Europe Travel Carnival 7 April 2008

Welcome to the second Europe Travel Carnival. I hope that you be entertained, informed and inspired by the following melee of articles relating to travel in Europe.


Rouge-Bleu: A Newbie Vine Farmer in Provence posted at Diary of 1, recommends, “If traveling in the south of France, don’t miss Jean-Marc’s vineyard in Provence – he gives tours!” The blogs author, Jen, describes how she contacted Jean-Marc, to ask for advice in pursuance of her dream of one day owning a vineyard.

Christopher Cook presents Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp: taking time during your vacation to remember posted at -noambit -Travel Europe- where to go, what to see, and how to get there, saying, “Just outside Berlin in the small town of Oranienburg lies a concentration camp that was built as a model for all others to follow. This article provides a brief history as well as information on how to experience this free day trip from the capital of Germany.” I walked around the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe when I was in Berlin last month. It really started me thinking, First of all, how could this have happened and then would have had the courage to speak out against the atrocities if I’d lived during that era?

Jewish Memorial, Berlin


Chris Christensen presents Episode 126 – Malta posted at The Amateur Traveler Podcast – travel for the love of it. It’s interesting to listen to an American interviewing an New Zealander, Linda of the Indie Travel Podcast who lived in Malta for a few months. Linda was most impressed by the history of Malta. I’ve never been to Malta and have heard very mixed reports about holiday experiences there.

Eddie Lake presents Edinburgh, Scotland – Feb 16 through Feb 18, 2008 posted at London and Beyond. Eddie rated Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill highly. I agree as they are two of my tips in Edinburgh off the beaten track.

View toward Scottish Parliament and Arthurs Seat from Calton Hill

Niharika presents Lost and Found: 12 Ancient Cities Rediscovered posted at Travelhacker. I’d never heard of the city of Veliky Novgorod in the north west of Russia, south east of St Petersburg. It looks beautiful.

Yaroslav’s Court and Ancient Torg, Veliky Novgorod by AndIfeelfine

In Lithuania – Vilnius posted at Norway – An American In Oslo Kristie gives us a lot of information about Vilnius, the capital of the Baltic state. Vilnius is known as the “city of churches” and has the largest old town in Europe.

paulmct presents Amsterdam In the Afternoon « Bloggin’ Off posted at Bloggin’ Off, He descrbes the Vondel Park as attractive escape from the city. Paul was born in Scotland but now lives in Vamcouver, Canada.

Julie’s view of Paris features in the whatIseeoutofmywindow blog where Tony aims to “connect the World one window at a time”. You can submit the view from your window to his blog, I’ve already submitted the view from my office window, pictured below.

The view from my office of the Royal Border railway bridge over River Tweed

Budget Tips

Christine describes Barcelona on the Cheap posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France. If you help with cleaning and serving breakfast it’s possible to stay free in the Sea Point hostel located right by the beach. It can be confusing to compare hostel prices because some prices are all inclusive and others charge extra for sheets, blankets, towels, linen and breakfast.

7 reasons to love train travel posted at Europe String certainly makes you consider travelling in Europe by rail. Having said that the train is a much more viable option if you live in mainland Europe or at least in the south east of England. Living in Scotland or the north of England, it can be a lot quicker and cheaper to fly.

Malta gets another mention in this carnival by Hilary in Baring My Budget: Malta « Less Than a Shoestring posted at Less Than a Shoestring, saying, “A three-night trip to Malta, including round-trip airfare, cost me a whopping 50 euros.”

Travel Tips

Sounds of the city – podcasts posted at Heather on her travels, saying, “This post looks at the podcasts available to give you a flavour of your destination or to guide you when sightseeing. The post reviews various sites where you can find podcasts, especially those for Rome and Valencia which Heather will be visiting in this month.” Now I was supposed to be starting weekly podcasts on the podcasting equipment I won in a competition. The plan was to talk about blog posts and travel news for the past week but I only managed a couple. Something else to add to the to-do list.

The next Europe Travel Carnival will be posted on Monday 5 May 2008 with a closing date for submissions of 30 April. Please only submit articles about travel in Europe. If you submit more than one post, I’ll only be able to feature one post per author.