Paris

A weekend in Paris for just over $500: How I made it work

Trip length: 3.5 days Total cost: $520 per person Vacation days used: 1.5 God, I love mistake fares. A few months back, one of my favorite deal bloggers, The Flight Deal, shared a mistake fare on Air Canada to Europe. Since I get deals sent to my phone via text, I was quickly able to jump on […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Exploring Rome

Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’m finalizing my totals as the last of my points are added up, so be the […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Venice and the JW Marriott

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

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An Adriatic cruise on points and miles: Getting there

Points and miles pay off! Just in case you haven’t been following along on my points-hoarding progress, I took my parents on a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the Adriatic for two weeks using points and miles to offset almost 95% of the cost. I’ll be writing up my final totals within the coming […]

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5 awesome things that can happen from getting pickpocketed in Paris

We’d been in Paris a grand total of maybe 20 minutes. As we stood waiting for the next train in a desolate metro station, my dad patted his front pocket and looked up at me in surprise. “My wallet’s gone.” A brief moment of “oh, shit” passed between us. My dad tried to piece together […]

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Sampling Belgium’s finest beers at Delirium Café

When I mentioned my upcoming trip to Brussels, I must have had five different people tell me I had to go to Delirium Café to drink some Belgian beer. Now I’m not one to turn down any suggestion for tasty drinks or cool pubs when I’m traveling, so I was already sold after the first recommendation. […]

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Paris at Christmas: Photos

After absorbing all the holiday goodness of the Christmas markets in Brussels, my dad and I hopped the high speed rail to Paris and spent a couple days exploring all the City of Light had to offer in December. Having limited time, we hit up all things touristy – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Notre […]

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The sound and light show in Brussels’ Grand Place

Each night throughout the month of December, Grand Place, the main square of Brussels, is lit up by thousands of colorful lights for a show that shouldn’t be missed. Beginning just after sundown, a sound and light show illuminates the facades of the beautiful buildings surrounding the old square in a dance of color and holiday […]

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Exploring Brussels’ Christmas market: Winter Wonders

If I had to pick one word to describe the Winter Wonders festival of Brussels it would be this: intoxicating.  Swirling scents of sweet fried waffles mixing with roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa. Twinkling lights of every color. Throbbing crowds pulsing through the narrow streets in time to the jovial Christmas music. It was like being […]

Top 8 towers to climb in Europe

One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling anywhere is to find places with high vantage points, ones that give you a sweeping view of a city or landscape. Luckily for me, Europe is loaded with them. Almost every town or city you visit has at least one church tower you can climb […]