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Salisbury’s Magnificent Cathedral

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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Many of the great churches took centuries to build. A master mason or a glass maker might never live to see the church completed and the first mass held. This would hold true for that craftsman’s children, grandchildren and on and on
Salisbury’s cathedral was started in 1220 and finished in 1258. The spire, Britain’s tallest at 404 feet, was added 100 years later.

One of only four original copies of the Magna Carta is kept in the cathedral’s 14th century chapter house. The Magna Carta was an agreement between King John and the nobles on the rights of the common people. It forms the basis for the Declaration of Independence and several other documents. The Magna Carta was written with special ink which has not faded after 800 years.

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Where Do You Want to Be on September 15, 2015?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

August 27

If you said ‘London,’ then you are in for the party of the century. That is, if Queen Elizabeth II lives that long. Because at midnight on that date, Elizabeth will surpass Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in British history. I suppose there will be some party.

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Social Media the New Salem Witch Trials

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

August 23

I think it is beyond time for someone to come up with a way that businesses can fight back and even recoup financial damages (and they would be huge when you consider the multiplier effect) caused by those who post idiotic and false statements on social media whether it be #trip #advisor, #yelp, #twitter or #facebook. Here is why: Close friends and owners of a small hotel and restaurant in Germany that we have used since 1998 with zero problems or complaints from our clients expressed their dismay and concern to me yesterday resulting from a post from an American guest who accused them on Trip Advisor of stealing her credit card information and running a charge (in Ireland no less) for more than $3500 on the same day that she checked out of their hotel. This baseless accusation is now ‘out there’ forever, and the owners can do absolutely nothing. Trip Advisor will not help. (How do you actually reach a real person at these sites anyway?) How frustrating for this family who work 14 hour days to please their guests! This insanity has to stop. Social Media has unfortunately become the new Witch Trials of the 21st century. You didn’t have to be an actual witch to be burned at the stake or driven out of your town three and four hundred years ago. All that was needed was someone to accuse you. That was your death sentence.

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For tours in Germany or in Europe in 2015 –

New and return clients are making their reservations now for tours in Europe in 2015 and yes, even as far ahead as 2016. Remember, all of the tours arranged and led by European Focus are custom-designed and built one at a time for each client or set of clients. No mix and match, no big bus, no incompatible strangers and best of all, no ‘take it or leave it’ itinerary! We work with you to create the perfect trip for you, and just you. (Even if your ‘group’ is just two people, this is our normal tour size!) Contact us today to start planning your trip of a lifetime.

Our 2012 Volkswagen 'Multivan' Highline edition has all of the bells and whistles for your ultimate comfort on the highways and byways of Europe.

Our 2012 Volkswagen ‘Multivan’ Highline edition has all of the bells and whistles for your ultimate comfort on the highways and byways of Europe.

Thanks for Third Time with European Focus Private Tours

Friday, August 1st, 2014

August 1

Tim S. and his family just returned to Arizona after their third trip with European Focus since 2005. We appreciate our return guests! Here is a small selection of photos from their epic journey, which covered more than 3,000 kilometers in four countries over 12 days. (Not our normal pace, but necessary in order to fit in everything on their wish list)

At the historic Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, the former crossing place for allies into East Berlin.

At the historic Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, the former crossing place for allies into East Berlin.

Amazingly beautiful and getting better with each passing year as they rebuild following the devastation of World War II and then four decades of neglect under Communists. Dresden is one of our favorite places. The view from our usual hotel is inspiring.

Amazingly beautiful and getting better with each passing year as they rebuild following the devastation of World War II and then four decades of neglect under Communists. Dresden is one of our favorite places. The view from our usual hotel is inspiring.

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The best way to see Prague if you are limited on time is by one of the 'classic' jalopies which run around the city. We had a nice tour on the morning of our departure, including a ride up to the castle.

The best way to see Prague if you are limited on time is by one of the ‘classic’ jalopies which run around the city. We had a nice tour on the morning of our departure, including a ride up to the castle.

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We spent three nights just chilling out in Berchtesgaden, where the scenery is spectacular.

We spent three nights just chilling out in Berchtesgaden, where the scenery is spectacular.

We took a break from the dark side of Nürnberg with a lunch break at the Guldenen Stern, one of the oldest sausage kitchens in Germany. Lindsey did her best to try and like the beer. The other three sure didn't mind it!

We took a break from the dark side of Nürnberg with a lunch break at the Guldenen Stern, one of the oldest sausage kitchens in Germany. Lindsey did her best to try and like the beer. The other three sure didn’t mind it!

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Lunch in a special spot above the Mosel River and a visit to Germany's best castle wrapped up the adventure.

Lunch in a special spot above the Mosel River and a visit to Germany’s best castle wrapped up the adventure.

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More than half of the trips that we design and lead each season are with guests coming back for another adventure. We love to spoil our guests! Come and see for yourself and experience the European Focus difference.

Who Cares About History? What about Free Wifi?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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I have noticed a disturbing trend here in Europe over the past several months. Young Americans, under the age of 17, so plugged in and addicted to the online experience that they are completely unaware – and uncaring – about the world around them. I witnessed young people desperately seeking a wireless signal for their devices in a postcard-perfect town on the historic Rhein River. They sat on a bench opposite a hotel and complained outloud that the signal was too weak to view videos on YouTube. What about hiking up to that 13th century castle? Who cares. Where can I get Facebook updates? This is really a sad commentary on the future of our society.

- James Derheim

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Last-Minute Tour Opportunity in Glorious September

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This has not happened in more than a decade – we have an opening in the beautiful month of September! Tour Germany, or Ireland, or Austria or France during this lovely month. Dates of availability are between the 5th and the 21st. Don’t wait! Take this last-minute opportunity and fulfill your European travel dreams now.

Explore historic towns in Bavaria for example

Explore historic towns in Bavaria for example

Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the 'real' Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called 'bargain' bus tours and cruises.

Two clients from Chicago on their first trip to Europe found the ‘real’ Venice, away from the tourist crowds during their private tour with us in April, 2014. We take the time to show you the back roads and the hidden places known to locals only. This sets us apart from the dawn til dusk, rush-rush-rush itineraries of the so-called ‘bargain’ bus tours and cruises.

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Our goal is to create a lasting memory and vacation for you. If you want to have a carefully-planned trip that is organized but still leaves time for spontaneous sightseeing and adventure, then here we are for you. You are going to come back to Europe someday, aren’t you?

Tourists see Europe. European Focus clients experience Europe.

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