Archive for April, 2010

Going Greek

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on April 30th, 2010

When one talks about traveling to Greece, the first things that come to mind are usually seeing the Acropolis, the Parthenon and other such popular attractions of Athens. Of course it is great to visit all of these sites and your trip to Greece would not be complete without seeing them, but there is so much more to do than the norm!

If you enjoy outdoor adventures and are staying in Heraklion, a fun activity you can do is take a Jeep Safari in the Cretan Mountains.  You’ll be picked up from your hotel in and then taken through some small villages until you reach the town of Kastelli for coffee and a stretch.  From there, the Jeep heads up into the mountain range of Asteroussia which leads to Tsoutsouros Beach.  Here you will be given some free time for a swim or a stroll and then lunch is served at a local tavern.  After lunch, more off roading adventures await you before heading back.

While visiting Santorini Island, a fun adventure to participate in is the Volcano Tour. ¬†A guide will pick you up from one of three departure points (Fira Town, Kamari Town and Perissa Town) and take you to the port. From Athinio Port, embark a sailing vessel with your guide and head to the volcano.¬† While exploring this volcano on foot, you can walk all the way up to the face if you’re feeling brave!¬†¬† Afterwards, you will sail to the Hot Springs and be given the chance to swim to the warm waters before going back.

Be sure to take full advantage of your trip to Greece with all the highlights of Athens. On the Athens Half Day Tour, visitors are taken by the Acropolis, Constitution Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Parthenon and much more! Call to get your free quote on a cheap flight to Greece and ask about the sightseeing tours we offer.

Brussels Belgium, Delightfully Delicious!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on April 22nd, 2010

Dining in Brussels is a real treat; foodies everywhere consider this city to be home to some of the best cuisine in the world.  Brussels is known by some as the world capital of waffles, chocolate, beer and – the French Fry. Yes, you read that right, the French Fry

Belgian legend says that when British and American soldiers were arriving in Belgium during the first World War, they tried the Belgian Fries.  However, as most of the native people and members of the Belgian Army spoke French,  they (the Americans and British soldiers) called the fried potatoes  French Fries. French Fries, however, are now served a little different than Belgian fries.  The Belgian-style fries typically come in a paper cone, are made from freshly cut potatoes (never frozen), fried twice and served with mayonnaise as a dipping sauce. Known as “Frieten”, they are the national snack of Belgium. Delicious!

Belgium is also world renowned for their chocolate – there is even a museum dedicated to this delightful treat, The Chocolaterie Planete Chocolat. Here they give tours and offer workshop which teach visitors the fine art of chocolate making.

If you love good food, then Brussels is an ideal destination for some great eating, if nothing else.  Your stomach will thank you for finding a cheap flight to Brussels to partake in this gastronomic adventure- and so will your memory in years to come.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on April 14th, 2010

Guten Tag!  The sunshine and warm spring breezes bring to mind ways to enjoy the great outdoors.  Today in Portland, Maine we have perfect weather for a picnic, and you can’t have a picnic without potato salad!  Let’s take a trip to Germany for our recipe of the week, German potato salad!

German Potato Salad

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 1 ¬Ω tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 ¬Ω lbs new potatoes
  • ¬Ω small onion, chopped finely
  • ¬Ω lb bacon
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¬Ω¬† c cider vinegar
  • ¬º c water

In a pot with just enough water to cover your potatoes, bring potatoes to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender.  Drain, allow potatoes to cool the peel and cut into chunks.

Meanwhile cook bacon until crisp then crumble into small pieces.

In bacon grease, cook onion until tender.

In a large bowl combine mustard, mustard seeds, vinegar, sugar, salt and water.  Add potatoes, bacon and onion. Sprinkle the top with paprika and parsley and serve hot or cold.

Croatian Wine Tours

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on April 9th, 2010

Are you a lover of fine wine? If so, a great idea for your next vacation is a Croatian wine tour!  Catch a cheap flight to Zagreb or Dubrovnik and let the tasting begin!

Croatian vineyards have a history dating back to the 5th century B.C. when wine production grew under the Roman Empire. As the Croatians began to settle and take on the knowledge passed down to them from their ancestors, production increased significantly. A great number of the vineyards were destroyed during the Croatian War of Independence in the 1990s; however in the years since, wine production has bounced back successfully.

Currently, there are approximately 300 wineries in the country, produced in two different regions: The Coastal Region (along the Dalmatian Coast) and the Continental Region.

Touring the wineries of Croatia will introduce you to even more wines such as Teran, Malvazija and Muscat Ottonel and more. Whether you travel to the countryside to visit a continental winery or to the Dalmatian Coast to the coastal wineries or rent a car and do both, this is a great way to make your trip to Croatia memorable and unique.

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