Packing for Your Trip
Packing is often a task that travelers leave to the last minute. You'll have a lot less on your mind if you start early, and it will make anticipation of the trip even more fun. As with everything else, I find that if I'm organized it becomes a whole lot easier. I'm a list maker, so let me share a checklist for you to use.
Choose a good, lightweight backpack or suitcase with rollers that is carry-on size (9" x 22" x 14"). This will make it less fuss getting through the airports and handy to have everything with you in one place. Think small and lightweight. Remember you can replace toiletries there if you run out.
Basics should include:
Using stuff bags helps you stay organized and compact. For instance, put all your toiletries in one bag, underwear and socks in another, camera gear and film in another, etc. Roll and rubber-band the clothes or zip-lock in airless baggies.
Remember to leave out of your suitcase one outfit, pair of shoes, and sweater or jacket for traveling. Even with all this, you should end up with extra room in your bag for a water bottle, a blow-up pillow for resting, a book, and room for gifts. Most gift and souvenir purchases you make in Europe should be shipped home directly from the shop where you bought them.
Have a wonderful, casual, and lightweight trip!
Kathy Hayes, Editor
Happy New Year to all of you!
Thanks to you, 2004 was an excellent travel year with a sharp increase in sales compared to the year before. Italy remains at the top of the list as the favorite European destination not only for Americans but travelers from around the world. We're confident that France will make a strong comeback in 2005 though. For that reason, we intend to offer more and more properties in Paris, Provence and the French Riviera. Check our website periodically for these updates.
working hard to finish our new rentavilla.com website
by early February. We'll keep you posted on its exciting development.
Emmanuel de Ricard, President
"Excellent property! The owners were very nice!"
- DH, South Hamilton, MA
Paris, City of Light (Part III)
A quick finish to the tour of the districts of Paris:
Kathy Hayes, Editor
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
This recipe from Northern Italy features potatoes baked in the oven rather than cooked on the stovetop.
lbs pealed potatoes
Peel potatoes and cut into small cubes, about 1". Heat olive oil and garlic in a large pan over a stovetop. Once the oil is very hot, add the potatoes, rosemary, salt and stir well. Allow the potatoes to roast over the stove for 10 minutes, carefully turning to make sure they're well coated in oil.
Transfer the pan to a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake approximately 30-40 minutes, carefully tuning once in the middle of the cooking time. Remove when golden brown and immediately drain all the oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
- Compliments of Mike and Terri Rhode
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