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Bed and Breakfast in Other Languages

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Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, has actually become an international term. If you’re in a non-English speaking country you can wander into a tourist office, ask for a Bed and Breakfast, and probably find just what you’re looking for. But if you are so rural there are no tourist centers, or you simply refuse to ask them, Travel Showcase can help you know what to look for. The trick is to find out what Bed and Breakfasts are called in other languages.

In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, keep an eye out for signs that use the word “zimmer.” Don’t be fooled by signs that read “zimmer frei,” they do not mean free rooms! The term “zimmer frei” means “rooms available.” A sign that says “besetzt” means there are no vacancies. In German speaking countries, you can find lodging with the words “gastzimmer” and “gastezimmer.”

If you’re looking for a Bed and Breakfast in France, you are probably looking for a “chamber d’hote.” Another lodging  word to know while travelling through France is “gite,” pronounced “jeet.” This type of accommodation is typically a rural, converted farmhouse that is close in proximity to the owner’s home. People like to rent gites by the week, however you can always ask to rent a room for a night or two. You would recognize this style of Bed and Breakfasts by the words “gites du passant” and “gites d’hote.”

Scandinavian B&Bs are wonderful and relatively inexpensive. In order to find such Bed and Breakfasts in Sweden and Norway, as for a “rom” or “hus rum.” In Denmark, the term to look for is “vaerelse.” In Spain, Bed and Breakfasts are known as “casa rural.” They are generally situated in the countryside and small towns rather than in cities.

Looking for the word “room” in the local language is a good idea. We’ll give you some phrases to know what words are used where:


  • Cuarto
  • Habitacion
  • Camera presso l’abitante


  • Camere
  • Affittacamere (in the Cinque Terre)
  • Camere in case private
  • Agriturismos


  • Pensao
  • Dormidas (in the towns along the coast)
  • Quarto


  • Soba


  • Pension
  • Hebergement chez l’habitant


  • Gastenkamer
  • Kamers met ontbijt
  • Logies met ontbijt


  • Casa particular

If you have an idea of what the words on a sign mean, you will have no problem finding a Bed and Breakfast abroad. Contact us for more information and to get started on your next Bed and Breakfast vacation.


Driving Through Normandy France: A Vacation Rich in History

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In less than 10 hours, the drive from Paris to the western coast of France is jam-packed with both ancient and modern history. William the Conqueror set out to take over the English throne from Normandy in 1066. The D-Day Invasion beaches remain to be explored. Travel Showcase put together a 6-stop journey that allows you to experience the land’s powerful scenery, enchanting architecture, delicious food, and historical culture.

From Paris you start by driving to Rouen. This big city hosts many historical sites to see at its center, including the Place du Vieux Marche. This Old Market Square is where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Wandering up the street you’ll find the resting place for several of Claude Monet’s paintings, the gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

After Rouen you arrive at the alluring harbor town of Honfleur. Historically, the town attracted Impressionist Painters, and today Honfleur continues to be a meeting place for artists. This is a great place to spend the night. Sit by the Vieux Bassin (the Old Dock) for a glass of wine and an outdoor dinner.

The next stop through Normandy is Bayeaux, where you see the Bayeaux Tapestry. Created in 1066, the 20 inches wide and 230 feet long tapestry tells the story of the Norman Invasion of England from the French perspective. The tapestry even depicts that year’s passing of Haley’s comet.

The D-Day Invasion Beaches are only about 10 miles away from Bayeaux. Here you visit a museum or two, stop in cemeteries to honor the brave soldiers that died there, and walk the beaches for the opportunity to reflect on what happened there.

End your drive by visiting Mont Saint Michel. This monastery is one of the greatest sights of France; it is perched high on a rock in the middle of the bay. The view from a distance is spectacular. The surrounding area can be crowded with tourists, but remember, the stalls that are now selling snow globes and ash trays were once selling candles and medallions. They have been attracting pilgrims and tourists for centuries.

When returning to Paris, your drive through Normandy stops in Giverny to see the gardens that Monet so often painted. It is an amazing way to end the historic drive, as the exuberant beauty of Monet’s gardens contrasts the reflections of the 1944 war.

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Tour de Forks – Culinary Travel Adventures

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Tour de Forks creates amazing epicurean adventures that explore the history, culture, people and cuisine of amazing destinations. The Travel Showcase and Tour de Forks can introduce you to the best regional cuisines at the source. You’ll be introduced to local chefs and artisanal food producers who use time-tested traditions while visiting local farms, orchards, markets and vineyards. Combine this with custom cooking classes and world-class destinations and you’ll have an experience every food lover will cherish for a lifetime.

Travel Destinations

  • Italy – Explore Sicily, Puglia, Emilia Romagna, Venice and Umbria.
  • France – Explore Provence, Normandy and Paris.
  • Spain – Experience Barcelona, the Basque Region, La Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
  • South Africa – Experience the sites and culinary delights of Cape Town and Cape Winelands.
  • Turkey – Travel to Istanbul and Cappadocia.
  • North America – Explore culinary meccas like New Orleans and New York City.
  • Australia – Go down under as part of a Tasmanian culinary travel adventure.

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A Recent Testimonial

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Here’s a recent testimonial from one of our clients.

Ruth Rudnick/Travel Showcase has been the absolute best travel agent that we have ever dealt with. She is honest, professional, and really knows her stuff when it comes to picking the right vacation spot for you. She understands most importantly how important vacations are to people. She has never steered us wrong when it comes to picking a vacation spot/hotel to fit your budget/taste.

We have been dealing with Ruth for the past 6 six years in planning all of our vacations and it has always been an absolute pleasure, and never a disappointment. When Ms. Ruth tells you what she going to do for you, you can trust that she is going to do just that, and always keeps you in the loop of what is going on with your vacation and even goes the extra mile, after your vacation to telephone you, to see how your vacation experience was and if you were pleased.

If you’re looking for a great travel agent to book you the vacation of your dreams, destination wedding, cruise or a small get away, etc… you have definitely found the best. We guarantee you will be happy with your choice and never disappointed.

Tonya and Tre
Boston, MA