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Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is one of the best cities to visit in Belgium. I haven't been able to visit it properly in winter until now. Getting to see it after dark, beautifully decorated is a wonderful experience. I love the old, traditional buildings covered in...
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Bruges, Belgium
Belgium is notorious for the rainy days but sometimes it's so nice to have it around. I was walking around the Christmas market in Bruges and it started to rain. Nothing major, just a light drizzle. Not ideal but I walked behind the ice skating...
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Bruges, Belgium
One of the main attractions of the Christmas market in Bruges is the ice skating rink in the center of the town. It's a good size rink and you can rent the skates for a small fee. Everybody is welcomed. The rink is surrounded with booths where you...
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Bruges, Belgium
This colorful display of Matryoshka dolls caught my attention at the Bruges Christmas market. There are all kind of interesting things sold there. You get winter clothing, hand made household items, chocolate, Christmas ornaments and toys. I love...
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Bruges, Belgium
Every other booth at the Christmas market in Bruges sells chocolate. This display caught my attention since it looks so much like the city of Bruges. You can find these boxes in the chocolate stores too but getting them at the market will save you...
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Bruges, Belgium
One great thing about the Belgian Christmas markets is that you will most definitely find a table with local cheeses and one with local meats, hams, and sausages. This table was at the Bruges Christmas Market and was set by the Baliehof farm. The...
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Honfleur, France
Trying to find a restaurant in Honfleur is not hard at all, they are surrounding the harbor at every step. Trying to decide which restaurant and what you want to eat is another story. We circled Honfleur harbor three times and could not make up...
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14700 Falaise, France
The Château de Falaise is a castle located in the south of the commune of Falaise - "cliff" in French, in the Calvados département of Normandy, France. William the Conqueror, the son of Duke Robert of Normandy, was born at the castle in about...
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50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
This must-see spot in Normandy is a little city on an island just off the coast that gets cut-off by the tide on a daily basis. At the peak of the town (is nice walk up!) is the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel where you can see a view for miles, once...
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Skálholt, Iceland
This beautiful little cottage is located in Skálholt, right next to the Skálholt Cathedral. The cottage was closed and not a soul in sight to ask if it's ever open. It could be just a shed. The outside was really beautiful though. We had some dark...
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Leuven, Belgium
One of my absolute favorite things to do in Leuven is to go to the produce market in the center, right next to the Town Hall. You can find fresh fruit and vegg, mostly Belgian grown but also exotic fruit. The smell of strawberries draws you to it...
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Iceland
Looking at a volcanic crater is one thing. Seeing how puny a person is next to it, really puts things into perspective. Kerið crater is on the popular touristic route called the Golden Circle in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from...
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Tiensestraat 8, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
At the beginning of the century there were around four thousand breweries in Belgium. Domus brewery was opened in September 1985 and is one of the few independent breweries left in Leuven. Most of them closed down or were bought by the giant...
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Grote Markt 9, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
For a small fee of ten euro you can get married in style, at Leuven's 15th century Gothic style Town Hall. The tours of this magnificent structure happen every Sunday at three o'clock. One thing I did not like about the guided tour is that even...
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Bondgenotenlaan 108, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Paying a wee visit to the Bittersweet Chocolatier, while visiting Leuven, is a must! Chocolate is everywhere in Belgium but chocolate with a twist is more difficult to find. The chocolate masters at Bittersweet are doing just that, giving...
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Rovaniemi, Finland
Loved our week long adventure in Lapland, last winter. We wanted to take the kids to see Santa but we got to do a lot more things there. The wilderness is amazing. Everything around you is frozen and the twilight light makes everything look...
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4 Rue de Châlons, 51130 Vertus, France
This has to be the best hot salad I have ever had, anywhere. That day we had only breakfast and the rest of the day we had champagne only so by the time we got to dinner we were starving. We got to the La Comedia restaurant and immediately decided...
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Étretat, France
Visiting Upper Normandy was simply amazing. Étretat was one of the places in France I dreamed of seeing, for a long time. When I got to the top of the cliffs and got to see this breathtaking view I was speechless. Like a kid who really wanted...
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Rovaniemi, Finland
Of of the favorite things to do in Rovaniemi, in Santa's Village, was to take reindeer sleigh rides. Very inexpensive and allot of fun. It was especially fun for the kids. I was very surprised to see how small reindeer are. For some reason, I...
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Iceland
Friends and family called us crazy for taking our two small children on a two week tour of Iceland. In two weeks we drove 3500km in a station wagon. I've always been a supporter of the idea that outdoor life doesn't end just cause you have kids....
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39 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 51130 Vertus, France
During our weekend in Champagne we tried many, many champagnes but this one was by far my favorite. The tour was great, informative and the champagne tasting was free because we were guests of their hotel. I love the small champagne houses, nine...
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Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims, France
We ended our wonderful weekend getaway in Champagne region with the visit of the Notre-Dame de Reims - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the coronation place of the kings of France. The Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures....
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51130 Vertus, France
Our second day in Champagne Region was the first day of harvest in the area of the village Vertus. The vineyards stretch far and wide and since the weather was great I woke up early in the morning to go take some photos and maybe even find some...
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68 Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
On the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay you can discover the beautiful cellars of the Mercier Champagne House which were founded in 1858 by Eugène Mercier, at only 20 years old. In 1870, the cellars were built stretching across a single level and...
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5 Place du Général Gouraud, 51100 Reims, France
The caves Pommery were the last on our champagne tour. The estate is very impressive. Going inside will impress you as well. The waiting area is massive and has a bar area where you can buy champagne glasses. On the opposite side they have the...
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Épernay, France
A trip to Épernay is a must while visiting Champagne Region. It hosts many of the well known champagne houses like Moet & Chandon. It's a pretty impressive sight, the street is very elegant and the architecture imposing, the majority of the...
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Avenue de Champagne, 51200 Épernay, France
Avenue de Champagne is precisely that, a street with champagne houses all along it, on both sides. It's a must visit while in Épernay if you want to try different champagnes. I would not recommend it if you have small children or even older ones....
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51130 Vertus, France
I fell in love with Vertus during our weekend spent there. It's small and quaint and it has a champagne house at every corner. It was amazing to see this tiny village with so much stuff to do and visit. And did I mention that it's surrounded with...
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Épernay, France
Champagne Collard-Picard have opened a new showroom on the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay. This street has become one of my favorite streets in the world due to a large number of champagne houses on each side of the road. Practically, you exit one...
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Étretat, France
Hiking to the little church, Notre Dame de la Garde, in Etretat is rewarded with this magnificent view. It was already early evening for us. The sun was still warm but feeling breezy too. Very little people up there so all you could hear was the...
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Étretat, France
The chapel of Notre Dame de la Garde is on top of the cliffs, looking out over Etretat, the sea and the white cliffs Southwards. The hike is short and of easy. From there you get to see beautiful views of the cliffs and the town. It was built in...
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Étretat, France
After walking around the town of Etretat and hiking the cliffs, sit down to eat in any of the restaurants on the strand, and enjoy a fabulous bowl of Normandy mussels. I live in Belgium so I have kinda gotten to recognize a good portion of...
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Étretat, France
We got to Étretat in the late afternoon - early evening and right away we wanted to go hike the cliffs. We were pleased to find out the hike was very accessible and of easy to moderate difficulty. Somebody completely out of shape, like me, could...
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Étretat, France
Étretat is best known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed "needle". These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently...
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Étretat, France
We spent three unforgettable days in Upper Normandy this past weekend. Etretat is a very popular destination on the Alabaster Coast of France. Preferred by mostly Europeans, they flock to the gorgeous coast every year. Pointing to their shared...
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76790 Les Loges, France
Being that we love to travel and there are four of us we got into the habit of renting rooms at camping grounds. I am not ready yet to be in a tent, the kids are still to small so we are lucky to rent fully equipped rooms or trailers at a fraction...
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Ísafjörður, Iceland
Right before we got to Ísafjörður, in the vicinity of Sudavik, we got to enjoy this amazing view. It was warm and half sunny so we sat there a bit taking in this amazing landscape. The north of Iceland is definitely my favorite part of Iceland...
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Dynjandi, Iceland
Twenty kilometers east of Hrafnseyri, at the point where Route 60 weaves around the northeastern corner of Arnarfjörður, the impressive Dynjandi waterfall plunges over a 100m-high clifftop into the fjord at Dynjandisvogur inlet, forming a...
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58043 Castiglione della Pescaia, Province of Grosseto, Italy
Last summer we spent an unforgettable week in Tuscany, in the little town of Castiglione della Pescaia. It's a typical small coastal town, with people on scooters everywhere, terraces full of people enjoying cappuccinos, and fishermen going out to...
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Avenue des Hêtres 13, 1421 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
The Marquis of Béthune built the Château de La Hulpe in around 1840 in the style of Louis XII and François I. At the end of the 19th century, the estate was purchased by chemist and soda tycoon Ernest Solvay. Today it belongs to the region of...
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Ooidonkdreef 9, 9800 Deinze, Belgium
The lovely Ooidonk castle, once the home to the Earl of Horne, is one of the finest in the country and is still inhabited by the owner. The castle was involved in numerous conflicts between cities during the 14th and 15 century and saw its fair...
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59600 Maubeuge, France
If you live in the Mons area or are visiting Mons with kids, Maubeuge can be an alternative to the more famous Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette. It is only about 30 minutes drive from Mons, right at the border, and allot cheaper to get into. My son...
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5332 Crupet, Belgium
Crupet is a member of the organization Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia). It is a very small village with gorgeous stone houses decorated with many different types of flowers. Most of the houses date...
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Kraanlei 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium
One of my favorite things to eat in Belgium is Flemish stew, a Flanders region specialty. I eat at Brasserie T'Stropke every time I am in Gent. Many restaurants offer it in Flanders but somehow I like it more here. The presentation is great and it...
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Honfleur, France
This lovely little, traditional carrousel is located right in the Honfleur harbor. If you travel there with kids, like we did, it will be fun for them to ride it while you enjoy a nice cup of coffee looking over to the gorgeous narrow houses in...
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Oostduinkerke, 8670 Koksijde, Belgium
At Oostduinkerke, visitors can get a taste of a fisherman’s life from the past. Here, folklore is kept alive because it's the only place in Europe where the trade of horseback shrimp fishing is still practiced. You can watch the fishermen at work...
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77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
Growing up I did not have access to anything like Disney so for a weekend I too was a kid again and love it :). I loved the rides and I really loved the parade. Both the kids and us were mesmerized by the colors and music. I recommend going during...
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Épernay, France
The perfect place to rest after walking up and down Avenue du Champagne and trying all the different champagnes is in this beautiful park in Épernay. It's right across the street from the Moet & Chandon and from this gazebo you have perfect views...
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Épernay, France
The gorgeous park right across the street from Moet & Chandon Champagne house is the perfect place to relax and recover after a day of drinking champagne on Avenue de Champagne. It's at the end of the Avenue so it almost feels like the right thing...
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Mariastraat 20, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Chocolate is everywhere in Belgium and especially in Bruges but it can get really expensive. If you do not want to spend a fortune but still want to try delicious treats, these chocolate covered marshmallows from Depla Chocolaterie are the perfect...
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Épernay, France
Épernay is not just famous for it's Avenue de Champagne which features the leading Champagne manufacturers....Épernay is also a gorgeous little commune that is really worth exploring. There is an abundance of fabulous architecture and really nice...
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Hnjótur, Iceland
This spot was marked on our map as a sightseeing spot but we had no clue what it was. Googling it while on the road (internet connection in that area is pretty good with a local data card) we discovered that it's sort of a museum that consists of...
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Blankenberge, Belgium
No summer passes without sand sculptures! And this year there is so much more to enjoy: posing next to Lady Gaga, footballing with David Beckham, sharing a frame with the Mona Lisa, giving a speech with Albert Einstein, stepping on board the...
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66.046407, -17.343459, Garðarsbraut, 640 Húsavík, Iceland
Try something different and experience wildlife on board a traditional Icelandic schooner operated by North Sailing Húsavík.The crew is fun and very knowledgeable. They take you to Lundey, the Puffin Island, as well as the traditional whale...
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Víti is a huge explosion crater, about 300 meters in diameter. The crater was formed during a massive volcanic eruption at the start of the famous Mývatn Fires in 1724. The eruption continued more or less non-stop for 5 years and Víti’s bubbling...
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Grenjaðarstaður, Iceland
I've seen as many of these farm houses as I could while in Iceland. Entered a few too. They knew how to build a house back then. When you get inside it's warm and feels like the entire house is soundproof. They are so darn pretty too. Not touristy...
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Djúpivogur, Iceland
I expected to see many things in Iceland but had no clue there were reindeer there too. I guess I should have done my homework on the fauna better :). It was a lovely surprise to see them though close to Djúpivogur. There was an entire herd of...
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Egilsstaðir, Iceland
We really enjoyed our stay at the guesthouse Eyvindara in Egjilstadir, Iceland. We only spent a night there but it was very comfortable and enough space for 4. This particular cabin has a small living area, kitchenette equipped with all for light...
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Reyðarfjörður, Iceland
We could have gone the proper way around the fjord but our map was marked to cross Kollufell, 1025m (3362 ft) and it was absolutely magnificent. We stopped so many times to admire the beautiful landscape. Lots of rushing water, snow and gorgeous...
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Námafjall, Iceland
It's like being on another planet when you get to Námafjall. Sterile of any vegetation, hot and with a strong sulfur smell this place looks and feels out of this world. I wish I had more time here but 10 minutes after we arrived it started to rain...
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Svínafellsjökull, Iceland
Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenery and views are simply stunning.To get here we got off the Ring Road then drove on gravel road a few kilometers. It did not help at all that it was pouring...
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Sauðárkrókur, Iceland
This was a gorgeous day and a beautiful site to visit. No other tourists there so we had the entire place to ourselves. They knew how to build a well insulated house back then, well protected from the wind and feeling also soundproof. The Glaumbær...
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This was the hottest day we had in Iceland and had to do a kilometer hike in the snow. It was challenging as we had kids and the trail was really slippery. Every time we stepped off the trail we would go knee dip in the snow. It was a very nice...
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Jökulsárlón, Iceland
This lake filled with giant, translucent chunks of iceberg is one of Iceland’s most distinctive and photogenic sights. Featured in high-profile movies, including two of the James Bond series and Batman Begins (as well as many local TV...
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Svartifoss Trail, Iceland
This was a pretty nice hike, the waterfall is about 1.5km from the information center and it's an inclined hike. It took us about 1 h there and less back as you go downhill on the way back. It was really worth the trouble to see this amazing...
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This dramatic two-tier waterfall, whose name translates as "Golden Falls," a reference to the shimmering mist that sometimes appears around the falls, is one of Iceland’s most famous—which is saying something in a country...
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Snaefellsnes, Iceland
Búðir is a small hamlet in Búðahraun lava fields in Staðarsveit, which is in the western region of Iceland, on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula where Hraunhafnará falls to the sea, the original old name of Búðir having been...
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Látrabjarg, Iceland
Látrabjarg is home to millions of puffins, but you must have a good day for taking photos and most importantly must be available during the evening. During the day they are on the ocean looking for fish. Our time there was very rainy and extremely...
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Arnarfjörður, Iceland
Iceland’s Westfjords have always possessed a character and culture that’s markedly different from the rest of the country. Extending like a lobster claw from the northwest of Iceland, the region combines geographic remoteness with the...
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Sculpture & Shore Walk, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. The Sun Voyager is a dreamboat, an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress, and freedom. The sculpture is...
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Selfoss, Iceland
In January, my husband took me to Iceland to celebrate my 40th birthday. There were a couple things I knew before I went that I wanted to see: the Northern Lights (amazing!), Icelandic ponies, the Gulfoss waterfall. What I was most curious about...
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Jordan
A couple days after seeing the Pyramids we came to Petra and were completely blown away. The walk through the canyon only builds up the excitement and then the Treasury appears immediately in front of you. The Pyramids might have been one of the...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is beautiful year around. Around Christmas it's enhanced by the most beautiful of colors. The colors are accompanied by music which starts at the beginning of every hour, for ten or so minutes. People are swarming all around and when it...
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Mechelen, Belgium
I discovered Mechelen due to the list of Christmas markets on the Belgian tourist board. The large markets were advertized and then this wonderful town, just north of Brussels. The market is small and not overcrowded. I recommend it to anyone...
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Düsseldorf, Germany
I always wanted to visit Dusseldorf and this year I got to see it during the Christmas market season. There is a major construction project going on, in the center of the city, so moving about is not very easy, especially with the thousands of...