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Julie Benoit
European travel consultant specializing in travel to Italy, France and Spain.
Interests: travel, cooking, reading, wine tasting, pets. check out this video of julie and her 4 dogs: millie, maddie, mocha and milo: http://gallery.me.com/juliegilley/100000
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Black beaches in Iceland are stunning and should not be missed! These beaches were formed when nearby volcanos erupted causing lava to cross the beach. The lava cooled when coming into contact with the icy seawater and over time wore... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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If you drive for more than five minutes without seeing a waterfall in Iceland, you must be driving with your eyes closed! I'm not kidding. Some waterfalls are more known due to their proximity on the tourist route. Others are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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Iceland has so many opportunities for visitors to explore their glaciers. Driving the Ring Road, you will pass several of these magnificent pieces of ice creeping over the peaks and valleys of mountains. Tour guides lead hikes across them or... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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Photo courtesy of Flickr Even better than a farm-to-table dining is eating food right where it was grown. Fridheimar, both a greenhouse and a restaurant, offers just that. Fully sustainable and family-run, this tomato farm produces an average of one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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Visiting a glacier is wonderful experience in many ways. I've stood on the receding edge of one, and witnessed the breaking of what appeared to be a very large icicle of another while on hiking trips in Canada. But, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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Simply google 'Icelandic hotdog' and you will find oodles of writings on the subject. So I had to know what makes these hotdogs so special. To begin with, these are mostly lamb-based hotdogs. The Iceland countryside is filled with roaming... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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There is something about visiting a country for the first time that is exciting and full of surprises. Here are 10 things I learned while on my first tour of Iceland: Iceland is expensive. Yes, I read all the blogs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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Food and travel go hand in hand where I'm concerned. Experiencing the local culinary specialties gives me great insight into a region's culture and lifestyle. So to make the best use of my time when visiting a new destination, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Travel with Julie
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A lot of locals do their everyday shopping at the Great Market Hall in Budapest, but tourists (like me) who love food and architecture enjoy going to simply admire, sample and shop the three-stories of local specialties. The building itself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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I admit eating is one of the things I really enjoy about travel. Budapest can easily tout its grand cafes and many fine dining establishments like Costes and Onyx, but I searched out more humble and quaint environments that gave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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There's a fun and unique way to get to know the local scene in Budapest and that is to visit a few ruin bars. Ruin bars aren't what you think of when you think of a typical American bar. They... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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Only one other time on a visit to Europe did I encounter sadness and depression, and that was a visit to a concentration camp outside of Prague. I encountered it again seeing the iron shoes alongside the Danube River in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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Rarely do I have much to say about a hotel. As long as the room offers the basics, is clean and the staff is friendly, I'm fairly happy. I have a lot to say about Baltazar Budapest! Prior to my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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I really had no idea of what to expect when arriving in Ljubljana (pronounced lube-lee-yana). Knowing it was the capital city of Slovenia, I had conjured up images of a bustling city with crowded streets, a sprawling business center, traffic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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One of the main reasons I wanted to visit the Lake Bled castle was for a taste of the infamous Bled Cream Cake I had heard so much about. Oh, am I glad I did! This delicate puff pastry layered... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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Lake Bled is utterly beautiful...beyond words...simply breathtaking! It's easy to see how this is one of the most visited destinations in Slovenia. Thankfully, I visited in late October when tourist buses were non-existent and crowds were low. At first glance... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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Before I knew anything about Slovenia or had even landed in Ljubljana, I was most excited about visiting Piran, a small picturesque village on the Slovenian coast. How could I not be excited? Red roofs, narrow streets, beautiful squares, fresh... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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I've seen countless castles, and Predjama takes the cake for sheer awesomeness! Here is the shortlist why: It is built into a limestone cliff. Can you imagine how in the world that was done back in the 13th century? It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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There's so much beauty and nature to see in Slovenia--above ground and underground. There are several cave networks in Slovenia, but to enter the deepest and largest canyon, you must go to the Skocjan caves located just southwest of Slovenia's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Travel with Julie
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Even if you aren't much of an outdoor enthusiast, Vintgar Gorge is a must when traveling through Slovenia. It is a great half-day trip from Lake Bled (another popular tourist stop). The gorge was completely impassable until it was discovered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Travel with Julie
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You've seen one village, you've seen them all. Right? <Insert wrong answer buzzer> No!! They may have similar characteristics and features, but they all have a unique story of their own. Pitigliano, famously referred to as one of the Tufa... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Travel with Julie
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Wow! That was the first word out of my mouth when my eyes first caught a glimpse of this village. It was also the word that was repeatedly used walking throughout Civita di Bagnoregio. This town's history and survival is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Travel with Julie
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Colmar is considered the most beautiful city in France's Alsace region. The unique combo of French shuttered and German half-timbered houses situated on geranium-lined streets and canals invite visitors to lazy strolls through this mid-sized town. In the heart of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Travel with Julie
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At first glance, Sezanne looks like nothing more than a deli. Cheeses (and loads of it!), salamis, coffees, and other yummy things fill the entrance. But go upstairs, and a small bistro awaits. It's the perfect place to try some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Travel with Julie
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Don't mistake this beast of twisted dough for a pretzel. No! It's a bretzel, a traditional Alsatian buscuit made of dough precooked in boiling water then sprinkled with sea salt and caraway seed and then dried in an oven. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Travel with Julie