The Many Reasons You Will Love Chania, Crete

By Alex Kallimanis: There’s something magical about the second largest town on Greece’s biggest island. We’re frequently asked “where is your favorite place?” Chania, Crete ranks among our top destinations. There are a lot of beautiful places in the world, so the warmth and hospitality of locals helps a destination rise in the ranks in…

Romantic Day Trips from Brussels

Brussels is romantic. With an abundance of delicious chocolate, pastries, food, beer and phenomenal architecture like the Grand Place, there’s a lot for couples to love. But Brussels is also a base to explore beautiful and romantic towns in Belgium and neighboring Holland, France and Germany. Paris is around 90 minutes by train, so while…

Palace of Knossos, Europe’s Oldest Civilization

Legendary myths and history collide at the oldest advanced civilization in the western world. The Palace of Knossos, just outside the largest city on Greece’s biggest island, Heraklion, Crete is both unique and controversial. Originally discovered by the Cretan merchant Minos Kalokairinos in 1877, English aristocrat Sir. Arthur Evans’ team did the majority of excavations…

Is Bucharest, Romania Worth Visiting?

Since the end of the Cold War, Eastern Europe has opened its doors to growing numbers of tourists. While Bucharest is not nearly as beautiful as Prague, it rivals its nightlife and culinary scene. Is Bucharest, Romania worth visiting? It’s part of the European Union, so many nationalities don’t need a visa – a huge…

Great Tips for Visiting Lille, France

By Alex Kallimanis: Last month, after guiding a small group tour through Belgium and the Netherlands, and taking a week’s vacation to Romania with Bell, I was left with a couple free days before flying home to Boston from Brussels. I wanted to visit France and considered Paris, but wanted to explore somewhere new. I…