Travel Tips & Advice on “accommodation”

How to Plan a Trip to Japan, Land of Fire

The Oku Japan Tour tour would begin in Kyoto and end in Osaka. Our first step after booking a tour is to always research air; usually the most expensive part of travel. International Air? Many airlines fly non-stop to Osaka (closest airport to Kyoto). Give a try to see what works out best for you. (Friends of […]

Visiting Japan’s Land of Fire

Marine Steve (spouse) and I first visited Japan in 1987, a primarily hiking trip into the Kita Alps with stays in basic ryokans, onsets, two whirlwind days in Tokyo, and ended in fabulous Kyoto, every traveler’s favorite place. We loved this total immersion into Japanese culture and didn’t return for one reason only; the exorbitant currency rates […]

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Zurich Airport

Holiday Inn Express Zurich Airport operates a free shuttle to and from the airport to the hotel. This is a big savings! Most airport hotels now charge a minimum of 5 Euro per person in each direction so if you can find a hotel with free transfers, jump on it. Their shuttle begin running at […]

Winter Walking Paths in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

There is no end to walking trails in the Jungfrau region. The biggest decision each day (after snarfing down a humungous breakfast) was which of the over 100 kilometers/66 miles of groomed winter trails to walk on. Up on Mannlichen? Down in Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen Valley? A Jungfrau Winter Walking Pass costs 266 Swiss Francs/$297 […]

The Charming Hotel Baren in Wengen, Switzerland

The small but charming Hotel Baren has 16 rooms and is located just 350 meters/1,100 feet downhill from the Wengen Train Station. It has beyond outstanding views of the Jungfrau Mountain and Lauterbrunnen Valley and I suggest opting for one of the more expensive rooms with balcony facing the Jungfrau. All rooms are accessible by lift, […]

How to train in Switzerland: Zurich to Wengen

Zurich Airport is a paragon of efficiency; what else can you expect from the Swiss. While suitcases revolve on the carousel, a monitor above updates train schedules for trains departing from the airport. I purchased Swiss Transfer Cards, most economical for our purpose, online through Swiss Travel System. The transfer card allows two transfers by rail […]

United Airlines 777-200 Business Class, Chicago-Frankfurt

The best laid plans… We were scheduled to fly United Airlines Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) to Washington Dulles (IAD) and then on to Zurich (ZRH) in Economy Class and then train to Wengen. (United doesn’t operate a non-stop from Chicago to Zurich.) Standing in the Group 1 line at O’Hare waiting to board the Washington, Dulles flight, […]

Planning a Trip to Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Air and Transportation? Geneva and Zurich are the relatively closest airports to the Jungfrau area; we chose Zurich and since we stick to United Airlines like glue for 1K perks, I purchased Economy round trip tickets from Chicago-Washington, DC-Zurich. Many airlines fly to Geneva and Zurich and fares change daily! Try, Find Discounted Airline Flights at CheapOair, and you’d […]

The Breathtaking Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

It’s winter time in Chicago and unlike Sun Birds who fly away someplace sunny and warm until Spring, Marine (husband Steve) and I routinely look for a ski area in Europe to go snowshoeing. Not as easy task (no, you don’t have to play the world’s smallest violin). After all, we’ve snowshoed the main ski […]

Luxurious Castle Bijaipur, India

It is a three-hour drive from Bundi to Bijaipur passing occasional fields filled with white opium poppies grown by the Government. We checked into Castle Bijaipur, a Sixteenth Century Castle enclosed by fortified walls. The Castle was converted to a hotel in 1991 by the ruling family who still live here and run the hotel […]