Archive for April, 2011

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on April 27th, 2011

Switzerland’s French-speaking area, Romandy, is home to the Canton of Vaud.  This picturesque region boasts charming towns, beautiful scenery and a wonderful climate.  Vaud’s atmosphere is also quite serene, which is perhaps why many celebrities have made their home there.  Presently, stars such as David Bowie and Phil Collins have residences in Vaud.  In days past, Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin owned homes in the area.

The Canton of Vaud is Switzerland’s second largest wine producer.  The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, located along the shores of Lake Geneva, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.  These vine terraces can be traced back as far as the 11th century, when the area was controlled by the Cistercian and Benedictine monasteries.

This tranquil area of Switzerland is a perfect vacation destination for those who are looking to just relax and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.  Find a cheap flight to Switzerland and explore the area for yourself.  For now, let’s try a traditional dish of the region, Papet Vaudois.

 

Papet Vaudois

  • 3 leeks, cut into to inch long strips, including green parts
  • 6 large peeled potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 whole sausage
  • ¬Ω tsp salt
  • ¬Ω tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 c dry white wine
  • 1 c beef stock
  • ¬æ c whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp butter

Sauté onion with butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add leeks and potatoes then season all with pepper, salt and nutmeg.

Pour in beef stock and wine, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Boil the sausage in just enough water for about 15 minutes.

Pour the leek-potato mixture into an oven safe dish and add heavy cream and sausage.  Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, until it’s bubbly and the sides begin to brown.

Have you traveled to Switzerland? If so, what was your favorite dish?

 

 

Nuit des Musées (Night of the Museums)

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on April 19th, 2011

Every May for the past seven years, hundreds of museums throughout France open their doors to the public for no admission. This year, Nuit des Musées will fall on Saturday, May 14; the museums will open around 6:00 p.m. and close at midnight.

Smile back at Mona Lisa whose home is at the Louvre, and then head to the Musée d’Orsay where you can view the Starry Night Over the Rhone by Van Gogh. Discover all things aquatic at the Aquarium Tropical, where they will be showing a lineup of films on marine life. There are dozens more offering a variety of exhibitions and every visitor will find something that piques their interest.

Other cities participating in this generous event include Bordeaux, Cannes, Reims and Toulouse . Find a cheap flight to Paris and take part of an extraordinary opportunity to see world famous artworks for free!

Destination: Scotland

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on April 8th, 2011

I love Scotland. It is by far one of the best places I have ever visited.  My fiancé  took me a few years ago and it was an unforgettable experience. We booked a flight to Glasgow, picked up our car rental at the Glasgow Airport, then set off on a two week road trip around the country.

First stop: Glasgow. Named the European City of Design and Architecture in 1999, Glasgow has come a long way from its days of being an industrial town consisting of steel mills and shipyards.  While we were there, we enjoyed the fantastic shopping at Princes Square and late-night fish n’ chips after hitting few pubs on Sauchiehall Street.

Our second city we visited was Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city; the charming character and ancient architecture make it one of world’s most picturesque cities.  From the Grassmarket to Princes Street, you could spend days just walking around and still not see everything. Our best souvenir from Edinburgh is from Tartan Weaving Mill next door to the castle; they dressed us head to toe in full Scottish regalia and took some really fantastic photos.

The next well-known town on the agenda was Inverness which is the capital and gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It is, by far, my favorite city in Scotland.  It is small city with much to do, from Loch Ness pleasure Cruises to Inverness Castle Tours.  I loved Inverness so much, we came back and stayed two more nights.

We also stayed in Aberdeen.  It is dubbed the “Granite City” or “Silver City” due to the fact that nearly every building in the city is constructed of this igneous rock, resulting in a sparkling effect.  There are plenty of museums, galleries and attractions making Aberdeen an ideal family vacation destination.

We visited a bunch of other really cool places such as: Dornoch, home to the Dornoch Castle; Rua Reidh Lighthouse in Melvaig;  Ballater, an adorable resort town along the River Dee and  St Andrews, ancient university town, world headquarters of golf.

If I could spend every vacation in Scotland, I probably would.  The people are friendly, the shopping is good and the scenery is outstanding!  Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.  Book a cheap flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow and get on your way to a great vacation!

 

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