“Vegetables taste better in Europe.”

That’s what Anthony Bourdain, renowned chef, author and television host, said on the Paris episode I was watching last night.

I love to travel. I don’t get to do it enough, but when I do, I make the most of it.

I start with savouring the planning, usually a year in advance. I admit I’m an over planner. I will spend countless hours researching on the web, joining Facebook pages, reading guidebooks and mostly daydreaming about my destinations: the hotels, restaurants, what to see, etc…

Last year I took my first European vacation. What an exciting adventure for me!

The main destination was France. My husband and I flew out on the first Condor Airlines flight out of Whitehorse of the 2011 season. I have to say what an awesome experience the flight was! Condor’s staff is very friendly and the onboard food and services are terrific.

Before going to France we thought it would be a good idea to get over our jetlag by spending two days in Frankfurt. While scouring the internet and guidebooks, it was a bit difficult to find tourist info about Frankfurt.

But I’m stubborn, so I kept on digging and found a few interesting tidbits. One was a walking tour, perfect for a layover! They are Frankfurt on Foot: http://www.frankfurtonfoot.com.

All you need to do is show up at their meeting spot on the Römer and off you go! The cost is only 12 € for adults, 10 € for seniors, students and military. Kids 12 and under are free.

There’s a lot more to see and do in Frankfurt than the guidebooks and internet will tell you. Just ask your guide.

From Frankfurt, the rest of Europe is only a short flight or train ride away.

We left Germany with a “We’ll be back” and flew off to France. In less than two hours we had picked up our rental car and proceeded to take a three-week whirlwind tour of France.

Our self-guided trip included World War II sites in Normandy, the chateaux of the Loire Valley, vineyards (pretty much in every region), Mediterranean beaches of the French Riviera, Champagne caves in Épernay.

We finished with five days in Paris: visits to the Louvre museum, the Eiffel tower and Arc de Triomphe, to name just a few attractions.

The Open Bus tour in Paris is a fantastic way to get around the city’s main attractions. I also discovered that you can save yourself hours of standing in line for the Eiffel Tower by pre-purchasing your tickets online!

I’ve only scratched the surface of what Europe has to offer. There is something for everyone’s taste.

Europe is filled with so much diversity in just one continent. Quaint villages, or the hustle and bustle of cities with their Old World charm, and you can find traces of Roman ruins in practically every country.

Lets not forget the warm, glamorous beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. I could go on and on!

We are very fortunate here in Yukon to be able to fly straight to Europe with Condor Airlines. I plan on taking advantage of this opportunity.

I have a long list of European countries to visit, and next on my list I’m going to the United Kingdom. Then Italy!

And yes, I’ve already started the planning.

Anthony Bourdain is right. There’s something tastier about the vegetables.

Certain things are different in Europe, different in a good way.

I found that most still hold true to the old traditional ways. It’s about taking the time to enjoy life, enjoy the good things, the simple things, like vegetables.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that our food isn’t good here, too. But why not do yourself a favour and give the vegetables in Europe a try?