Europe

Your Guide to the Dramatic Dalmatian Islands

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 19, 2015

They sit shimmering in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, mostly unknown to American tourists.  Island hopping around these undiscovered gems onboard a small ship cruise is discovering paradise, over and over again.  Bustling marinas, medieval town squares, sapphire and turquoise beaches, boutique hotels, al fresco dining, and chic bars are all part […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Obsessed with Oslo

by Guest Contributor on July 6, 2015

Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!” My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park.  The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backwards over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and […]

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Armenia Remembers the Past

by Susan McKee on April 27, 2015

A century has passed since Medz Yeghern – “The Great Crime” – began, but Armenians have not forgotten. It all started April 24, 1915, when Ottoman authorities arrested and then executed some 250 leading Armenians living in Constantinople. This was followed during the years of World War I by the systematic slaughter and forced deportation […]

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Top Five Exciting New European Hotels In 2014

by Guest Contributor on June 11, 2014

Top Five Exciting New European Hotels In 2014 (via http://www.citytripplanner.com/travel/) Whether you’re a first-time traveller leaving your home country for the first time or a seasoned jetsetter with stamps and visas on every page of your passport, one thing is common to the vast majority of trips abroad: the need to find a place to…

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Athens from the Sea, or, How I Nearly Died

by Guest Contributor on June 2, 2014

Athens from the Sea, or, How I Nearly Died. (via Finding the Universe) “That’s a big camera!”, exclaimed the Captain. Leaning in, he conspiratorially whispered: “Would you like to go up the mast?” I peered up into the sky, into which the mast disappeared like a beanstalk. I looked back at the Captain, wondering…  

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  Coming this spring, two of the fashion world’s most celebrated designers, the late Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, will be subject of two exhibitions at the Hamburg, Germany, Kunsthalle museum and the city’s Museum of Applied Arts. Karl Lagerfeld With the exhibition “Feuerbach’s Muses – Lagerfeld’s Models”, Hamburg’s Kunsthalle art museum is presenting a […]

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Themed Trails In Scotland

by Guest Contributor on March 24, 2014

TTW suitcase

  Not sure what to do on your next visit to Scotland? Planning a decent itinerary can take time and energy so why not choose a pre-planned trail based around activities you enjoy. Follow the Amber Nectar Road – The Malt Whisky Trail For those who love a wee dram of the good stuff there […]

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Top 5 Only in Britain Activities

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 12, 2014

Buckingham Palace

There are some things that can happen only in Britain, And a recent poll from VisitBritain, its national tourism agency, have listed the top 5 “Only in Britain” activities. Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive of VisitBritain said: “Britain is a tourism destination that offers experiences for every taste. Where else in the world can you watch […]

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Flowers and Flames Greet Spring in Valencia

by Susan McKee on March 3, 2014

Bam! I saw the firecracker flash just before I heard it. Pop! Pow! Bam! The trio of explosions echoed off the office buildings lining the narrow downtown street. The boys throwing the noisemakers toward my feet then giggled and ran off. I stepped over the still-smoking debris and continued on my way. It was just […]

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Photo Friday: La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 21, 2014

Cathedral Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

In a combination of quirky architecture juxtaposed with religious consecration and symbolism, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the basilica combines Gothic and Art Nouveau elements to create a project that defies explanation. La Sagrada Familia is not a cathedral, that’s a specific designation given to […]

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