holiday

Hands down, Halloween is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I label it a season as the scary movies start popping up on Netflix at the beginning of Oct., pumpkins burn orange in the fields, and amusement parks turn into Halloween wonderlands.   
Regent Street Motor Show
Nov. 2 in London, United Kingdom
Back in the States, Thanksgiving for you was probably filled with watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade and shouting matches as the family cycled through countless football games.
For backpackers on a budget, the word “hostel” might conjure up thoughts of trying to catch a decent night’s sleep in a vast, dimly lit room filled with the sounds of snores and the restless tossing and turning of countless bo
Children running around decked out head to toe in elaborate costumes, desperately trying to collect the most possible candy before mom and dad take them home, is one of the many highlights of an American Halloween.
With leaves rapidly changing to vibrant colors and chilly brisk mornings, autumn has arrived in Germany. What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than with a festival! Held twice a year, the Lauterer Kerwe in downtown Kaiserslautern opens Oct. 18 and will run through Oct. 28.
Fest season is every season in Germany — Christmas, wine and a variety of harvested produce are celebrated throughout the year. Among these annual festivities is the "Kerwe" (the “w” is pronounced like a “v”) or "Kirmes."
Since Oct. 3, 1990 the national holiday of German Unity Day (“Tag der Deutschen Einheit”) has been celebrated. It observes the reunification of East and West Germany following more than 40 years of separation after World War II.
Comfort foods are dishes that warm you from the inside out — physically and emotionally. Give one of these traditional German eats a try this fall season! 
1. Flammkuchen
Below are some tips provided by members of the U.S. military community who are experienced European travelers:
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Located in northeastern France is the striking town of Colmar. The Alsatian town, teeming with cobblestone streets, half-timbered medieval buildings, Gothic churches and quaint shops is a town made to inspire fairytales.
You’ll find decked out halls and all the stalls at the Christmas Markets of Munich and Frauenchiemsee. From the traditional market in Munich to the one of a kind market on an island in Frauenchiemsee, there’s something special waiting for everyone at the Bavarian Christmas markets.
In the heart of Mosel River wine country, the Bernkastel-Kues market not only offers festive stalls with regional wines, handcrafted goods and seasonal treats but also has distinctive charm.
Glistening lights, stalls lovingly styled with their finest Christmas decor, a children’s wonderland and so much more await you at the Christmas and Medieval Markets in Stuttgart and Esslingen this year.
Venture out and experience the holiday season in Budapest, one of Europe’s most amazing cities.
The loud buzzing of alarm clocks and groans of school children will soon fill the early morning air in homes around the area, as most DODEA schools begin the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, Aug. 26.