Money in France: the Euro

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France: Money: All about the Euro (€) As of January 1, 2002, the euro (€) replaced the national currency of 12 countries within the European Union, including France. You can exchange currency at any bank branch (hours are listed below). Automatic cash machines can be found in … [Read more...]

Budapest Cruise Disembarkation

Budapest River Cruise Disembarkation

WHAT HAPPENS DURING CRUISE DISEMBARKATION DAY IN BUDAPEST: Amsterdam to Budapest River Cruise - Avalon Waterways - Day 15 Time flies when you're having fun and all too quickly our Amsterdam to Budapest 15-day cruise had come to an end. Tony and I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and from the … [Read more...]

Cruise Embarkation – What Happens on Embarkation Day?

ARRIVING IN VIENNA AND BOARDING OUR RIVER BOAT - BOARDING PROCEDURE: Paris and The Heart of Europe - Uniworld River Cruise - Day 1: In spite of having done a few river cruises, and any other cruises for that matter, embarkation day always causes little jitters.  Will our booked airport … [Read more...]

How Good is Your River Cruise Company?

How Well Your River Cruise Operator Handles a Crisis is a Mark of the Company's Reputation: Our Uniworld Paris & the Heart of Europe Cruise was supposed to be on the River Princess starting in Vienna on June 23rd. The early June flooding of the Danube  and other European rivers caused havoc … [Read more...]

Eurostar Check-in at Gare du Nord

The Eurostar Check in Procedure at Paris Gare du Nord is Easy and Painless: Our recent trip to Europe was an interesting one from a luggage perspective. Apart from our mobile office and camera equipment, we had clothing and shoes for the cold weather in Paris, smart clothing for our two-week … [Read more...]

Living Like a Local in our Paris Apartment

Renting a Paris Apartment was a New Experience that Worked out Well: After many hours of searching for a Paris apartment, I finally settled on booking Olivier's apartment through the VRBO network. When you haven't rented apartments directly from strangers in the past, you get a bit uncertain … [Read more...]

Booking your Paris Apartment

Booking your Paris Apartment Requires Some Work if You Want the Right Apartment: Over the past years, our visits to Paris have always been short trips of no more than a week and like the majority of visitors, we have always used hotels for our Paris accommodation. But for this trip, where we will … [Read more...]