Archive for March, 2011

The Royal Wedding

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on March 31st, 2011

It’s not too late to book your trip to London and be part of the biggest wedding of the year!  Prince William of Wales is set to marry Kate Middleton at 11:00 a.m.  Friday, April 29.  The couple, who became engaged while on vacation in Kenya last October, will be married by Archbishop of Canterbury at the Westminster Abbey in London. The massive Gothic cathedral is a traditional setting for royal weddings.

While the guest list for the ceremony and following reception at the Buckingham Palace is invite-only, the rest of us can still catch a glimpse of the Prince and his new wife in their royal wedding garb. (It is rumored that Middleton’s dress will be an original creation by Sarah Burton, creative director for Alexander McQueen.) After the wedding, the newlyweds will return to the palace by way of an open-topped 1902 State Landau horse-drawn carriage which will take them through Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall.

Before going inside for the reception, Prince William and Kate are expected to make an appearance on the palace balcony for the benefit of their well-wishers.

Don’t miss your chance of a lifetime to witness one of the most high profile wedding processions in history!  Call 1-800-Fly-Europe now or check out our rates here on the website for cheap flights to London in April.

 

These Three Things – Munich

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on March 22nd, 2011

Munich is a city of great character with plenty of attractions to keep the visitor occupied throughout their vacation. While the capital of Bavaria offers all the modern conveniences one could wish for, it has retained an old-world atmosphere.  This is evident when you visit ancient city center, Marienplatz, where most of the buildings are built in Baroque and Renaissance style architecture.  It is here that you will see some of the most impressive and famous landmarks of Munich, such as the Rathaus Glockenspiel and Mariensäule.  Other famous sights around the city include the Hofbrauhaus, Schloss Nyphenburg and Tierpark Hellabrunn. While you must definitely visit these spots at some point during your trip, there is still much more to see. Here are some ideas for alternate sightseeing activities in Munich:

Deutsches Museum (German Museum)– Although the name doesn’t give it away, this is the world’s largest museum of science and technology. Here, you can wander around all day learning about the ins and outs of transportation, textile production, communications, musical instruments, various types of energy and much, much more. Spread throughout the museum’s 8 stories, there are over 27,000 exhibits, some of which are interactive!

BMW Museum – Munich is where the BMW Factory and Headquarters are located.  For car enthusiasts, the BMW Museum is a must-see on your Munich itinerary.  It showcases a variety of models from past to present, including a 1928 Dixi car, 1955 Isetta “bubble” car and an M1 roadster. Just across the street, connected to the museum by way of pedestrian bridge, is the BMW Welt (BMW World) Рanother attraction for lovers of the brand. In this multi-functional complex, guests can visit automobile exhibitions, take guided tours around the facility, purchase authentic BMW accessories or pick up their new car!

Munich Bike Tour – A unique way to go sightseeing in Munich is by joining the Munich Bike Tour.  The tour is approximately four hours long, covering all the main sights in the Munich city center.  The ride is set at a leisurely pace and stops about every 400 yards at different points of interest (such as Hofgarten, English Garden and the Odeonsplatz).  You will meet other travelers, see the city from a different point of view and best of all, have a great time!

1-800-Fly-Europe can arrange a number of sightseeing activities throughout Germany.  Call us now for your free quote on cheap flights to Munich.

World Cuisine Wednesday – One Day Early

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on March 8th, 2011

As you probably noticed, a few weeks ago I posted Wednesday’s blog a day late because inclement weather prevented my daily commute. This week, I am posting a day early due to the fact that today is Fat Tuesday and today’s recipe is an old¬† Mardi Gras treat from Portugal called Malasada.

Malasada is a wonderful little confection, similar in appearance to what we know as doughnut holes. They can be prepared several different ways, with cream or jelly filling.

It is said that the origin comes from long ago inhabitants of Madeira Island who were trying to use up all the lard and sugar in the house prior to Lent.  (Lard and sugar were considered to be luxuries, forbidden from consumption during this sacred time.)

Then, in 1878, laborers from the island (most of whom were devout Catholics) moved to Hawaii, working in the plantations.  Right before Lent, they would make large quantities of Malasadas and serve them on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) sharing with other workers on the plantations.

The traditional way does not call for filling, so that is the way we will do it today.

Portuguese Malasada

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¬Ω tsp salt
  • ¬º tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • ¬Ω c sugar
  • 6 c flour
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ¬º c¬† warm water
  • 1 c evaporated milk
  • 1 c water
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 qt cooking oil
  • ¬º c melted butter
  • Sugar for dredging
  • Brown paper bag

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast into the ¼ cup warm water.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour and sugar. Form a “well” in the center.

Fill a brown paper back (sandwich bag or slightly larger) with a cup or two of sugar.

Add in yeast mixture, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, nutmeg, water and salt. Beat until a soft dough is formed. Cover and allow to rise for approximately 40 minutes.

Preheat oil to 375°.  Drop in dough by the teaspoonful, careful not to overcrowd the fryer.  Allow dough ball to cook for a few minutes until browned.

Drain on a paper towel and then drop into paper bag.  Shake well and serve hot. Enjoy!

 

Spring Travel is Near!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on March 1st, 2011

It’s March 1st, time to start planning your spring vacation.  In just 19 short days, we can bid Old Man Winter adieu and welcome Lady Spring with open arms! Celebrate by booking a cheap flight to Europe!

Not sure where to go?  How about a trip to the Netherlands? In my opinion, the best time to go is in April, when the tulips are in full bloom and the weather is mild.  Rent a car and drive out to the countryside to enjoy the picturesque landscape of windmills, flowers and lush greenery.

Looking for something a little more exciting?  Travel to Paris!  The sidewalk cafes are reopened, the flowers are in bloom and although Paris is a vibrant city year-round, it seems to come alive with spring awakening.  At the end of April through May, Paris holds the Foire du Trône – a street carnival which dates back to the 12th century- where you can indulge in food, beer, fun rides, shows and other events.

If you want to party like a rock star and dance til dawn, visit Lisbon whose nightlife is like no other.  The old neighborhood known as Bairro Alto is famous for its liveliness; with a variety of clubs, pubs and restaurants, there is no shortage of places to spend an evening with friends, old and new.

Still not sure where to go? Use our travel resources guide to help you pick your destination. Don’t wait too long to book, though.  Special fares like these won’t last!

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