Europe Travel Carnival 5 May 2008

Welcome to the third Europe Travel  Carnival! I think that the Carnival is going really well due to the number of quality submissions I’m receiving. I do believe that I’m fulfilling my aim of publishing a quality blog carnival which is a coherent presentation of informative and entertaining posts for readers who love travel in Europe.


Planes, Trains And Automobiles (Part 2) « Middle Man posted at Middle Man is a hilarious account of incidents, on the short flight from Belgium to Holland, peppered with confusion over political correctness. Middle Man laments the lack of pretty female cabin crew with the growing number of Julian Clary wannabes taking on the job. After sitting next to a couple who looked like a gangster and his moll, escorted on to the plane by a police officer, Middleman decided to let the train take the strain in future.


Kristie presents Rome, Italy: Our Accommodations and Our Arrival posted at Norway – An American In Oslo. Kristie was lucky to find a good hotel, The Giada at a bargain price for a very late booking in Rome We spent our 20th wedding anniversary in Rome and I found Rome to be a totally enchanting city.

Beautiful view of Rome by edwin.11

I must admit I like to book my accommodation in advance. I booked a hotel in Perugia for our trip to Italy at the end of this month in February and the rate has now increased by around 20%, yet I can still cancel with no penalty up to 48 hours before arrival.

The Happy Hotelier recommends the Pension Manfred Klaus, Weingartsgreuth Germany as a” good and cheap address”. He has stayed at the Pension on many occasions over the years. There are several Bed and Breakfast in Scotland that I stay in fairly regularly and it’s a lovely feeling to be welcomed back.


Owen Peery writes about Carcassonne, France posted at France Tales. I’ve visited Carcassonne a couple of times and although a bit touristy it is very well preserved and fairytale like.

Carscassonne Cite by lorentey

Davexplorer presents Five Most Unusual Buildings posted at 5 Most Unusual. I thought that couple of the buildings featured in the post were amazing, both the Dancing House in Prague and the HSB Turning Tower in Malmo, Sweden made me feel as though I was swaying.

Dancing House, Prague by namui

In Travel to Stonehenge and See the Rocks posted at Traveling Mamas, Shannon was rather disappointed when she finally visited Stonehenge. I’ve heard quite a few people saying that. Personally I think the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland are more atmospheric, partly because they’re not so overcrowded with tourists.

Callanish Central Circle by Hare_Guizer

A blog about executions carried out on specific dates sounds a bit of a gruesome topic for a blog. However there’s a lot of historical background in the post. 1796: Mastro Titta’s first execution of many posted at Executed Today which tells of the first execution carried out by Mastra Titta, one of Rome’s most prolific executioners. You can visit the Criminological Museum to find out more about 19th century public executions in the city.

Chris Christensen presents Video Episode 33 – Cinque Terra, Italy posted at The Amateur Traveler Podcast. The Cinque Terre is an area in Italy that I’d love to visit.

Cinque Terre by Stephanie_Costa

Christine‘s descrubes The Ominous Strasbourg Cathedral (Cathedrale de Strasbourg) at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France. Strasbourg Cathedral was built on the site of a Roman Temple and was the tallest building in the world for around four centuries.

Heatheronhertravels presents A cycle in the Turia gardens – in Valencia posted at Heather on her travels, saying, “During their visit to Valencia, Heather and her family hired bikes and cycled along the boulevards of the Turia gardens, once the bed of the river that ran through the city, as far as the port and beach where they basked in the spring sunshine.” That sounds like the sort of cycling I prefer, no steep slopes and away from traffic.


Terry Dip presents Are Belgian waffles really that good? posted at Complete and Creative, saying, “Okay, so maybe a kiosk on the street isn’t really a restaurant, but it still offers pretty delicious food.” Sometimes a snack from a take away can be just what you want, if you are a bit peckish and don’t want to sit in a cafe or restaurant and yes, Belgian waffles are really good.

Waffle by Adactio

That concludes this months edition which I hope has informed, inspired and entertained you., The June edition of the Europe Travel Carnival will by hosted at Heather on her travels. Please submit your posts for the June Europe Travel Carnival by Sunday 25 May.. Only one post per author will be published and your post should be specifically about travel in Europe. Unfortunately not all posts submitted can be included.

If you’d like to host a future edition of the Europe Travel  Carnival please contact me. However please be aware that you’ll have to spend some time selecting the posts for inclusion, adding some commentary and photos, its’s not just a quick copy and paste Carnival.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels