Give yourself or your family the gift of a lifetime! Viking River Cruises for 2015 are OPEN for booking with an Early Booking Discount! Get 2-for-1 cruise pricing plus air discounts where applicable! Offer expires December 18, 2013.
Call Willamette Intl Travel at 503-224-0180 to inquire for more info or check availability on any one of these amazing river cruises:
Rhine Getaway – 8 days, Amsterdam to Basel
Danube Waltz – 8 days, Passau to Budapest
Romantic Danube – 8 days, Budapest to Nuremberg
Paris & the Heart of Normandy – 8 days – Paris to Rouen to Paris
Portraits of Southern France – 8 days, Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saône
Grand European Tour – 15 days – Amsterdam to Budapest
A $500 per person deposit is required by December 18, 2013, balance due in full by May 31, 2014.
Did you know Viking Cruises sail worldwide, through China and Southeast Asia? Willamette Intl Travel agents have cruised all over the world with Viking Cruises. Call us for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tickets for the new direct TGV train from Paris to Barcelona went on sale for travel from December 15. Passengers can travel from Paris to Barcelona within 6 hours, 25 minutes (effectively half of the current trip time) or to Girona within 5 hours and 50 minutes. The train can reach speeds of up to 199 miles per hour (320kph). And no need to change in Figueres!
The service will be run jointly by SNCF and Renfe, the French and Spanish national rail systems. The train will depart Paris twice a day at 7.15am and 2.07pm, increasing to four times a day from March 31, 2014. Travelers starting their trip in London St. Pancras can leave London at 9.31 AM and arrive ten hours later in Barcelona.
Read More on the Guardian.
Call Willamette Intl Travel for all your train travel needs! We can book Eurail passes, train reservations, city passes, special trains like the Glacier Express, and more! Need a student ID to book your train discount? We issue International Student ID cards in house. Call today to make an appointment 503-224-0180 or to chat with one of our specialists.
Happy December! It’s that time of year again: each winter, our friends at Caravan-Serai publish a series of Middle Eastern recipes guaranteed to delight! Try this specialty, Roz bil Halib, or Rice Pudding with Pistachios.
Most cultures have some form of rice pudding. What makes this particular dish different is the addition of pistachios and rose or orange blossom water. There are two versions here – try them both this holiday season. This is a dish to make in advance.
- 6 cups milk (low-fat or whole)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup short-grain rice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried apricot, chopped
- 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon zest, minced
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- In a saucepan, combine milk, condensed milk & rice & bring to boil over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer & cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add cardamom, vanilla & 2/3 of the apricots, & cook until rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in zest & cream, if using it.
- Garnish with pistachios & the remaining apricots, & serve warm or cold.
If serving cold, press parchment/baking paper directly onto surface of pudding to prevent a skin from forming, & chill at least 3-4 hours (or overnight if desired).
Caravan Serai is a Seattle-based company that specializes in small-group escorted tours to destinations in the Arab World such as Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Expert guides escort guests through fun-filled and tasty itineraries, valuing comfort and safety all the while trekking across ancient paths and historical ruins. Thematic tours are occasionally offered, like the Persian Gardens of Iran, yachting in Turkey, or desert trekking in Morocco. Read more about them here: http://wittravel.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/vendor-of-the-month-caravan-serai/
For a great firsthand report from one of our client’s tours to Iran, check out the link: http://www.wittravel.com/reports/Iran_April08.pdf