Europe

Europe Tour: Switzerland

After Paris, we wandered off to Switzerland, a country known for its stunning mountains. I loved that Switzerland was so clean, and I saw more shoreline and greenery than any other country during my European visit.Even though I adore big…

Europe Tour: Paris

After London, I ventured off to Europe’s City of Love, Paris. The journey to get to Paris was quite interesting. My cousin, her boyfriend and I had to ride a bus from London to Dover. Then when we arrived in…

Love traveling, hate flying

It’s no surprise that most folks hate flying.I mean, what’s to like? You’re stuck in cramped quarters, virtually rubbing elbows with strangers without enough room to pass your neighbor to get to the bathroom, which is smaller than most closets…

Top 10 best memories of Europe

It’s nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite 10 things I saw, did and ate in Europe.There were just too many.From seeing the famous Rosetta Stone in the British Museum to noshing on paprika-flavored chips (or crisps) while waiting for…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Last days in London

It’s hard to believe this nine-day, whirlwind tour of France and England is about to end.It feels like we’ve been here for weeks — considering all the things we packed into this relatively short time — but it also feels…

DISH DOES EUROPE: London by foot

The weather hadn’t improved on our second day in London. But we weren’t deterred. We were on a mission to meet the Queen, whether she knew it or not.Since we didn’t rent a car — and I wouldn’t recommend it — we…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Hello, London

It’s easy to get lost in London.And not just because every street corner is marked with a different sign or because a lot of places aren’t even marked at all — but because there’s so much to look at, so…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Au revoir, Paris

It’s hard to believe it’s been just 36 hours in Paris.In a way, it feels like we’ve only just arrived. But then again, seeing how much we were able to cram into a day-and-a-half, it almost feels like we’ve been…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Paris

I had heard so much about Paris — good and bad — I actually didn’t know what to expect.People have said it’s dirty, it’s romantic, it’s expensive, the people are rude. Some have touted its vibrant cultural and art offerings;…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Leaving Avignon

I’ll be honest. I didn’t know much about Avignon, France until I got here.And even now, I don’t feel like I truly understand the city’s place in European history.Here’s all I know: the small city about three hours south of…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Avignon

After just about an entire day of traveling — including two train rides from Paris to Avignon, I finally got to step off a moving object and breathe in the air of France.Which was a strange mix of cigarettes and…

Dish Does Europe: Almost there!

Airports are lonely places.Even now, as we wait for our connecting flight to Minneapolis on our way to Paris — France, not the hotel in Vegas, though that wouldn’t be a bad alternative — I’m looking around a fairly uncrowded…