Travel

Though spring in Germany is beautiful with its colorful flowers in bloom, the cold and harsh winter has left some of us depleted of much-needed Vitamin D.
Being stationed in Europe offers a fantastic opportunity to travel. Seeing places you’ve only read about in history books or lounging along the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean sounds blissful.
While Slovenia’s city of Bled entices visitors all times of the year, there is something about autumn that adds a little magic and mystery to one’s trip.
Most of the towns and villages along the southern stretch of the German Wine Road boast of a certain type of cozy rustic charm. In a region so generously endowed with stunning scenery and welcoming places, a handful of places still manage to stand out above the rest.
Want a trip that will stave off the cold of the coming months? Head to the Mediterranean coast of Spain, where Barcelona is waiting.
 
“Christmas markets are a magical and amazing life experience.” Living in Europe, chances are this phrase has been uttered by you or to you. For the record, it’s true—they’re both amazing and magical.
If you love plaid, castles and beautiful old cities, Edinburgh is the place for you this fall season. Scotland’s capital is brimming with old-world charm and enough scotch to satisfy the thirstiest of visitors! 
If you’re seeking fresh powder in Europe, let us point you in the right direction. North American skiers will find some differences in the trail rankings. In Europe, pistes are categorized by a color-coded system shown in blue (easy), red (intermediate), and black (expert) trail signs.
Ready to experience the childlike magic and wonder of these vintage winter postcard scenes come to life?
Here are a few tips for making the most of your European Christmas market experience:
Taking the train
Known as the fourth-largest city in Morocco, Marrakech is a colorful city rich in history and housed by the friendliest locals. After spending 14 days traipsing through this beautiful country, I spent the last two days exploring the “Red City” and taking in all it had to offer.
When a community of Cisterian monks founded their monastery on what’s now Belgian territory back in the year 1148, they could have hardly foreseen the miraculous transformation that was to take place on the very grounds they so fastidiously tended.
Grab your pumpkin-spice latte and Banana Republic scarf because it is almost the season that gives us the reason to live: Fall.
If you wander into the southern edge of Bavaria, you may be surprised to find they’ve traded in the traditional lederhosen and fedoras for cowboy boots and a Stetson.
Forget the overcrowded streets of bustling cities and get ready for an adventure that takes you into the lesser-traveled country of Slovakia. There’s certainly no shortage of activities here, from hiking in the glorious mountains to exploring romantic castles.
West Side Story, RENT, Annie, Oklahoma, Grease, Chicago, the Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansen are all famous musicals set in America.
The streets of Tallinn are the place to go for a taste of a new and different culture, architecture and history. From the medieval Old Town to the stunning beach front, there is a rich cultural scene in this northern European country.