That collection of countries & cultures which has (thus far) had the most impact on world history is still its single most popular travel destination. Here we explore the legendary wealth and experiences to be had across the "Old World."

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Visiting the port town of Whitby in Yorkshire, England

    It rains rather a lot in Britain - even Visit Britain aren’t unwise enough to pretend it doesn’t. Most of our seaside resorts have, therefore, been spoilt by over-development to ‘cater for’ visitors when it’s too cold or wet for the beach. Whitby, however, 2½ hours northeast of Manchester and a 4½-hour drive from London - is different. Certainly there are amusement arcades, fortune-tellers, and tourist-tat shops in plenty. But since this town of 13,000 is still a working fishing port, it…

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Provence: lovely hill towns plus a plethora of wine & cheese equal paradise

  Victor Block   Naturally we started our trip off with a glass of wine at lunch - after all, it was too late for breakfast…  “Deux verres de vin rouge – um, uh -- pas sec. Un peu…” Finally I just threw my hands in the air and laughed. I meant well but it seemed unfair to make our poor waiter suffer for my lack of fluency with the language. Our waiter obliged with two glasses of wine and a hearty, “Welcome to Provence!" Our first morning, COVID-19 vaccination card in hand, we left to…

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Welcome to Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Italy!

  EBU/Rai Travel and music festivals go hand in hand, of course! And though I haven't yet attended the annual Eurovision song contest in person, ever since I started traveling to Europe in 1977 – well before American Idol, The Voice, or The X Factor – it's always been a big deal for more than a few of my Old World friends and acquaintances (not to mention the local media). I got to watch it several times surrounded by Europeans (most recently last night), and I must say, the enthusiasm…

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A few how-to tips about Prague for first timers

  Peter K Burian   The capital of the Czech Republic, with its UNESCO World Heritage historic center, is considered one of Europe's (indeed, the world's) most beautiful cities, and has been a favorite for visitors for more than 30 years now, since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Top attractions include Castle Hill, Old Town Square, the Old Town Hall, Wenceslaus Square, and Charles Bridge. And here are some tips and observations to help you navigate "golden Prague":     read post  

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  • In observance of Pride, The Guardian just came out with a piece on Europe's ten best gay-friendly destinations. Some are obvious (Mykonos, hello!), but others less so: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/jun/23/europe-best-holidays...
    10 of Europe’s best destinations for LGBTQ+ travellers this Pride season | Gay and lesbian travel |…
    From Madrid to Mykonos our writer picks the most queer-friendly holiday spots in Europe
  • The Guardian looks at how mass tourism to Barcelona is expected to come roaring back this summer, bringing many of the same ills that have divided locals in recent years: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/16/summer-barcelona-mass...
    ‘Summer will be monstrous’: Barcelona wrestles with revival of mass tourism | Barcelona | The Guard…
    As visitors return after easing of Covid curbs, talk of diversification of Spanish city has been drowned out by sound of ringing tills
  • Oslo's Nasionalmuseet (National Museum) just made its debut this month: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/arts/design/national-museum-oslo...
  • The Guardian recently published a great survey of Europe's top beaches - can't wait for summer! https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2022/apr/30/40-best-beaches-in-e...
    40 of the best beaches in Europe | Beach holidays | The Guardian
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  • This past January, the London-based travel-site BigSevenTravel.com recently came out with "The best cities in the world for art and culture in 2022", and while many of them you would totally expect (and Paris unsprprisingly comes in at number one), there are a few you totally wouldn't: https://bigseventravel.com/best-cities-for-arts-culture/
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    Snorkeling between two continents in Iceland’s Silfra Fissure
  • With everyone on edge about the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine, a couple of weeks ago a website launched last November called VisitUkraine.Today comes out with a post entitled "Keep Calm and Visit Ukraine."As this article from U.S. travel industry watcher Skift points out, turns out it's not from the Ukrainian tourism board but rather a travel insurance company! Jeez. https://skift.com/2022/02/02/the-curious-push-for-ukraine-tourism-o...

    In the meantime, while tourism is not exactly dead at the moment, it seems to be under strain, with countries such as South Korea banning travel to Ukraine and some flights being canceled because airline insurance carriers are withdrawing coverage. So...keep calm? Sure. Visit Ukraine? Maybe hold off just a bit, eh?
  • The Euro topped US $1.32 today. To what extent do these currency fluctuations actually convince people to travel or not? 

  • Italy for Honeymooners

    What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago." 
    ~Erica Jong


    Is there any place as romantic as Italy? For nearly two hundred years Italy has been the destination of choice for those who are looking to lend the gloss of sophistication to their persona. Between the mouth-watering food, painting-worthy vistas and a language so imbued with romance as to make your heart beat fast just listening to it, is it any wonder that Italy has become one of the top honeymoon destinations of all time? 

    If you have considered or are currently considering an Italian honeymoon you might want to consider look into these top Italian honeymoon destinations.

    Amalfi Coast

    The Amalfi coast is one of the most visually appealing areas on the planet. With breathtaking coastal resorts, pristine white beaches and a sultry Mediterranean temperature you won’t regret spending your first days together in such a gorgeous area.

    Here are two Barclay International Group villas which are actually large enough that you could bring family or friends along with you. All have kitchens, of course, for those romantic meals for two!

    Abelarda 
    Villa Il Gioiello

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    and here are a few apartments within villas that will offer an unforgettable holiday:

    Villa Amore 
    Fior di Limone 


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    Venice

    It doesn’t matter which movie you watch, nearly every movie that mentions Venice marks it as being one of the most romantic places on earth. The reality is really not that much different. With food to die for, wines that will leave you slightly dizzy and architecture and art that combine to give you the glorious sense of being cast headlong into the past, especially when you hear the gondoliers calling to each other in the moonlight.

    Barclay International Group’s Venice apartments are extremely affordable! Take a look:

    Cannareggio 
    Garibaldi 
    Raffaele 


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    Rome

    From fantastic midnight espressos to architecture that will have you dreaming of millennia gone by, Rome has something for everyone. While Venice and Florence tend to be more “proper” as far as modern music and fashions, in Rome – anything goes and not only will you find the beauty of the past, but you’ll also find the modern lying cheek to cheek with the ancient in a heady and romantic mix.

    Barclay International Group has a wide selection of apartments in Rome which can be seen here.

    To select just a few:

    Cinque Colori 
    Residence Palazzo Al Velabro
    Emanuele 


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    Florence

    For those who are more drawn to the pastoral and artistic beauty of Italy, Florence is the perfect choice for a honeymoon. Here you will get all of the beauty of the Italian language, the deliciousness of the food and wine, but without the chaos that cities like Rome tend to include as part of their appeal and which might very well be more appealing to a couple looking to spend their first days together as husband and wife.

    Again, Barclay International Group has a huge selection of apartments in Florence, as seen here

    A few examples:
    Giorgio 
    Guelfo 
    Residence Palazzo Ricasoli 


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    Tuscany

    For sheer sensuous pleasure you need look no further than Tuscany. From fine art to fine wine to extraordinary scenery that encompasses mountain paths, rolling hills, seacoast and islands, there’s always something wonderful to gaze upon and explore. Aside from Florence, you’ll want to select from Siena, Pisa, Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca. Any and all can be a perfect location for an absolutely stunning honeymoon. 

    Barclay International Group offers villas of many sizes in Tuscany but here are a few apartments in villas that lend themselves especially well to parties of two:

    La Poggiolaia 
    Pratale 1 & 2 
    Villa Il Pozzo 
    Li Zuti 


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    It doesn’t matter if you love to party or are an art connoisseur Italy has something for everyone and even the most diverse of couples will have no problem in finding a honeymoon destination that will provide them with the memories of a lifetime.

    We are currently updating rates for 2012. If 2011 rates appear, please call us and we will provide updated rates. Also call for more information on these or any other property. We are at 800-845-6636.


    This article was written by Sarah Rigos, founder of the leading cash registry website Starlight Registry, with proposed accommodations added by Barclay International Group.
    http://www.barclayweb.com/DESTINAT/ITALY/ah-abelarda.htm
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