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Albuquerque travel agent says European travel is up, despite recent attacks

Despite recent attacks in Europe, an Albuquerque travel agent said more people are traveling to Europe than in recent years. The deadly attack in Munich is the second European attack in just one week, following the attack in Nice, France. The recent attacks have put a lot of locals, and tourists, on edge.

There is definitely more increased security throughout Europe at this point, said Alfred Volden, president of All World Travel in Albuquerque.

Volden just returned from his own European vacation, and said he definitely noticed a difference, especially at airports. Volden said security is a concern that comes up when he dealing with clients looking to book a trip to Europe.

They’ll ask at certain times what security or what we have seen, Volden said. Despite those concerns, Volden said people are still booking European vacations, even more than usual.

Part of the reason, Volden says, is people are taking advantage of the current economy.

With the strong U.S. dollar, it’s extremely favorable, he said. For some, it s a deal too good to pass up.

However, Volden still offers his clients a word of advice.

We’re advising people, if there are crowded places and you feel uncomfortable, to stay away, and just be aware of your surroundings and where you re at, Volden said. The U.S. State Department website shows there is a travel alert in Europe right now that s been in place since March, because of the risk for terrorist attacks there connected to Isis and Al-Qaida.

Our stay of the week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

With its original Art Deco architecture and central outdoor swimming pool, Paris-based Hotel Molitor1 perfectly epitomises chic, contemporary design la fran aise. By combining the striking 1930s exterior with retro elements and pops of colour, the property does fun interiors with a seriously fashionable streak. Part of the Mgallery Collection a group known for their boutique charm and characteristic d cor this characterful hotel in Paris elegant 16th arrondissment ticks all the right boxes for the style-conscious traveller.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Once a prime swimming destination lauded for its experimental ambiance, Hotel Molitor now combines its most-loved features superb outdoor and heated indoor pools with sleek guest rooms and suites that overflow with top-notch amenities. The rest of the hotel s facilities are just as bold, from the gourmet restaurant headed by chef Julien Mercier, to the mosaic-tiled hammam, to the sun-soaked rooftop bar complete with colourful chairs and inspiring pool views.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

Photograph: www.mgallery.com

With every corner you turn and every glass door you wander through, Hotel Molitor invites its guests to experience an avant-garde atmosphere that, since its inauguration in 1929, has never died down. Should you ever wish to leave this hip pad and discover the city, you ve plenty options right on your doorstep: as well as gorgeous Eiffel Tower views, the 16th arrondissement is home to the Palais de Tokyo, tree-lined boulevards, elegant boutique shops and food markets you ll yearn to meander through.

Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Our Stay Of The Week – Hotel Molitor, Paris

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Rick Steves’ European Christmas: Norway

Merry Christmas! To celebrate the season, I’m sharing clips, extras and behind-the-scenes notes from Rick Steves’ European Christmas1. In writing the Rick Steves’ European Christmas script, I had to choose which countries would “make the cut.” I could fit only seven into the mix. Being Norwegian, I admit that I was biased…and Norway2 was destined to make the cut. But when we started filming, it looked like Norway would be a weak segment…so I needed to scramble.

Norway happened to be wet and warm when we visited, and the secular Norwegians don’t really do Christmas with the gusto I had imagined. I visited my very traditional cousin, only to find that their Discount Holidays © holiday celebration felt about as robust as Columbus Day. But we did manage to go to Dr bak, the self-proclaimed Christmas capital of Norway, and take part in Santa Lucia Day, which brings everyone out to dance around the trees…with their crowns of real candles. In Oslo, we had one night to get some music. When a concert we planned to film fell through at the last moment, I searched the entertainment listings and found the Norwegian Girls’ Choir performing in the oldest church in Oslo — the tiny, heavy-stone, Viking Age Gamle Aker Kirke.

We drove there and arrived just half an hour before the concert began. With the crew double-parked in the dark, I ran in, found the director, pleaded my case…and he said, “Ya, sure.” We finished setting up just minutes before show time. The lights went out and an angelic choir of beautiful, blonde, candle-carrying girls processed in, filling the cold stone interior with a glowing light. As the harpist did her magic, I just sat in the back, feeling very thankful. This concert ended up giving us several of the best cuts on our CD and some of the most beautiful photos for our coffee-table book. Scheduling was also tricky. Certain events — such as a choir singing “Silent Night” in the church where it was first performed near Salzburg, Santa Lucia Day in Norway on December 13, and Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican — were fixed, so we had to work our schedule around those.

Each of the two crews generally had three or four days to film a region, and then one day to travel to the next. Our script was designed to playfully let the Christmas season build — but never quite reach a Discount Holidays © holiday climax — in each place we filmed. Then, in a festive finale, bells ring throughout the Continent as Christmas Day sweeps across Europe. But I’m getting ahead of myself — that clip is on its way. First — like a video Advent calendar — we have lots more windows to open, peeking in on families and cultures and countries as Christmas approaches.

References

  1. ^ Rick Steves’ European Christmas (www.ricksteves.com)
  2. ^ Norway (www.ricksteves.com)