Archive for September, 2011

London in the Fall

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 26th, 2011

See London in the Fall.Fall in London. For many the fall season is the ideal time to travel for the frugal adventurer. One of the biggest reasons would be the cost of the trip. Your biggest expense is airfare and you will quickly that costs decline this time of year. You might not notice it at first, but flight availability is much better during this slower season, so you have a much better chance of finding the exact dates you want to travel at a lower fare compared to the difficult peak season. Ok, you’ve narrowed down the dates you want to travel and you’re just about ready to purchase your tickets, now you need to think about where you want to stay. Just like airfare availability, hotels will have plenty of room’s open which in turn means lower nightly rates. If you combine these two reasons alone and you’ll notice that you’ve already saved a good amount of money by choosing a fall vacation.

If you visited London during the peak season in the past then you will be pleasantly surprised by the lack of large crowds in fall. This means you will spend less time waiting in line or in a queue as the British call it, to attend events or even just getting around the city. Less waiting and fewer crowds mean less stress; this is a vacation after all.

Fall also means that the kids are back in school, so families are less apt to be on their family vacations. This makes it the perfect time for a romantic trip with your significant other and means things are much more intimate wherever you go.

Some might argue that the downside of fall is the cooler temperatures that it brings. However as long as you are prepared when you pack for your trip this shouldn’t be too much of a downside. This doesn’t mean you’ll need your winter coat every day, but you should plan your outfits in easy to remove or add layers. This enables you to be ready for whatever the day is like as well as how quickly it can change. The key thing to remember is an umbrella. London is well known for its quick and sometimes long rain showers.

Above all enjoy yourself. Don’t over plan your days so you feel like you have to rush. Give yourself some wiggle room and allow the city to unfold naturally.

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 7th, 2011

Hello, Travelers! It is a chilly, rainy day today here in Portland. I guess I’d better get used to it since summer is rapidly coming to an end. When a day like this comes, I daydream of cozying up with a good book in an old fashioned cottage in the English countryside, sitting either in a bay window or next to a roaring fire in the stone fireplace (the latter fantasy usually comes with much colder days).

Alas, I am not in my beautiful wooden cottage. That doesn’t mean I can’t cook something that makes me feel like I am there, though, right? Right! I think a delicious Cottage Pie would be fitting!

Cottage Pie

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar
  • 3 c mashed potatoes
  • ¬Ω c carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¬º c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¬º tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°

Crumble beef into a large skillet and cook over medium heat for about a minute. Add onion, carrot and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is browned and onions are translucent. Mix in flour, thyme, parsley and butter.

Combine broth and tomato paste together in a small bowl and mix well. Add to beef mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mixture into an 8 inch baking dish.

Sprinkle cheddar over the meat mixture and spread potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle with paprika, bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly browned.

For an authentic feel, serve with steamed carrots and peas.

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