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  1. Pauline

    Enter EU Countries with no test starting March 1

    Europe and the UK open up. Travelers from outside the EU can now enter EU countries and the UK without taking a Covid test if you are vaccinated. Paul Charles reports on Twitter: Great news from the @EUCouncil - #UK and “third country” citizens who are fully-jabbed can enter EU countries from...
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    Hiking Walking Easy in Europe

    In the 1990s Chet and Carolee Lipton wrote a brilliant set of books about hiking in Europe: Walking Easy in the Swiss Alps Walking Easy in the Italian Alps Walking Easy in the French Alps Walking Easy in the Austrian Alps In the 2000s these books were updated and combined into two books. New...
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    Miscellaneous Planning Your Trip to Europe

    Planning a trip to Europe is time consuming, so start planning well in advance of the trip. If you will be staying in vacation rentals, start planning at least six months before your travel dates so you can book the accommodations that you want. The Very First Thing to Do Check your passport -...
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    Miscellaneous Countries of Europe - What is the EU?

    The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 27 countries. It operates an internal (or single) market which allows free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states. As of 2021 the following countries are in the EU: Countries followed by * have their...
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    Accommodations Fragrance-Free Travel

    I am sensitive to the synthetic fragrances that have become increasingly popular the world over. These are the chemicals used in personal body products, laundry products, cleaning products, scented candles, and air fresheners to give them a “smell”. These fragrances are not regulated by...
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    Second wave of coronavirus hits Europe hard

    Paul Charles on Twitter posts daily with the Coronavirus stats for several countries. Here is today’s list. When we went to Switzerland at the end of August their 7 day average of new cases per 100,000 of population was under 20. So was the UK, Italy and Germany. Europe numbers are much higher...