Archive for September, 2010

Road Trippin’ Across Europe

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

Have you ever been on a cross country roadtrip through the States? Grandpa’s Cheese Barn in Ohio, Soda Springs Geyser in Idaho –it’s man made and shoots sparkling water, the world’s largest spinach can in Arkansas and the UFO Welcome Center in South Carolina are just a few of the many attractions to visit and have your picture taken in front of while on your way to [insert destination here].

Well, believe it or not, Europe has plenty of fun and interesting roadside attractions, too.  And while riding the rails is a nice way to see the continent, and “backpacking through Europe” sounds interesting in theory, renting a car and going on a sight-seeing adventure is better – and less tiresome.

Here’s a scenario of a fun road trip in Europe.  Let’s say you have purchased an “open jaw” ticket (flying into one city, departing from another) into Amsterdam, returning from Zurich.  I will give a few examples of some places to stop and things to see from point A. to point B.

After picking up your rental car at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, head on to Arnhem to visit the Openluchtmuseum, the Netherlands’ National Heritage Museum.  This is an open air museum located in over 100 acres of woods.  Here you will see a number of re-enactors demonstrating the way of life in the olden days, historic farmhouses, mills and homes.  It is a full day of adventure and learning for visitors of all ages!

Next stop on our roadside attraction adventure: Brussels!  A neat place to visit is the Cantillon Brewers Museum.  This is a family-run brewery where specialty Belgian beers (Lambic, Faro, Kriek and Gueuze) are made. Cantillon was founded in 1900 and nothing has changed since then. The brewing process and [most of] the equipment is the same today as it was over 100 years ago. You will get a firsthand glimpse into how some of the best beer in the world is made; you’ll get to speak with the brewer and learn all about these wonderful beverages and (possibly best of all?) will receive the honor of tasting a traditional Gueuze-Lambic!

Traveling eastward from Belgium, another destination on the itinerary is Munich. Of course, you’ll want to stop by what is probably the world’s most famous beer hall: Hofbräuhaus.  But, after that, why not stop by the Neuschwantstein Castle? Sitting atop a rugged hill overlooking two lakes and the small village of Hohenschwangau, this 19th century palace is a sight to behold.  So beautiful is it, that it’s appeared in many movies and was the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Final stop on our journey is, of course, Zurich.¬† The following activity, I‚Äôd book a flight to Zurich just to do this and this alone!¬† As a cheese lover, it‚Äôs a dream come true.¬† ‚ÄúWhat is it?‚Äù you ask…Why it‚Äôs ‚Äìdrum roll, please- a Fondue Tram!¬† It is exactly what it sounds like.¬† You are picked up and taken all around Zurich on the city‚Äôs tram line, all the while dipping soft, warm bread into delicious gooey goodness.¬† Now THAT‚ÄôS the perfect way to end a great vacation if you ask me!

Have you gone on a multi-state/city/country road trip?  Tell us about it!

Cheap Flights to Venice with 1-800 Fly Europe

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 24th, 2010

Wow! Now is the time to check out our cheap flights to Venice. We always have great low prices on our services, but these fall fares are out of sight!

Cruise the grand canal in the crisp, autumn air, attend one of the many harvest-themed food festivals at your leisure, take a tour of the Prosecco Wine Region.  Not only will traveling during the off season save you money, but it will also help you avoid the rush of tourists.  Less crowds, no lines at the museums, etc make for a more relaxing and enjoyable time.

Check out our travel deals here!  Remember, no booking fees apply when you book online!

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on September 22nd, 2010

Bonjour! I hope everyone is doing well today.¬† Wouldn‚Äôt it be lovely to take a trip to France, (the French Riviera to be specific) to relax and enjoy these few last days of summer?¬† Sailing, wine and fine dining are just the beginning of what awaits you in the South of France.¬† If we can‚Äôt make it there today, at least we can eat like it tonight!¬† How about a nice…ratatouille?

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provencal dish that originated in Nice.  It is typically prepared as a side dish, but if you serve it with bread over pasta or rice, it is definitely sufficient enough for a meal.

Ratatouille

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 zucchini, sliced about ¬º inch thick
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • ¬Ω tsp oregano
  • ¬º tsp thyme

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.  Add onions and garlic, stirring often until softened.  Stir in eggplant and peppers.  Cover.  Cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring often.

Add tomatoes, herbs and zucchini.  Mix well, cover and cook over low heat for an additional 15 minutes.

Service Fees Waived for Online Bookings!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 20th, 2010


Hello and Good Monday, Travelers!  Now is the time to book your fall or winter trip to Europe at great low prices from 1-800 Fly Europe!   Our already competitive rates just got better. 

As you are probably aware, most travel websites charge a service fee when you book published airfare.  Well, I am happy to announce that 1-800 Fly Europe is now waiving service fees for bookings made online!  Check out our great fares to London, Paris, Amsterdam and beyond.

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