Plunging euro makes Europe ripe for harvest, pay less for moules frites in France

Plunging Euro Headed Toward Parity, U.S. Travelers Headed Toward Party

It was only Thursday that I wrote that the euro would reach parity with the U.S. dollar by the end of April. On Friday, it appeared that parity would come much sooner. A euro costs only US$1.08 today. It wasn't long ago that Americans were paying US$1.40.

Now, I'm not one to suggest fiddling while Rome burns, and I don't mean to be flippant about the plunging euro (or rising dollar), but it does feel good to know that Americans can travel to Europe without worrying about an unfavorable exchange rate. Of course, the stronger dollar is good for European tourism interests also as favorable exchange rates should encourage more Americans to travel in Europe this year.

I'm heading to Europe soon, and I look forward to taking advantage of the strong dollar. Yep, 2015 is the year to party in Europe, even if partying only means enjoying a glass of champagne (or moules frites) and not fretting over how much it costs. 


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mussels in Marseille

Shore Excursions From Marseille: Moules Frites & More At The Old Port

Refer to the article above: The plunging euro means moule frites will cost you less this summer than they did last summer. Waiter, I'll have champagne with my mussels.

The Old Port of Marseille is a busy and bustling place, and it has been for quite some time. Over the centuries, tens of thousands of merchant ships came here, and the Old Port became an important center of commerce for Marseille and, in fact, all of France. Today, the Old Port is primarily a tourist destination. It's great for taking a seat at a street cafe or going shopping.

The Old Port was guarded by two forts that protected the main harbor. Today the harbor attracts thousands of yachts. The Old Port is the perfect place for a stroll along the wide promenade or to have a bite to eat in any of the cafes that line the waterfront. I recommend a pot of mussels with French fries (look for moules frites) and, of course, a glass of rosé wine.

The Old Port has been a hub of trade activity since the ancient Greeks first landed here in 600 BC. It’s hard to believe that the Old Port was badly bombed in World War II. Today’s it’s a jewel in the crown of Marseille.

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Check out Ten Aspirational Ports: Shore Excursions From Marseille Reveal The Beauty Of Provence & UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Silversea's New Collection Of Specialty Expedition Cruises

I’ve done a handful of Silversea’s expedition voyages, and I have loved them all. A little more than a year ago, I explored Antarctica on Silver Explorer, a life-changing experience that showed me the White Continent for the first time. This past August, Silver Discoverer took me across the Bering Sea to Russia’s Far East. And though Russia may be questionable for some travelers these days, my visit to a place that is closer to Nome (233 miles) than to Moscow (3,970 miles) rewarded me with cultural encounters with native people and abundant wildlife sightings: a few hundred walruses in a single Zodiac outing, more than 20 bear in one day, countless whales, and hundreds, yes hundreds, of Orca one morning.

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