While many of us dream of travelling through Europe, few of us have given much thought to how we would make our travels special and unique. Avoid the crowded galleries and tourist-filled restaurants by planning ahead and making your destination a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Paris is likely on the top of most lists but after touring the Louvre and Moulin Rouge, why not do something to improve your French cooking technique? Book a lesson with celebrity chef Patricia Wells and learn the secrets of French cooking that will last a lifetime.
Rome is a mecca of fashion and style. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the semi-annual Fashion Weeks. Although you may not receive an invitation to attend the runway presentations you will spend your Roman vacation rubbing elbows with the most sought after designers in the world.
Although Dubrovnik is a lesser known tourist destination, it is a stunning seaside community that lies on the Adriatic Sea. You will spend your days touring the architectural wonders found in the churches and museums or lounging on the sandy beaches. Stroll through the old city in the evenings or relax in the cafes and restaurants while enjoying a variety of fresh seafood.
Barcelona is well known for its mix of European and Mediterranean influences. The laid back and welcoming nature of its residents make it a perfect spot to integrate into the culture of the city. Considering renting an apartment in one of the many downtown neighborhoods and take the time to eat, drink and explore with the locals.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
If culture and music are what interests you then Prague is a must see. Known for its permanent showcase of performing artists and symphony orchestras, Prague has earned an international reputation as one of the cultural centers of Europe.
by Carol Smyth