Monday, December 29, 2008
And boy, is the US dollar is buying more these days! Let's hope the Euro continues its trend well into the new year and the ole greenback makes a strong comeback. Travel across the big pond in the off-season and just as we did with our Christmas Markets of Germany and France tour group, make your homebase a centrally-located, lesser-known town with day trips by train. A room in a cozy family-run hotel along with daily breakfast and dinner often runs less than just a hotel room by itself would in the tourist-trodden higher profile cities.
Highlights of our holiday season small-group getaway included sampling delicious Flammkuchen (tartes flambées) in the heart of Alsace, visiting a centuries-old cuckoo clock factory, taking in snowy scenes in the Black Forest glacial lake and winter wonderland town of Titisee, and joining the hale and hardy in the open air thermal spa waters of Baden Baden. Then I said "auf wiedersehen" to my fellow "Trip Chick" Wendy and headed on my own to Switzerland and Torino/Turin Italy for a week stay. More on my travels there later this week.
Happy Holidays everyone, and best wishes for a great 2009!
The Trip Chicks
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