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U.S. federal holidays give us first and foremost an opportunity to recognize important dates and outstanding Americans, their achievements and their legacies.
The soaring cost of fuel, exorbitant parking fees and harrowing winter driving conditions are only a few reasons to leave the car at home and find an alternate means of travel s this winter.
Breathtaking and otherworldly, that is how it feels to step out of the stone tunnel and into the historical town of Monemvasia, Greece. This car-free town is located on the Peloponnese, about a four-hour drive from Athens and was built carved into the rock facing the sea.
When planning a snowy getaway, the first place many look to is The Alps. And, rightfully so as the Alps are beautiful with lots of things to do but let’s face it, The Alps are expensive.
Romania has long been a hidden treasure in Eastern Europe. With majestic mountain ranges, glass-like lakes and villages that appear to be straight out of a fairy tale, it’s no wonder this spectacular country is emerging as a must-visit destination.
Austria is undeniably a beautiful country to visit no matter the time of year. However, once snow falls on the Alps, Christmas markets adorn enchanting cities and warm drinks enter your stomach, winter in Austria will be one of your favorite things.
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Umpteen centuries ago, travelers heading east along the Neckar River would have reached a small, rather unremarkable settlement. At this juncture, two major trade routes diverged, and our wanderers would have needed to decide which way to go.
Billing itself as the entertainment district in Copenhagen is the colorful waterfront neighborhood of Nyhavn.
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Living in Europe provides amazing opportunities for the best vacations. Figuring out where to go over the holiday season can be overwhelming with so much to see and do. If you’re looking to get away, here are some bucket-list worthy items to consider:
Heading to Berlin for the holidays? The German capital has more than 50 markets to celebrate the season, including many open after Christmas.
Germany is known for cold, dreary winters, which are brightened considerably by the warmth and cheer of traditional village Weihnachtsmärkte and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
When you arrived in Germany, it probably didn’t take long to hear about the town of Bad Dürkheim—the central hub of the German Wine Route and home to one of the largest festivals in the region, Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt.
Belgium is a country of peaceful farmland, canals and charming small towns. But, due to its location between France and Germany, it was the site of terrible fighting in both World War I and World War II.
As the beginning of a new year rapidly approaches, the days are often filled with last-minute shopping, crowds and the yearning to get one more quick trip in before the close of the year. Straddling the border of France and Germany in the heart of the Alsace wine region is Strasbourg.
With the last-minute shopping frenzy to find the perfect holiday gift in full swing, area Christmas markets are sure to be crowded. Escape the crowds and take a stroll through the illuminated landscape of the Berlin Botanical Garden.