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6 Tips for Traveling Around Europe

Over the years I have traveled in Europe by train, by plane and by car. Each mode of transportation offers its own joys and potential difficulties. Here are a few tips that I have compiled that I hope make your European travels easier and much more enjoyable! 1. Large luggage and train travel are not the best companions Most long distance trains in Europe have a small section at the front and back of each car for luggage. During busy...

Christmas Around the World – Austria – Music and Mozart

Over the years I have spent Christmas in many different parts of the world. To get everyone into the spirit this holiday season I have decided to write a series of short posts on my Best Christmas Holiday experiences. I hope you find one that inspires you to travel and see the world this holiday season! An Austrian Christmas Vienna is a beautiful place to spend the Christmas holidays. Strings of lights are draped across pedestrian walkways like glowing chandeliers....

Best of Switzerland – Winter in Zermatt – Part 3 – Skiing and Fondue

So far, our winter stay in Zermatt, Switzerland had been filled with outdoor activities and amazing local food. On our third and final day we planned to go up to Sunnegga in the morning for a ski lesson and then to a famous restaurant in the evening for traditional Swiss dining. Our Itinerary Day 1 – Gornergrat Railway and Valais Black Nose Sheep Day 2 – Winter Hiking and Around Town Day 3 – Skiing and Fondue Day 3 –...

Christmas Around the World – Finland – Santa Claus and Reindeer

Over the years I have spent Christmas in many different parts of the world. To get everyone into the spirit this holiday season I have decided to write a series of short posts on my Best Christmas Holiday experiences. I hope you find one that inspires you to travel and see the world this holiday season! VISIT SANTA CLAUS AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Far to the north, in the Lapland region of Finland, lies the small village of Rovaniemi. A...

Best of Switzerland – Winter in Zermatt – Part 2 – Snow Hiking and the Village

Zermatt, Switzerland in winter is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Skiing, snow boarding, and snow shoeing activities can be found at the tops of the many cable car ropeways. Winter hiking options, my personal favorite, abound and range from short hikes to full day outings. On our second day in Zermatt we planned to go up to Blauherd for a trek into the Alps and then to spend the afternoon exploring the village. Our Itinerary Day 1 – Gornergrat Railway and...

Christmas Around the World – Switzerland – Traditional and Quiet

Over the years I have spent Christmas in many different parts of the world. To get everyone into the spirit this holiday season I have decided to write a series of short posts on my Best Christmas Holiday experiences. I hope you find one that inspires you to travel and see the world this holiday season! A Traditional Swiss Christmas If you are anything like me, when you think of Christmas in Europe images of bustling Christmas markets and snow-covered...