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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Travel Tips for Holiday Times

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TOP 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU PLAN TO VACATION DURING ANY HOLIDAY


Believe it or not,  the holidays are upon us. Yes, if you are planning to go away for any holiday, even Flag Day, it's time to plan. For those who observe, this can mean anything from Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwaanza (Kwanzaa) and New Year's Day.



1. If you plan to travel during any holiday, then you should know that the prices are always going to be higher to travel to a destination and to stay. However, attractions and activities prices are usually the same. In fact, there may be some deals, sales or rewards during holiday times.



2. Speaking of activities, they will probably be numerous. Holiday time is tourist season times and local businesses depend on these times for their profits. (Information from news channels). If you travel at other times, you may notice some shops are not open or have limited hours (even Disney, believe it or not).



3. Book early. Cruises sell out fast, flights will be lower the further out you book, preferred lodging will be available. As soon as you are sure, book. If you are booking on your own, here are our tips.







4. Plan your activities, particularly during December but don't forget to leave some down time. It's your vacation after all, relax.. Departments of tourism and chamber of commerces will either send you pamphlets or allow you to download. If you are going to a small town, local events will sell out fast or have long lines. If you plan to dine out on the holiday itself, you will need reservations. Check out our tips here. One great publisher for guide books is Frommer.



5. Know where you're going. Seasons are reversed past the equator, some countries celebrate other holidays or may not observe what you're celebrating, bad weather can alter plans. Holiday time is the one time you should have travel insurance. If you're driving, allow plenty of time for traffic and have your car serviced.




Saturday, June 10, 2017

Intro to...Paris: Pilgrimage to Giverny: Monet's House

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5 TIPS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING GIVERNY: 
The Gardens and House of artist Claude Monet


View of the house from the Gardens (editorial use)

1. Visiting the Gardens is usually tourists' main objective. But try to visit the house (not a problem if it rains). It helps to make the visit to Giverny complete. Buy a combo ticket and plan to stay in Giverny for the day. Finish up with the Musee des Impressionmisme down the street.



2. Visiting the house also makes you feel like you are getting to know Monet personally. Studying the art is one thing (always an insight to an artist's soul). See where he lived makes it intimate.



3. Even if you're not into art, you'll love the architecture and the era of the house. Monet loved Giverny and lived there from 1883 until he died in 1926. It seems as if the past and present are in the house at the same time, even almost 100 years later. History buffs will appreciate it.



4. You may feel inspired. Monet helped to inspire the Giverny Colony of impressionist artists who started living there circa 1887. If you're a beginner, don't worry, the gift shop will help you get started. You can also take home a little bit of Monet with you in many forms from socks to umbrellas.



5. You should know that the house and gardens were declared public in 1980 after extensive renovations and the creation of The Foundation Claude Monet. We certainly thank them for that because it makes touring the Gardens and the House possible. You can tour on your own or take a guided tour.

The Gardens from the House: a view to be envied


For more information: The Foundation Claude Monet