Travel Tips & Advice on “Europe”


The Train Journey to Collioure, France

Happiness is sitting at Dulles, Washington, DC airport and hearing, “Sheila Simkin, please come to the podium”…only to find out you have been upgraded to business class because coach was oversold.. Oh bliss and joy… Even when things go perfectly, it’s a very long night and day of travel. At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, […]

How to Plan Walking France’s Vermillion Coast and Spain’s Costa Brava

Air? This was easy. All air fares were expensive so we just booked the non-stop Chicago-Paris flight on United with a slight deviation outwards. Chicago-Washington, DC-Paris because the DC flight arrives in Paris earlier than the non-stop and we hoped (note the word “hoped”) to catch an early high-speed TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse) to […]

Walking The Vermillion Coasts of France and Spain

There is a section of France and Spain along the Mediterranean called the Cote Vermeille with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year that becomes theCote Catalane in Spain as you travel south. Situated in the Roussillon county, this part of France is essentially Catalan and was once part of the Aragon kingdom. […]

Family Camp Sites In Europe

On a trip with Explore, U.K. (book through Adventure Center on side of this site for U.S. travelers), some of our English friends told us about their COMPLETLY CATERED AND PROVIDED family camping experiences in Europe. Now, I had never even thought that something like that was possible, let alone existed and what a perfect […]

Happy Birthday in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Happy birthday to me…happy birthday to me…happy birthday dear Sheila…cha-cha-cha…happy birthday to me. Yes, that day is here. My 68th Birthday and pray where might I be celebrating? In St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. January is the suckiest month of the year to have a birthday. Christmas is over, a New Year has begun and […]

Information About Hiking The Coast to Coast Across England

I received the comment below on Travels With Sheila from Giuseppe, in Florence, Italy and thought I’d let you read my answers to his questions… …”Hello, I’m an italian guy, aged 49, and I’m planning with my daughter aged 12 the trail from St.Bee’s to Robin Hood Bay, approximately next august, 2009. I’ve visited your […]

Castle District, Charles Bridge and More Sightseeing in Prague, Czech Republic

Prague has now become one of the World’s best known cities and it seems that everyone wants to visit. And why not…pastel Baroque building, cobblestone streets, good food and beer halls. Czech beer is supposed to be the best in the world and if you are a beer lover, you would know this. Prague was […]

Highlights in Everyone’s Favorite, Prague, Czech Republic

Every trip, every vacation, every day in our lives is a learning experience (trite, but true) and this trip into the Polish/Slovakian Tatras was no exception. It taught some new lessons and questions to pose the next time I thought a hiking/trekking trip sounded “interesting.” – Exactly what is a “C” moderate trip in this […]

Surviving A Nightmare Slog to Zbojnicka Chalet in Slovakia

Going to the Zbojnicka Chalet, we took the “easier” of two routes so Peter described it. It would be up steeply to the Swistowa pass, around and down to the Skalnate Pleso and around with one more up the Starolesna Valley to the chalet. Easier? That certainly didn’t sound “easier” to me. What do you […]

Hiking In The Slovakian Tatras to Brncalova (Zelenom) Chalet

So very sore and tired, we left Zakopane by mini-bus to Lysa Polana to cross the border and then into Slovakia. Two nights were going to be spent in mountain chalets before heading to Tatranska Lomnica, a major Slovakian ski area in the winter. This trail meandered by a river along a valley and through […]