Month: July 2014

Two Days in Paris

If you only have two days in Paris, skip the museum lines, slow down the pace and enjoy. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t need a vacation to recover from your vacation. Stop and smell the roses Paris has many gardens and parks and if you visit the city in spring (ideal time is May) everything is in bloom. Some of my favorite places to relax  are the Tuileriers and Luxembourg Gardens and Place des Vosges. Great for people watching too. Eat and drink your heart out No need to mention how good the food is in France so make it a point to try as many things as you can. Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis has the best ice cream I’ve ever eaten. I recommend trying the chocolate and orange flavor (Gianduja a l’orange). Check out Rue Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter. This street has mouth-watering fromageries, boulangeries and boucheries but also charming restaurants where you can have a three course meal without breaking the bank. We dinned on duck confit, …

Why Visit Luxembourg

Luxembourg is not an obvious travel destination but it’s worth visiting.  If you’re coming from North America I think Luxembourg City is an ideal point of entry into Europe. From the airport you can reach the city centre on a public bus in only 10-15 minutes. Something that cannot be said for bigger European cities like Paris or London. Canals run through Luxembourg City connected by bridges that take you to different parts of the city. Green valleys host lush parks and gardens. Some streets are paved with cobble stones and offer that old town feel. We enjoyed visiting the city’s Casemates, a fortress built in a rocky cliff with tunnels and observation decks that offer great views of the city.    Another place worth visiting is Little Switzerland, an area in the east part of the country. Echternach is the oldest town in Luxembourg and a good starting point for exploring the area. The trip from Luxembourg city to Echternach takes about 50 minutes by bus. We went there to do a hike from Echternach to the nearby town of Berdorf. The hiking trail conveniently …