THE WINE ROADS
We've been fortunate to travel in Europe and offer photo galleries of our
travels....business and pleasure.
We have been across the pond many times. While we wish we could visit more
frequently, having our nose to the grindstone here in Burlingame precludes us from going
as often as we might like.
You'll find on these various pages some tips and suggestions. These are only notes
based on recollections and experiences over the years.
|Some Tips on Visiting Europe:
1. Try to learn (at least) a few
phrases in the language of the countries you will be visiting.
You are considered rude, for example, when entering or leaving a small
shop if you don't say "hello" and "goodbye."
2. Bring a Marling Menu-Master.
Unless you are extremely fluent, these handy
little guides can help
avert disaster if you're squeamish
about eating what may be to you odd and unusual foods.
3. Have a bit
of the local currency before you arrive.
Although you don't get a particularly good exchange rate here,
it's not a bad idea to have, say, a hundred dollars' worth of the local currency.
You will get a decent exchange rate in the airport where you're landing, but
probably not as good as in a bank outside the airport. However, airport branches of
various banks are very speedy about changing your traveler's checks (more rapid than most
regular banks). ATM machines have become a normal part of the scenery, even in
4. Bring a few souvenirs from the U.S.
I always have a handful of small gifts which are particular to the San
Francisco Bay Area. Linen towels with a drawing of the Golden Gate Bridge, bottle
stoppers with a cable car design, etc. These are most welcome when you have been
extended courtesies by the locals.
- La Belle France! Fabulous wines. Great cuisine. Many wonderful
- La Bell' Italia! Fantastic wines! Great cooking! Many wonderful
- The home of what may be the best white grape in the world, Riesling! Soul food.
Fancy food. Some of our best friends live here! Not yet built.
- What used to be undiscovered territory is rapidly becoming famous! Still, many
great wine values....some good food, too. Not yet built
Helpful airfare travel site:
Bob suggests these low-cost airlines: