Category Archives: Europe

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics!

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the Record’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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European cruising; all the luxuries, but on the thrifty side!

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest, part of the day's walking tour.

European cruising; all the luxuries, but options to save about 35% off regular pricing! This is the story of thrifty European cruising by Ellen and George Wehrs of Stockton and Diana and Bob Boehme of Spokane, WA. The Wehrs are new friends who read my earlier features about travel on Grand Circle Cruises in Europe [...]

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On-line travel features…over 270 choices!

Find the "Categories" option in the upper right-hand corner of my travel blog home page.

On-line travel features in the Record offer a huge variety of destinations and travel topics! Did you know the Record offers a wide variety of travel features, well over 270 strong, that can be selected by “Category”? Hence, you can go to the RECORD’s blog site, choose ‘Valley Travel: Little Places That I Know’, go to [...]

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A new mode of thrifty travel for frequent travelers: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

Judy and Ward Lowrance, from Floyd, VA and frequent Affordable Travel Club travelers.

In retirement, my spouse and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada, along with two forays into Europe on river and ocean cruises. We have consistently been on the lookout for additional modes of travel, as well as ways to save money within our travel budget. On our first European cruise, we befriended [...]

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Travel: 13 tips for traveling near and far in the next year

Bled Castle towers over Lake Bled in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

My spouse and I have always been good travelers, even in the days when we both worked. We would use holidays for extended weekend trips, and vacation time to tour the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta, and once pieced-together enough vacation for a five week trip from Spokane all the way back to the [...]

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Comfortable yet light travel in the New Year!

Susan and Tim Viall in ship's lounge; "upscale casual" is rule, no need to pack sports coat or fancy clothes!

This article is for those who have the time and energy to travel extensively in the United States and beyond.  Spouse Susan and I have been retired three years and have toured about 65,000 miles through the US and Canada.  We have also been privileged to make two European small ship cruises (Grand Circle Cruise [...]

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Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina; an Adriatic Sea cruise (part 2 of 2 parts)

Our Lady of the Rocks Roman Catholic Church rises on the only man-made island on the Adriatic Sea.

Last week we shared initial detail of our “last-minute deal” on a small-ship cruise along the Adriatic Sea coast. The price was attractive (about 1/3 off), the four countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro) and dozen cities we would visit would be decked out in their Christmas finest and we expected the Adriatic [...]

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Dubrovnik, Croatia and visiting a Croatian family

Susan and I at the "hole in the wall" wine bar on Dubrovnic's western sea and fortification wall.

On December 12 our ship the Athena (we were on a Grand Circle Cruise of the Adriatic Sea) departed Hvar, Croatia, after a late dinner to Dubrovnik, anticipating a long, eight hour sail. Almost immediately we were into rough, then rocky seas. Turned in about 10:30, fearing seasickness, managed to avoid that malady, but we were still [...]

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Slovenia and northern portion of Croatia, cruising the Adriatic Sea (part 1 of 2 parts)!

Lake Bled in Slovenia is set in the Julian Alps and offers simply stunning photo ops.

Slovenia, Croatia and an Adriatic Sea cruise (part 1 of 2 parts): Over the past 2 1/2 years, my spouse, Susan, and I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada. Our outside-the-country travels, however, have been limited to a trip to Paris 15 years ago and a European river cruise from Vienna, Austria, through Germany [...]

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Christmas lights in Slovenia and Croatia

Christmas tree in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Christmas lights in Slovenia and Croatia; we are on a cruise of the Adriatic Sea, which started nine days ago in Slovenia and now has us in the port city of Split, Croatia. In two cities, in particular, Christmas lightening and nighttime activity is simply marvelous. Our first experience was in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where we [...]

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    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in late 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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