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The Roaming Gnome’s Trip to London

Hello chaps, it’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome here! A couple of weeks ago, I had the rather distinct pleasure of traveling to London for a few days and good gracious, did I have a smashing time. Thought you might want to see a few pictures from my trip.

Here I am all snuggled up in my fully flat bed on Virgin Atlantic’s first flight of the season from Chicago to London. Three cheers for catching a few zzzzzzs on the plane!

I even had a little nightcap before I nodded off. Did you know Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic boasts a bar? Yes, a bar! On the plane! This really must be the 21st century.

Are there good deals to Europe this summer

Dear Editors,

I’ve heard that it’s a great year to go to Europe because there are so many deals out there. Is this true?

Monica


Hi Monica,

With everything that is happening economically in Europe right now, there seems to be a tiny misconception that prices to Europe have taken a plunge. That is simply not the case. Last year was THE year for deals to Europe with both airfare and hotel rates tanking. Overall, prices for this summer are up over last year, but Europe is still a good deal when compared to two years ago. That said, the economic crisis in Europe does have its advantages for American travelers. Have you taken a look at the value of the greenback these days?

Question of the Week: Are there good deals to Europe?

Dear Editors,

I’ve heard that it’s a great year to go to Europe because there are so many deals out there. Is this true?

Monica

 


Hi Monica,

With everything that is happening economically in Europe right now, there seems to be a tiny misconception that prices to Europe have taken a plunge. That is simply not the case. Last year was THE year for deals to Europe with both airfare and hotel rates tanking. Overall, prices for this summer are up over last year, but Europe is still a good deal when compared to two years ago. That said, the economic crisis in Europe does have its advantages for American travelers. Have you taken a look at the value of the greenback these days?

The Best Rock and Roll Sites of London

Please join us in welcoming William Mullins and Leslie Banker to The Window Seat. They are the co-authors of Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things British and their guest blog reveals the top rock sites in London.

When you marry a Londoner who loves music as much as he loves his native city, excursions around the city follow a different narrative than the usual guidebooks. That’s how I know that Notting Hill was the neighborhood where Jimi Hendrix finally kissed the sky and where the riots occurred that inspired the song “White Riot” by the Clash. We were in London last spring doing research for our book, Britannia in Brief, and as we walked for miles William noted a few of his favorite music destinations in the city.

A Berlin Travel Guide: Beyond the Obvious Stuff

I took a trip to Berlin last year and fell in love. No, not with a strapping young German hunk (although trust me, ladies, there are quite a few of them around). I fell in love with the city itself.

Airfare to Europe is down significantly right now—non-stop flights this spring are 20% to 50% cheaper than they were this time last year—which means that if you’ve been contemplating a trip to Berlin, there’s really no better time to go. In fact, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which came down on November 9, 1989, reuniting East and West Germany. While the city is now undeniably reunified, there are definitely still certain parts of it that still feel fairly fractured.