City tours with style in Europe: rent and drive a classic car like a boss

classic Citroen photo by 2CV Paris Tour
Citroen 2CV in Paris.

Modern tourist buses are an easy and comfortable option for taking a city tour, but if you want to experience a destination in style like locals did a few decades ago, you can drive an old classic car yourself in a number of European cities.

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The best search engine for travel information and for booking a trip

Map of Gothenburg (Sweden): hotel locations in Kayak

When the world searches for information, the vast majority of people turn to Google for assistance. Finding travel information and booking a flight or a hotel, however, is a different kind of task. Particular search engines and booking services that are specialized in travel provide detailed information on destinations. If the best way to search for travel information is not Google, what is?
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Three words are enough to pinpoint any place even without a street address

A couple years ago, when we were exploring southern France, we stayed in country houses. They were absolutely lovely places, but first, we had to find them. Of course, we had addresses of the houses and had pinned the locations on the smartphone map. It didn’t help. The countryside houses were impossible to find using the address alone. Minor roads didn’t have signs, houses didn’t have numbers, maps didn’t show roads correctly. Only a phone call to the landlord saved us.
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Handy planning tool for estimating travel times in a destination using a number of transport methods

When visiting unfamiliar places, one of the most difficult things for a tourist is to estimate travel times within the destination. Perhaps you would like to know how long it takes to walk to the old town from your hotel, or how far from the city you can drive in two hours. TravelTime Maps is an online service that lets you study travel times from a point you define using multiple transport methods.

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View the characteristics of districts in a city you are planning to travel to

When you travel to a city where you haven’t been before, it takes quite some time before you can identify the different districts in the destination. You know: business center, shopping district, students tend to live in a certain area, artists have discovered a specific region of the city, those who have money like to live close to one another, and hipsters hang out somewhere, too. Hoodmaps is a smart online service that can show you the characteristics of neighborhoods of cities on a map.

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