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Best Places to Visit Europe in Fall

Europe in Fall.

Fall is one of the most beautiful and fun times to visit Europe. The weather is perfect, not too hot and not too cool. The harvests are finished and locals everywhere are celebrating with all kinds of festivals. As we have with our Europe in Spring, Summer, and Winter articles, we’ve asked fellow travelers to let us know where they think is the best place to go during the autumn season. Some places are obvious, like chasing the fall foliage in the Alps; other locations might just be a surprise! Check out all the Great Places to Head to during Fall in Europe Santorini, Greece by Tasha Amy of Backpackers Wanderlust When you think about Santorini, you don’t really think …

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Best Things To Do in Wroclaw

The Best Things to do in Wroclaw.

Wrocław, pronounced “Rotes – slav”, is a beautiful Polish medieval city with a vibrant cultural scene. Looking at the restored buildings in the historic center one can imagine what life may have been like four or five hundred years ago, while sipping a nice Starbucks café latte macchiato! The view from this café is incredible and, of course, free wifi is always enticing. But we weren’t in Poland to check the pulse of globalization; we were far more interested in getting out and walking the city, and finding the absolute best things to do in Wroclaw. Along our walk we found dwarfs galore  and an enormous 360 degree panorama painting, markets, museums, as well as the best pierogies I’ve ever eaten. It’s …

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Plan Your Trip To Czech Republic The Czech Republic is one of our favorite places to explore. Luckily, we now live on the border and we can visit the sites many times on just a day trip.  Our first time visiting this small country was in 1990. We crossed over into a third world country. From Germany, it was a marked difference. Thankfully twenty years later, the country is a vibrant and fun place to visit. Prague is probably one of the prettiest cities in Europe, and there are many things to do, see, and eat. Location and Visa The Czech Republic is in central Europe, bordering Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Poland is extremely easy to get to either by …

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How To Take Advantage Of The Belarus 5 Day Free Visa

You know what I love? I love a free visa! Starting in February of 2017, citizens of 80 countries can obtain the Belarus 5 Day Free Visa upon entry, as long as you enter and exit through the right places. One of those places is Minsk International Airport, so we got online and booked our tickets. We couldn’t wait to visit this country that has been virtually closed off to the Western world for decades. We wanted to explore Minsk and its environs for the full five days, finding the best things to do, see, and of course…eat! A Belarus and Minsk Guide

Best Places To Visit Europe In Winter

Traveling in Europe is amazing all year round. Since we began living in Germany, we have been able to check out the best Europe has to offer in winter, and it has become one of our favorite seasons to travel.  When choosing a place to go in winter, first you have to decide what you want to do while on vacation. I like to experience snow, skiing, sledding, hot chocolate, fondue, wintery things…usually. I have to admit after a string of German gray days with no snow, I’m also ready to escape the cold and go somewhere warm, but there are not many places that are truly warm in Europe in winter. You usually have to go much further away …

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Visiting The Kuchlbauer Tower and Brewery in Bavaria

Art and beer, beer and art. These two things don’t necessarily go together, but in Abensberg, a small town not far from Regensberg, in Bavaria there is a brewery and beer garden where it’s all about the art. It boasts a magical tower that will have the kids of all ages gaping and smiling. Jim and I heard about this unusual combination, and couldn’t wait to go. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to convince us to visit a brewery anyway, but with a little whimsy, you just can’t keep us away, and one thing that the Kuchlbauer Tower promises is whimsy! Am I Dreaming? The Kuchlbauer Brewery and Hundertwasserturm Experience The Kuchlbauer Brewery, brewing wheat beer or weizenbier, a wheat …

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How Europe’s Schengen Visa Works

If you are traveling to Europe from outside of the European Union, you will have to get a visa called the Schengen Visa. It is defined by the European Commission as a “short-term visa.” The visa is an agreement between 26 countries that allows visitors to Europe a one-visa visit without border controls. Basically, with a few exceptions, the Schengen Tourist Visa is a European visa allowing you to stay in the “zone” for 90 days.

A Shopping Weekend To the Polish Pottery Capital Of The World

Looking for that perfect European souvenir? Polish pottery is it. Everyone loves the traditional blue and white Polish pottery patterns that adorn everything you could need in your kitchen. Click here to read our guide. Polish pottery mugs | Polish pottery dinnerware | Polish ceramics | Boleslawiec Polish pottery

Living in Germany, even though I have lots of opportunity, I don’t often go on shopping trips. It’s just not in my genes, but there are some products that you just can’t say no to and I would definitely put Polish pottery into that category. I usually prefer touring to shopping, but I do love a good hunt. That’s why Poland is such a fantastic destination, and why Wroclaw is my favorite city in the entire country, and maybe even in Europe! However, anywhere you go around the world is full of boutique shops selling quaint country crockery will have a shelf or two of Polish stoneware. With its signature blue and white patterns, it’s easy to mix and match …

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Top 10 Things To Do In Kaunas, Lithuania

Top Things to do in Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas, Lithuania: European Capital Of Culture 2022 We first visited Kaunas, Lithuania during a Thanksgiving weekend about five years ago on an exchange trip. Our gracious hosts were musicians and fellow teachers and they bent over backwards to show us a good time. We left after four days impressed with Lithuanian history, culture and food. However, we knew we’d have to go back during a more favorable season to really get a feel for tourism in this former Soviet controlled country. I finally had the chance when I climbed aboard the tall ship Stadrad Lehmkuhl for a tall ship race from Turku, Finland to Klaipeda, Lithuania. After leaving the ship, I made my way to Kaunas for a weekend break …

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A Lesson to Remember at Flossenburg Concentration Camp

For Americans, like myself, World War II stories are fresh in our minds. As we’re traveling around the country, we try our best to visit them and keep reminding ourselves what can happen if we are not careful, mindful. One of the things that are abundant in Germany are concentration camps, and unlike the names of Dachau and Auschwitz which have been engraved on our brains, Flossenburg Concentration Camp is one of thousands of camps during World War II that no one has heard of, yet millions of people of all ages and gender were imprisoned, or worse, in these unforgotten hells. The numbers of concentration camps during the Second World War is staggering. Numbers vary depending on your source, however …

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Grappling with Tragedy at the National September 11 Memorial

Grappling with Tragedy at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The sun was shining, as small soft white clouds floated slowly across the sky. It was a warm day, a perfect September late summer afternoon. I had a long drive, nearly a two hour commute heading home at the end of the day. Just one quick stop at the grocery store to pick up dinner and we could hit the road. September 11, 2001 Walking into the store, I sensed something was wrong but I couldn’t place my finger on it. There had been a small crowd of shoppers around the cashiers and a few other shoppers moving slowly through the store, as if floating through a dream, but the store was completely quiet, save for the low murmur of …

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