An Afternoon in the Alsace, France

October 9 We stayed two nights recently in a great little inn located in Gleiszellen, right on the border between the German wine country and the Alsace region of France. What better way to spend the afternoon than with a visit to a couple of colorful and charming villages along the Route du Vin? (French […]

Slow Travel in Alsace, France

October 8 Jim and Denise are enjoying their 19-day trip through southern Germany with an excursion one day to the colorful Alsace of France and a lunch stop in little Riquewihr. We like the old farm with the sundial and ‘Carpe Diem’ painting above.

We Love The Back Roads of Europe

October 9 Big Tour Buses don’t take them. Tourists on their own with just a map or GPS system don’t know where they are. But with a combined 40 years of European travel experience, the guides of European Focus Private Tours know where they are. We’re talking about those little back roads of Europe, where […]

A Visit to Soultz-sous-Forêts, Alsace, France

September 8 – from a visit on September 6 Gloria Temple’s ancestors named Bayer came from the small town of Soultz-sous-Forêts, now located in the Alsace of France. When Gloria’s ancestors lived here, this was part of the German Empire.

Where Kings Were Annointed – The Cathedral of Reims, France

July 30 from a visit there on July 13 En route from an overnight stop in Saarbrücken on the way to Paris to pick up clients, I made a stop at the small city of Reims to check  out one of the most famous cathedrals in France. On a quiet Saturday afternoon I had no […]

The Blasted Guns Above Arromanches-les-Bains

July 29 – from a trip to this area July 14 to 17   The huge guns are silent now, but on June 6, 1944 they blasted huge shells at the men and machines attempting to land on the beaches of Normandy, France on what is known as ‘D-day’ or in Army terms, Operation Overlord. […]

The Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches, Normandy

July 29 – From a visit to this site on July 15                 The artificial harbor was the brainchild of Winston Churchhill. To see the remains of this formidable protective harbor, constructed in just a matter of days after the June 6, 1944 landings, takes ones breath away […]

2014 looks to be busiest year ever

July 23 With our 25th year looming ahead, and with 229 custom-designed trips under our belt, 2014 looks to be the year that we will most likely fill our calendar completely by the end of 2013, as our repeat clients book their next tour usually while they are on their current one, or soon after. […]