Europe

Train to Slovakia: Trencin, Magic Shoes and Hotel Elizabeth

For several possible reasons, one of my favorite stops on a recent trip with Eurail Travel was Trencin, Slovakia. It might have been the shoes. Like a seasoned shoe fitting engineer/fairy, with a certain no-negation allowed confidence, my new friend, Jill, said, "I can fit…
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2012: An Emotional Year of Travel in Photos

Personally and professionally 2012 has been an extremely challenging year for me. There I said it. On one hand I'm pretty good at hiding behind rosy words and photographs. But over time, eventually something has to give. Without meaning to sound either cryptic or mysterious,…
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Remembrance of Things Past: Christmas in Rome

Memories of Christmas traditions in Italy from an American living in Rome When I’m shopping in Seattle in mid-October and the red poinsettias in their foil-covered pots are already on display for shoppers who want to skip Halloween and Thanksgiving, I think back to Christmas…

Prehistoric Europe in Tautavel, France

There's a certain timelessness to be found in the Aude. This department in Languedoc-Roussillon in the southwest of France, hidden in the peaks and valleys of the Pyrenees, seems almost caught between eras: the puttering Deux Cheveaux – affectionately called dodoches by the locals – could…

Christmas Market Magic in Vienna

  Uncovering the Vienna Christmas Markets I first discovered that Europe offered Christmas markets by accident while in Munich when I, a self- proclaimed travel virgin, asked a pedestrian in Munich why Marienplatz was full of little wooden stalls. To be honest, it wasn’t really…

Free Attractions on London’s South Bank

Do you hear "free things to do in London" and think "No way!" We'll have you re-thinking that response in no time. London’s South Bank has so much to offer for both the tourist and the local and is one of London’s most popular and vibrant areas…

Volpetti, a Roman Temple of Gastronomy

The food in Rome is a slice of this, that and heaven Rome has St. Peters, the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery. But it also has that temple of high gastronomy known as Volpetti. No visit to Rome is complete without entering the small…
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5 Reasons Wine Does Not Taste The Same At Home

People ask me all the time: “why does wine taste so much better in Europe than it does at home?” It’s a great question so let’s settle it once and for all. And I want to settle it without making you think that it’s all…
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Le Cap d’Agde: My Unlikely Ghost Town

Ever wonder what a popular Mediterranean sea-and-sun spot looks like in winter? Deserted alleyways lined with boarded-up shops. Boulevards void of vehicles. Vacant apartment complexes, every window shuttered. No, this isn’t a post zombie-apocalypse alternate dimension. It’s a beach resort town in the south of France in mid-January. You may…