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25 Christmas Ln, Frankenmuth, MI 48734, USA
If you make a visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, just be ready to be amazed: this place is a football field and a half full of Christmas wonder and joy-- no scrooges allowed. Established in 1945 by Wally Bronner, it is the world's largest...
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Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Reflecting on my Christmas in Croatia, I can only feel tremendously blessed. Though my flight from Budapest was cancelled, I ended up in a taxi with four other interesting people. Upon crossing the border into Croatia, we handed the officials five...
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Sheridan, WY 82801, USA
Sheridan's 19th annual Christmas Stroll comes to the historic Main Street district the Friday following Thanksgiving (November 28th, 2014) with festivities kicking off at 4:00pm and continuing on until 8:00pm. The Stroll traditionally marks the...
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Calle Carabanchel, 14, 28902 Getafe, Madrid, Spain
A 30-minute ride on the Cercanias will have you in the city of Getafe. In the winter months the main street, Carabanchel, is lined with Christmas markets, and in the summer the town turns inside-out, and the city lives on the sidewalks and benches...
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Via della Maddalena, 2, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
If you are in Genoa during the Christmas season (which in Italy runs from about December 8 - January 6), you must stop by Butteghetta Magica to gaze at (and purchase!) their incredible, and often mechanical, creche pieces. With a display that...
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Via dei Macelli di Soziglia, 69, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Probably originating in Persia, Pandolce has been a Genovese staple for centuries - an homage to the incredible amount of global trading that has occurred in this ancient port city. Enjoy one of these delicious fruited cakes from Le Gramole during...
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Bogstadveien, Oslo, Norway
Norway's longest shopping street, Bogstadveien, runs from the Royal Palace to Majorstuen, and boasts some 300 shops and cafés. Many of them are local to the area, but many will be recognisable to tourists as well. This bustling street is always...
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Nyhavn 71, 1051 København, Denmark
Hygge (pronounced “hooga”) is one of those Danish words that has no exact translation in English, but is used to describe cosy social gatherings, and intimate get-togethers with family and friends. In the winter, hygge could involve that cuddly...
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Barfüsserpl., Basel, Switzerland
Home to one of Switzerland's biggest and best Christmas markets, Basel shines like a Johann Wanner handblown tannenbaum ornament from late October through December every year. The market has expanded to two locations: the Barfüsserplatz and the...
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218 Produce Row, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
As soon as you walk in to Mi Tierra, there's no doubt you've entered somewhere special. Located in San Antonio, and family-owned since 1941, Mi Tierra is open 24-hours a day and is adorned with Christmas decorations year round—so it’s always a...
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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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Eisenstadt, Austria
Burgenland offers many attractive ways to enjoy winter, and one of the most traditional ways is visiting the Christmas markets.
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Budapest, Vörösmarty tér, 1051 Hungary
Wandering around Budapest, I stumbled on a couple of Christmas fairs around the public squares. There are rows of booths were you can buy all manner of locally produced snacks and wares while enjoying music and merriment.
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Staroměstské nám. 1/4, 110 00 Praha-Staré Město, Czechia
Old Town Square, founded in the 12th century, is the center of Prague. In the middle of it all, the Old Town Hall (which also houses the famous Astronomical Clock), built in 1338, still provides the best  360-degree views of the city. For a...
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Switzerland’s favorite cold weather libation is a piping hot glass of glühwein, a German-inspired mulled wine infused with the sweet and spicy flavors of cinnamon, clove, and star anise. The best place to enjoy a glass? The Basel Christmas Market,...
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400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The weather may stay mild and snow may not fall from the sky, but Christmas still arrives in a big way to downtown St Petersburg. By the day after Thanksgiving, bayfront North Straub Park is all decked out with animated light displays, sparkle...
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Römerberg, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
There’s no better way to experience the festivities of the holidays than Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Germany, and Frankfurt's is particularly beautiful. The markets take place usually in the center of the town, and you'll find all...
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Ludwigsburg, Germany
Cinnamon, vanilla and anis lead the way. Bells and laughter invite. Two golden angels greet you as you walk through the gate. It's such a special time and no place really seems to bring the joyful feeling of Christmas closer to my heart than the...
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Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark
A fairy-tale town deserves a magical funfair. Tivoli Gardens is one of the country’s most popular attractions, drawing more than four million visitors a year (in a country with a population of around 5.5 million). Youngsters will enjoy the...
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Hauptallee 10, 01219 Dresden, Germany
Every other year my wife and I travel to Europe for Christmas Markets. Why? To begin with, most of these markets are traditions stretching back hundreds of years, so each market takes on it's own distinct personality. This trip we visited Erfurt...
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6301 Valkenburg, Netherlands
Every year, the little town of Valkenburg creates a Christmas Market atmosphere in the municipal caves of Valkenburg aan de Geul. Considered the largest and oldest underground Christmas Markets in Europe, the caves are very inviting to visitors...
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Budapest, Andrássy út 22, 1061 Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is brimming with art, culture and a touch of decadence. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Hungarian State Opera House on the luxurious Andrássy Way. If you don't have the time or money to take in a concert in this...
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Donegall Square, Belfast BT1 5GS, UK
The Christmas Market here is heavy in the food, which was great for us. We loved walking around tasting the cupcakes, sausages, nougat, crepes, burgers, cheese, chorizo etc .... Not to mention the mulled wine and special hot chocolates.
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Granada, Nicaragua
Grenada, Nicaragua exudes enough charm with its pastel colored colonial buildings, but when the city is decorated for Christmas the place becomes magical. The sight of Christmas trees and twinkling lights in the tropics feels strange at first, but...
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1 Busch Gardens Blvd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA
As a college age traveler I look to find adventure everywhere I go. I love the holidays season, so I decided to experience extended holiday fun with some friends and take a trip to Williamsburg. This picture was taken in Williamsburg, Virginia...
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Rue du Parc 2, 4577 Modave, Belgium
The Chateau is gorgeous at any time of the year but at Christmas time it's extra special as each room gets decorated with Christmas trees and beautiful ornaments. We went this past Christmas and I loved it. I cannot wait for next Christmas!
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1 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113, USA
A few days after Thanksgiving, Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose begins to transform into a winter wonderland. Volunteers set up hundreds of Christmas trees throughout the park, along with Christmas-themed displays, holiday lights and a...
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Stortorget, 111 29 Stockholm, Sweden
December in Stockholm is a great time to explore various Christmas markets (Julmarknader) around town. At Stortorget in Gamla stan (Old town), you'll find the city's most popular Christmas market where you can pick up a variety of porcelain...
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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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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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The Christmas market in Bruges is divided in two. One takes place on Simon Stevinplein street, not far from the main square and the other is in the main square or Grote Markt. From one to the other it's a five or less minutes walk. They are both...
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Bruges, Belgium
Best thing about the European Christmas markets is the street food. This is "Tartiflette", a French dish from the Haute Savoie region of France. It is made with just a few ingredients - potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions, and you can...
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Ghent, Belgium
I am really impressed with the city of Gent for putting together such an outstanding Christmas market. It is the best we've see so far. Very diverse street food, the decorations are amazing, there is a huge ice skating rink, merry-go-rounds for...
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75009 Paris, France
Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is worth a visit if only to stand under its magnificent glass dome. The family business has survived as a one-stop-shopping hub for five generations, thanks to steady innovation and an emphasis on high fashion and...
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Unionsgatan 29, 00170 Helsingfors, Finland
The last day of my 25-day trip ended at the Christmas market by the Cathedral of Helsinki. Truly magical as the vendors are all lined up perfectly looking down from the footsteps of the Cathedral.
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Albert Square, Manchester M2 4JW, UK
The city of Manchester is ready for Christmas! Their very extensive Christmas market is all over the city but you could call the starting point the front of the town hall in Albert Square. The traditional Christmas fare is available at the...
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Aleksanterinkatu 52, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Christmas windows come alive with creative displays at the Stockmann Departmental store in Helsinki.
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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...
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Franklin, TN, USA
Every December downtown Franklin, Tennessee, hosts "A Dickens of a Christmas," a street festival featuring arts and crafts, food and drink, and dozens of Franklin residents dressed as characters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The Ghost...
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Zürich Hauptbahnhof, Museumstrasse 1, 8021 Zürich, Switzerland
Be dazzled by the thousands of Swarowski jewels hanging from the Christmas tree in Zurich's Christmas market Main Station. This is one of the biggest indoor markets in Europe. There are more than 150 market stands selling anything from food to...
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Šventaragio g., Vilnius 01143, Lithuania
Vilnius has amazing markets during warm weather months so I had high hopes for the shopping at the Christmas Market. Though the market had excellent snacks (cookies, doughnuts, coffee, etc.), I was disappointed by the options for gift shopping. I...
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Santo Domingo 10106, Dominican Republic
Up until this year I never really knew how much Dominicans are obsessed with Christmas. This special installation in the center of the city is in it’s second year. I saw so many happy faces. The kids really do have the best time. Photography by...
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Warmoezeniersweg 20, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Went over to Brugge the other day to see the ice sculptures and also had a walk through the city. The main square was lit up very nicely and there was an ice rink right in the center. The weather was cold but the atmosphere was poetic.
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Here tradition still is what it used to be and there are plenty of emotions this time of year. People live Christmas very intensely! December 23rd We insist on welcoming you according to the renowned hospitality of this region with a Christmas...
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
We spent a wonderful afternoon in the walled medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, about one and a half hours from Stuttgart. Rothenburg ob der Tauber brings the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life, before your eyes.The unique atmosphere...
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Domplatz, 99084 Erfurt, Germany
After three Christmases and countless holiday markets since our move to Germany, the Erfurter Weihnachtsmarkt has definitely become one of our favorites. Whether it's for the impressive Dom overlooking the main part of the market, the Medieval...
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Weinmarkt 12, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
This trip took place in 2001 but I am sure that even though time has went by that this place remains timeless in its beauty. Being able to see the Swiss Alps was a major highlight. We also frequented a Fondue Restaurant that was amazing. We also...
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2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014, USA
Since 1978, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair has been a Christmas staple in San Francisco. For five weekends each year, Cow Palace becomes a living, breathing version of 19th-century London. Hundreds of actors, vendors, and even participants come...
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It's not a Christmas market unless you can warm up with warm mulled wine and a hot grilled sausage!
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27 Rue des Cordeliers, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Unfortunately, I haven't been to enough European Christmas markets to know whether this one is truly extraordinary, but I really love the marché de Noël in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The little stalls are set up along the Cours...
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Groenplaats 32, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
While it may not get the attention that Brussles and Bruges receive, Antwerp is the city in Belgium that has the most to offer. Here you have a blend of architecture, the old, the new, high fashion, and good food. Arrive in style at the Centraal...
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Napfgasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Über restaurateur Michel Péclard made waves in Zurich when he revamped Café Conditorei Schober, the historic 19th confectionary and coffee shop in the Altstadt. The result is a fairy-tale setting for terrific truffles, gorgeous cakes, and one of...
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Orchard Side, Market Pl, Olney MK46 4BY, UK
In the town of Olney, on 09 December, during the Christmas Market as the sun was setting -- I witnessed one of the most well known of British traditions: a Punch and Judy show. It's a day of cheer, merriment, celebration and costumed citizens....
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Bahnhofstrasse, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
"Lucy" is system of Christmas illuminations of LEDs, shimmering the night sky along Bahnhofstraße, the fame shopping street in Zurich.
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Budapest, 1051 Hungary
There's no better way to connect with a culture than through food. It's a universal language, tangible and immediate. Street/market food is particularly insightful. I recently spent time in eastern Europe and was pleasantly surprised by the...
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Tarvantie 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
So many lifetime experiences await friends of Christmas in Santa Park: Elf School, Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen, Santa’s Office, Four Seasons Sleigh Ride, Ice Princess Ice Gallery, Giant Snow Globe, Post Office and much more to see and do....
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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
Mini ice sculpted Bruges at the The Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges 2013, Belgium. It's -6C inside and all worth it. It looks to me like the exhibit is a tad larger than in past years. The main theme this year is Disney's Frozen but my...
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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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Rovaniemi, Finland
This time last year I was making preparations to go with the family to Rovaniemi, to be at the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus. The kids were so excited. It's pretty adventurous for a family with small kids but not impossible. Finland is a very...
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Basel, Switzerland
Sun may be up, but the dry sun flowers said it all. It's December and weather is dry, cold and Basel is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
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Leuven, Belgium
I posted about how much I love Leuven before. I have never seen during the holidays. It's even more beautiful than normal, which I did not think was possible. If you ever wanted to visit, the winter holidays is the time to do it. It simply...
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Leuven, Belgium
This time of year Leuven looks especially beautiful. I you want to dine outside, the same you would do in summer, fear not as the restaurants have heat lamps mounted over the tables that makes eating outside a very enjoyable experience. With all...
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Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn's Town Hall is full of festivities despite the bitter cold in the city. The city may be smaller compared to Vilnius and Riga, but it is definitely more colorful around this time of the year.
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Düsseldorf, Germany
I have not seen many vendors of chestnuts this year, at the Christmas markets we visited. The best one was in Dusseldorf. The roasted smell draws you close from far away. I don't know about others, but when I see and smell them, I have to have a...
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Drøbak, Norway
The village of Drøbak isn't technically in Oslo, but it's such a short a way off and a lovely place to visit that it has to be highlighted. It's of historical importance too, as the German crosser Blücher was sunk in the waters here, thus delaying...
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Pompano Beach, FL, USA
Every Christmas, one street gets decked out with the most spectacular holiday displays and people come from miles around to see it.
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156 Rue d'Antrain, 35700 Rennes, France
A 15-minute walk from downtown, LeCoq-Gadby is a former family estate turned boutique hotel. At the Michelin-starred restaurant, dine on capon stuffed with morel mushrooms, a popular Christmas meal. Learn to make macarons in chef Pierre Legrand’s...
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Napapiiri, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Napapiiri, FINLAND -- It's usually a place that needs no address. All the Brits come here with their kids for Christmas and I did the same, too. Do you know who lives around here?
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3 Taiyang Ave, Songbei Qu, Haerbin Shi, Heilongjiang Sheng, China
My sister's invitation to participate in the Harbin Olympiade for synchronized skating meant that our Christmas trip was delayed until February. Being from Chicago, I thought I was accustomed to the biting cold, but ending up practically in...
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Hverfisgata, Reykjavík, Iceland
There's an old tale they tell the children in Iceland about these little elf-like creatures called the Jule Lads who live in the volcanic lands outside of Reykjavik. Traditionally, around Christmas time, they come down and cause all sorts of...
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Hauptstraße 159, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
I know Heidelberg is on every tour route, and always teeming with tourists, but I never miss a chance to visit when I'm visiting family in Germany. I love the Altstadt, with its romantic nooks & crannies. I love the bridge on the Neckar, & walking...
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Rathclaren, Farrannagark, Kilbrittain, Co. Cork, Ireland
On the coast south of Cork, this beautiful house is tucked away among cow pastures. The beds are comfy, the bathrooms clean and spacious, the doggies are friendly, but the thing that really struck us was how blissfully quiet it was. They had...
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Via Roma, 51, 19018 Vernazza SP, Italy
There's not much that can improve upon this view, except maybe a cappuccino and a slice of focaccia bread. Lucky for me, I had both of those things with me. This is the view at the very beginning of the Vernazza-Monterosso hiking trail in the...
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Ano Mera 846 00, Greece
A few kilometers inland from Mykonos Town, Ano Mera is a small Cycladic idyll of a village. To get a feel for how people lived before the tourism boom, wander the streets and smell the scent of fresh baked bread. The Panagia Tourliani church and...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Adare is known as Ireland's most beautiful village and I saw why when we got there. There are such beautiful houses there. I adore thatches! It is absolutely charming. If you do not believe them or me, check for yourself :)
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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn is the most amazing village I have ever seen. Canals go through the entire village making it a little Venice of the Netherlands. You park your car at the boat dock and then you walk or rent a boat to see the entire place. Giethoorn is a...
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00060 Capena RM, Italy
The original settlement of Capena was founded on the site nowadays known as La Civitucola, some three kilometres north of present-day Capena. Ancient Capena was a thriving town, situated close to the Tiber river and the sanctuary and commercial...
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84220 Gordes, France
In the early hours of a summer morning I visited the Cistercian Abbey of Sénanque in Provence near the crumbling hill town of Gordes. It was completely silent, with not a soul about. A purple swathe of lavender cut a dash as it graced the old...
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When my husband and I went to Provence last summer I, uncharacteristically, did not do much planning. When we were checking into our hotel in Aix I saw a picture of the most brilliant blue water in a brochure and I asked the woman at check-in what...
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50170 Mont Saint-Michel, France
We arrived at Mont Saint Michel in the evening after driving half the day with two small kids in the car. I was tired, hungry and yet, when I saw Mont Saint Michel in the gorgeous blue hour light I was in love forever. This is the very first...
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3 Rue Principale, 37510 Villandry, France
There are more than 100 castles in France's Loire Valley, encompassing Orléans, Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Saumur, Tours and beyond. Stretching along the Loire River, these royal châteaux are filled with fascinating history, opulent...
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4 Rue de la Herse, 68000 Colmar, France
An incredible French restaurant called Les Bateliers lies over the water just near the Rue Turenne Bridge in Colmar, France, providing a one of a kind view of the colorful historical architecture. If you had to choose one place to eat in Colmar,...
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LUBERON LOISIRS E 14 DOMAINE DE LA COUDOULIERE, 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages, France
A Trek Travel culinary journey biking through Provence begins with a Provençal cooking experience with Michelin-starred Chef Xavier Mathieu at the prestigious Le Phébus hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Luberon, chef Mathieu reinterprets...
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Boulevard Jardin Zoologique, 13004 Marseille, France
Centered around an elaborate water fountain constructed during the Second Empire, the Palais Longchamp is home to the Natural History Museum, with its cabinets of curiosities and zoological specimens, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts. Here...
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3bis Rue Reine Elisabeth, 13001 Marseille, France
Marseille began its life as a trading port founded by the ancient Greeks, and the city’s heart remains at the waterfront. Here, you can witness the city's vibrant Mediterranean soul: Restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops bustle, pavilions host...
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59 Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux, France
The crescent-shaped area on the right bank of the Garonne River is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of particular note are the splendid neoclassical buildings constructed during the Age of Enlightenment thanks to the wealth of the wine...
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Canal du Midi, France
After spending 3 nights in the quaint southern France town of Narbonne on the Canal de La Robine, 4 of us headed to Argens to pick up our Penichette 1020 FB to self-drive for a week, going west on the Canal du Midi for 119 kilometers. We...
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34500 Béziers, France
They call it an incredible feat of civil engineering. They say it is one of the longest canal systems in the world, the most spectacular man-made waterway. They inscribe it a World Heritage Site. But the Canal du Midi is a living work of art that...
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Le Lautaret, 05480 Villar-d'Arène, France
At an altitude of 2100 meters, the Alpine Botanical Gardens at the Lautaret Pass in the Dauphiné Alps are a breathtaking (literally!) experience. If you love glaciers, fresh air, and botany, a visit to this paradise-like garden is a must.
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Honfleur, France
I attended a photography workshop in Normandy, France, May 2013. Honfleur, Bayeux, D-Day sites, Mont Saint-Michel and Caen were among the picturesque sites of Normandy we visited. Needless to say, we all came home with great photos of this...