surrounding the plaza and let the kids run wild. They made many new friends and were thrilled they could practice their Spanish. Everyone is out enjoying the "cool" of the evening; things wrap up around midnight. It was such a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, we could easily get used to it. There is much to do in the surrounding area (car needed). We went to a fair in Gaucin, we did a great day trip to Ronda, we hiked to a nearby gorge, we explored the fortress. Be forewarned, if any in your party gets motion sickness, the roads in this part of the world are VERY winding. All in all, we had an amazing time in Jimena made even more special due to the great accommodations. I would recommend this home to anyone. It is well appointed with everything you could ever need to make your trip fantastic, complete with a plunge pool."
    Guest: glite Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 5, 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 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:


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.


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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