Travel

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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the second-largest city in Bavaria, Nuremberg offers a compact city center that is easily explored on foot. With fortresses, a castle, hidden tunnels, delicious food and more, Nuremberg is the perfect city for a quick day trip.
Explore Old Town
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.
The stories we hear in our childhood have a tendency to stay with us throughout our lives. Tales of enchanted forests, talking animals, kind and wicked witches, fairies and other magical creatures have amazed and delighted generations throughout time.
When my husband first received his orders to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, we knew we had to follow his grandfather’s footsteps and his map from the 186th across Europe.
As a child there were few things I looked forward to more than summer vacation, long, warm lazy days where anything was possible. A favorite pastime was hitting up the local amusement park.
From industrious cities like Frankfurt to the alpine villages in southern Bavaria, there is something for everyone in and around Germany. If you hop in the car and head toward the Belgian border in Eifel, you’ll find the spectacular hidden town of Monschau.