Eurail Promotion for TBEX Europe 2015

TBEX Eurail promotion

We’re very excited to have Eurail back as a sponsor for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar, and even more excited about the special promotion they are running for bloggers attending the event.

Eurail was launched in 1959, and since then has been helping travelers visit Europe, enjoying the sites and pace of travel that is only available by rail. The company offers a range of European rail passes based on the countries you want to visit and how many train travel days you need.

You can enjoy the Eurail experience first hand with a special TBEX Europe 2015 promotion. The promotion provides for a total of 50 rail passes for bloggers to be used for travel with their family or friends, giving you a chance to discover Europe by rail and generate editorial content for your blog. A choice of Eurail or InterRail passes is available.

  • The Eurail Global Pass gives you the freedom to discover up to 24 countries by train, including perennial favorites like France, Italy, and Spain. The pass is valid for 10 travel days within a two month period and has a value of $811 for adults. This pass is for non-European residents.
  • The InterRail Global Pass is valid for 22 consecutive days of travel and has a value of €760. This pass is for European residents.

Whether you have already experienced the fun of train travel, or have been eager to give it a try, you’ll want to check out the details of this special offer.

  • Passes will be awarded based on an application process. You can fill out the application here. Be sure to specify your address as it will be used to determine the appropriate type of pass for your travel.
  • There are a limited number of passes available for use immediately before and after TBEX, the rest of the passes can be used within one year after TBEX Europe 2015. Please indicate time frame you are applying for. Again, that’s pre-TBEX, post-TBEX, or some time later this year.
  • You can specify how many passes you are applying for, including for a traveling companion or your family (up to a maximum of four).
  • You will receive a booking form from Eurail that will be used to book your train travel. Requests for travel dates should be submitted as far in advance as possible; last minute requests for pass use may not be able to be filled.
  • Eurail will make determination on how distribution of passes shall occur and their decision is final.

Application for passes to be used immediately before and after TBEX will be processed as soon as received, with applicants notified as soon as possible. These passes are good for travel to and from Barcelona or Girona, along with such additional travel as allowed by the specific pass. You must be registered to attend TBEX to receive the pass.

All other passes (for use during 2015) will be awarded during TBEX Europe; you must be present to be awarded the passes.

Are you excited about train travel in Europe? Go apply for these passes today, and when you’re at TBEX be sure to stop by and thank our sponsor Eurail for their generosity.

The deadline to apply for these Eurail passes is April 20th, midnight Pacific Time.

TBEX Europe 2015: Content Track Sessions

We’ll be rolling out announcements about all the TBEX Europe 2015 over the next couple weeks. We offer five tracks of education and professional development. Content, Commerce, and Community are blogger tracks, and we also offer TBEX Business, two tracks oriented for travel industry professionals.

First up, take a look at our sessions on offer in our Content track.

The Podcasting Opportunity: Enhance Your Content, Expand Your Reach, Grow Your Authority & Revenue

Speaker:  Nathaniel Boyle

Description:  Podcasts are booming. On-demand audio content just went mainstream. But where are all of the travel podcasts? With over 800-million people on iTunes alone, adding a podcast can be the best way to enhance your brand, expand your reach, create new revenue, connect with new audiences, and deepen existing connections. Audio content does not have to be expensive and difficult. We’ll explore the state of travel podcasting, along with successful case studies. Then I’ll show you how to design and launch a show with minimal cost and effort to produce to capitalize on the podcasting opportunity.

Takeaways: Having a podcast can allow you to reach a new audience beyond the written word. Adding an audioblog can be a great way to connect with new audiences while deepening the connection with your own. 3 simple ways to add a high quality podcast to your blog or brand, easily and affordably. While podcasting is booming, opportunity is still wide open for travel media producers to carve out their niche.

Skill level:  Intermediate. You should know the basics of podcasting and have an interest in learning more.

How to Craft the Perfect Lead

Speaker:  David Farley

Description:  Whether you prefer to spell it lead or lede, the first paragraph of your story is the most important. In this session you’ll learn what’s important to include in your lead and how to make it tease your story and keep readers wanting to know more.

Takeaways:  Learn how to write a compelling lead using the tools of journalism and great story telling.

Skill level:  Advanced. This session is for those who have a good mastery of story telling and are interested in honing their craft.

Improve Your Travel Photography by Working from a Shot List

Speaker:  Ralph Velasco

Description:  A shot list is a list of the types of images for which you should be on the lookout.  This is a concept that’s been around since the dawn of photography, and some people simply use a piece of paper and pen, a spreadsheet or a notes app. A shot list provides a framework that will put you head and shoulders above the unorganized photographer who’s just out to shoot whatever he or she may stumble upon.

Takeaways:  Learn how to create your own shot list and set goals for your photography that will increase your effectiveness and maximize your revenue streams.

Skill Level:  Intermediate. This session is designed for photographers who are looking for ways to increase their effectiveness in the field.

How to Integrate Beer and Wine Content to Your Blog

Speakers:  Erin De Santiago and Brett Domue

Description:  While culinary tourism is a growing niche within travel blogging, beer and wine are virtually untapped. There are a lot of beer and wine blogs, but not a lot of travel blogs who successfully have incorporated these topics. This session is designed for bloggers who are aready writing about culinary topics and are looking for a way to more fully explore and integrate beer and wine content into their repertoire.

Takeaways:  Learn about:

  • Programs and Websites to Learn More and Build Authority
  • Define your sub-niche within Beer and Wine
  • Beer and Wine Social Media Platforms and Apps
  • Beer and Wine Twitter Chats and Blogging Themes
  • How to Write about Beer and Wine without Sounding Uneducated or Pretentious
  • How to Find Breweries and Wineries on Your Travels
  • How to Make the Most of your Brewery and Winery Visit or Press Trip

Skill Level:  Advanced. This session is for bloggers with robust reraderships who are looking for additional types of content to add to their blog.

How to Make a Great & Engaging Travel Videos by Yourself

Speaker:  Caleb Wojcik

Description:  Making great videos is already hard enough without adding the complexity of having to travel with all the equipment, always shooting in a new location, and having ridiculously slow Internet connections. In this session you’ll learn how to plan out your videos in advance so you’re crafting a story, how to figure out the point of each video, how to have a consistent look and feel to your videos even if you’re in a new location every time, and what video gear is the best to travel with (no matter what budget you have).

Takeaways:

  • A list of travel friendly gear for making great looking videos on the go.
  • A blueprint for how to set-up your video equipment every time so there is consistency throughout your videos.
  • A storyboarding / game planning worksheet for making each of your videos.

Skill Level:  Intermediate. Attendees should have a basic understanding of video use and production, with an interest in how to create better video when traveling on their own.

Think Like an Expert:  Using Reseach to Bring Your Story to Life

Speaker:  Bret Love, Mary Gabbett, Natalie Holmes

Description:  Writing a well crafted story doesn’t start when you embark on a trip or sit down at a keyboard. This session will focus on research tools and tips that will bring depth and texture to the stories you are writing.

Takeaways:  Learn research tips and tecniques to improve your writing.

Skill Level:  Intermediate. This session is designed for bloggers who already write well and are looking to improve their craft.

Discount Train Travel Available for TBEX Europe 2015

If you’re traveling to TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar by train, this discount may be a good savings for you.

Renfe, the National train company of Spain, is offering TBEX attendees a 35% discount on all national train tickets. The discount is valid from travel between April 22nd and May 10th, so you can use it for extending your stay in Spain.

The voucher is below, with an English translation. You can get your ticket online using the discount code found on the voucher, or print out and show your voucher at the station when you purchase your ticket.

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How to Get to Lloret de Mar

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona Airport (BCN)

TBEX Europe 2015 will be held at the Evenia Olympic Resort, located in a quiet residential area of Lloret de Mar. The closest major airport to Lloret de Mar is in Barcelona (airport code BCN), about 90km (56 miles) away. A regional airport is located in Girona-Costa Brava (airport code GRO), and is about 30km (19 miles) away.

Here are the best ways to get from Barcelona to the Evenia Olympic Resort:

  • By Car:  Travel north from Barcelona via the coastal C-32 motorway as far as Palafolls, then drive the last 10km along the Gi-600 to Blanes, then on to Lloret de Mar. Approximate travel time 1:10.
  • By Car:  Traveling south from France, take the AP-7 to Exit 9 (Lloret de Mar), then drive the last 14km along the C-63 road.
  • By Bus:  Take the bus (Sarbus line) Sarfa from the Airport directly to Lloret de Mar. There are two bus stops in the airport, one in front of Terminal 1, and another in front of Terminal 2 between gates B and C. Buses run every one-two hours, depending on the time of the day. The bus stop in Lloret is about an 8 minute walk or a 3 minute taxi ride. The bus cost is 12.90 Euro. Look for discount ticket information coming soon.
  • By Train:  There is no train directly to Lloret de Mar. From Terminal 2 of Barcelona Airport take the train to Sants Estació, then change to R1 to Blanes. In Blanes there is a bus every 30 minutes from Blanes to Lloret de Mar, departing every 30 minutes betwen 7:00 to 23:40. The bus takes 20 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 6,15€ for the train, and 1,85€ for the bus (total 8€).

Here is the best way to get from Girona to the Evenia Olympic Resort:

  • By Bus:  Take the bus Sarfa at the Airport to Lloret de Mar (Sarbus). This service is offered together with Sagales, and the departures are at 8:50, 10:00, 11:50, 14:30, 15:30, 18:00, 20:20 and 23:20. From the bus stop in Lloret to Evenia is about an 8 minute walk or a 3 minute taxi ride. The bus is approximately 35 minutes and costs 10 Euros. Purchase the tickets on the bus.

This transporation information can also be found on the TBEX 2015 page located here.

21 Catalunya Blogger Trips Now Available

Girona, Costa Brava, Spain

Today opens the application process for post-TBEX Blogger Trips around Costa Brava.

Our host destination and their partners have worked hard to put together these 21 trip, with diverse focus and opportunities, giving bloggers plenty to choose from. From cycling the Pyrenees to discovering the culture of Barcelona, from digging into fashion to enjoy the easy pace of the fishing village of Baix Empordà, from visiting the Monastery of Montserrat to outdoor camping experiences — you’re certain to find something that will tempt you to linger in Catalunya.

You can find a full listing of all 21 blog trips, including destinations, specific activities, fitness levels, and dates here.

A few important reminders about the blogger trips.

  • You must be registered for TBEX Europe 2015 to be considered for a trip. Head over here to register (prices go up February 6th).
  • These trips are open to bloggers and other content creators only. Sorry, no industry representatives, guests, or children permitted.
  • EVERY blogger must submit an individual application, there are no group or couple applications.
  • You may specify your top 3 trip choices. Please review all the trip opportunities and make your selections carefully.
  • The link to the application form can be found on the trip description page.

The deadline to apply for these blogger trips is Monday, February 16th, at midnight, Pacific Time. We will try to notify all bloggers of their selection for the trips the following week. Remember, you must be registered to be eligible to participate in a blogger trip.

Stay Longer in Catalunya with FREE Hotel Room Nights After TBEX Europe

Barcelona Airport

Barcelona Airport

We’ve very excited to share some information about how you can stay longer in Catalunya after TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar.

Our host sponsors have arranged for approximately 2,476 FREE room nights at 155 different accommodations throughout Catalunya. Accommodations will run the gamut, from hostels to hotels, from apartments to campsites, and more. Some of the accommodations will offer full or half board, others bed and breakfast, and still others, just the accommodations.

Rooms will be available from Monday, May 4th until Monday, May 11th. That means you can plan to stay in Catalunya for a whole week following TBEX.

Participants must be registered to attend TBEX to be eligible to take advantage of this offer. It is expected that you will share your appreciation with mentions in social media and/or blog posts, as appropriate.

Managing the reservations system for this wonderful opportunity will take a little bit of technology and testing, so we’re not ready to open up the process today. But – we do want you to have the information so you can start booking your flights, planning your schedule, and organizing any story pitches you may want to make. We hope to have more reservation information for you in the next week.

Take advantage of this great opportunity, register today.

 

 

More Speakers Announced for TBEX Europe 2015

TBEX speaker collage Jan 22

 

We’re very excited to announce a few more speakers for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar, Catalyuna, Spain. We hope you’ll be as excited to see these speakers on the stage as we are.

Auston Matta – Auston lived in Chicago for 4 years before he sold everything and went on a round-the-world trip in 2012. He started the blog Two Bad Tourists with his husband David during the adventure, and after traveling for a year, he moved to Spain, which he now calls home. When he’s not traveling or writing about events, festivals or LGBT destinations, he enjoys the warm and sunny days and vibrant nightlife in Madrid.

Auston will be speaking about marketing to the LGBT demographic.

Bret Love – Bret Love is a 21-year veteran journalist/editor whose clients have ranged from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and American Way to Rolling Stone and Yahoo Travel. He’s passionate about promoting the economic and environmental benefits of ecotourism, and is the co-founder of popular ecotourism website Green Global Travel and creative services agency Green Travel Media.

Bret will be speaking about branding.

Brett Domue – By day, Brett is a Financial Business Controller for a large Dutch corporation, but he spends the majority of his free time scouting out craft beer around the globe. In the past 10 years, he’s primarily lived in the Netherlands, with a few years in Taiwan in between. Brett is the co-founder of Our Tasty Travels, a travel blog specializing in culinary travel, including craft beer and wine. Despite maintaining a full-time job outside the travel blogging industry, he’s managed to travel to over 60 countries and is preparing to pursue his Cicerone certification in 2015.

Brett will be speaking about how to add beer and wine content to your site.

Caleb Wojcik – Caleb Wojcik has been making videos off and on for nearly a decade. In that time he has filmed the NHL, MLB, NCAA basketball & football, weddings, commercials, book trailers, and plenty of training videos for the web. He is also the author of DIY Video Guide, teaches web video production at DIYVideoGuy.com, and runs a video production studio called Caleb Wojcik Films. He also formerly co-founded Fizzle.

Caleb will be speaking about how to make great videos by yourself.

David Farley – David Farley is a New York-based food and travel writer. He is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town (Penguin, 2010), which was recently made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel. He is a Contributing Editor at AFAR magazine and also contributes regularly to the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bon Appetit, and BBC Travel, where he writes a monthly column on food from around the world. He teaches writing at New York University and Columbia University.

David will be speaking about writing.

Diana Edelman – Diana Edelman is a travel writer. the voice behind d travels ’round and a responsible animal tourism expert. For more than two years she studied with renowned elephant conservationist Sangduen “Lek” Chailert at Elephant Nature Park/Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand. While there, she traveled SE Asia learning and observing elephants in captivity. She has been an outspoken advocate for elephants and has served as an expert on the topic for numerous print, radio, television and documentaries. Diana is also co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective.

Diana will be speaking about responsible tourism.

Erin De Santiago – Erin is a freelance writer and blogger who splits time between the Netherlands and Belize. She holds a Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) designation and, prior to moving abroad, she also worked part-time in a Northern California winery to learn more about the winemaking process. Erin co-founded Our Tasty Travels, a culinary travel blog, and has traveled to over 60 countries seeking out the best in food and wine. Erin plans to pursue additional wine education and is preparing to start the WSET certification in 2015.

Erin will be speaking about how to add beer and wine content to your site.

Jennifer Dombrowski – Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Luxe Adventure Traveler was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. 

Jennifer will be speaking about the social media expectation on blogs trips and on social media campaigns.

Tawanna Browne Smith – Based in the Baltimore-Washington area, Tawanna Browne Smith is a former intelligence analyst and now traveling mother of two boys. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Mom’s Guide To Travel, a site that provides multimedia content aimed at encouraging parents to continue exploring the world with and without kids. Tawanna has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and holds a Masters degree in International Security and Economic Policy. Tawanna enjoys working with new destinations and continuously creating.

Tawanna will be speaking about how to incorporate webinars into your business plan.

We’ll have additional speaker announcements coming next week and we continue to shape and build our educational programming.

 

 

 

 

Katja Presnal, Kash Bhattacharya & Chris Christensen to Keynote at TBEX Europe 2015

Katja Presnal, Kash Bhattacharya and Chris Christensen to keynote at TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar

We’re very excited to make our first keynote announcement for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar!

Katja Presnal from Skimbaco, Kash Bhattacharya from Budget Traveller, and Chris Christensen from Amateur Traveler, will discuss how they’ve created sustainable businesses by establishing themselves as the go-to expert in their respective niches. They’ll challenge you to raise the bar of professionalism by defining your own niche and setting personal standards of excellence. You’ll want to be in the audience to hear this lively discussion from three bloggers who bring diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the topic.

Katja Presnal owns the Skimbaco lifestyle brand and is the editor-in-chief of Skimbaco Lifestyle online magazine. She leads an international team of writers with a passion to inspire people to live life to the fullest. Katja is an Addy Award-winning social media strategist who has worked with some of the largest consumer brands in the USA. Featured in Vanity Fair, NY Times, Forbes, Glamour among other publications, she is an internationally respected speaker. Her first book “Instagram as your Guide to the World – How, What and Who to Search and Follow on Instagram to Help You Travel the World” was published in May 2013.

Kash Bhattacharya has been traveling on a budget for the last four years, blogging about his adventures. He has been featured in the NY Times, Guardian  and on CNN. Kash is the author and creator of the Luxury Hostels in Europe guide, and has developed a number of award-winning campaigns like #BlogVille for the Emilia Romagna Tourism Board and #Blogmanay for Unique Events. His current project is Must Love Festivals, a collaborative blogging project with 15 other international bloggers, developed in partnership with Expedia and 11 tourism boards & brands. The project aims to raise the profile of lesser known but interesting festivals across Europe.

Chris Christensen is the host of the Amateur Traveler, a popular online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. Amateur Traveler had over a 1.3 million downloads in 2014. Together with Jen Leo and Gary Arndt he also produces the award winning This Week in Travel podcast. By day Chris has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor’s New Initiatives group, the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies include eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV and American Express. Chris now owns and runs BloggerBridge.com, a new startup connecting bloggers and industry contacts.

Join us at TBEX Europe 2015 — register today. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Lloret de Mar.

Call for Speakers Opens for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar

SA CALETA 2 Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava)

 

Today we are opening the Call for Speakers for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar. To help you understand what we are looking for, we have some information on how you can submit a proposal that is relevant to our attendees, showcases your expertise, and fits into our overall program.

But first, let’s take a look at some speaker information from TBEX Europe 2014 in Athens:

  • There were 42 speakers.
  • 60% of the speakers were from North America, 40% were from Europe (including 12% from Greece).
  • There were an equal number of men and women speakers.
  • 57% of the speakers were on the TBEX stage for the first time, with 43% of the speakers making a return appearance.

Now, let’s get excited about Lloret de Mar!

TBEX Europe 2015 will be held April 30-May 2, 2015 at the Evenia Olympic Resort in the beautiful seaside town of Lloret de Mar. The town is in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalyuna, about 47 miles from Barcelona. For planning purposes, and to maximize your TBEX experience, we recommend that that you allot a few days before and after the conference dates to enjoy the pre- and post- tours and activities, along with FAM/press trips. More information about this additional TBEX programming will be announced as it becomes available; this general timeframe is provided to help you decide if you can commit to the dates and schedule.

We receive hundreds of session ideas, far more than can be allocated to our programming. To help you focus your ideas and pitch them in a way that gets your ideas across, we offer the following tips:

  • Think about your topic with a laser-like focus, narrowing it down to a manageable amount of information.  On the submission form you will need to provide a brief description of your topic in which to explain what you can teach and share in a one-hour session (leaving time for questions and answers). You will also need to list specific takeaways that an attendee will help attendees create better content, build stronger communities, and/or develop better businesses.
  • Consider the best format and presentation style for your session. We can accommodate solo presentations, co-presentations, and panels. For presentations with multiple speakers, we prefer to have speakers from different blogs, businesses, etc., as it provides differing opinions and viewpoints on a topic. Keep in mind that we may suggest a co-presenter who we think can help round out the information.
  • There are a variety of things that we look for in selecting speakers. It’s helps to be an expert on your topic, but that alone isn’t enough. You also need to be great speaker. We recognize that there are a number of different speaking styles, just as there a number of different learning styles, and we don’t want carbon copies on the stage. If you know that you’re a subject matter expert with little speaking experience, partner up with someone who has that speaking experience, even if they might not be as knowledgeable as you on the topic.
  • Specify a knowledge level that your session designed for. Basic should be thought of as an entry level session, with no understanding or background on the topic. Intermediate sessions are designed for attendees who have some knowledge of the topic and who are looking to develop further competency in that area. Most sessions are intermediate level. Advanced sessions are for attendees who have mastered core competencies in a subject matter, who have likely been blogging for some time, and who have created a business that incorporates their blogging activities in some way. Advanced sessions have become highly requested and we want to feature more of them this year.
  • Let us know how you can help promote TBEX Europe and your session. We expect speakers to submit a guest blog post for the TBEX blog, and hope you are interested in helping us expand our community of travel bloggers, industry representatives, and attendees.
  • The ultimate decision maker of what is a great session is our attendees. When preparing your speaker submission, we encourage you to think like an attendee, asking yourself what an attendee would want to learn about your topic idea.

The ONE thing to  avoid when you’re putting together your speaker submission:

  • Your session should not be a product pitch, nor promotional for your blog, company, or services. Promotion and buzz about your company will naturally flow from delivering a high quality session. Rick always says, and it bears repeating here,  “The stage is for education, not selling.”

Other helpful information about speaking at TBEX:

  • All speaker submissions must be submitted via the submission form.
  • If you have an idea for a educational session and want some help in narrowing it down, crafting a better angle, etc., I am happy to discuss ideas with you before you fill out the form. You can email me here, and we can discuss via email, a phone call, or Skype chat.
  • Preference is given to speakers who will attend and participate in the entire TBEX event. If for some reason you are not able to do so, please make a note of this in your submission form.  We also expect that speakers will not promote or attend any event that conflicts with official TBEX programming.
  • We do not pay a speaker fee.
  • All speakers receive complimentary registration. We do not cover expenses beyond registration for industry attendees.
  • Coverage of blogger expenses (economy class transportation and accommodations) will be discussed upon confirmation of a speaking slot. Should you not need travel expenses covered, please let us know in your submission.

Please be patient as we work through all the speaker submission forms and create our program. I used to think selecting speakers was easy, until I had to do it. Now I realize that creating a great program is like one giant game of Tetris, with each decision having to fit together as part of a balanced whole. It takes time, but we continue to streamline the process and are able to respond more quickly than in previous years.

And the most important thing to know about speaking at TBEX:

It’s fun!

Talk to anyone who has been a speaker and they’ll tell you they had a great time. Speaking at TBEX is a wonderful way to increase your influence, highlight your expertise, and to learn. We want the experience to be just as enjoyable for you as a speaker as it is for all of our attendees.

What are you waiting for? Get all your thoughts together and then head over to the submission page.

Submit your TBEX Speaker Submission Form here. Submission deadline is December 20, 2014, midnight Pacific Time.

 

Girona Offers Free City Tours to TBEX Attendees

 

Jewish Quarter Girona Spain

The city of Girona has an illustrious history.  It’s undergone 25 sieges, been captured 7 times, and been devastated by disease and famine.  The defensive walls of the city were taken down to allow for expansion, although recently some of the walls have been reconstructed.  The city of Girona wants to share this fascinating history with TBEX attendees with a FREE city tour that will familiarize visitors with the city’s Old Town and Jewish Quarter (in photo), the colored houses along the river, and the surroundings of the Cathedral, among other hidden spots.

The FREE city tours start at Punt de Benvinguda.  The tours will be offered on Thursday, September 20th, at 4 pm and 5 pm.  The tours last about an hour and a half, and will give participants a brief glimpse at the history and architecture of Girona’s past  as well as a look at the Girona of today.  And they’ll get participants finished in plenty of time to catch the shuttles to the opening night party at St. Gregori’s Castle.

Participation in the tours require an RSVP.  Feel free to bring a guest, but please sign them up so the city of Girona can get an accurate head count.  The tours will be launched in groups of 30 people, and everyone who is interested will be accommodated.

Photo credit:  Naevus via wikimedia commons