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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 Italy!

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. 

 


FRANCE

La Belle France!   Fabulous wines.  Great cuisine.  Many wonderful friends!

ITALY

La Bell' Italia!  Fantastic wines!  Great cooking!   Many wonderful friends!

GERMANY

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.

SPAIN

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:
http://travel.mobissimo.com/search_airfare.php

Bob suggests these low-cost airlines:
http://www.easyjet.com/en/book/index.asp

http://www.airberlin.com/site/index.php

http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/

 

 

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