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I'm Carolyn, founder and editor of HolidaysToEurope.com.au.  I enjoy blogging about my travels in Europe and providing travel tips and reviews to help you plan your dream European vacation.  You can also read more detailed European Destination Articles for inspiration on where to visit and what to see and do on your travels.  Please feel free to leave your comments and share your experiences with our readers. Merci! Carolyn

NEWS: Burgundy wine secrets uncorked

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Written by Carolyn Friday, 19 December 2014 10:27

burgundy-wine-toursBurgundyWineUncorked, a new, innovative wine experience based in Meursault, Burgundy, have released details of their `Walk & Sip` wine tasting experiences in the Burgundy wine villages south of Beaune.

 

 

An expert's guide to House Sitting

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Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:53

nicole-connolly-michael-wrightHome exchange and house sitting have become buzz words in the world of travel lately with more and more travellers using these forms of accommodation to save on their travel costs.  Nicole Connolly and Michael Wright are an Australian couple who are currently just over 1000 days into their full time travels around the world and it's fair to say they are experts at house sitting.  They share their travel and  house sitting experiences on their blog Suitcase Stories. Nicole agreed to answer some of my questions about house sitting which I'm sharing with you below.

 

 

   

My European highlights of 2014

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Written by Carolyn Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:53

My European highlights of 2014One of the reasons I never tire of visiting Europe is because it is so big and there are so many new places to see. I tend to return to a couple of favourite haunts on each trip but I always make sure to include new regions in my itinerary and its always exciting heading to a new destination.

 

 

   

12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving Guide

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Written by Carolyn Monday, 01 December 2014 06:27

christmas-gift-ideasDeciding what to give a loved one for Christmas gets harder and harder each year. If you buy for someone who is inflicted with Europe-itis like me, (or perhaps you suffer from it yourself), you may not be able to give them a ticket to Paris or Rome but these Europe- and travel-themed products might make your Christmas shopping easier. These gift ideas will give your loved one a little piece of Europe without actually being there. I know I’d be happy to find them in my stocking on Christmas morning!

 

 

   

Self-drive holidays in Europe

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Written by Carolyn Sunday, 30 November 2014 10:58

Self-drive holidays in EuropePlanning a self-drive holiday in Europe can be a little daunting, particularly for the first-timer. Questions like 'is driving in Europe hard?', 'do I need an International Driving Permit?' and 'how do I get the best car hire deal?' are just some of the questions that are regularly asked.  For the answers to these questions, as well as my tips for self-drive touring holidays in Europe and the UK, click the images below to browse the various articles.

   

Book Review: Paris and Provence and Cote D'Azur books by Janelle McCulloch

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Written by Carolyn Friday, 28 November 2014 06:50

janelle-mcculloch-booksI was rapt recently when two gorgeous books arrived in my mail box for me to review. Both coffee table books by Australian journalist and photographer, Janelle McCulloch, the books would make an ideal gift for anyone who loves France, or as a special treat for yourself.

 

 

   

Planning a self-drive itinerary in Europe

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Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 26 November 2014 06:15

driving-in-europe-tipsAfter reading my previous articles about driving in Europe, hopefully you're willing to give it a go and plan your very own European self-drive holiday.  Having discussed ways to make your driving experience as hassle free as possible and how to get the best hire car deal, the next step is to plot your actual itinerary.

 

 

 

   

Europe's best Christmas markets and activities

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Written by Carolyn Monday, 24 November 2014 07:36

christmas-shop-switzerlandThe weeks leading up to Christmas are a really special time to be in Europe. From the end of November traditional markets set up in many towns and cities, shops and streets are decorated with twinkling lights and the festive season really starts to come to life. The smells of cinnamon, ginger and roasting chestnuts permeate the air and glühwein (a spicy red wine served hot) becomes the drink of choice.

 

   

Experiencing a White Christmas in Europe

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Written by Carolyn Monday, 24 November 2014 07:24

german-christmas-marketMany Australians dream of one day experiencing a white Christmas and there's no better place to do so than in Europe.  As well as its famous Christmas markets, the snowy scenes and festive atmosphere make a European Christmas something really special. With long-practised traditions and traditional festive foods to enjoy, Christmas in Europe is very different to Christmas in Australia.

 

 

   

Tips for driving in Europe

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Written by Carolyn Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:28

driving-in-europe-tipsWhen planning their travels in Europe, many Aussies are keen to hire a car for at least some of their trip but are, understandably, apprehensive about driving in Europe's large cities. Driving on the 'wrong' side of the road can be hard enough, but navigating your way through busy streets that are often very narrow and one-way, can quickly raise the blood pressure. So, what do I recommend? Here are some of the tips that I give friends and family before they head off on a self-drive holiday in Europe.


   

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