Europe 10 Holiday Experiences You Will Never Forget

airtransat By airtransat / 04 March 2019

Europe 10 Holiday Experiences You Will Never Forget

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Article by Carolyne Parent and originally published in the December-April 2017-2018 edition of the Atmosphere magazine. Read the latest edition here.

LONDON: Have lunch in one of Her Majesty’sPrisons

Plate of The Clink restaurant, London
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The Brixton district is home to The Clink, where inmates learn aspects of the restaurant business as part of their rehabilitation. There, you will dine in the historic gaol where Mick Jagger was briefly confined. No “bum beef” here!

theclinkcharity.org

GLASGOW: Calculate your “angels’ share”1

Glasses of scotch, Glasgow
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At the gateway to the Highlands, the family-owned Glengoyne Distillery offers a Malt Master Tour during which Scotch whisky a cionados concoct their very own personal single malt. Slàinte! (To your health!)

glengoyne.com

PARIS: Dig in at a real Parisian’s digs

Eiffel tour, Paris, France
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The experience is invariably fascinating. And to cinch a congenial visit, make sure to show interest in: your host, the meal and your host’s dwelling, which will surely have a certain je ne sais quoi.

 PRAGUE: Learn all about that city’s Kafkaesque corruption and hop into the hops

Statue in Prague, Czech Republic
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Billing itself as “the world’s first corruption tour,” this quirky visit takes you to “the best of the worst.” Hilarious and thought-provoking. And, after your walk, why not wash off all of that corruption in a relaxing beer bath?

pivnilaznebernard.cz

VIENNA: Learn the Viennese waltz

Drawing of a waltz in Vienna, Italy
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Don’t be a wall ower during the romantic season of winter balls (some 400, at last count!). Instead, step up and take a one-hour waltzing course at the Austrian capital’s best school: Elmayer Dance School.

elmayer.at

TOULOUSE: Climb aboard a real Concorde

Toulouse aeronautic museum, France
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You can visit a number of aviation’s legendary aircraft at Aeroscopia, Toulouse’s aeronautical museum, appropriately located near the Airbus assembly plant.

musee-aeroscopia.fr

MARSEILLE: Become Wonder Woman

Climbing in Marseille, France
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Usually, you kayak in the calanques, the fjord-like coves nearby. But at Sormiou you can go vertical, climbing with a rope. Even beginners are welcome.

active-road.com

MADRID: Take your order to the order…of nuns

Ceramic street sign in Madrid, Spain
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At the Plaza del Conde de Miranda, you can purchase naranjines (orange-extract cookies) from the sisters of the Corpus Christi convent. Since they’re cloistered nuns, their sales method is highly unusual, but what it is you will have to find out for yourself!

LISBON: Take a spin in a GoCar

GoCar to visit Lisbon, Portugal
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The “GPS- guided Storytelling car” provides commentary on the itinerary of your choice. Let’s go! We rent two to accommodate our group, and off we go on our autonomous guided tour! (Also available in Madrid and Barcelona).

gocartours.com

ROME: Play the romance card

Sunset over Rome
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Along with your sweetheart, head for the Aventine Hill, one of the Eternal City’s legendary seven, to admire the setting sun from the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden). There, you will be rewarded with one of the city’s most breathtaking views.

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1. “Angels’ share” refers to the percentage of the contents of a barrel lost to evaporation.

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