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  • Eleven Questions to Ask Before Traveling to Europe
    have elderly parents who might fall gravely ill while we are off seeing the world The right travel insurance policy will bring you home in an emergency 4 Should I inform my credit card company that I m traveling Before leaving home alert credit card companies about international travel plans advising them exactly which countries you re visiting Most companies make it easy for you to do this online And be informed of the international transaction fees that credit card companies charge If necessary apply for a credit card that doesn t charge international transaction fees Here s a 2016 list NerdWallet 5 Will I need to exchange money Credit cards will get you through most of the trip But it s always helpful to carry a small amount of local currencyfor minor purchases save credit card usage for reputable stores or restaurants An ATM is the best way to change money to the local currency When we arrived in Malpensa Italy the airport for Milan the hotel s shuttle picked us up at the airport 6 How will I travel from the airport to my lodging The last thing you want to experience after a long international flight is a hassle getting to the hotel So before leaving home check the airport at your destination for transportation choices Topics to research Is public transportation easy and reliable How much will a taxi cost Is arranging private transportation beforehand a better option Don t forget If you re staying at an airport hotel find out it if the hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport In some instances like in the Rome airport we ve been able to walk to our hotel from the airport A rainy day at the Flam Railway station in Norway 7 Should I rent a car Most European cities have such reliable public transportation that a rental car isn t necessary unless your travel feet are itching for a European road trip in the countryside Learn about the public transportation before you go by visiting the visitor s bureau on the Internet Of course taxis are an option if the budget can handle it Another choice is to visit a city that s known for being walkable like Florence Italy Train travel is a convenient way to travel between cities in Europe Start your research on the Eurail site after reading these tips from Rick Steves Hint a rail pass is not always the most economical or smartest choice We stayed in a castle on our road trip in Northern Italy 8 Where should I stay Choosing accommodations is an extremely personal choice depending on preferences and budget Some European travelers prefer the reliability of 5 star accommodations in well known chains such as Ritz Carlton or the Four Seasons Alan and I prefer to stay in boutique hotels luxury inns or high rated bed and breakfasts known for a personable staff Great Small Hotels or Mr Mrs Smith are good sites

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  • ESTAS.net Makes Applying for the USA Visa Waiver Program Easy
    your ESTA application Not to be confused with a VISA the ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authority streamlines entry into the U S by pre screening visitors before they arrive Visitors may apply directly at the Department of Homeland Security for a fee of 14 if they re confident in their ability to understand the process Although the process is meant to be a timesaving process for entering the U S filling out the paperwork can be confusing especially if English is your second language That s why using a site like ESTAS net is helpful And they report a 95 approval rate on applications I remember the angst of filling out a VISA for travel to China Using a professional service to walk me through it relieved the stress of wondering if I would be turned down because of a careless error on my application ESTAS net does the same thing for visitors to the U S if their home country participates in the Visa Waiver Program All you have to do is visit their website to begin filling out the application And the sensitive information that you submit is protected by a sophisticated software system The company also promises to keep all information confidential What type of information is required to apply for the Visa Waiver Program Home address and phone number Valid passport Current email address Credit or debit card for payment Payment for the service is 74 which can be paid by credit or debit card If for any reason your application is denied you ll receive a full refund One of the benefits of using ESTAS net is that an agent reviews application for errors or omissions Agents can also communicate with customers in their native language if necessary Need an one in a hurry

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2016/03/09/applying-for-esta/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Top Five Spain Travel Apps
    our favorite Spain Travel Apps below They ll keep you organized and up to date about all there is to see and do in the Iberian Peninsula 1 Triposo app has city guides for over 100 cities in Spain including Madrid Barcelona and Seville Along with offline maps and practical information Triposo also has an in depth sightseeing section with restaurant and nightlife recomendations Available on iTunes for free 2 Spanish Dictionary app is going to be useful no matter what part of Spain you re planning to visit While English is spoken in most of the cities if you plan to go off the beaten path picking up some useful vocabulary is always a good idea Available on iTunes for free 3 Eurail Planner app has all the information needed to travel Spain by train Although the country s train system isn t as developed as it should be in my opinion it s still one of the best ways to travel through Spain as well as Europe One of the great things about the Rail Planner app is that it works offline so you can see timetables for trains whereever you are Available on iTunes and Anroid 4 Whatsapp app is the number one way to communicate while on the road in Spain and in Europe It s a free messenging app that lets you communicate in real time without the frustration of roaming charges The app is so popular that many restaurants and hotels are using it to communicate with customers Available on iTunes and Android for free 5 Best Beach app is a guide for those beach lovers out there If you re headed out of the bustling city for Spain s calm coastal waters this app has information on more than 3400 beaches in Spain

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2016/03/01/spain-travel-apps/ (2016-04-26)
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  • San Antonio Vacation Package Giveaway
    more in depth boomer visit When the San Antonio Visitor s Bureau contacted us about giving away a San Antonio Vacation Package to one of our readers how could we say no Look what the package includes Two Nights at the Historic Menger Hotel Passes for four to Witte Museum Six Flags Fiesta Texas Enchanted Springs Ranch Narrated Downtown Walking Tour Even if you don t win check out the San Antonio Convention and Visitor s Bureau s incentives for visitors S A V E San Antonio offers special rates for hotels as well as discounts on attractions and shopping So how do you win our San Antonio giveaway To enter just post a comment at the end of this post telling us why you would like to visit San Antonio Please include your email address for contact purposes Contest ends on Tuesday July 19 2011 at 11 00 p m Mountain Daylight Time Winner will be announced as soon as possible Remember according to our general contest rules the winner must be a U S resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email or we chose another winner More chances to win a trip to San Antonio We re not the only ones giving away a San Antonio vacation package Visit the following blogs for more chances to win Each blogger is offering a San Antonio getaway prize that is unique to their blog 11 Jul 18 Jul Delicious Baby 13 Jul 20 Jul ThePlanetD 14 Jul 21 Jul BootsNAll 15 Jul 22 Jul YTravelBlog 16 Jul 23 Jul PauseTheMoment 17 Jul 24 Jul Traveling Mamas 18 Jul 25 Jul TravelsWithTwo 19 Jul 26 Jul MommyMusings 20 Jul 27 Jul Vagabondish 21 Jul 28 Jul TheVacationGals 22 Jul 29 Jul Landlopers 23 Jul 30 Jul ShermansTravel

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  • Chapel Ceiling in the Sacro Monte di Orta, Italy
    my boomer photographer s eye It reminded me of the colorful geometrics one would find in a kaleidoscope Part of a 20 chapel complex with frescoes and vignettes that portray the teachings of St Francis of Assisi this particular chapel has no door to protect the artwork from the elements Since the late 1500 s the Italian faithful many who could not read or write in earlier times have come here to walk in the tree filled park quietly studying the tenets of their Catholic faith played out in art and sculpture Have you visit Orta San Giulio in Northern Italy Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience To see more photos of our trip visit the Orta San Giulio album on Facebook You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park On Our Own in Cartagena Spain A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes If You Only Have One Day in Key West About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/07/16/photograph-chapel-ceiling-orta-italy/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Select Registry Offers Quality Lodging for Baby Boomers
    Select Registry lodging choices including Mill Rose Inn Half Moon Bay CA friendly innkeepers personalized customer service quality bath amenities luxury bed linens plush robes and slippers delicious breakfasts afternoon snacks and wine Alan and I appreciated the uniqueness of each Select Registry property A lush garden setting complements the all encompassing service at Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay California Gangster history permeates the public rooms of romantic Hilltop Manor Bed Breakfast where breakfast on the front porch is a delightful start to a Hot Springs Arkansas morning On the Mendocino coast of California Sea Rock Inn is a sanctuary overlooking the ocean complete with fireplaces and sea views Hilltop Manor Hot Springs AR When baby boomers see the Select Registry seal at an inn or bed and breakfast they re assured of a quality lodging experience The organization conducts independent inspections not Select Registry employees to make sure that the nearly 400 participating inns meet these standards The property must be fully licensed according to national regional and local governmental requirements Breakfast must be offered on the premises Each guestroom or suite must have a private bath If the evening meal is not provided on the premises fine dining or quality regional dining must be readily available in the area The property should have been in operation for a minimum of two years at the time of application one year of operation if the owner operator is a previous SR innkeeper The owner operator or innkeeper should have at least three years of documented lodging management experience Disclosure Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America provided complementary lodging when we stayed at Mill Rose Inn Sea Rock Inn and Hilltop Manor You may also like to read Bracelets That Look Good and Give Back Discover Waterton Lakes

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2010/05/26/select-registry-distinguished-inns-of-north-america-review/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Walking tour of Bergamo, Italy
    in Città Alta eventually lead to Piazza Vecchia Here students from the University of Bergamo take a break between classes while patrons of local dining establishments watch the action from covered patios In the summer outdoor performances entertain locals and tourists alike Colleoni Chapel Of course no visit to an Italian town is complete without exploring the local duomo A few steps beyond Piazza Vecchia a smaller square Piazza del Duomo plays host to Bergamo Cathedral duomo the people s church Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore and Colleoni Chapel Of the three the 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore is the most magnificent The exterior gives no hint of the ornate interior that you ll find inside A visit to the Renaissance style Colleoni Chapel and its elaborate facade is also worthwhile just to learn of the 14th century warrior with an ego Bartolomeo Colleoni He built the chapel as a shrine to hold his tomb and that of his beloved daughter Medea But I m most impressed with the fact that Colleoni lived to be 80 years old a feat in itself for a man of the 14th century Step out the rear door of Santa Maria Maggiore and circle back to Convento di Francesco for a glimpse of partially restored frescoes dating from the 15th century You ll probably have the place to yourself Piazza Vecchia For lunch we wander back to Piazza Vecchio Although the patio at Caffè del Tasso looks inviting the weather is a bit too cool for dinning al fresco We take a seat in the back room where photos commemorate the cafe s history which dates to 1476 That s a long time to be serving food Claudio interprets the extensive menu offering suggestions After we sample appetizers of local salami and cheese plates of pasta with walnuts and gorgonzola sauce arrive Would you like to try it I found a recipe Claudio convinces us to finish the meal with little sponge cakes filled with almond cream an extremely sweet ending to the meal that cures my desire to try the pastries back at that cute shop A walk to La Rocca a hilltop fortress with a killer view of Lombardy and the Bergamasque Alps finishes our day in Città Alta On the way we peek into the open windows of a blacksmith shop where the original equipment dates back to medieval times The park like grounds of La Rocca offer a place to rest and take in the scene Sit on a bench under a tree or search out the portion of the wall that provides a view of San Giacomo gate with its Venetian walls Rather than ride the funicular back to Città Bassa consider walking down the hill into the lower town Stepping through the old gates the medieval past gradually fades into the present a pleasant way to end a visit to Bergamo From Hotel Brittania Excelsior in Cadenabbia di Griante our headquarters for several days on Lake Como it s

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/01/25/medieval-italy-bergamo/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Garden Photograph from Villa de Rothschild
    Gear Newsletter Contact Us Return to Content Saturday s scene Gardening on the Cote d Azur By Donna Hull on 2011 01 29 in Cruise excursions Europe France See Baby boomer travelers will find this view of the Côte d Azur during a walk in the gardens at Villa de Rothschild Alan and I enjoyed looking through the vine covered pergola at the homes of the rich and famous while on a Seabourn Cruise excursion that also included a visit to Eze So could you spend the summer here in the South of France You may also like to read On Our Own in Cartagena Spain A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios Seeing the Light in Antarctica Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is also the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure and Coloring the West An Adult Coloring Book for Travelers View all posts by Donna Hull cruise walking Surviving A Road Trip Romantic San Diego New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure

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