A Home Away from Home:
Self-Catering in Europe
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Venice apartment's well-equipped kitchen, with french doors leading to a courtyard garden.
A more "European" experience
But saving money isn't the only reason to rent an apartment or
house. You'll also enjoy shopping the local bakeries, grocery stores, and market
stalls for breakfast and whatever other meals you prepare in your home away from
home. You'll have the sensation--even if it's an illusion--that you're a
temporary native. (Go ahead--feel smug as you carry your baguette, cold
cuts, and wine past the tourists who loiter forlornly by hotel entrances and
When it's raining and you retreat to your apartment or cottage,
you can brew a pot of coffee and snuggle up on the living-room couch instead of
fighting claustrophobia in a hotel room. And if you're lucky, you may have
contact with your landlord or an English-speaking neighbor to make you feel that
you've mingled with the locals instead of passing through as an invisible
Where to find your abode abroad
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