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
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Exploring Bosnia From Dubrovnik

Mostar

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
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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
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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
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From Ruin to Cultural Riches – Exploring Budapest’s Ruin Pubs

Ankert Entrance

For years, these “ruin bars” or “ruin pubs”, a literal translation from the Hungarian word romkocsma, were considered temporary, since one might pop up for a single summer, only to disappear by the winter or re-open at another address. However, Budapest now has around 20 ruin pubs and counting, with bars spilling out beyond the VII District. Ruin pubs have become an ingrained part of Budapest’s cityscape, even though their birth year still puts them below the legal drinking age.

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November 18, 2013 by
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Save 40% on Paris Paradis Latin Show

HURRY! Book by November 21, 2013 to save 40% on the Paris Paradis Latin Show. This exclusive offer applies to select tickets and dates through April 30th, 2014. Please note that this offer is available for new transactions only and cannot be applied to any existing booking.

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November 15, 2013 by
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Top 8 Places to See the Northern Lights

Norway Northern Lights

While travelers flock to the world’s northernmost countries for a glimpse of the Northern Lights, seeing them is no exact science and there’s no guarantee that you’ll see them. Thankfully, 2013 falls within the Solar Maximum period (occurring every 11 years), when increased magnetic activity offers the greatest opportunity for spotting the Northern Lights. From the snow-enveloped wilderness of Siberia to the northernmost tip of Canada, here are some of the best places to see the Northern Lights. So wrap up warm, pick a crisp, clear night and cross your fingers.

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November 15, 2013 by
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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour

Cuban Sandwich with a Twist with Swee tBread Called Medianocheat

If you have yet to travel to Cuba, Little Havana is not only a taste of the Cuban food, but its rich culture. Nestled just west of Miami’s downtown, Little Havana should be a stop on any visit to Miami. So that you don’t have to guess as to the best cafeterias, bakeries, or cigar shops, why not do it with a local? That’s why I did the Little Havana Food and Walking Tour; and, I’ve lived in South Florida for years.

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November 14, 2013 by
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Loch Ness and Glencoe: A Day in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands

Years ago I saw pictures of the Scottish Highlands and knew that it was a place that I needed to visit, but as things sometimes go, time passed by and other trips took higher priority. Then one night while watching an episode of Downton Abbey, the family took a trip to the Scottish Highlands where they traipsed across lush green hillsides and were regaled by the sound of bagpipes, and suddenly I knew I had to make that trip happen.

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November 14, 2013 by
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Australia’s Cricket Season

Melbourne Cricket Ground. Photo Credit: Alan Isherwood via Flickr.

As the weather heats up in the Southern Hemisphere, not all Australians will be hitting the beach – summer also marks the start of the cricket season and the highly anticipated games will be drawing sports fans from all around the world. As one of Australia’s most popular sports, cricket fever sweeps the nation as the series gets underway and whether you manage to score tickets for a test match or join the crowds down the pub to catch the game on TV, you’re sure to get swept up in the action.

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November 13, 2013 by
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