Archive for December, 2010

Summer Travel 2011

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

Are we thinking about next summer already? Yes we are! With the new year right around the corner, many people (if they are able to get a free moment) like to plan ahead, set goals and make resolutions. Personally, I like to start thinking about where I want to go in the next year. Whether I am thinking about upcoming ski trips, family vacations or weekend getaways, right now is the perfect time to plan and budget for your vacations.

If you are searching for a romantic vacation, why not look into a trip to Italy?  You could catch a flight to Rome, rent a car at the Fiumicino Airport and drive around the country.  Along the way from one destination to the other, you can stop through small villages for shopping, sightseeing and unique dining adventures.

A great choice for a family vacation is London.  Always pulsating with activity,  it is easy to find something everyone will enjoy.  From special events in Hyde Park to thrilling tours of the London Tower, a family vacation in London will be an unforgettable one.  A great way to take in all the best sights that London has to offer is by purchasing a hop-on hop-off ticket.  There are various routes available, and this way you can see the city at your leisure.

Believe it or not, if you are a lover of all things outdoors, a trip to France’s Provence region is perfect for those who embrace adventure.  White water rafting or kayaking along the Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge), hiking along the GR 51 and rock climbing at La Colmiane are just a few of the activities you can enjoy while here.

Also, keep in mind when looking for hotels that it is best to search all the areas of your destination city and find one closest to what you will be doing/seeing.  It is highly recommended that you choose a property rated 3 stars or higher, as lower rated hotels might not have restrooms en suite or be of the best all around quality.  Here at 1-800 Fly Europe, we have agents who can help you find the most ideal property for your travel needs.

Special low fares are in now for summer 2011 travel to Europe.  Give us a call for a free quote on your  vacation and ask about additional discounts when you book your cheap flight to Europe in conjunction with one or more of our other travel services: hotel reservations, car rentals, sightseeing tours, chauffeur services, etc.

Don’t wait too long to book your European Vacation, you don’t want to miss out on these hot summer deals!

Last Minute Business Class Packages

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on December 17th, 2010

1-800-Fly-Europe is offering great deals on last minute travel packages to a variety of cities in Europe.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve under the Eiffel Tower!  Travel to Munich and stroll through the German Christmas Markets or catch a cheap flight to Venice for a romantic holiday vacation.

Don’t delay! You still have time to book your business class package to Europe.  Treat yourself and someone you love to one of the best gifts that money can buy.  When you book business class with 1-800-Fly Europe, you will save money and travel in comfort and style.

Call us today at 1-800-359-3876 for a free, no obligation quote on business class travel packages.  Happy Holidays!

Packages are based on two adults traveling round trip business class airfare and round trip chauffeur service.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on December 15th, 2010

Many countries around the world have that special dish or dessert served almost exclusively during the holiday season.  For instance, in the U.S. we have turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc for Thanksgiving.  During Christmastime in Hungary, a popular dish called Chicken Paprikash is served along with root vegetables, and spätzle or dumplings.

For hundreds of years, Christmas dinner in England has consisted of glazed ham or roast turkey, potatoes, parsnips, other vegetables with a Christmas pudding for dessert.  The pudding is served after it is doused in brandy and flambéed.  Such an impression it makes on dinner guests, Charles Dickens even wrote about it in A Christmas Carol:

“Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like a washing-day. That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastry cook‚Äôs next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that. That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered — flushed, but smiling proudly — with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top. Oh, a wonderful pudding.”

Today, I share with you a very old recipe for Traditional Christmas Pudding.  It should be made at least a week prior to serving, to improve flavor and texture.

Christmas Pudding

  • 8 oz shredded beef suet (can be found at your local butcher‚Äôs)
  • 5 large eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ¬Ω tsp grated nutmeg
  • ¬Ω tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ¬º lbs brown sugar
  • 4 oz ground almonds
  • 1 ¬º lbs currants, raisins and currants
  • 6 oz prunes, chopped
  • 2 oz candied citrus peel, chopped
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 8 oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 5 oz dark rum
  • ¬Ω pint stout beer

PLEASE NOTE: This recipe requires the use of high-proof alcohol and an open flame. Use caution!

In a large mixing bowl, sift baking powder and flour together. Add spices, brown sugar, almonds, suet and breadcrumbs to bowl and mix together.

Add fruits, peel and zest to mixture and mix well.

In separate bowl, beat eggs and add into mixture.  Add lemon/orange juice, rum and beer and stir vigorously until properly mixed.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one week.

Pour the mixture into a pudding basin and cover with parchment or foil, leaving room at the top for the pudding to rise.  Tie the parchment at the top.

Steam over boiling water for at least 6 hours; make sure to keep adding water.

Remove parchment or foil and rewrap.  Store in a cool place until ready to serve.

When Christmas Day comes, an additional 2 hours of steaming will be needed.  Pour brandy over the top, light and serve.

Find a cheap flight to London to experience a traditional Christmas pudding this holiday season.  If you can’t make to the U.K. for the holidays, I hope you enjoy this recipe at home.

These Three Things – Vienna

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on December 10th, 2010

Hello, travelers! Today, let’s talk about travel to Vienna.  This Austrian metropolis boasts one of the most beautiful city centers in Europe.  Most of the prime attractions are located close by each other in the Ringstrasse area, making it easy for travelers to get around and see as much as they can.

Freud Museum РThe first stop during our tour of Vienna will be the Freud Museum.  Sigmund Freud is quite possibly the most famous doctor in his field.  He lived in Vienna from 1860 until 1938, most of these years were spent at Berggasse 19  which is now the Freud Museum.  Here, you can see the original waiting room, first editions of his books and a rare film of the Freud family from the 1930s.  During the 80s and 90s, the museum underwent a great expansion, adding a library, exhibition & lecture hall and museum shop.

Kaffeemuseum- If you are a coffee lover, this is the place for you!  In 2003, coffee connoisseur Edmund Mayr founded the Kaffeemuseum as part of the Austrian Museum for Society and Economy.  Most exhibits are Mayr’s personal property, as he has collected a plethora of all things coffee for the past 50 years.  He is always on site and according the museum’s website, he is not opposed exchanging coffee related items with visitors.

Votivkirche (Votive Church) – The Votivkirche is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstrasse and one of the most important religious architectural sites in the world.  In 1853, an attempt on Emperor Franz Joseph’s life was made. He survived the attack and went on to have the church built at the location of the attack as a thank you to God for sparing his life.  Excluding Mondays, the Votivkirche is open to the public (for a small admission fee).

Have you traveled to Vienna?  What were your favorite places to visit?

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