EUROPE


A review of a luxury holiday in EUROPE. An insider’s guide to the best luxury hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Discover where to go, what to see and what to eat in EUROPE, with Carmen Edelson.

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Best Tours of London:  City Wonders

Best Tours of London: City Wonders

EUROPE, LONDON, LUXURY TOURS, SITES TO SEE, UNITED KINGDOM
What better way to see the sites than on a guided tour?  On our way through London, I thought it would be best to view some historic landmarks of London in the little time we had in town.  I studied a…
What better way to see the sites than on a guided tour?  On our way through London, I thought it would be best to view some historic landmarks of London in the little time we…
Top Things to Do in Tenerife – Canary Islands

Top Things to Do in Tenerife – Canary Islands

EUROPE, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SPAIN
My family on my dad’s side is from this little island off the coast of Africa near Morocco called Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Most of the people that I mention it to here in the U.S. have never…
My family on my dad’s side is from this little island off the coast of Africa near Morocco called Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Most of the people that I mention it to…
12 of the Quirkiest Hotels in the World

12 of the Quirkiest Hotels in the World

EUROPE, LUXURY AIRLINES & CRUISES TOURS, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, UNITED STATES
Most of us usually look for hotels that are conveniently located, affordable and comfortable, when it comes to travel. We also look for places to stay that have something out of the ordinary. Here’s 12 of the Quirkiest Hotels in the…
Most of us usually look for hotels that are conveniently located, affordable and comfortable, when it comes to travel. We also look for places to stay that have something out of the ordinary. Here’s 12…
Should Bullfighting be Banned?

Should Bullfighting be Banned?

LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SPAIN
Being of Spanish decent I always wondered what it would be like to go to a bullfight. Growing up, bullfighting had a very glorified image.  The brave matador, dressed in his traditional costume of brilliant colors, boldly risks his life and…
Being of Spanish decent I always wondered what it would be like to go to a bullfight. Growing up, bullfighting had a very glorified image.  The brave matador, dressed in his traditional costume of brilliant…
Las Rozas Village – Affordable Luxury Shops

Las Rozas Village – Affordable Luxury Shops

EUROPE, LIFESTYLE, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SPAIN
Best luxury shopping in Madrid, Spain? I’d say Las Rozas Village, one of the Collection of ten Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages. It is an exclusive collection of luxury outlets and dining in an open-air promenade. It is home to more than…
Best luxury shopping in Madrid, Spain? I’d say Las Rozas Village, one of the Collection of ten Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages. It is an exclusive collection of luxury outlets and dining in an open-air promenade.…
The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel‎

The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel‎

EUROPE, IRELAND, LUXURY AIRLINES & CRUISES TOURS, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY HOTELS
When I walked into The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel by Marriott in Dublin, I was greeted with champagne; surrounded by food, drink, and hospitality; and immersed in history including info on the celebrities that had visited there. After my first…
When I walked into The Shelbourne Dublin, A Renaissance Hotel by Marriott in Dublin, I was greeted with champagne; surrounded by food, drink, and hospitality; and immersed in history including info on the celebrities that…
Flytographer:  Professional Vacation Photographers

Flytographer: Professional Vacation Photographers

EUROPE, LIFESTYLE, LONDON
Most travelers like myself normally rely on selfies or strangers to capture those once in a lifetime memories of our vacations from some of the most incredible places around the world. Let’s face it: we aren’t professional photographers and most…
Most travelers like myself normally rely on selfies or strangers to capture those once in a lifetime memories of our vacations from some of the most incredible places around the world. Let’s face it:…
Ashford Castle:  A Real Irish Castle

Ashford Castle: A Real Irish Castle

EUROPE, IRELAND, LUXURY AIRLINES & CRUISES TOURS, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY CASTLES, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Ashford Castle is an imposing castle in Ireland on Lough Corrib. It sits on a massive estate of 350 acres and is the center of an upscale hotel, garden,  and recreation complex (including the Lodge at Ashford Castle). From the sweeping manicured…
Ashford Castle is an imposing castle in Ireland on Lough Corrib. It sits on a massive estate of 350 acres and is the center of an upscale hotel, garden,  and recreation complex (including the Lodge at…
The Lodge at Ashford Castle

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

FOOD + WINE, IRELAND, LUXURY AIRLINES & CRUISES TOURS, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY CASTLES, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
Ashford Castle towers over its impressive gardens and green golfing fields. After a two and a half hour drive from Dublin, we were greeted at the gate by a man in a traditional green coat and black top hat. He welcomed us in, directed…
Ashford Castle towers over its impressive gardens and green golfing fields. After a two and a half hour drive from Dublin, we were greeted at the gate by a man in a traditional green coat and black top…
Three Days in Dublin:  What to Do

Three Days in Dublin: What to Do

EUROPE, FOOD + WINE, IRELAND, LUXURY TOURS
Our two week trip to Europe with the family starts with the flight over. Our main target is Ireland. From Florida, we connected first through Kennedy in NY and then Paris.  After the overnight flight to Europe, there is the problem of…
Our two week trip to Europe with the family starts with the flight over. Our main target is Ireland. From Florida, we connected first through Kennedy in NY and then Paris.  After the overnight flight to…
Teide Observatory –  To Infinity and Beyond!

Teide Observatory – To Infinity and Beyond!

EUROPE, LUXURY TOURS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SITES TO SEE, SPAIN
I’ve always been fascinated with the stars. I can spend hours and hours just staring at them, admiring their beauty and wondering what might lay out there. Tenerife’s Mount Teide National Park is not only home to a dormant volcano, you will also…
I’ve always been fascinated with the stars. I can spend hours and hours just staring at them, admiring their beauty and wondering what might lay out there. Tenerife’s Mount Teide National Park is not only home to…
Visiting Europe’s Largest Lava Cave in Tenerife

Visiting Europe’s Largest Lava Cave in Tenerife

LUXURY TOURS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SITES TO SEE, SPAIN
Having recently climbed to the top of a volcano (Mount Teide in Tenerife, Canary Islands), I was curious about lava flows. So when I heard that Tenerife had tours of the longest lava tube cave outside of Hawaii, I signed up…
Having recently climbed to the top of a volcano (Mount Teide in Tenerife, Canary Islands), I was curious about lava flows. So when I heard that Tenerife had tours of the longest lava tube cave…
Teide Sunset and Stargazing in Tenerife

Teide Sunset and Stargazing in Tenerife

EUROPE, LUXURY TOURS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SITES TO SEE, SPAIN
If ET was ever going to phone home it would be from the top of Mount Teide at night! The view from Mount Teide is a breathtaking sunset followed by an extraordinary sight of stars. Tenerife is one of the best places to…
If ET was ever going to phone home it would be from the top of Mount Teide at night! The view from Mount Teide is a breathtaking sunset followed by an extraordinary sight of stars. Tenerife is…
Codorniu Cava Winery Tour

Codorniu Cava Winery Tour

EUROPE, FOOD + WINE, LUXURY TOURS, LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, SITES TO SEE, SPAIN
One of the treats of visiting Spain is drinking Cava, a sparkling white wine, the Champagne of Spain. And while Cava is made through-out Spain, the best Cava comes from the Codorniu vineyards in Catalonya. It’s the oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented…
One of the treats of visiting Spain is drinking Cava, a sparkling white wine, the Champagne of Spain. And while Cava is made through-out Spain, the best Cava comes from the Codorniu vineyards in Catalonya. It’s…