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Frumpy Francophile en France

Frumpy Francophile en France

Paris, 2/1/19, Café Procope, in rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 6th arrondissement, 5 pm. We arrived Café Procope after snaking through the backstreets and across the avenues; its not a likely place to stop, and not one on most peoples itineraries.  Nothing calls attention to it’s modest exterior, except maybe the sketch of Benjamin Franklin featured prominently underneath a warm Edison lightbulb in the window.  For an American though, this is perhaps the most important place to stop in a city positively bursting with places to have a pause and a ponder, a moment to marvel, pull up for a pig in a poke. (more…)

The Best River Cruises in Europe

The Best River Cruises in Europe

Castles flanked by centuries-old ruins crumbling into the countryside. Vineyards with endless rows of vines heavy with grapes just waiting to be plucked. The glittering lights of romantic cities, where cobblestone streets twist past a mix of medieval, renaissance and Belle Epoque architecture. You can see it all on the best river cruises in Europe! (more…)

Florence Travel: Client Vacation Journal – Traveling with Purpose | Chapter 2 – Florence

Florence Travel: Client Vacation Journal – Traveling with Purpose | Chapter 2 – Florence

Florence Travel – Client Italy Vacation Journal:  The following entry is an excerpt from Esther’s own travel journal where she visited Florence on her Italy and Greece vacation. Our Augusta team of experienced travel agents were honored to help Esther plan her exploration of these beautiful European countries, and we are excited to share her travel story. (more…)

Italy Luxury Travel: Client Vacation Journal – Traveling with Purpose | Chapter 1 – Arriving in Italy

Italy Luxury Travel: Client Vacation Journal – Traveling with Purpose | Chapter 1 – Arriving in Italy

Italy Luxury Travel – Our Client Esther’s Vacation Journal: Sometimes travel can become more meaningful than to simply “make a journey, of some length or abroad.” This was certainly the case for our client Esther Murray and her vacation through Italy and Greece. Her dear friend and travel companion passed away a month before their planned luxury Europe vacation, but Esther knew what she had to do for her friend and for herself. (more…)

From Twinkling City to Tranquil Town: A Bucket-List Trip through the Best of France

From Twinkling City to Tranquil Town: A Bucket-List Trip through the Best of France

Our clients Jeffrey and Kathleen Gingera recently packed their bags and jetted off to France — their dream destination — to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. We caught up with Jeffrey and Kathleen to learn more about their France trip, including an exciting cruise trip and city activities that are absolute must-dos, and what they would choose to pass on if they could do it all again:

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4 Magical Ways to Turn A Family Trip into Your Luxury Disney Vacation

4 Magical Ways to Turn A Family Trip into Your Luxury Disney Vacation

Long lines, crowded photo opps, and “kid-friendly” (aka boooring) food options …. That’s what many people imagine when they think about a theme park vacation. Luckily, Disney makes it easy to upgrade the theme park resort experience with luxury add ons. Plus, Disney has expanded outside of the theme park resort vacation with travel options that make Disney fans and general luxury travelers alike say “wow!” Explore our favorite luxury Disney vacation options below: (more…)

Must-Read Advice for First-Time Travelers to Europe

Must-Read Advice for First-Time Travelers to Europe

Never thought luxury European vacations was quite in your grasp — too out-there, too foreign, too unaffordable? We’d argue that’s just not the case! The truth is, right now is a great time to start planning first-time travel to Europe, since you’ll currently find pretty competitive pricing for European vacations on airline seats and accommodations. In fact, you can plan a whole escape for not much more than you’d spend on a resort vacation in the Caribbean or Mexico. You just have to be open to new experiences, ones that can broaden your mind — and just maybe change your life forever. Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash (more…)

A Return Trip to Spellbinding Italy – Custom Family Group Trips to Italy

A Return Trip to Spellbinding Italy – Custom Family Group Trips to Italy

Italy is one of those European destinations that you can never grown tired of. That’s why we love creating custom family group trips to Italy! There’s always something new to discover — which is why West Virginia resident Andrew Kinsey, along with his wife, brother, and sister-in-law, decided to return. From the breathtaking vistas of the Cinque Terre cliffside towns to the winding alleys and waterways of romantic Venice, here’s what Andrew and his travel companions discovered on this European trip:

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How to Skip the Eye Rolling and Groaning when Traveling with Teenagers and Tweens

How to Skip the Eye Rolling and Groaning when Traveling with Teenagers and Tweens

Family vacations are the perfect time to strengthen bonds while traveling with teenagers, go on new adventures together, and create family memories that will last a lifetime. But if you’re the parent or grandparent of a tween or teenager, you know how hard it can be to get kids at this age to get excited about anything — even a vacation! Instead of seeing the sights with the family, tweens and teenagers are too busy rolling their eyes or texting on their iPhones to notice. But traveling with your older kids can be rewarding, if you know how to keep them interested. Our client Kari Baker shares her family travel experiences about her fantastic 10-day trip to Lucerne, Paris, and London with her husband and 12-year-old twin daughters.

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Top Travel Destinations 2018: Our Expert Worldwide Picks

couple walking on the beach of Sandals Barbados resort, top travel destinations 2018 by Southern Travel Agency Augusta, GA, local travel agency near me

Are you making your must-visit travel list for the new year? From quaint, cobblestone-streets in Europe to sun-soaked beaches in the Caribbean, there are so many wonderful places to explore. That can make narrowing down your list a tough job! Luckily, our travel experts here at Southern Travel Agency are ready to help. Whether you’re looking for a romantic just-for-two escape or a heart-pumping adventure through breathtaking wilderness, you’ll love our picks for the top travel destinations 2018. (more…)

Design Lover’s Paris Tour Guide: 5 Luxurious Things to Do in Paris

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No doubt about it, Paris is one of the most luxurious, elegant cities in the world. But sometimes, it’s hard to enjoy that luxury when you have to share the moment with 1,000’s of other tourists. Luckily, Paris has enough spellbinding boulevards, museums, and monuments to go around. If you love good architecture and design, then this Paris tour guide is for you. Explore our top 5 most luxurious yet under-the-radar things to do in Paris for design and luxury lovers.

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10 Top Things to Do in Porto, Portugal

old buildings in Porto, find out things to do in Porto, Portugal

Are you ready to explore the top ten things to do in Porto, Portugal? Portugal made it on to tons of top travel lists this year. After two weeks spent in this spellbinding country, I can see why! There’s delicious (and affordable) wine, miles and miles of coastline, and breathtaking views around every corner. One of the highlights of our trip was the city of Porto in the north. It’s wonderful to visit during the summer especially, since it’s a little cooler than Lisbon and other southern cities. Plus, it sits right on the Douro River, making it the perfect stop for a river cruise!

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Three Incredible Italian Vacation Hotspots — That Aren’t Rome, Florence, or Venice

Positano, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast, one of three Italian vacation hotspots

Positano, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast, one of three Italian vacation hotspots

Curious about the three Italian vacation hotspots we recommend? Perhaps you’ve slurped spaghetti in Rome, ogled the David in Florence, and commandeered a gondola in Venice, so you think you’ve seen it all. Not quite. For a country roughly the size of Arizona, Italy offers nearly endless travel delights—and to really see it all, you’ll have to venture out of the “Big Three.” (more…)

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