My escapades in Europe

I have the need to travel on business a lot in my life, spend many times away from family. My new challenge require much travel, beginning in Europe but eventually Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Visiting on business and pleasure are two different animals, usually business does not count in my counter for personal blog experiences, however, these were countries that I have visited in the past and after several years was back to them.

First was Prague, in the Czech Republic. Totally different now under a new country (now but really old), and different political system (much better). I was not in the tourist area but outskirts in industrial park near working class building, my hotel was in a nice area with huge homes and private tennis club. I need it to take a bus then a metro to reach the old center so instead walk around where I was, and very busy with the job. I stay at the Elizza hotel,and ate at privka Amerika restaurant both very friendly and good.

Then was off to Lisbon , Portugal, where my oldest boy godfather is from very familiar but short time there. I ate at Pedro’s place a typical portuguese family resto not on anybody’s travel book but delicious home made cooking, it is off praça Francisco da Carneiro. My stay was at the very nice hotel Altis Park, with all amenities, friendly and great restaurant.

Finally ,just got off been to Geel near Anvers Belgium, there stay at Hotel Verlooy in Geel, and ate at the market square Het Podium and the Irish pub there with a nice guinness. The area is industrial agricultural mixture, and it has a nice church in city center. The different is here went by train an odyssey, first TGV Vannes-Paris Montparnasse, change to metro line 4 but was block, police intervention so needed to take alternative line 6 to Denfert-Rochereau then switch again to RER B to reach Gare Paris Nord; running not to miss my thalys to Brussels Midi station. There had reserved an Avis rental car Citroen C3 to reach destination on the ring road of Brussels all with traffic jams to stand still!!! Went around on the E19 straight to Anvers, there took the ring road R2 to final destination. The return was not easier, rental car to BRussels Midi train station was fine, but the thalys was delayed 30 minutes !! by the time reach Paris Nord took line 4 alright this time to Paris MOntparnasse, arrive late the train TGV was ready to leave, spoked my way to train folks u ntils finally call me back and allow me into the train, reach Vannes, no taxis, tourist had taken them all, needed to wait 15 minutes to have one arrive and finally reach home! Never again , I am never a train person and this will prove me to the company not to use it again.

The trips to Prague and Lisbon were done by airplane and taxi, much better easy trips. To Prague I change from Nantes to Lyon and to Lisbon change at CDG Paris very easy. I drove my car from VAnnes to Nantes airpôrt and stay one night each time at the Escales Oceania hotel at the airport just off parking P1. All very easy.

Business wise the trips were very good tallking with company directors and finance mgrs. Personally it was fulfilling to re visit places not have to in many years;now got my update first hands. It will not be the last as many trips there in the future are programmed.

In all are wonderful places to visit and would love to hear your stories on them in comments. Some add photos to follow, cheers

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