During rather brief geography lessons as young students, we learned where the “big” European countries were — England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and maybe a handful of others.
It’s a bright and shiny new year, with goals to set and countless opportunities to take on fresh challenges. Should your tastes lean toward speed, heights or physical exertion, why not put one of these out-of-the ordinary experiences on your to-do list for 2022?
Known as the unofficial capital of the champagne region, Reims is a striking city that provides French flair, delectable eats, history and of course, sparkling wine.
History has shown if anyone knows how to brew a good pint of beer its the monks and that is exactly who brought Paulaner beer into the world.
Depending on your affinity for heights, this destination might send your heart racing or may simply suggest a pleasant summer outing.
For stunning views of Wiesbaden, the spa city’s very own “mountain” known as the Neroberg is hard to beat. From its 800-foot summit, day-trippers are treated to eagle-eye views of the city’s roofs and church steeples, sloping vineyards and the distant mountains of the Taunus range.
Tuscany is a dream destination for anyone who craves beautiful scenery, incredible food, some of the world’s finest wines and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Stretching from the Apennines to the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is the heart of Italy.
The words ‘summer vacation’ brings memories of packing into the family station wagon and driving cross-country to Wally World, with a pit stop in Kansas to visit cousin Eddie. Okay, that is the plot to “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” but you likely had something similar growing up.
Romance, war, fairytales, misfortune; the stories of these historical landmarks are speckled throughout Europe. Serving as charming ruins or grand tourist sites, castles are one of the main attractions in the land of kings and queens. Narrowing down the most fabulous castles can be challenging.
Sitting along the tributary of the River Taff and Bristol Channel, just across the water from Weston-super-Mare in England, Cardiff dates back to the 1st century, with a small Roman fort established in the city center. Over time, Cardiff became a lively port municipality.
Forget the overcrowded streets of bustling cities and get ready for a trip that takes you into a lesser-traveled country, Slovakia! There’s no shortage of activities here, from hiking in the mountains to exploring castles. Pack up the family and get ready for an adventure!
There is nothing like a stroll or a brisk hike in the woods to clear the mind and recharge the soul. The word ‘hiking’ might bring up visions of overly stuffed backpacks, walking for hours on end and fighting every bug imaginable.
That free-as-a-bird feeling isn’t always easy to achieve, but when you do, oh what an adrenaline rush it is!
There is no doubt about it, 2022 has been a stressful and unpredictable year! If you’re like me, then you are probably in dire need of a vacation. If that is the case, check out the beautiful, historical city of Strasbourg, France. 
Perhaps best known as the site of a pivotal World War II mission, Normandy is a region of France with soaring beachside cliffs, charming medieval towns, the most famous walled city in the world and fabulous cuisine. Here’s what you need to see during your trip to Normandy.
All mountains are beautiful, but there’s something extra magical about the Dolomites in northern Italy. Their sheer rock faces, towering pinnacles and jagged limestone peaks give them a look like no other. Although considered part of the Alps, the Dolomites are shaped differently.