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8 Places in Albania That Will Wow You

What if I told you there is a county where medieval castles stand perched on mountaintops overlooking the red tiled rooftops of villages below; where iridescent turquoise waves lap onto sugar-sand beaches; where picturesque rows and rows of juicy grapes are producing some of the region’s finest wines; where the gastronomy is so fresh and […]

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How One Chef Is Revolutionizing Prague’s Cuisine

When people think of food in Prague, they most often think of Czech goulash – chunks of beef heavily laden with gravy, served up in a bowl of thick, course bread. But Sophia Smith has been working hard to change that perception. A British expat who moved to Prague sixteen years ago, Sophia brings a […]

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The Amazing Azores: 13 Reasons to Pack Your Bags Now

Whenever I bring up the Azores in a conversation, most Americans say, “Hmmmm, I’ve heard of it, but where is it exactly?” The Azores is actually an archipelago (cluster) of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean, 850 miles west of Portugal and 2,561 miles east of New York City. They […]

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4 Dalmatian Islands that Make Croatia the Best Girls’ Getaway

Sometimes your journeys transform in unexpected ways. That’s how my cruise on the Dalmatian Islands turned out. What began as a solo adventure turned into a sensational island hopping adventure, gathering up other women from other countries, and forming what became a girls’ getaway escapade. The Dalmatian Islands – undiscovered by most American tourists, are […]

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A Day at Montserrat, Spain

As our tour bus steeply ascended toward Montserrat’s summit, the odd, otherwordly peaks of the mountain began to pierce the periwinkle horizon. Bizarre-looking rounded rock pillars — formed by thousands of years of wind, rain and frost — indicated our destination was imminent. “Are we still in Spain or are we orbiting another planet?” I […]

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Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls

When I was a child, I would envision images of magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me.  Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city. The thick […]

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Stockholm in One Day

  What do you do when you find yourself in one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and only 24 hours to spare?  You take in as much as possible, starting with the Stockholm in One Day Tour. Stockholm represents the best of land and sea – a vibrant city surrounded by an idyllic […]

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Snorkel the Chilly Medes Islands? Find Out Why You Should!

The Mediterranean. It’s blue. It’s famous. It’s coooold. Think you might like to snorkel in these frigid waters off the eastern coast of Spain? You would if you knew about the beautiful Mediterranean underworld of the Medes Islands. In the Baix Empordà, off the coast of Catalonia Spain, is a unique archipelago made up of […]

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It’s Here! Your Guide to the Dramatic Dalmatian Islands!

They sit shimmering in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, mostly unknown to American tourists. Island hopping around these undiscovered gems onboard a small ship cruise is discovering paradise, over and over again. Bustling marinas, medieval town squares, sapphire and turquoise beaches, boutique hotels, al fresco dining, and chic bars are all part […]

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10 Reasons Why I’m Obsessed with Oslo

“Go back. Baaaaaaaaaaaack! Over the falls!” My first brief introduction to Norway was on the Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion in Disney’s Epcot theme park. The animatronic troll bellowed his warning to unsuspecting trespassers whose Viking boat was about to “plunge” backwards over the simulated waterfall, launching into a presentation of Norway’s mythology and […]

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