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When I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance in December 2006, I didn't realize just how much more difficult my life would become. Sure, I'd loved all the bakery stuff, and my pizza would never be the same again... But when I started organizing that big interrail trip I'd been dreaming of, it really got complicated. So I was going to travel about 30 countries by train and bus, but how could I make sure that I wouldn't starve..? Where could I shop for special foods? What about eating out in restaurants?
During my internet research I found an abundance of forum threads, websites and blogs that had some information on some of the countries. For a few countries I found a lot of what I wanted, for a few more I hardly found anything and couldn't reach the national Celiac associations.
There has to be a good overview of all the European countries, I thought, but there wasn't any. So, during my trip, I kept my eyes open for Celiac options, I wrote down the addresses I found, took photos, kept receipts and packages, made notes, and decided to make that overview myself.
I know that there are a couple of websites that aim at providing such an overview, too, even for the whole world. The problem is that they rely on users adding places, and the virtual gluten-free community is too small for that kind of project, especially when there are several sites competing for peoples' help. Somebody should browse all the scattered information and combine it into one comprehensive overview. Yes, this is a lot of work, but I think it should be done. So I made it my "mission" to do it.

You're welcome to contact me - just write to info(at)celiac.travel-options(dot)eu.



Your travel options in Europe. Ulrike Heinrich 2008