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First Trip to Europe? What to Expect

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Most oversized room keys are designed to be left behind with your friendly receptionist. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) Don’t overtip in Europe; most locals just round up the bill with a few coins. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli) If you're planning your first trip to Europe, congratulations! Learning about the world through travel is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Things are different in Europe — that's why you go. But every first-timer has concerns about getting along in an unfamiliar place. Travelers are worried or curious about everything from bed sizes and strange food to language problems and pickpockets. Here are a few friendly tips to help smooth the way.
Necessities: I've seen people pack a whole summer's supply of deodorant or razors, thinking they can't get them abroad. You can get virtually everything in Europe. If you can't get one of your essentials overseas, perhaps you should ask yourself how 500 million Europeans can..

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European Sweet Treats

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Fresh “pastels de nata” are easy to find at bakeries across Portugal. (photo: Rick Steves) Baklava is the traditional queen of desserts in Turkey. (photo: Cameron Hewitt) We all know that Belgians are connoisseurs of fine chocolate, and Italy's gelato is an edible art form. In France, travelers look for tempting pâtisseries where they can indulge in éclairs, fruit tartes, and macarons. Americans in Germany expect to try the famous Black Forest cake, a mouthwatering concoction with alternating layers of schnapps-soaked chocolate cake, cherries, and whipped cream.
But dig a little deeper with your dessert spoon in Europe and you'll uncover a bounty of lesser-known treats to sweeten your trip abroad.
In Portugal, a wonderful local pastry is the cream tart called pastel de nata. Popular all over Portugal, this delicacy was born in Lisbon's Belém district, where locals have been coming to the famous pastry shop Casa Pasteis de Belém since 1837 to get them warm out of the..

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