Archive for February, 2010

Booking Your Hotel Reservations with 1-800 Fly Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on February 25th, 2010

One of the greatest things about staying in international hotels is that most of them offer a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning.  These hot breakfasts consist of rolls, fruits, cheeses, coffee and meat such as ham, bacon or sausage. That right there will save you a bit of money you can use for shopping and/or sightseeing later in the day.

In most cities, we offer hotels in every area imaginable. Whether you prefer to be near the city center, the rail station, the airport or the suburbs we can find the perfect property for your needs.

When booking hotel reservations, a common request we have here at 1-800 Fly Europe is for queen or king beds.  Such bedding is not as common in Europe’s hotels as it may be in the United States.  Most of the time, when one books a double room (meaning double occupancy, with one bed) the size of the bed will be a standard double bed. If one books a twin room, this is also double occupancy, but two beds, and most of the time the beds will be two twin sized beds, not two full sized beds.  Of course, there are hotels that do provide the  larger beds and no matter what, we can always put the request in for you.  However, the request will only be confirmed or declined upon check-in.

Also, just because our name is 1-800 Fly Europe, that does not mean we only book hotels in Europe.  We can get you a great discounted rate on hotel reservations  worldwide! Going to Dubai next week? No problem, we can set you up. Need a cheap hotel in Las Vegas this summer? We have what you’re looking for! Ice fishing expedition in Canada, eh?  Give us a call or check out our deals here on the website and save!


World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on February 24th, 2010

On this cold and wet February day, the only thing that will do is a recipe for something warm and cozy. I think that there is something to be said about comfort food, no matter what region of the world you’re in.  This week, we will go all the way to Oslo, Norway to find something delicious to eat.  I came across this recipe for Norwegian Cabbage Rolls, it is very easy to follow and the final product is extremely tasty.

Norwegian Cabbage Rolls

Boiling water for boiling cabbage leaves
¼ tsp nutmeg
¬Ω tsp ginger
¬Ω tsp pepper
4 tsp potato starch
1 ¼  tsp salt
1 ¬Ω c. milk
2 cups boiling water, salted with ¬Ω tsp salt for baking
16 cabbage leaves
1 lb ground beef

Preheat oven to 325°.

Boil the cabbage leaves in the salted water for about 2 minutes, or until soft.  Drain.  Mix potato starch, beef and salt. Add milk and spices.

Spoon mixture into each cabbage leaf, and wrap the leaf securely around the meat.  Seam side down, place the rolls in a greased deep dish, and pour boiling salt water over.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Can be served with boiled potatoes, carrots and gravy.

And, as always, if you wish to try this dish in a genuine Norwegian setting, call us now for your free quote on a cheap flight to Oslo.

April Fair of Seville

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on February 15th, 2010

Starting in March, cities all over Europe will be celebrating the spring weather by way of festivals, parades and other events.  One of the most exciting of these events is the April Fair (or La Feria de Abril de Sevilla) held annually in Seville, Spain.

The festivities commence about two weeks after Holy Week at midnight (on Monday) with the official Lighting of the Lanterns.  Half a million tiny lights are illuminated at the same time, the majority of them at the main city gate.

During the festival, many events take place.  Local girls dress in traditional flamenco dresses and every day at noon, there is a procession through the city, in which these girls are pulled through the city by horse and carriage. It is quite possibly the most colorful parade there is!

Each afternoon at 5:30 p.m. an event that people from the world over come to Spain to witness – Bullfighting! Top bullfighters from all over the country come to participate in this event which takes place at the Plaza de Toros de Maestranza .

The streets are full of colorful, lantern adorned tents (called casetas). Some of these casetas are private and guests are only allowed in by invitation. These are set up by anyone from local businesses to societies or families and serve the purpose of making sure the invitee is kept happy with entertainment, food and drink.  There are public casetas as well, where anyone can enter and join the merriment inside.

The event ends the following Sunday at midnight by way of a fantastic fireworks display.  If you have ever wanted to take a trip to Spain, this is the time to go. The Fair of Seville will be an excellent opportunity to see traditional Spanish customs, attire and events at their best.  Call us for a free quote on a cheap flight to Spain and make sure to ask about additional discounts when booking your car rental and hotel reservations with us.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on February 10th, 2010

Barcelona, the capital city of Spain, is one of the loveliest places in the world to visit.  It is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and the climate is so nice year round. The average low is approximately 40° F and the average high is around 82° F.  Wouldn’t it be splendid to visit Barcelona right now, as we are entering the bitingly cold month of February?  For the moment, how about cooking up a recipe a friend from Spain sent me?  This is called Pisto Manchego, it is a ratatouille-like dish.

Pisto Manchego

4 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and diced
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 medium sized onions, diced
2 zucchini, cubed
3 minced garlic cloves
¼ c olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté onion until translucent, then add zucchini, garlic and peppers.  When all ingredients have softened, stir in tomatoes.

Cover and cook about 12 – 15 minutes, stirring often.  Set heat on low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add small amounts of water as needed to avoid food sticking to the pan.

Add vinegar and salt/pepper to taste.

This is  a fairly versatile dish and can be served hot or cold with toasted bread, in a Spanish omelet or as a filling for a sandwich. Use your imagination.  If you wish to serve it as a main dish, you can add ham, chorizo or hard boiled eggs.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  And hey, if you’re not a cook, just book a flight to Spain and have someone else make it for you

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