Paris Skyline and Eiffel Tower. Photo by Stephanie.

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John Bermont — Chef du Site

You can travel in Europe with confidence using this first-hand information brought to you directly by the author, yours truly, with a little help from my daughter Stephanie. I have traveled, lived, worked, played, vagabonded, and photographed throughout Europe for a good chunk of my life, on my own thin wallet and incognito with my real name. "John Bermont" is my pen name. On this site there is more essential travel information than you will find in any published guide book that you paid for, including those which plagiarize from me. My information is all completely free and did not use a single tree!
This message approved by John Bermont. Updated 16 June 2015.
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What you get here . . .

Happy Tulip Trademark
Carpe diem. Vivere bene! Gratia Deo.

Prime Travel Data Elementary Travel Information for Europe

Food and Beverage

Bermont's Quiche d'Eschplamb, deep dish sans crust.
Quiche d'Eschplamb

Deep Dish Recipe
Label and bottle photo of a German Riesling Nahe blue bottle wine.
German Wine Labels

How to translate the labels and other stuff to know.

Stephanie's Blogs

A small bull chases Stephanie in Spain.
Bull Flight, Spain

My daughter flees from a charging baby bull.
Stephanie's photo blog of a month in Paris.
O hey Europe

One month in Paris.
A story illustrated.


A rough sketch of Europe.
Maps and Time Zones

Web sites featuring free online maps of Europe.
Chart/graph comparing average temperatures in Atlanta, Chicago, Vienna, and London.
Weather in Europe

Current weather conditions and forecasts.
Chart/graph of the value of the euro 1999 to 2013.
Money Exchange

Currency exchange rates, including the euro.


Queen's Day boats in a canal in Amsterdam, Holland.
Queen's Day, Amsterdam

One of the greatest one-day parties on the planet.
A small portion of the magnificent flower garden at Keukenhof, Lisses, Holland.
Keukenhof, Lisse, NL

A truly beautiful huge
tulip garden.

My extracurricular work:

T-NoteInterestRateGraph-2 Interest Rate Speculator
US Treasury 10 Year Notes

Weave your own.

A2 Web Hosting
21st Century Internet Entrepreneurship.


A Directory of Travel Products, Services, and Information on Europe.

Major European Museums
Travelers Portfolio ™

London Amsterdam


A Friend in Holland

A complete apartment.
In Haarlem convenient to Keukenhof, Zandvoort, and Amsterdam.

My day job

Broad Technical Services
Consultant and Writer

My book

The original
travel guide to

Reviewed at

My friends in Michigan

Health Hut
Midland, Michigan Health Hut

Vitamins, Herbs
Natural & Organic Foods
Real Peanut Butter
Steam Distilled Water

Pinup Girl Pepper Jam Saginaw, Michigan
Specialty Foods
"Sassy" Pepper Jam
"Sizzlin" Pepper Jam

The Complete Travelers Handbook
Meet the author, John Bermont.
Table of Contents, Total Internet Edition, On Line, Completely Free!

Chapter 1
First home in Holland on the Spaarne River in Haarlem.
What's It All About?
Travel Like a Native In Europe

Chapter 2, Part 1
Bank notes used in many European countries.
On Budget in Europe
Travel Costs: How Much?

Chapter 2, Part 2
Europe on WHAT! Per Day?
My Actual Expenses

Chapter 3
Passport and Visas
Identity and Travel Documents for Europe

Chapter 4
Flying to Europe
Travel Starts at the Airport

Chapter 5
Stephanie in Paris.
What to Wear in Europe
Your Best Travel Clothes
for All Occasions

Chapter 6 Part 1
Old school backpackers and modern time travelers with a roller bag.
Pack Light Field Test
Travel Europe in Comfort and Style

Chapter 6 Part 2
Personal Care Items
Packing Your Toothbrush, Hair Blower,
and Vinegar

Chapter 6 Part 3
Travel Supplies
Small Stuff Packing List

Chapter 6 Part 4
Bringing Valuables to Europe
Not in Your Luggage or Purse

Chapter 7
Soft side roller suit cases.
Luggage for Europe
Pack Light, Let It Roll

Chapter 8 Part 1
Pickpocket warning banner in Amsterdam.
Pickpockets in Europe
They're Everywhere

Chapter 8 Part 2
An ATM in Milano, Italy
ATMs in Europe
Machines Dispense Travel Cash

Chapter 8 Part 3
Cash and Credit
Paying Your Way in Europe

Chapter 8 Part 4
Money Potpourri
Cash, Coins, Transfer, Barter

Chapter 9
Your Travel Diary of Europe
Blog It

Chapter 10
Part of my library of guide books, maps, and dictionaries.
Europe Guide Books
Reviews of Tomes for Travelers
Chapter 11 Preface
Voltage cycles of American and converted European electricity.
Electric Converters in Europe
Why You Should NEVER
Use a Converter

Chapter 11
European Electricity
Converters, Plugs, Adapters.
Voltage, Power, Frequency.

Chapter 12
The Austrian Alps from Hall-In-Tyrol, just east of Innsbruck.
Photography in Europe
Take Your Best Shot

Chapter 13
Elizabeth being gifted by a police officer in Istanbul Turkey.
Bring a Smile
Travel Europe in Good Attitude

Chapter 14
The bed of my cozy cute cheap B+B in Cardiff Wales
Hotels, B&Bs, Hostels, Homes
European Travelers' Sleep Options

Chapter 15
The beautiful Montparnasse 1900 restautant, Paris 6th, France.
Eating In Europe
Travel on Thy Belly

Chapter 16
The city bus depot in Cardiff Wales.
City Transport in Europe
Bus, Streetcar, Subway, Taxi, Bike, Shoe, Gondola

Chapter 17, part 1,
An ICE high speed train parked at Amsterdam's Centraal Station.
Trains in Europe
A Rail Primer

Chapter 17, part 2,
The train departure board at Brussels' Zuid/Midi train station.
European Rail Stations
Finding Your Way

Chapter 17, part 3,
Night Trains in Europe
Sleeping City to City

Chapter 17, part 4,
The Silja Symphony ferry servicing Stockholm Sweden and Helsinki Finland (Suomi).
Europe's Boat and Bus Services
High Seas Ferry, Highway Coach

Chapter 18, part 1
The Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris France.
European Auto Rental
Details and Documentation

Chapter 18, part 2
Driving in Europe
Back Alley to Blazing Autobahn

Chapter 18, part 3
Driving Habits and Laws
Police, Speed Limits, Tailgaters

Chapter 18, part 4
An Amsterdam police officer places a wheel clamp on an illegally parked car.
Parking, Gasoline, Safety
Adjuncts to Driving in Europe

Chapter 19, part 1
Telephoning to, from, and within Europe
City Codes, 10-10, cell phones, PTT

Chapter 19, part 2
Sending Mail to & from Europe
Priority Mail, PTT, Poste Restante

Chapter 19, part 3
An internet cafe in Dresden, Germany.
Internet and Email
Europe's Cyber Cafes and WiFi

Chapter 19, part 4
Wiring Cash and Quitting Your Job

Chapter 20
Health and Safety in Europe
Travel in Confidence but with Caution

Chapter 21
Working in Europe
Get Paid to Travel

Chapter 22, part 1
Moving to Europe
Things to Know Before You Go

Chapter 22, part 2
Living in Europe
Travel to the Max as an Expatriate

Chapter 22, Special email
Dave In Ireland
Technical Details for Moving to Europe

Chapter 23
The duty free chocolate shop at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
Shopping in Europe
Souvenirs, Gifts, and
Stuff You Can't Live Without

Chapter 24
Shipping Your Treasures Home
Travelers' Options from Europe

Chapter 25
Passing Customs in Europe
Know the Rules When Crossing Borders

Chapter 26
Sign: Please do not walk on the grass.
Languages, Numbers, Alphabets
Encounter The Tower of Babel in Europe

Chapter 27
Europe's Metric System
Travel with Grams, Meters, Liters, Centigrade

Chapter 28
Sign: Please do not walk on the grass.
European Dates and Time
Traveling in a Distant Time Zone

Chapter 29
Smart visitors to Paris France always have an umbrella in their day pack.
Weather in Europe
Travel under Your Umbrella

Chapter 30
Melding with Europe
Travel Is Interesting and Entertaining

Having a last beer at the Proeflokaal in Haarlem Netherlands as I wrap up a long research trip around Europe, probably 1983.

Last Call

Travel Prep and
Pack Lists for Europe


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