On the El Transcantábrico train in Spain

El Transcantábrico

I have dreamed of a trip onboard the famed, yet uber-expensive, Orient Express for decades. So when I learned about El Transcantábrico Clásico, a luxury train that runs along the coastline of Spain, I thought this would be my Spanish version of a glamorous, old-fashioned train journey through Europe. The El Transcantábrico Clásico is a weeklong […]

Augsburg, Germany: History Off the Beaten Path

Cam and his beer

Augsburg, Germany was established by the Romans in 15 BC and has astounding history. Using Historic Highlights of Germany, I was able to connect with a guide, a Romantikhotel, and an itinerary that made this city come alive. Getting there The Lufthansa flight was outstanding—even in coach! The 747 was clean and comfortable and had friendly attendants, […]

First Ever France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass from Rail Europe

Traveling to France or Switzerland this fall? Rail Europe Inc., the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, is now offering travelers the chance to explore both countries with the First Class France-Switzerland Deluxe Pass* to enjoy six days of first class train travel within a one-month period at a special discounted price. […]

Taking the Train from Monaco to Italy

A Street in Ventimiglia

Last week, I wrote about how my wife Natalie and I had three meals in three countries in ONE day! We had breakfast in Monaco, lunch in Italy and dinner in France. Here’s the post. What I didn’t tell you is about how we got from Monaco to Italy … on a budget. Natalie and I were staying […]

Riding The Ghan in Australia

Driving to The Ghan

I wanted to ride Australia’s The Ghan the moment I learned it’s one of the world’s great train rides. And, last October, I had my chance and it was an experience I will never forget. The inaugural journey was in 1929 but the route back then only went from Adelaide to Alice Springs. It wasn’t […]