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An Insider’s Guide to London’s Greenwich Neighborhood

Greenwich, London

A buzzing neighborhood known for its artisanal market, Greenwich is home to one of London’s best royal parks and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Visiting Greenwich is an excellent reason to explore south of the River Thames. Linked to central London by overground train and ferry — and a popular stop on Thames River sightseeing cruises — Greenwich offers a tranquil alternative to the city, with cobbled lanes, waterfront pubs, and a relaxed village atmosphere.

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August 26, 2016 by | Comments Off

An Insider’s Guide to Paris’ Passages Couverts

The glittering shop-fronts and designer emporiums of the Champs-Elysées and the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette department store might be top of the itinerary for shoppers in Paris, but some of the city’s most atmospheric shopping arcades are hidden from view down the side streets. Paris’ Passages Couverts (“Covered Passageways” or “Les Arcades”) date back to the early 19th century, when some 150 such shopping arcades sprung up around the city, fast becoming the place to be seen for affluent Parisians.

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August 22, 2016 by | Comments Off

The Top 10 Family Beaches in Europe

Europe’s beaches are legendary, from the celeb-studded French Riviera to the wilds of the Baltic coastline. There are hundreds of family-oriented choices, from shingle coves to vast sandy strips, but each family comes with its own rulebook and own set of demands. Different age groups have different criteria and so what suits one family won’t suit another; here are some suggestions of family beaches in Europe that match the needs of all ages.

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August 19, 2016 by | Comments Off

17 of the World’s Most Extraordinary National Parks

Hakone National Park

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015.

The idea of creating protected wilderness areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.

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May 25, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 European Road Trips to Take This Summer

Furka Pass, Switzerland

From America’s Route 66 to Australia’s Great Ocean Road to South Africa’s Garden Route, the world is full of unforgettable road trips, but don’t write off Europe for your next adventure. Whether you want to hire a campervan and get off the beaten track, cruise along the coast in a convertible or tackle one of the world’s most treacherous mountain roads, road-trippers will find plenty of great choices in Europe. To help fuel your wanderlust, here are 10 European road trips to take this summer.

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May 23, 2016 by | Comments Off

Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

May's a great time to hit the beach in Rio.

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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April 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments

10 New Museums in Europe Not to Miss

Europe has some of the oldest artifacts displayed in some of the oldest museums in the world – nearly all top class and filled with priceless historic treasures. But it’s good to see the cultural wheels keep turning, with new additions to the museum scene opening all the time. Here are 10 new museums in Europe that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Red Light Secrets, Amsterdam, Netherlands Red Light Secrets museum in Amsterdam Red Light Secrets museum in Amsterdam

Europe has some of the oldest artifacts displayed in some of the oldest museums in the world – nearly all top class and filled with priceless historic treasures. But it’s good to see the cultural wheels keep turning, with new additions to the museum scene opening all the time. Here are 10 new museums in Europe that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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April 13, 2016 by | Comments Off

10 Beautiful European Cities That Fly Below the Radar

An aerial view of Helsinki, Finland

Everybody knows the glories of Paris, Rome, London and Barcelona, but there are legions of fabulously cultured and architecturally rich European cities that continue to dodge world attention. These 10 beautiful European cities are often mistakenly overlooked.

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April 8, 2016 by | Comments Off

Game of Thrones Film Sites Around the World

The Alcázar of Seville

The HBO award-winning fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, returns for its sixth season this April, just in time to help inspire your summer travels. Dedicated Game of Thrones tours now run in all the key filming locations, so you can voyage to the wild landscapes North of the Wall or follow in the footsteps of royalty at the real-life King’s Landing.

Best of all, with dedicated location scouts touring the globe to seek out screen-worthy landscapes, the beauty of many of the locations means you don’t even have to be a fan of the show to enjoy some of the spectacular settings. Ready for an adventure? Here’s our pick of the most mesmerizing Game of Thrones film sites around the world.

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April 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments

Safety in Belgium: What Travelers Need to Know Right Now

Grand Palace, Brussels, Belgium

On the morning of March 22, 2016, two explosions hit Brussels Airport, followed by an explosion at Maelbeek subway station in central Brussels about an hour later. Belgium has called for three days of national mourning and the prime minister has advised people to “avoid all movement.”

As the world learns more about these horrific attacks, we want to keep you informed of the latest news and security updates. Our thoughts are with the people of Belgium at this tragic time.

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March 22, 2016 by | Comments Off

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