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Travel - An Inspired Education
By Patti Romig

My first trip to Europe was in 1997. A friend and I spent 10 days in Greece exploring Athens, Delphi and a handful of islands. I was awestruck at the history, architecture, culture, people, cuisine - everything was new to me, so different and inspiring. I officially had the European travel bug!

Travel provides an education like no other. Visiting other countries opens our eyes to both differences and similarities of the human race. Viewing pictures, reading books, or watching videos, although entertaining and informative, are no comparison to seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, strolling through Winston Churchill’s London or viewing Athens from the Acropolis.

Kelley and I formed The Relaxed Explorer because we feel strongly that travel experiences should be available to all. Many individuals, particularly those with mobility concerns, think travel is out of the question or overly burdensome. We’re here to change your mind! There are so many great destinations in Europe, within everyone’s reach. Here are a few amazing destination options, to whet your travel appetite.

Ancient and artistic Italy
Ah, Italy. For many people, this boot-shaped country occupies the top spot on their vacation wishlist. It’s time to make your dream a reality! Experience Italy by traveling through the rolling vineyard steeped hills, exploring postcard perfect cities and towns and tasting the local cuisine. Florence (one of my personal favorites), a true renaissance city, has museums, palaces, and churches that house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Meander through the old streets, crossing the Ponte Vecchio, and absorbing the culture. There are so many exciting sites to discover in Rome, the eternal city. Explore its many archaeological remains and monuments, while only steps from appetizing cafes and gelato stands. Have your camera ready for this photogenic metropolitan wonder!

Romantic, chic, delicious France
Take the trip of a lifetime, filled with culinary sensations, glamourous fashion, unforgettable architecture and magnificent history. Paris is one of the primary art and cultural centers in Europe, and many of the popular attractions are accessible. Wonder through the Louvre museum, the most visited museum in the world, and immerse yourself in the artistic splendor. Enjoy a romantic, candlelight dinner for two in a city renowned for its intimate vibe. Stroll through the hall of mirrors in Versailles, just like the Sun King did centuries ago. So, what are you waiting for? Indulge your senses as you visit this unforgettable country!

Her Majesty’s Great Britain
Are you looking for timeless landmarks, stunning countryside and unparalleled heritage? Are you interested in following the path of royalty through a land shrouded in ancient legends and rich history? Then this noble area is for you! From the land that brings us Shakespeare, golf, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, etc., the cultural experiences in Great Britain are nearly endless. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a glimpse of royalty!

Our company, The Relaxed Explorer, includes the above destinations in our guided tours. We spend a lot of time, research, and our personal experiences to design relaxed pace, fully accessible tours of amazing European destinations. We love to travel and believe travel opportunities should be available to all - this is both our vision and personal passion. Come join us on an upcoming relaxed pace guided tour – we’d love to be part of your inspired travel education!

Patti and Kelley are the co-founders of The Relaxed Explorer, specializing in accessible, guided small group tours. Visit us online at www.therelaxedexplorer.com or call at (412) 386-8730.

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