Paris Skyline and Eiffel Tower. Photo by Stephanie.

enjoy - europe
Travel with photographer John Bermont

*   *   *   Mastering Independent Budget Travel   *   *   *

John Bermont — Chef du Site

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 lived, worked, played, vagabonded, and photographed throughout Europe over the years, on my own wallet and incognito with my real name. "John Bermont" is my pen name. On this site you get the unvarnished raw scoop from a veteran of the rails and roads, plus insight on plenty of places with beaucoup silver stars to multi ugly blotches. There is more essential information here than you will find in any guide book, including those which plagiarize from me. Mine is all free and did not use up a tree!
This message approved by John Bermont. Updated 16 April 2015.
Yes you can copy, if you ask first. Please see my Copyright and Permissions statements.

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
garden of tulips.

Help the cause.
Buy me a beer?

This button takes you to a donation form at PayPal.


My Friends in Holland

A complete apartment.
In Haarlem convenient to Keukenhof, Zandvoort, and Amsterdam.
Bed and Breakfast
In Haarlem
Near the Grote Markt.

My day job

Broad Technical Services
Consultant and Writer

My book

The original
travel guide to

Reviewed at

My extracurricular work:

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


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

Chapter 1, with illustrations.
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, with illustrations.
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, with illustrations.
Voltage cycles of American and converted European electricity.
Electric Converters in Europe
Why You Should NEVER
Use a Converter

Chapter 11, with illustrations.
Electricity in Europe
Converters, Plugs, Adapters.
Voltage, Power, Frequency.

Chapter 12, with illustrations.
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, with illustrations.
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, with illustrations.
An ICE high speed train parked at Amsterdam's Centraal Station.
Trains in Europe
A Rail Primer

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

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

Chapter 17, part 4, with illustrations.
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 with illustrations.
The Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris France.
European Auto Rental
Details and Documentation

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

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


Internet Edition. © 2001-2015 James J. Broad. All rights reserved. Tous droits réservés.
This is copyrighted material. Do not reproduce, copy, plagiarize, imitate, store, modify, extract, transmit, or purloin any part of this publication in any nation in any form or by any means or for any purpose whatsoever without permission in writing.


Yes you can copy, if you ask first. If you want to adapt any of this material to any blog, forum, web site, book, article, speech, term paper, movie, video, or any other media please write and get permission before you do. Copyright violators and plagiarists are tracked down. It takes a few seconds with Google's search engine. Note that plagiarism includes paraphrasing text, copying ideas, and pinching images unless you give credit to the originator. Imitation, the old saying goes, may be the highest form of flattery, but it is also theft and is usually compounded by the lies of the perpetrtor. Everything here is original. Please respect my property.
For descriptions of the many forms of plagiarism please see and A Plagiarism Guide for Students.

For permissions contact:


You have a permissions exclusion. You may print one copy of anything on my site for your personal use. The copy must not be modified from the original and must include the copyright statement.

Bon voyage on site, and all over Europe!