Where to go



Where should we go? That’s always the first thing people ask me, when they’re planning a trip to Europe. My answer is always the same. If this is your first time to Europe, I recommend going to Paris (four days).

Dancing Houses (Amsterdam)

If you have more than five days available, start in Amsterdam (three days) then head over to Paris (four days). For a 8-day trip, add a visit to Belgium (AntwerpBruges, or Ghent). This is an excellent way for the first time visitor to see Europe.

The second trip to Europe is more about what interests you.  However, you may want to consider visiting Spain or Italy.


Spain is a bit lighter on the budget, easier to plan, and a very friendly place for tourists. I recommend starting in Barcelona (three days), traveling to Valencia (one night), make your way to Grenada (one night) then see Nerja (one night), spend time in Ronda (one night), and finish in Seville (two nights).


View of Grand Canal from Ca' Rezzonico Venice Italy

Italy is also an interesting place to visit, but it can be more expensive, and somewhat aggravating for people with little patience. If you make it to Italy, Rome is a must see and requires about four days. Venice is also fantastic and requires at least two days. If you have a bit more time consider a stop in Florencethe Cinque Terre, or Siena. There are many other beautiful places to see in Italy, but this is a good start.


Portugal or the South of France would be next up. Portugal is a top contender due to the low cost and hospitality of the people. We had an excellent time in Portugal.  Our trip started in Porto (two nights), then we went on to Lisbon (three nights), and ended in the Algarve (two nights).

Van Gogh's Cafe in Arles

The South of France…c’est magnifique! Easily a vacation destination of it’s own; NiceAix en ProvenceCassis, and Arles each deserves at least two nights.

New Orleans

For those wishing to remain stateside, don’t forget about New Orleans. This is a fantastic place to go. Consider spending four nights in NOLA and if more time is available add on one or two nights in Lafayette.

So now you have my short list of places to visit. Click the yellow text links to find out more.











South of France

New Orleans

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  1. Marcin

    Hi Mike,

    I would like to you invite to visiting Poland.
    You will find many interesting things to see there.


  2. Nancy

    I just happened upon this site. I really enjoy your information and step by step instructions in getting around. I’m off to Paris and Amsterdam and appreciate what you suggest.

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