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10 Cool Things to Do in Sochi, Russia (Besides the Olympics)

Sochi's Boardwalk

Whether you’re headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, or it’s just come to your attention as a travel destination, here are 10 cool things to do in Sochi besides the Olympics.

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January 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Ljubljana in 48 Hours


Ljubljana is having a cool moment; it is awash with strutting university students bedecked in designer clothes; the countless bars and restaurants along the River Ljubljanica are overflowing all year around and the pocket-sized city has a Baroque Old Town, medieval castle, bucolic markets, and innovative museums to discover. The cultural soup caused by Slovenia’s proximity to Hungary, Austria and Italy can be seen in the heady mix of architecture – from Roman via Austro-Hungarian to Art Nouveau –and in the restaurant scene, where gastronomic influences range from Italian gelati through heart-warming Hungarian goulashes to Austrian pastries. Here’s how to see Slovenia’s pocket-sized capital Ljubljana in 48 hours.

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January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

A Car Lover’s Guide to Germany’s Baden-Württemberg Region

Automuseum Carl Benz (Bertha and auto)

Spend any amount of time in Germany, and the first thing that becomes immediately clear is the national turn-on for a well-engineered machine. From vast city public transportation systems to the pen in your hand, efficiency, design, and durability are sources of pride—and even titillation.

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January 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Meet Tugrul Sokmen, a Private Guide in Turkey

Meet Tugrul!

For Tugrul Sokmen, working as a licensed tour guide in Turkey is more a passion than a job. This is evident to all who arrange a tour with him. An obsessive lifetime learner who loves to meet with new people and share his in-depth knowledge of Turkey’s history and culture, Tugrul has worked in almost every field of the tourism industry for more than 12 years.

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December 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Meet Francesca Maria Casertano, a Private Guide in Rome

Meet Francesca!

Having been born and raised in Rome, Francesca Maria Casertano possesses a native’s intimate knowledge of Italy’s exuberant capital. Not only is she full of the sort of lesser-known facts and anecdotes that can truly bring Rome to life, she is also a licensed tourist guide and archaeologist who has worked at some of the sites you will visit, allowing her to provide an impressive amount of detail on each site.

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December 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Exploring Christmas Markets in Europe

Valkenburg Christmas Market

During the month of December, European countries come alive with the spirit of the holidays. Christmas Markets in Europe become a star attraction, especially in Germany, enticing visitors with their selections of holiday gifts and traditional food and drink set in festive market surrounds. Imagine the smells of roasting almonds and mulled wine wafting through the air on a cool winter evening as hundreds of fellow market-goers laugh and converse with loved ones. What fun!

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November 25, 2013 by | 1 Comment

German Christmas Markets: Where to Go and What to See and Do

There are hundreds of Christmas markets all over Germany, which typically open at the end of November and run until Christmas Eve. Opening hours vary but the markets are open daily, usually from 10am until around 8pm or 9pm.

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November 22, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Exploring Bosnia From Dubrovnik


I recently spent some time in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and because I’m on somewhat of a quest to visit as many countries as I can, I decided to take a side trip from Dubrovnik to Medjugorje and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, the towns that we visited and the people that we met were so intriguing that the day ended up being much more than just another checkmark on my list of countries visited!

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November 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments

10 of the Most Beautiful Spots in Finland

The Kvarken Archipelago. Image courtesy of Ahlea on Flickr.

Finland is famous for its natural beauty, from its jagged coastline and strings of rocky archipelagos to bleak, scrub-covered fells and soundless expanses of northern snowlands. Over half of Finland lies within the Arctic Circle, forest covers 86 per cent of the land, there are 37 national parks, 187,888 lakes and almost as many islands and skerries sprinkling the coast. Here are 10 of the most amazing places in to visit in Finland ­– these beauty spots should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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November 20, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Meet Bridget Putre, a Private Guide in Munich, Germany

Meet Bridget!

For the last four years, Bridget Putre has been organizing and leading tours around Munich, Germany for groups of 2-40 people. With her extensive experience and knowledge of her region, as well as a wonderful rapport with clients, it is little wonder why those traveling to Munich so often seek Bridget out as their guide. Having been born in Vienna and lived 20 years in Colorado, Bridget is familiar with a wide range of cultures, and lives to show her region of Europe to her guests.

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November 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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