Europe Travel Carnival 1 September 2008

Welcome to the September 2008 edition of the Europe Travel Carnival featuring your monthly digest of post to inform, inspire and entertain readers who love to travel in Europe.

Architecture

I was fascinated the post about Huge low rise buildings in Europe authored by Roland in Manufactured landscapes. I’d never heard of the Prora Complex, intended as a holiday camp for German workers during the Hitler years, on the German island of Rugen, although I did visit Rugen on a day trip when we were in the Meckelenburg Vorpommern region of Germany. The camp never fulfilled its original purpose due to the outbreak of WW2.

Isle of Rugen

Isle of Rugen

I was unaware that the House of Parliament in Bucharest in Romania is the largest building in Europe.

House of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

House of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

Budget Travel

In the Cost of Living/Traveling Overseas – Up, Up, and Away! posted by Sahaja Parsa at Yankee in a New World we learn that the many American travellers are deciding to forgo their visit to the UK and choosing destinations such as India and China where their dollar buys more. This is having a serious impact on UK tourism revenue as American visitors are the highest contributors to this income for the UK. Then I read that Visit Britain’s budget is to be cut by 20% and despair as Britain really needs to be aggressively promoting itself to attract visitors.

The London Eye by night

The London Eye by night

Destination

Heather on her travels tells us about one of her days out during her recent trip to Cala Gonone, Sardinia, in the post Seacaves and a Boat Trip in Sardinia. Many beaches along the Gulf of Orosei are only accessible by boat. The water looks so inviting. Sardinia has been on my wish list for several years.

The coastline of the gulf of Orosei

The coastline of the gulf of Orosei

The Happy Hotelier gives the local’s perspective on his hometown of The Hague in the Netherlands. I was honoured to be given the guided tour by the Happy Hotelier himself when I was in the Netherlands recently to attend the launch of the citizenM hotel. I was only able to spend a few hours in The Hague but I’d recommend that you do visit The Hague, don’t just spend all your time in Amsterdam.

The Iceberg sculpture in front of the Parliament Buidling in The Hague

The Iceberg sculpture in front of the Parliament building in The Hague

Travel Tips

Alex Bo writes about Dental Tourism Countries and Destinations at Worldental – world dental treatment guide saying, “With fewer NHS dentists around and the costs of private treatment rising beyond many patients’ means, more and more Britons are having their teeth fixed abroad.” Several countries in Europe are highlighted as offering good value for money but I was surprised that dental work in Italy can cost around 30% of the prices charged for private treatment in the UK.

At the dentist

At the dentist

I’m already a dental tourist, of sorts, as I travel 100 miles from the north of England to my excellent NHS dentist in central Scotland, located in Stirling the city in which I used to live. However I’d be nervous about having treatment abroad in case I had any problems once I returned home. Also the thought of combining dental treatment with a holiday is of dubious appeal, I can’ t imagine feeling like sightseeing or a lovely meal after a session in the dentist’s chair with a numb face.

If you’d like to be featured in the next edition, please make your submission by 29 September 2008, which must be directly relevant to travel in Europe, rather than travel in genera,l to next month’s edition of the Europe Travel Carnival, which will be published on Monday 6 October 2008.