Expat Adventures

Deborah Bernstein began her career as a journalist in upstate New York. She worked in the travel industry for more than two decades, representing airlines, international destinations and hotel companies. A former managing editor for Hotline and Hyatt’s Regency Magazine, her stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Deborah, who has lived in London and New York, has traveled to more than 45 countries and the list keeps growing. She now calls Belgium home.

What to Do When Your Hotel Bumps You

So, you book a hotel in one city and the hotel chain puts you in another because of “technical problems” at the hotel. Has it ever happened to you? In all my years of traveling, this was a first. I’d always thought the company would offer identical, similar or better accommodations. That isn’t always the case, as we discovered this month.  Bait and Switch We’d planned a relaxing weekend in Normandy and looked forward to staying in Honfleur, France. We booked a room at the Campanile Hotel in La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur, France. It was minutes away from shops and a...

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Tour de France and World Cup Soccer – July Sports in Europe

Hmmmmm..what to do this month? If you are Europe, there are some exciting sports events. Today, Lyon plays host to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting game. The World Champion American team faces the Netherlands. But what has Belgium abuzz is the 2019 Tour de France. Tour de France Comes to Belgium The Tour started in Brussels this year to honor the 50th anniversary of the win of Belgium’s own Eddy Mercks. He’s a legend here. My little of town of Tervuren was especially festive yesterday since Eddy, the most successful bicycle racer ever,...

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HOTEL REVIEW: Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa – Prague

There’s something slightly worrying about finding a new favorite hotel. You want to share the news with the world, but you worry that once everyone discovers it, you’ll never be able to book a room again due to its growing popularity. That’s how I feel about the five-star Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa in Prague. It was my first trip to Prague and I had no idea what to expect. The photos of the hotel looked interesting, but sometimes those paint a false picture. Not the case here! It was better than it looked online! As the taxi travelled up...

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Travel chaos with ATC strike in France

For the third time this year, air traffic controllers in France are on strike, causing chaos for business and leisure travelers. The 35-hour industrial action started at 7 p.m. last night and is expected to continue through until 5 a.m. tomorrow. The strike is not only affecting flights to and from France. It also affects overflights, flights traversing French airspace. The French Civil Aviation Authority asked airlines flying to and from various French airports to reduce flights by 30% percent. Flights transiting French airspace without landing are being reduced by 50 percent. Airlines for Europe (A4E) says about 75,000...

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Farm-to-Flight Food Coming to Singapore Airlines

Does the mere thought of airline food give you indigestion? Are you frustrated with over-processed, pre-packaged food that you wouldn’t serve to your cat? Fret not! Singapore Airlines has launched a new partnership that will bring fresher food to your flight. Thanks to an agreement with AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, Newark to Singapore passengers will enjoy the world’s freshest inflight produce. SIA’s “farm-to-plane” program launches in September 2019. Imagine fresh salads with the fresh greens harvested just hours before your departure from New Jersey! Antony McNeil, director of food and beverage for Singapore Airlines, calls it...

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Paris Is Burning – Notre Dame Ablaze

Notre Dame Cathedral, one of Europe’s best known landmarks and a French national treasure, is ablaze. Thousands of Parisians and tourists are watching in horror as flames and billowing smoke rise from the Gothic cathedral. The fire, which broke out this evening around 6:30 p.m., is especially tragic as it is occurring during Holy Week. Firefighters are battling the ferocious blaze. Horrified Parisians watch in shock “I was still at work when the fire started,” says Philip Tejeda, an American accountant living in Paris. “I got out of the Metro at Hotel de Ville, just north of Notre Dame....

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