Eat your way across Europe

One of the biggest pleasures of traveling Europe is the food. Every country has traditional and unique dishes to try, giving us the inspiration to spice up our own home cooking. While we can’t get out to Europe’s food markets to pick up culinary ideas and souvenirs, let us help you to taste your destination by guiding you through 9…

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Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Air / space

Sometimes, traveling on aircraft for long periods of time makes you give up hope.  Aircraft can be so uncomfortable, and the seats unforgiving. Those in business or first-class often never encounter the same aches and pains of us hoi poloi,  but the struggle is real. Now, Airbus comes to the rescue with their new Airspace interior designs, and what a…

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Women, go lightly

There is a new option for women travelers who want to feel worry-free when they travel. Golightly is a private travel club for women providing a safer space to list and book vacation rentals and home-shares within a vetted community. All properties are only listed and booked by a verified member, but she can travel with whomever she chooses. There’s…

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Even easier EasyJet

We here at Matouring love the depth and breadth of options that we have for flying in Europe.  There are so many convenient airports, no shortage of airlines and, due to the way it works in Europe, generally very low prices. With that in mind, we’re pleased to see that EasyJet, one of our favourite European carriers, may soon claim…

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European self-sufficiency

Europe is often looked upon as a model of efficiency.  With nearly 750 million people living in a relatively tight space, they need to be.  But, Europe has also been the mother of invention there.  Spain created the spacesuit.  Iceland created the power transformer.  Ireland created the submarine . . .  and more. One modern and practical thing that Europe…

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My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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You get what you pay for

Many of us approach dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant as almost a religious sabbatical.   Our best trousers and dresses, shoes shined, hair recently coiffed, we cross the hallowed threshold into a world of inconceivable bliss.  And, the next thing you know, the entire month’s paycheck is accounted for. Well, it’s time to wake up.  It turns that out modern Michelin…

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Pain is just a word for bread

This looks grueling. Put on your best pink tutu, peacock feathers or Viking hat and get ready to run – and drink! Held on 11 September in 2021– just in time for wine harvest – the annual Marathon du Médoc brings contestants to more than 30 vineyards in the wine region of Médoc in France, north of Bordeaux. They’ll stop…

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Hey, groovy cats. Dig this!

This is worth taking a special trip, especially if you love retro mid-century-modern design like we do.   MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel. At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight.…

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Fly Andorra

As you may or may not know, Andorra is a small, mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain.  For 715 years (1278 to 1993), Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality ruled by the French Chief of State and the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell.  As of 2019, its population is 77,142. Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra’s tiny…

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U need a UNESCO

Twenty-twenty will forever be remembered as the year of COVID. No matter your background, the stresses of the last year far outweighed its joys. Our physical and mental wellbeing were put to the test in ways we could never have imagined. While the pandemic is still raging, a new vaccine and the easing of some restrictions have made all of…

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It’s 11:00 PM. Do you know where your pandemic flight credits are?

When the pandemic hit, Vanessa Mumford-Minshull of Campbell, CA scrambled to cancel a multi-leg, multi-airline European trip for four people. She asked for refunds. Airlines automatically issued vouchers. “I sent email saying, ‘I don’t want this,’ but got no answer,” says Mumford-Minshull, who spent days calling, writing, and documenting her efforts before finally getting refund help thanks to her credit…

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Katarina – you must have seen her

Everyone loves a cruise.  Romance, food, the water and dreamy locations.  It pulls us with little or no effort. But how about something even more special?  How about a cruise of your own – just you and your friends and / or family – in some of the most picturesque locations on earth. Our affiliate friends, Katarina Line cruises, have…

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EasyJet – easy to get!

EasyJet – easy get!  New holidays to the Italian lakes We’re super happy to welcome EasyJet Holidays to our group of affiliate friends. If you know Europe (and if you know us) EasyJet is a travel brand that we not only feature, but have also used again and again in our travels.  And now they have stretched beyond jets ……

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Doesn’t ring a bell

If you’re an avid traveler, you’ve probably been to all of the top spots:  Venice, Paris, Buenos Aires, New York etc.  But you may have only scratched the scratch of what the world has to offer. This article highlights some of the world’s least travelled locations.   Some of them are big names – Monaco, for example, but some may be…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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EasyJet just got easier

A few months back, we published an article about some of Europe’s low-cost airlines, such as EasyJet and Ryanair.  They offer some super deals to jet your way across the continent and are worth checking out. It was somewhat cumbersome to book them if you were outside of the EU.  But, now it’s easy peasy using Expedia’s updated listings.  Here…

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Airline food

Perhaps it’s just us (I doubt it,) but we can’t imagine travelers looking forward to airline food, especially in this day and age.  Packets of pretzels generally do not make us squeal with delight anymore. But, always posh and always positive British Airways have anticipated our needs before we did and are now offering their 20,000 foot fare in the…

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