Happy Spring to Everyone! Colorado has had a wonderful Springtime! The last couple of months have totally disappeared on me. I did get to travel to Puerto Vallarta with my husband, mother and other family for my uncle’s 80th birthday celebration in April, and then went to Maui for some training with a group of travel agents earlier in May. I thought about writing the newsletter on Puerto Vallarta and Maui, but this month’s focus will be about France (more specifically, Paris), GermanyAustria and Switzerland.


One of the greatest ways to get to each of these countries is by rail. Rail Europe has a 4 country pass that encompasses each of these countries. Traveling by rail gives one the opportunity to see so much of the countryside. It’s nice to plan a route so you get the most out of your vacation.


Paris is a city full of romance, culture and history highlighted through its extensive range of sights. You can take advantage of most sights with a Paris Pass. Paris is broken down by Districts (Quartiers). There are 4 districts in each Arrondissement. If you know the postal code of a hotel, you will be able to tell which District you are in because the last 2 digits of the PC is the District. The 1st Arrondissement (Called “du Louvre”) is typically the most popular to stay in. It encompasses 1,2,3 & 4 District.

Paris Districts



Germany has so much history I could easily spend months here. From castles to cathedrals I was in awe when we were there several years ago. For the Top 10 things to see, click here. The Neuschwanstein Castle is absolutely incredible! We stayed in the town of Füssen which is a lovely little town near the castle.


Austria impresses me because of its impeccable cleanliness. They literally recycle almost everything. The countryside is breathtaking as you travel by rail to the different towns. Cattle and horses are housed many times on the lower level of a home! Austrians take very good care of their farm animals. We loved eating sausages (brats) in Austria, it was the leanest meat! Salzburg is famous for The Sound of Music, and also the birthplace of Mozart! Vienna is known for several sites, including Schönbrunn Palace and the famous Spanish riding school. For more on travelling to Austria, click here


Switzerland is another country that has a beautiful landscape to it. We spent time in Lucerne, because Leon had some family history from there. We never found any relatives, but we truly enjoyed the beautiful Lake Lucerne and Mt. Titlis. The Aerial tram ride to the top of Mt. Titlis was fabulous. For more information on travelling to Switzerland, click here


I know I’ve only given you a snipit of information on each of these countries, but you can click the links I included to visit some websites that will help you to delve into more information on these wonderful destinations.


Happy Travels! And remember Without a Travel Agent, you are on your OWN!

Kina Palmer-Travelhound



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5 Things Chakel Wants To Do In Paris by Chakel Palmer

Honestly, I’ve never been to Paris, but I’ve always wanted to go and can’t wait to visit. After looking at site after site of to do’s and not to do’s of Paris, this is my list of what I think I want to do when I go to Paris. Who wants to go with me?

  1. See the Eiffel Tower – There seems to be some discussion as to whether going to the top is worth the crowds and effort. I think I might simply settle for looking at it and perhaps eating at Les Ombres, a rooftop restaurant with a view of the Tower. If I find myself thinking “I’ve come all this way, to the top I must go,” I’ve heard early mornings or after 6pm are the best time options.
  2. Sunset River Cruise on the Seine – It was suggested on a site to check the time of sunset when you are in Paris and schedule the sunset time river cruise. One more way to see more of the city in all the beauty a sunset adds. 
  3. Visit Some Churches and Cathedrals – I’ve always loved churches, especially old ones. Notre Dame Cathedral is very famous and is a given, and Sainte Chapelle Church is a gothic chapel built around 1248. Apparently much of the stained glass in the chapel is original and was taken down during WWII to preserve it.
  4. Visit Some Art Museums – The Louvre or Musée D’Orsay are of course the obvious museums, but for a bit less traditional trip/less crowding, perhaps a visit to Tuileries Gardens, Musée Marmottan, Musée Rodin or one of the many other museums that fit my interests.
  5. Eat! Eat! Eat! – Pastries, Breads, French Cuisine, etc. Frankly, I love to eat and since France is known for it’s excellent cuisine, I will want to visit cafes, bakeries, and restaruants galore… Which I suppose will be countered by choosing to flâner (literally “to stroll” or essentially “to walk the city in order to experience it”) as much as possible.


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Traveler’s Ten Commandments

1.  Thou shalt not expect to find things as thou hast them at home, for thou hast left home to find things      different.
2.  Thou shalt not take anything, especially thyself, too seriously, for a carefree mind is the beginning of a  fine holiday.
3.  Thou shalt take only half the clothes thou think thou needs, and twice the money.
4.  Thou shalt be prepared with medication and the means to take it.
5.  Know at all times where thy passport is, for a person without a passport is a person without a country.
6.  Keep thy schedule ever before thee, and be thou prompt in following it.
7.  Thou shalt not let other tourists get on thy nerves, for thou art paying good money to enjoy thyself.
8.  Thou shalt not make thyself too obviously a tourist. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
9.  Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by the one person who hast given thee trouble.
10. Remember thou art a guest in other lands, and he that treateth his host with respect shall be honored.


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