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European Clothing Sizes - Europe Clothing size...
Sizes are different in Europe and the UK. You'll need to convert your US sizes to European sizes if you're planning on shopping in Europe.
Map of Italy | Best Italian Cities to Visit
Map of Italy showing the best Italian cities to visit with free and detailed information for planning an Italian vacation.
Truffles, Theater, Good Light and More: Why You...
November in Europe starts the off season, temperatures have dropped, flights are cheaper, tourists are sparse. Tips from planning a European vacation in November.
All You Need to Know About the Cinque Terre
Map of Italy's Cinque Terre, showing the five villages and information on how to get around and where to stay in this interesting slice of Italian Riviera.
Electricity in Europe - Power Sockets and Plugs
Power sockets in Europe, things you need to know about plugging into electrical sockets in Europe. Power from European electrical outlets is different than it is in the US.
Europe and US Country Size Comparison Map - How...
Size comparison map shows the difference in size of western Europe and the US or United States. Interactive map allows you to position your state over any country in Europe.
October is a fantastic time to visit Europe!
October is my favorite time to visit Europe. Our list of fall festivals, harvest festivals, and other things to do will show you why.
How to Get from Rome's Airport to the Central...
Information on schedules and cost of the Leonardo Express, the shuttle service between Rome Termini and Fiumicino airport.
Lush, Tropical and Not So Far Away: The Azores...
The Azores islands are an interesting travel destination for people looking for active vacations in a beautiful island setting.
8 Great Compact Digital Cameras for Your...
Compact digital cameras perfect for travel. Slip one of these travel cameras in your pocket before you take that European vacation.
Europe Distances - Europe Distance Calculator
European distances calculator featuring driving distances for major cities in western Europe and train times between European cities.
Europe Map - European Travel Planning Map
A travel planning map for Europe linking to all the individual country maps on Europe for Visitors. Find information on travel in European countries and distances between cities.
Italy Region Map | Europe Travel
An interactive map of the 20 regions in Italy, click on the regional name on the map for a more detailed map of that region.
Italy's Stunning Cinque Terre: A Town-to-Town...
An illustrated guide to walking the Cinque Terre and its well traveled hiking trails, the most famous of which is the Via Dell'Amore, an easy trail along the sea.
Italy Rail Map | Train Routes in Italy
A map of rail lines in Italy and Sicily, public transportation travel planning along train routes in Italy and Sicily with information on ticketing and Italian rail passes.
Normandy: D-Day Beaches to the World's Best...
Map of Normandy showing the D-Day beaches and tourist cities in the Normandy region of France, with travel advice and information.
What You Need to Know about International...
Having trouble phoning a number in Europe? Here we decifer the calling codes so you can figure it out.
Naturism in Austria: Where to Bare It All
Resources for the tourist to visit naturism parks and nude beaches in Austria. Nudism and FKK in Austria.
Do they Celebrate Halloween in Europe?
Is Halloween celebrated in Europe? We explore the origins and manifestations of Halloween in Europe.
How to Buy a Cell Phone in Europe and Avoid...
Cellular phones and what you need to know about the purchase of the right GSM cellular phone and SIM card for use in Europe.
How You Should Plan an Independent Trip to Europe
A timeline for planning your first trip to Europe, including what to bring, transportation and accommodation planning and more.
How to Navigate Paris Train Stations and...
Paris Train Stations Map and information on the six major Paris train stations with public transportation connections for each station.
Visiting the French Wine Regions | France Wine...
Map of the wine regions of France and information on tasting wines and when to visit the wine regions.
Europe Map - Distances Between Cities in...
A travel planning map for Europe showing driving distances and average train times for travel in Europe.
Travel Light with These 10 Carry-On Bags
These bags are certified carry-on luggage and may be all you need for that trip to Europe when you're determined to travel light and carry on your stuff.
How Much Will Your European Vacation Cost?...
How much does Europe travel cost these days? Well, maybe it'd help if you looked at what I paid for gas, leased car, hotels and restaurant food and get some frugal tips for your vacation along the way.
Paradise in the Countryside: Rural Europe...
Rural Europe is significantly different than rural U.S. Here are our favorite rural countryside destinations in Europe.
Spain Rail Map - Train Routes in Spain
A Spain rail map for planning train travel in Spain. Rail routes for AVE and regional trains and other train information.
Portugal Cities Map and Tourism Guide
Map of Portugal showing major tourist cities with essential information on the best cities and towns to visit in Portugal.
6 Essential Packing Tips for the Savvy Traveler
Illustrated packing tips that show you how to pack your bags in a way that clothes won't wrinkle.
Do I need A Travel Visa to Visit a European...
Visa information for visiting the European Union, Shengen visa information.
How to Apply for an Audience with the Pope
Information on requesting an audience with the pope in Vatican City or receiving a Papal blessing.
Map of Switzerland - Swiss Tourism and Travel...
Switzerland map showing Swiss travel destinations and travel essentials for Switzerland.
Learn all about the French Regions
Our map of France Regions will help you plan a regional vacation. Today Normandy, tomorrow the joys of regional cooking and wines of the Alsace.
Explore Bavaria, Germany's Second Largest State
Map of Bavaria showing the best cities for tourists to visit and a travel guide to the largest region of Germany.
Germany Cities Map
Map of Germany showing major tourist cities and towns. Use the map to plan your vacation in Germany.
Azores Map - Map of the Azores Islands and...
Azores Islands Map and transportation information for getting to and getting around the Azores Island archipelego.
Seeing Rome on a Shoestring? Don't Miss the Top...
My top ten picks for free things to do in Rome, Italy tor the frugal tourist.
What You Didn't Know about Traveling with Your...
You've heard that using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Europe is the way to go. Find out the pros and cons of ATM usage in Europe.
How to Visit Istanbul's Grand Bazaar
How to visit the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, how to bargain, and facts about the world's most visited tourist attraction, built in the 15th century.
Suggested Itineraries - The Best of Europe's...
A seaside itinerary that covers the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, France, and Italy, the best of the Med.
Visit Italy's Green Heart
Map of Umbria showing the cities in central Italy to visit; Umbria is Tuscany without the crowds and Italy's green heart.
The Top 6 Power Adapters for Travel
Power adapters allow you to run your US appliances and devices on European current when you travel, or in some cases, from your car, boat, or airplane.
Travel With Pets | Taking Your Pet to Europe
Traveling with your pet to Europe lots of advance preparation, including microchipping and rabies tests. Here's a reader's (un-fun) experience.
How Long Can I Stay in Europe?
How Long Can I Stay in Europe? Long term stays in Europe are determined by the terms of the Schengen Agreement.
Crete: Caves, Great Seafood, and some of...
Map of Greece showing location of Crete
Having a crisis in Italy? Here are numbers to...
Italian emergency telephone numbers may be essential for travelers to Italy. Here is a list of Italy's emergency telephone numbers.
6 Ways to Reach Venice From the Airport
How to get from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the city of Venice using public transportation or private car. Venice transportation options.
Romantic Road Map
Map of the Romantic Road in Germany, including highlights of the cities along the Romantic Road and where to stay information.
Are Buy Back Car Leases better than Car Rental...
Buy Back leases offer a good alternative to renting a car in Europe for 17 days or more. The pros and cons of the French buy back lease are compared to traditional car rental in Europe.
4 Ways to Get from Paris to Rome
How to get from Paris to Rome. The Paris to Rome route can be covered by bus, train, car, and airplane.
Why You Need a Vignette to Drive Austria's Toll...
Vignette are the stickers you need to buy to drive on Austria's fast roads or toll roads. Here is how to buy and display a vignette.
Visit Giacomo Puccini's Home Town: Lucca
Lucca, the concise guide to the Tuscan walled city. Lucca has many attractions for the tourist, including intact ramparts you can walk or bike around.
French Riviera Travel Planning
Map of the Côte d'Azur, known as the Azure coast or the French Riviera, with tourist destinations and hotel and attraction information.
How to Stay Safe on Your Trip to Europe
Scams, tricks, thievery and other things to watch out for when you travel within Europe, plus some hints on minimizing the potential for danger on your European trip.
How to Spend Two Weeks Visiting the Best of...
A suggested Itinerary with map for seeing the best of Scandinavia. Not just the capitals, but the hinterlands and Fjords via a breathtaking train tide.
Why You Should Visit Europe in the Off-Season
Off season vacations in Europe can be very rewarding if you plan right. We feature tools and tips for spring and fall travel.
What Are Gas Prices Like in Europe (and How Can...
Gas prices will have a bearing on your European vacation budget. Get the latest gas and diesel fuel prices, learn how to save money on gas and diesel fuel.
Santorini Map | Guide to Santorini Island
Map of Santorini and travel guide to the best towns, beaches, and archaeological sites to visit on the island of Santorini or Thira in the Cyclades Islands.
How to Get from Rome's Fiumicino Airport to the...
Traveling to Rome? Here's how to get from Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo di Vinci) to Rome's Termini Station using the train.
See 18,000 Square Meters of Historic Luxury at...
The Palace of Versailles is one of the top attractions in France. Find out what you need to know about visiting Versailles, a 30 minute rail trip from the heart of Paris.
Driving Distance between Cities in Germany -...
Driving Distance between Major Cities in Germany Need to drive between major cities seen in our Germany
Germany Rail Map - German Train Travel
A rail travel planning map for train travel in Germany. German train travel is safe, comfortable and easy with our rail map of Germany and essential transportation information.
How to Visit Dachau, the First Concentration...
How to visit Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich and what to expect when you get there.
Why You Should Consider Visiting Europe in the...
Winter is a great time to take in cultural events in Europe. Sure, you can ski, but you can also eat great food, visit the Opera or a Christmas Market, and getting there is cheap!
Rick Steves Roll-Aboard Carry On Bag Review
Review of the 21-inch Roll-Aboard carry on bag by Rick Steves. Carry on luggage professional review.
Navigo Transportation Passes - Paris Passe...
Navigo and Navigo Découverte are the names of two new transportation passes for public transportation in Paris. How to buy a Navigo Découverte
Map of Italy - Interactive Map of Italian...
Interactive map of Italy for planning your vacation. Our map of Italy will make travel in Italy easy.
How to Get the Best Deals on European Hotels
Wondering how to find the best deals in European lodging? Here are strategies to deal with finding the best and cheapest hotels in Europe.
Deciphering Hotel Star Ratings: Should You Even...
Knowing what the hotel star rating system means could save yourself some grief when looking for a decent place to stay in Europe.
Tips for Driving or Hiking Germany's Nurburgrin...
The Nurburgring is the most challenging race track in the world.
A Walk Through a Different Rome: Testaccio
Testaccio, what is in Testaccio for the tourist to Rome? A virtual tour of the Rome neighborhood called Testaccio.
Step Inside History with Rome's Amazing Pantheon
The Pantheon in Rome has survived plunder and invasions for 20 centuries to stand as the most complete example of Roman architecture known.
Driving in Europe: Rent or Lease?
Should you rent or lease a car on your holiday? A guide to help you choose between car hire and the French buy back lease offered to the tourist in Europe.
Going on a Grand Tour of Europe? The 7 Big...
So what are the best big cities for tourists to visit in Europe? Well, here are my selections for Europe's top big city destinations.
Germany - The Castle Road - Map and Travel...
Germany's Castle Road is a great way to see Germany's medieval castles. Our map will get you to all the major sites on the Castle Road.
Before You Go on Your First European Vacation -...
Here is what you need to get done about a month before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
ATM Cards and Foreign Fees: How 4 US Cards...
ATM cards tested for the lowest fees. If you're staying a while in Europe, ATM fees on your foreign ATM transactions can add up.
Scenic Train Routes in Austria
Austria features some stunning scenic train rides. Here are the best scenic routes through Austria via rail.
Visiting Ancient Pompeii? Don't Miss These Fun...
Pompeii visitor guide. Learn how you can visit ancient Pompeii or take a virtual visit with our pictures of the Roman City.
Find Out About the States of Germany
Map of the German states and travel guide to the regions of Germany familiar to tourists.
How to Get Around the Netherlands: Rail Lines...
A map of the Netherlands showing the best cities to visit and the rail lines that connect them for vacation planning in Holland.
Learn all about the regions of Spain
Map of the regions of Spain and travel guide to the regions and provinces. From Andalusia to Valencia, choose where to go on your Spanish vacation.
The Joys of Southwestern Germany: Baden...
Baden Wurttemberg Map, showing the best cities to visit for travelers to the Baden-Wurttemberg Map state of Germany.
Champagne France Map and Travel Information
Map of the Champagne region of France with travel tips, major cities to visit, information on getting there, and other essential tourist information.
Explore Provence, the Fabulous South of France
Free map of Provence cities for the tourist to visit. Provence is one of the most beloved historic territories in France.
How to Plan Your European Vacation
How to plan a European vacation. Here's an where to start if you're a first time European vacation planner using the travel information on the about.com network.
France City Map and Travel Guide
Map of France showing the best French travel destinations, regions, islands and French cities to visit along with other travel information.
Head into the Austrian mines where Nazis hid...
How to visit the Altaussee Salt Mines, the ancient mines that became the storage place of 6500 pieces of Nazi looted art rescued by the Monuments Men at the end of WWII.
Before You Leave on Your First European...
Here are things you need to do right before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Before You Go on a Motorhome Vacation in Europe...
Thinking about renting a motorhome or recreation vehicle (RV) in Europe? Here are the benefits and planning resources for a motorhome tour of Europe.
Clouds and Smoke: Walking Vesuvius
Information on Mount Vesuvius, including pictures of climbing to the crater and the views along the way.
Padua: Between Verona and Venice, A Veneto Gem...
Padua or Padova vacation guide. Padua, a short train ride from Venice, makes an excellent base for exploring the Veneto Region of Italy.
Pack light, pack right: How I pack for a...
How I pack for a long vacation. Packing 101, from clothing to tecnology, to those little essentials everyone forgets.
Visit Magical Neuschwanstein Castle on...
Neuschwanstein Castle is everybody's favorite romantic castle. Built by King Ludwig between 1869 and 1886, you can visit Neuschwansein best armed with our travel guide.
Get to know the main train station in Florence
Florence train station information. Transportation guide to travelers using the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
See France by Train: An Easy Guide to French...
France rail map showing the major rail routes in France. Information on train travel in France.
Europe in Springtime! Just go!
Free guide to the joys of a spring in Europe, a time of flowers, clouds, sparkling clean air and yes, you'll save money over a vacation in the heat of summer.
Foodie Fun: Inside Florence's San Lorenzo Market
San Lorenzo market for foodies. San Lorenzo market, Mercato Centrale, has evolved into a haven for tourist foodies. See the foodie fun inside.
What you need to do 6 months before you leave...
Here is what you need to get done about six months before your European vacation, part of our Europe Travel 101 series.
Which European Rail Pass Will Let You See More...
Rail passes have multiplied in recent years. Here are some tips on how to make sure you choose the best rail pass for your European vacation.
Basque Country Map - Euskal Herria map and...
A map of Basque country or Euskal Herria, with information about the Basque language, general tourism and travel information, and some notes about autonomy.
Alsace Tourism Map and Guide | France
Map of Alsace in France showing train lines and cities to visit in Alsace with visiting information for Alsatian tourist attractions, lodging, tours and wine.
Your Complete Guide to Getting Around Florence
Florence airports, trains, buses and bus lines, taxis, parking and other transportation options for getting around Florence, Italy.
Scotland: What's Not to Like?
Scotland map showing the major tourist attractions and best cities for visiting on vacation in Scotland.
When to See Tulips in Holland
Seeing Tulips in Holland: where, when and how to see the tulips bloom in the Netherlands.
Visit Rome's ancient port, Ostia Antica, easy...
Ostia Antica, the excavations of the ancient Roman port, makes a fine day trip done with a single metro ticket from central Rome.
The Carry-On Bag We Prefer
The Tom Bihn Aeronaut Carry-On Bag was our recent favorite on a trip to Europe. Professional review of the Tom Bihn Aeronaut bag.
Turkey Map | Western Turkey Travel Planning Map
Map of Western Turkey showing the best cities to Visit and top archeaological sites in Turkey.
Learn all about the Euro
Here's your guide to the year's most significant change in European currency - the Euro.
Spain Cities Map and Travel Guide
Map of Spain with tourist cities and travel advice including weather, language, tipping, and transportation information.
Burano: A Splash of Color in the Venetian Lagoon
Burano's colorful houses make it a lovely walking town. We outline a lagoon day trip including Burano as well as Mazzorbo and Torcello.
Andalusia Map | Interactive Map of Andalusia...
Andalusia map with tourist information on the big tourist cities like Seville, Cordoba and Granada, as well as other tourist destinations in Andalucia.
Azores Historic Climate and Weather Charts
Map of the Azores and historic climate charts for planning a trip to the Azores Islands.
Bored? Try Cognac Country!
Cognac country, the southern half of the Poitou-Charentes region of France, makes an interesting itinerary when combined with the northern Bayou country of the Marais Poitevin.
Bruges, Belgium: Beer, Chocolates and More!
Bruges is a wonderful Flemish city in northern Belgium with an amazing historic center, visiting information for Bruges, Belgium.
Explore Campania and the Amalfi Coast
Campania map detailed for planning travel to this fascinating Italian region. Find the best cities and islands in Campania and the Amalfi coast to visit.
Five Cheap Eats in Geneva
Geneva is an expensive city, we find cheap eats, restaurants that will feed you for little money, in Geneva, Switzerland
See How The Rich Spent Their Time in the Loire...
The Loire Valley of France is notable for its wines and the castles or chateaux that are found in profusion along the Loire and Cher rivers.
Suggested Itinerary Northern Europe
Map of a suggested Itinerary in northern Europe covering 5 countries: London,Lille France, Belgium, Holland and Cologne, Germany.
Four ways to get from Munich to Venice
Transportation options for getting between Munich and Venice on your European vacation, using rental or lease car or public transportation.
Explore Heidelberg and its Romantic Castle Ruins
Heidelberg is a popular travel destination in the southwest of Germany along the castle road, a University town with a romantic castle and great river views.
Nantes, the City of Jules Verne
Free travel guide to Nantes, a French regional capital located along the Loire River in northwest France and an interesting travel destination.
A Roman Day Trip: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's...
A day trip out of Rome that can be combined with a trip to Hadrian's Villa, the Villa d'Este is an 18th century Villa and Gardens with fabulous fountains and water works.
Rome Map - Interactive Map of Rome
A map of Rome showing the major tourist destinations, Roman sites, and metro lines, with information on where to stay and when to go.
Map Sicily | Italy Travel Guide
Sicily travel guide with city map, featuring train, ferry and road travel information. Sicily is a fascinating Island that's easy to get to from the south of Italy. Here is a map of Sicily with information on how to get to the island and how to get around, as well as some suggestions on what to see in Sicily.
How to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Rothenburg transportation - how to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber along the romantic road in Germany.
See the Very Best of England
Map of England showing the top tourist attractions in the country, including Hadrians Wall, Stonehendge, the Cotswolds, and Bath.
How to burrow into the layer cake that is Rome
Underground Rome. If you've only seen Rome from above, you may have missed half its history and archaeology. Here's how to see the best of underground Rome.
Florence, Italy: The Essentials
Florence travel essentials for the tourist. What you need to know about Florence or Firenze Italy, from location within Italy to airports to museums in Florence.
When It's too Hot for Coffee: It's Caffe...
Caffe Shakerato. Iced espresso coffee, shaken, refreshing, cooling, and uplifting. Don't go to Italy in the summer without knowing what caffe shakerato is.
Clothes Compressors - Do They Work?
A test of the Pack-It clothing compression system. How much space can you gain in your suitcase if you took all the useless air out of your clothes?
Discover the Painted Caves and Fine Cuisine of...
Map of the Dordogne departement in France, known for its prehistoric caves and cuisine.
Road Trips! Favorite European Itineraries
Europe tours the independent traveler can take, from tours around the Mediterranean to touring Scandinavia.
Heathrow Airport Map | London Heathrow Airport
A Location map of London Heathrow airport. Heathrow airport map and information including London Heathrow hotels.
Cats and Roman Monuments: Rome's Bio-Heritage
Rome's cats are different: they form colonies amongst the ancient ruins of Rome, and are cared for by interesting
Tuscany in Fall? Head for Truffles in San Miniato
The countryside around San Miniato produces 25% of Italy's white truffle production. The San Miniato truffle fair is held each November. San Miniato is an interesting town to visit any time.
Europe by Train - Planning your Trip by Rail in...
Traveling Europe by train, riding the rails in Europe is easy and efficient with our rail planning guide.
Tuscany Map and Travel Guide
Tuscany map and guide to the cities and attractions that make the Italian region of Tuscany one of the best regions of Italy to visit.
Paris Map - Interactive Map of Paris France and...
A Paris Interactive Map showing the districts called arrondissements and the Paris resources on the About network for visiting Paris.
Belgium Tourism Map: How to Get Around Belgium...
Map of Belgium with regular and Thalys high speed rail lines and information for the tourist planning a visit to the Benelux country of Belgium.
Suggested Itinerary - Amsterdam to Italy
Suggested travel itinerary map takes you from Amsterdam, through the best of Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy's Lake Region.
Baden-Baden, Germany's Black Forest Spa Town
Baden Baden is a Black Forest spa town that's been bathed in since Roman times, plus there's good wine and cuisine. We'll tell you what you need to know to plan your travel to Baden-Baden and vicinity.
Tour All the Colosseum, From the Very Top to...
There is no greater symbol of the power and greatness of Rome than the Colosseum, or the Amphitheatrum
What You Need to Know to Plan a Trip to Austria
Map of Austria showing the rail routes, free travel planning maps and information from James Martin of Europe Travel.
What You Didn't Know about Using a Credit Card...
You trust that your good credit will allow you to purchase anything you want when you travel--but with increasing interest in fraud, you may be wrong.
How to Spend a Week in Provence
We settle into our Provence apartment in Lourmarin and see the compelling towns of Saignon, Bonnieux, and Lacoste on the first day of our week in Provence.
Tom Bihn Pilot Carry-On Bag
Review of the Tom Bihn Pilot, a small carry-on bag that works best as a bag you might want to keep with you on the plane for personal items you use while flying.
Why Fly Turkish Airlines?
Review of Turkish Airlines. Professional review of TA Turkish Airlines by Kerry Kubilius
Visit the laid-back city some say is the most...
Colmar in pictures and travel planning information on the Alsace town and one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

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