VOL. 20 NO. 3
|The Independent Traveler's Newsletter|
" . . . When preparing to
travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.
Then take half the clothes and twice the money." - Susan Heller
IN THIS ISSUE:
Ways to Ruin Your European Vacation
an article by Arthur Gillette
Featuring the Limousin - Part 2 of 2
~ the départements of Creuse and Corrèze
by Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker
Nine Surefire Ways to Ruin Your European Vacation
The authors from Nashville, Tennessee, who have mastered the art of authentic,
immersive, affordable travel, share all the things you shouldn't do
on your next European vacation, along with tried and true tips you should try instead.
It's finally happening. Your long-awaited vacation is just around the corner, and you're ready to take France by storm! Or Italy! Or Spain! In any case, you've maxed out your suitcases, and you're about to do the same with your credit cards. Soon you and your family will be frantically rushing from one overrated tourist trap to the next and waiting in line to eat at uninspired restaurants aimed at American tourists. You know you'll come back more exhausted and stressed out than before you left ~ but, hey, that's just how vacations go, right?
"Sadly, this is the way many people travel when they tour Europe," says Zeneba Bowers. "And, it's hard to blame them since most people don't take frequent overseas vacations. When they do, they all tend to make the same tourist mistakes." Bowers, along with her partner, Matt Walker, authors of the Little Roads Europe travel guides, make travel an integral part of their lives and visit Europe about five times a year, despite the fact that they are average people with average incomes. In addition to their books, Bowers and Walker also have an Itinerary Building Service for tourists looking for authentic immersive experiences while traveling.
Keep reading for the couple's no-fail ways to RUIN your vacation ~ followed by their expert advice on how to have an unforgettably great trip!
And now for what you shouldn't do . . .
|LOOK INSIDE . .
with a click
> to learn all about major art exhibitions that may interest you if you are heading for Provence this summer and fall.
~> for one of the last contributions to our newsletter from our dear friend Arthur Gillette ~ Restos du Coeur: a program to ensure everyone has enough to eat.
> for Part 2 of our Feature on the Limousin, this time focusing on the départements of Creuse and Corrèze ~ rural, historic and ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday in France.
> and, of course, the conclusion of our front-page article about how NOT to ruin your European vacation from the authors of the Little Roads Europe travel guides and web site.
TONGUES . . .
contributed by Arthur Gillette
Welcome to Twisted Tongues, a French word game everyone can play. Can you come up with the correct translation of the phrase in question? You'll be surprised by how it differs from what you first thought it meant.
from our Spring issue: "Un baveux" - Is that describing someone who drools? Yes, but the slang
version is more common: "someone who talks a lot" or, depending upon
the circumstances, "a lawyer"!
Phrase: "Devoir une fière chandelle?" Does that mean "owe a proud candle"? That's an old expression referring to the act of taking a lovely candle to offer during a church service. And today? It has an entirely different meaning. Can you guess?
Look for the correct translation in our Autumn 2016 newsletter. Have fun!
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