Category Archives: Travel | E.U.

  1. Visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

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    May 15, 2012 by Evin

    Legend says to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain so you will return to it one day. Visitors flock …
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  2. A Very Active 39 Hours in Amsterdam


    May 2, 2012 by Evin

    This isn’t a play on the NY Times series titled 36 Hours in… but the actual time we spent on …
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  3. Reviewing my adventures on TripAdvisor landed me in The Times today

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    February 17, 2012 by Evin

    The Times ran an article today written by Daisy Greenwell (if you haven’t read her articles, you’ll like them since she …
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  4. We’ll Always Have Paris


    August 26, 2009 by Evin

    Paris is an iconic city with romance, light, cuisine, style, and love abound. I personally associate Paris with my father. My parents and I have gone there together, but my dad and I went on a couple of occasions for weekends when the rest of the family couldn’t get away. It feeds into what Bruce Paltrow once said to his daughter Gwyneth as they were flying home from Paris, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.”

    Having visited Paris over one dozen times, I’ve collected some favorite places to dine, stay, and shop as well as other practical tips. I’ll admit that speaking French makes it easier, but I’ve found that after uttering my first sentence in French most Parisians are more than willing to respond and assist me in English. Don’t take it as an insult to your French, merely a gesture of hospitality. When traveling, it’s all about making an effort with the language and culture. It’s a sign of respect and gives you the chance to more fully experience a place. David Sedaris mentioned in an interview with Rick Steves that watching what others is a great way to learn.

    France enjoys a high context culture. One thing you may notice is that when you enter a shop, you are greeted and it is polite to respond with a ‘bonjour’. There is something so lovely about shopping in France since you are acknowledged. Knowing how to say ‘hello,’ ‘please,’ and ‘thank you’ can go a long way in France. Though I enjoy high context culture, it can be confusing and fatiguing for visitors. I suspect this cultural difference is one reason Americans have the misconception that the French are rude – or those spreading this ‘truth’ have been meeting all the wrong people.

  5. Traveling and Meeting Fellow Knitters

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    June 20, 2009 by Evin

    Before traveling to France this month, I looked on Ravelry to see where users in the cities I’d be visiting …
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  6. TGV from Brest to Paris

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    June 12, 2009 by Evin

    Arriving at the Brest train station in the mid-morning, we traded our TGV reservation in for tickets (billets). The bathroom …
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  7. Buying Yarn in Brest, Bretagne, France

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    June 9, 2009 by Evin

    For those of you visiting Brest, here are the two places I checked out upon recommendation that have yarn:
    Phildar, 47 Rue de Siam, Brest
    Monoprix, 49 Rue de Siam, Brest

  8. In visita in Italia

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    May 4, 2009 by Evin

    We are visiting Italy this week, but while new posts will be lacking you can look back and enjoy posts of my recent travels. I’d also love your feedback on whether you as a reader prefer one post with everything about a trip or several posts breaking up the trip into days, focuses (food, accommodations, attractions).

  9. Holiday in Vienna


    April 6, 2009 by Evin

    We recently enjoyed a five-day holiday in Vienna. Though I had heard of Vienna’s rich history in terms of music, …
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  10. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport


    March 16, 2009 by Evin

    Amsterdam is a lovely city in a beautiful country with so-so food options in their airport. I suppose that most people are so tired and satisfied after a visit to The Netherlands that they don’t pay much mind to the airport shopping and dining options, but having a three-hour layover forces you to get to know an airport – for better and worse.

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