Category Archives: Europe

Travel write-up of 2002 trip to Europe

Photobook – Holland, Switzerland and France is now online

My latest photo book published through Blurb is now online. Holland, Switzerland, France by Peter Simmons and Marg Toronchuk | Make Your Own Book Advertisements

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Paris, France, October 2012

The City of Light was our final stop on our short visit through France, Holland and Switzerland. We stayed near the Eiffel Tower on Rue Cler, on a delightful side street with lots of restaurants and pastry shops. The eating … Continue reading

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Beaune, France, October 2012

Beaune is the heart of the wine country of Burgundy. The old town is a walled village approximately 3km by 3km. We stayed inside the walled area in a modern “old” hotel – Via Mokis. The weather was overcast, and … Continue reading

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Lyon, France October 2012

Lyon – the food capital of France did not disappoint. The local cuisine, wines and pastries proved to be a gourmet delight, and reasonably priced at that. Lyon is at the boundary of the Beaujolais and Rhone wine growing regions. … Continue reading

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Floriade 2012, Venlo Netherlands

Floriade is the Netherlands largest flower show held every 10 years. Marg had been to the one held in 1982 in Amsterdam on her last visit to Holland. The show was a floral expo with pavilions from different countries, which … Continue reading

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Basel Switzerland October 2012

We travelled by train to Schiphol and then caught the flight to Basel/Mulhouse. Basel shares an airport with Mulhouse in France and Frieburg in Germany. The airport is physically in France. There used to be two separate exits – one … Continue reading

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Amsterdam October 2012

Amsterdam Amsterdam was the start of our 2 weeks in Europe. My first impressions flying into Holland, were the wind turbines off shore and the manicured landscape, with canals everywhere and nothing wild. Schiphol airport is 3m below sea level, … Continue reading

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Europe Journal 2002 – Paris

The 21 hours from Lisbon to Paris were very comfortable. The Sud Express runs from Lisbon to Hendaye in Southern France and links up with the TGV Atlantic that runs to Paris. I splurged and stayed in a cabin on … Continue reading

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Europe Journal 2002 – Portugal

Portugal – the unsung corner of Europe. We had little idea about what to expect here, except that we knew the pastries would be very good. And they were! Initially, we were expecting Portugal to be similar to Spain but … Continue reading

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Europe Journal 2002 – Spain Madrid

Madrid is located right in the centre of Spain, and has been capital for about 400 years after King Felipe 2 decided to relocate the capital from Toledo. The main sites that we saw were the Royal Palace, the Prado … Continue reading

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