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Wonderful Winter and Food Articles

Visions of steaming mugs of gluhwein and sweet tasting of stollen are dancing in my head. A chilly evening in a cobblestoned square filled with people bundled up, rows of wooden stalls selling everything from candied almonds to handmade Christmas ornaments, there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than going to a Christmas market.

Check out our guide and one week itinerary to get the most out of the Big 5 Bavarian Christmas Markets.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a charming medieval town with ivy covered stone walls, tall watchtowers, and winding, cobblestone lanes. It is sure to spark the visitor's imagination with fairytale wonder. We have been numerous times, and each time we find some new hidden corner of the city to enjoy the warmth and welcoming kindness of the townspeople. The Rothenburg Christmas Market is one of the most famous in the world, and once you go, you will want to return again and again.

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Amidst a light, but watery snowfall, Shirakawago greeted us with the old world charm for which it's famous. The best thing about Japan winters is that the temperature isn't that bad, as long as you are prepared for them. We were immediately taken with the snow-laden roofs of the "gassho zukuri" houses in the town of Ogimachi. The view was magical, dreamlike, something we'd seen stunning photos of, but weren't sure that the real thing would live up to the hype. Spoiler alert: It did!

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Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, doesn't feel like a city at all. It has the homey feeling of a small town, where everyone waves or says "hi" to you each time they see you. A UNESCO World Heritage city, Bergen is a town of Hanseatic League fame, and it still retains that fisherman flavor, even in the winter. For us, it was the perfect winter weekend!

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I love winter! I love finding that perfect ski lodge, complete with steaming hot drinks and a cozy place to eat dinner after a full day on the slopes. I'm not as much of a skier as I used to be, but I still love the atmosphere. I could hang around ski areas all winter long. One of the best places to do all kinds of winter activities is Engelberg-Titlis in Switzerland where you easily pack in a weekends worth of winter activities.

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Mountains, cows, cheese, chocolate. These are all things that I readily associate with Switzerland. That and one more thing, the Swiss Army Knife.  And that is the reason Jim and I booked another weekend in Brunnen, Switzerland, to make our own pocket knives. Even though we drove down there in the dead of winter, we found lots of fun things to keep us busy in this small town not too far from Zurich and bordering the gorgeous Lake Urner.

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The Matsumoto Ice Sculpture Festival and competition is a great reason to take a quick weekend, especially from Tokyo, and head to Matsumoto. Competitors carve their sculptures overnight in frigid temperatures, and the results are stunning. Click here to find out more about Matsumoto in winter.

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Have you ever thought of traveling to Germany during the winter? You should. Hands down, it's the most magical season in this central European country. Forests and mountains are covered in pure, white snow, but the temperature isn't too cold. You can easily spend the day skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or sledding in the many outdoor parks and recreation areas, but that's not all. From November to the end of December, nearly every city, town, and hamlet is blinged out with Christmas lights, a life-sized creche scene, and little wooden stalls ready to sell you everything from a hot mulled wine to locally made handicrafts. Germany knows how to do a Christmas market and there are hundreds to choose from.

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Winter is one of the best seasons to vacation in Europe. Wondering where to go? We've got some great suggestions collected from the pros. Get those hats and scarves ready as you plan a trip to really enjoy the snow and wintery landscapes of Europe.

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Food and Recipes Posts

We're not just about going great places, we also love collecting food ideas and recipes from around the world. That is, we love to eat, so we are always trying to find for you the best traditional and local foods in a destination, as well as maybe taking a French baking lesson or a Georgian dumpling lesson, and learning some recipes.

I love British food! I know you don’t hear that about traditional English food very often, but I really do. In years past, it seems that Britain’s culinary tradition got a raw deal. People said it was bland, boring, or even downright stodgy. But in these foodie days of farm to table, gastro pubs, and high expectations I don’t find that to be the case at all.

Of course, all the old classics are still there for those of us that still have a hankering for things like fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding. So whether your making your way to London for a romantic weekend getaway, to take in a show, or stop the clock on your Schengen visa, our top British foods in London list is for you!

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Börek is found all over Turkey, and, in fact, it might be the Turkish food that has migrated to the most  places that the Ottoman Empire used to be, which we were surprised to find out in our trips to Croatia, Hungary, Albania, and even Bulgaria. Each place within or outside of Turkey puts their own twist on it, but basically its a flaky dough-filled pastry.

Most often the pastry filling is savory and will usually be cheese, ground beef, or spinach. Sometimes you can find potato or other vegetables or even sausage borek fillings as well. Here is our Turkish borek recipe and how to.

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Making traditional schnitzel is one thing; it's pretty straight forward. Measure, cut, pound, fry, and serve, but the magic happens when you start developing the schnitzel toppings or better yet, fillings, for these amazing pork dishes!

What you do with your schnitzel after it is cooked is also up to you. That traditional Wiener Schnitzel is served on the plate with a slice or two of lemon, a sprig of parsley, and serving of potato (usually potato salad or french fries) on the side. Other schnitzel options include a variety of sauces, most cream based and featuring some kind of mushroom.

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