The temperature dropped as our small group stepped out of the July sun and into the dark 1,000-year-old Cistercian hospital at Kloster Eberbach. “This way,” our guide said. Following her directions, we shuffled to one end of the room—the one where candlelight illuminated a dozen samples of the monastery’s Riesling.
I do not consider myself a “cruise” person, at least not in the traditional sense. Oceanliners that sleep thousands of people just don’t appeal to me, which is exactly why river cruising through Europe with U by Uniworld was so perfect. If you're looking to hop from city to city, U by Uniworld makes it effortless, while offering oodles of comfort and convenience.
We stepped off the high-speed rail at Amsterdam Centraal, hopped into our transfer and within minutes were checked into one of the coolest, quirkiest hotels in the city. A true sign of how much we loved The Hoxton Amsterdam? Despite having amazing travel plans on the horizon, we did not want to leave…ever.
My favorite meal on my recent trip to Europe with Mr. Smitten, my sister and her hubby wasn’t at the Michelin Star awarded Le Jules Verne, located hallway up the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t our delicious dinner at the hippest hotel in Amsterdam, The Hoxton. It wasn’t even our beautiful breakfasts or dinners aboard our U by Uniworld river cruise, meticulously curated to accommodate my dietary restrictions. Rather, it was this …
It’s no secret that going up the Eiffel Tower is a highlight for thousands of couples on their honeymoon every year in Paris—or that it can literally take hours of standing around to cross the experience off their bucket list. Thankfully, there is a memorable way to get around spending any time in any lines at all. Even better? This Eiffel-Tower hack is a perfectly romantic addition to any honeymoon itinerary.
“We’ll be serving pigeon tonight,” she said. “Is that okay with everyone at your table?” This was one of the first things our waitress asked after seating my sister, her hubby, Mr. Smitten and me on the Bustronome Voyage Gourmand in Paris last month. Never having tried pigeon—or ever having it occur to me that people eat pigeon—I shook my head yes and wondered what other surprises the evening would hold...
The husbabe and I recently returned from Europe—his first time across the pond. Before departing for our trip, he sat down with me to talk over his hopes and hesitations for the vacay. Now, he’s catching me up on what he really thought about our time in Paris, The Netherlands and Germany. Yes, wooden shoes and secret handshakes included.