Europe Travel Carnival 5 January 2009

Welcome to the January 2009 edition of the Europe Travel Carnival kicking off the New Year with a great selection of posts selected to inform, inspire and entertain readers who love travel in Europe.

Accommodation

In the World’s First Zero Star Hotel posted at So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager…. we read about this budget accommodation located in a former nucluer bunker in Sevlen, near Zurich. With beds from only £6 a night it is certainly cheap but perhaps even a bit basic for me.

Zurich

Zurich by Toni_V

Activites

Justin Brunjes relates his tale of ‘Stuck at the top of the world’ or ‘A nightmare of buses, trains and footpaths in St. Moritz’ posted at The Best Things In Life, I think that the morale of the story is that even if you arrive late, your wife will forgive you if you appear with a patisserie delight.

St Moritz

St Mortiz by timo_w2s

Marcus writes about German Castles and Residences on German Travel Guide, saying, “Did you know that Germany has over 20,000 castles?” I have certainly visited quite a few castles when I’ve been in Germany and they do have a fairy tale quality about them. Two of the Europe a la Carte team have written about German castles recently, Jacinta Lodge recommending a visit to The Castles of Potsdam, close to Berlin and Andy Hayes describing Neuschwanstein (pictured below) as the ideal place to wake up on Christmas day.

Neuschwanstein: The Bavarian Castle

Neuschwanstein: The Bavarian Castle by jeffwilcox

Alyssa’s post Saving Money While Snowboarding in Europe is on Surf & Snowboards. One of our sons is away in France snowboarding now, so fingers crossed he won’t have any nasty falls. The University Snow Sports Club charters a bus for the trip from Edinburgh to France which is cheaper than flying but you have to endure more than 24 hours on a coach. Saving money on travel in the Euro zone is going to be a big theme this year for we British with the current drop in the value of the UK pound against the Euro.

Avoriaz Pipe

Avoriaz Pipe by Grayskullduggery

Destination

In Edinburgh Trip Report posted on the One Family’s Blog we read about their short visit to the Scottish capital. It sounds as thought they enojoyed their trip. I really love Edinburgh and there’s loads more to do and see off the beaten track in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh skyline from Calton Hill by Karen Bryan

In Celebrating the Season: Berlin posted at Intelligent Travel Blog, Susan O’Keefe asks the concierges in the top hotels in Berlin what they recommend seeing and doing in Berlin during the Festive season.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin by Karen Bryan

Mark writes about Soaking Up Culture (Bath, England) posted at Travel Wonders of the World. Bath is a very beautiful town and well worth a visit. However neaby Bristol is only UK city in the Top 10 Ciities for 2009 DK Eyewitness Guides.

Parade Gardens in Bath

Parade Gardens in Bath by jmenard48

GrrlScientist tells us about her visit to Helsinki in Hietaniemen Hautausmaa posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “On my last day in Helsinki, my host and I walked through the northwestern portions of the city to visit several places, including Sibeliuksenpuisto (Sibelius Park) where the famous monument is located and Hietaniemen hautausmaa (Hietaniemi cemetery). This graveyard is the burial place for many famous Finns, including writers, artists, actors, and nearly all of its presidents.”

Sibelus Park

Sibelius Park by tommetje

Chris Christensen presents Travel to Slovenia – Amateur Traveler Episode 162 posted at The Amateur Traveler Podcast – travel for the love of it,, saying, “The Amateur Traveler talks to Shel Holtz (from the For Immediate Release podcast) about his trip to Slovenia. Here about the food, the wine, the lake and the cake as Shel describes his visit to the capital of Ljubjana, the caves at Postojna, Portoroz castle and Lake Bled. Slovenia is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.” Jason Green, one of the Europe a la Carte writing team has already whetted my appetite to visit Slovenia with articles about Lake Bled, Maribor and Ljubljana.

Church of the Assumption, Lake Bled

Church of the Assumption, Lake Bled by croarty

The Cyprus Informer describes Some Excellent Beaches in Cyprus. I’ve visited Cyprus a couple of times for Winter Sun holidays and Polis is one of my favourite towns. We did consider Cyprus as a location for Our Own Place in the Sun, however we decided to look at southern Spain first as there is more choice of cheap flights to Spain from the UK and there is also the possility to drive our own car to Spain.

Polis Beach by valentinapowers

If you’d like to submit to the February 2 2009 Europe Travel Carnival, please do so by 26 January 2009.