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Europe’s Best Island Getaways

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Memorable seaside views, whitewashed homes scrambling up the hillside, well-worn harborside cafés perfect for lingering — and no cars — all combine to make Hydra my ideal Greek isle. (photo: Rick Steves) On Denmark’s Ærø Island, a row of tiny huts — each different, but all stained with merry memories of locals enjoying themselves Danish-style — faces the sunset. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) There's nothing like an island break in the middle of your travels to really make you feel like you're on vacation. Some of my most vivid travel memories are recharging on an island, where time seems to slow down, and the only thing on the agenda is finding the perfect perch for watching the sunset.
Denmark's Ærø Island is one of my favorite island getaways. This sleepy, 6-by-22-mile isle near the German border is a peaceful and homey place, where baskets of strawberries sit for sale on the honor system in front of farmhouses. I enjoy biking into the idyllic countryside, pas..

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In Europe Say Cheese

DATE : December 14, 2016

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In France, enjoying the local cheese is part of the fabric of daily life. (photo: Michael Potter) At the Friday market in Alkmaar, carriers use a “cheese-barrow” to bring wheels to and from the Weigh House, just as they have for centuries. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) When I'm traveling, I become a cultural chameleon. I love a cup of Earl Grey tea when I'm in England, and I love a cheese course when I'm in France. For a cheese-lover, savoring Europe means savoring its cheeses — they're not only part of the cuisine, they're part of the culture. Here are just a few tips on how to be cheesy in Europe.
France In France, a love for beauty and tradition includes a fondness for artisan cheese that comes in wedges, cylinders, balls, and minihockey pucks; and they're sometimes powdered white, gray, or burnt marshmallow. They even have a proverb that says “a fine meal without cheese is like a beautiful woman who has only one eye.”
Here, the cheese course is served ..

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Encountering Europe’s Living History, Face-to-Face

DATE : December 14, 2016

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The struggles of the Norwegian people under the Nazi occupation are immortalized in this mural in Oslo's city hall. (photo: Rick Steves) Herr Rolf Jung, a retired schoolmaster in Bacharach, Germany, shares his experiences during and after World War II. (photo: Rick Steves) It's exciting to find remnants of Europe's Old World that somehow missed the 21st-century bus. But much of what we see touted as the “real thing” is actually a cultural cliché kept alive for the tourists. To really feel the touch of history, when I'm traveling I like to find a guide (or a friend who functions as a guide) who actually lived through some of Europe's most momentous events.
In Prague, I walked the path that my Czech friend Honza walked in 1989 with 100,000 of his countrymen as they demanded — and finally won — freedom from their Soviet overlords. The walk culminated in front of a grand building. Honza turned to me and said, “Night after night we assembled here, pulled out our ..

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Turning European Meals into Memories

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Standing at a bar with a sampler of tapas and chalkboard specials on the wall is a quintessential Spain experience. (photo: Rick Steves) For the best food deals in Frankfurt, line up with locals at Kleinmarkthalle, a delightful old-school market. (photo: Rick Steves) Eating in Europe is about more than just the food. The best dining experiences are sensory, where you're not only eating tasty cuisine; you're also enjoying the patina of age, the colorful clientele and their chatter, and the crunchy sound of knives cutting through freshly baked loaves of bread. After years of travel, I've found that just as important as museums and churches is experiencing culture through the hearth, through the kitchen, and through the dining room table.
To have a memorable meal, you don't need to eat at a place with a Michelin star, wait in a long line, or use a website like TripAdvisor to tell you what's hot. All you need is a few trusty recommendations on where locals eat —..

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The Five Most Common Problems That Can Occur When We Travel

DATE : December 14, 2016

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18/09/2015 17:46 Naturally we know that life involves risks. Travelling is no different, so we will discuss the five most common problems that often occur on our travels.
Of course, this article is written with the intention that these do not happen to us and we know we can always prevent them. Here you go!:

1. Lost or stolen documents
One thing that often happens is that either we lose or someone steals our wallet with all the money and necessary travel documentation. This means we should try to take good care of everything we take with us and ensure we do not lose our documentation. Of course, we must also aim to put our money and valuables, including documents, in a hotel safe.
Even at times when we need a locker or a place to leave our objects we still have to travel with our tickets in an accessible place, and that's not good. We could lose them. We have previously mentioned electronic tickets. So what else can we do?
Our advice is primarily to keep calm and not p..

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Easy Riders: Taxis and Ride-Sharing in Europe

DATE : August 16, 2016

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To compete with ride-sharing services like Uber, London's famous black cabs must start accepting credit cards by October. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) For an unforgettable evening in Paris, hire a cab or use a ride-sharing app to take a personal tour of floodlit monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) I've long felt that taxis are underrated, scenic time savers that can zip you effortlessly from one sight to the next — except during rush-hour traffic, when they're stuck like everyone else. In the past, cabs were expensive for a lone budget traveler, but a good deal for a group of three or four. Now with the advent of ride-sharing services like Uber, there are more deals than ever for getting around European cities.
One of my favorite cab experiences is to hire a taxi after dinner for a private, tailor-made tour of floodlit Paris. In my Paris guidebook I've included a hit list of the great floodlit monuments and a rip-out ma..

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