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Christmas in Vienna: Tips for Christkindlmarkt




Christmas in Vienna is a magical time when pristine, white snow falls softly and cold hands clasp mugs of piping-hot mulled wine. Listen to Silent Night sung by angelic choirs of school children, and wander cobblestone streets sparkling with gemütlichkeit, or winter cheer. Search for Krampus, the wicked devil who accompanies St. Nicholas, or grab a toasty bag of roasted chestnuts from a local street vendor. It is Advent as you’ve always imagined, where carols ring from the carillon and timeless wooden toys are the dream of every little girl and boy.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


Top 10 Foods to Try in Lima




When we visit a museum or a national monument, we get a sense of the history of the world, but few experiences reveal the heart and soul of a place more than sharing a meal. No where is this more true than in Peru, where recipes are handed down as inheritances and there are more than 3,000 varieties of potatoes. To truly get a taste of the Andean culture, pull up a seat at the table. Here are the top ten foods to try on your journey to Peru:




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Topics: Americas


The Improbable Ascent to Denali




It was winter when the four mountain men set out to summit the tallest peak in North America. What today would be an average 20-day climb beginning with a flight from Talkeetna to base camp on the Kahiltna Glacier, took them 93 days. Before they would even begin the climb, the crew would first have to travel 90 miles overland and up a glacier carrying a ton of supplies for the harrowing journey that would last until summer. Prior to their attempt, eight other expeditions had failed, and the year before, an earthquake had destroyed what would have been the easiest route up the face.




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Topics: Alaska


Top 10 Tips for Visiting Zurich




Zurich is the city where old world charm meets an industrial, urban edge. Once known for its proper, buttoned-up culture, this Alpine town where lake and river meet is now home to opera and experimental theater, fine art and rock concerts. With more than 50 museums and 100 galleries, there’s much to explore. Here are our top 10 tips for visiting Zurich:




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Topics: Europe


Munich’s Unforgettable Party: Tips for Oktoberfest




If you think the world’s “beer capital” can throw a party on an average day, you should see it during the 16-day festival known as Oktoberfest! The celebration is the last chance for Munich residents to revel in the outdoors before the weather turns colder - a final hurrah to the biergarten season. It all begins with the clip-clop of steed-drawn beer wagons from the city’s major breweries, followed by big brass bands and waitresses in traditional Bavarian costumes. Finally, the mayor pulls the first barrel and shouts “O’zaptf is!,” a signal for the party to begin. Here are some tips you’ll need to keep in mind to make the most of your visit to Munich’s Oktoberfest.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation


A Mansion on the Water: New York’s Boldt Castle




In the middle of the St. Lawrence River a castle rises from the waters. Imposing stone turrets and fireplaces soar over the small speck of tree-lined land that sits amidst 1000 other islands in upstate New York. Heart Island, as it is called, was the dream of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt back at the turn of the last century. A tribute to his wife, Louise, this summer home was an elaborate love letter to the woman who passed away just months before the castle’s completion. Stricken, Boldt immediately halted construction, never to return to the home he had so long dreamed of.




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Topics: New England/Canada


How to Identify Genuine Waterford Crystal: Ireland’s Treasured Glassware




The name Waterford is synonymous with quality. Created in Waterford, Ireland more than 200 years ago, this well-crafted glassware appeared in the homes of the well-to-do families throughout Europe and even gained the admiration of the royals. Today Waterford crystal is still produced with the same exacting attention to craftsmanship. The stemware remains a highly coveted and collectable brand. Being able to distinguish authentic Waterford pieces from duplicates is a valuable skill and a must for anyone in the market for this beautiful crystalware:




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Topics: Ireland


Poke’: Hawaii’s Best-Loved Food




Poke’ is as synonymous with Hawaii as cheesesteak is with Philadelphia. You’ll find it everywhere from food trucks and gas stations, to grocery stores and surf shacks. For years, locals have been enjoying poke’ out of plastic storage dishes while seated on the hoods of cars or standing in food parks overlooking the beach. But recently, poke’ has made its way ashore, finding a place on upscale restaurant menus across the mainland. So just what is it? And, why should we by rushing to try a bite of this Hawaiian raw fish recipe that is suddenly getting its due?




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Topics: Hawaii


European Sailings: Top Tips for River Cruising




Up close and intimate, European river cruises take you to the heart of the interior, giving you a bird’s eye view of the countryside. Whether it’s the Danube or the Rhine, these vessels afford you views and experiences you simply could not enjoy otherwise. From the tulip-kissed fields of the Netherlands to the soaring spires of Cologne’s Gothic Cathedral and the fairytale castles of Bohemia, your floating boutique accommodations make traveling easier than ever. However, before you set sail there are a few things to keep in mind. To help you make the most of your journey, here are our top tips for river cruising:




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Topics: Europe


Niagara Falls is for Lovers




Ever wonder why so many couples celebrate their affection beneath the mist of Niagara Falls? From honeymoons to vow-renewals, anniversaries to late-in life nuptials, the picturesque natural wonder is made for love. As the story goes, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome, traveled by stage from New Orleans to Niagara Falls where he and his bride would spend their first days as a married couple. When he returned home, his praise of the destination was so grand that soon many royal imitators took to visiting the falls. In fact, in the early 1900s the phrase “Honeymoon Capital of the World” began popping up on promotional posters and brochures; and with the opening of the Erie Canal, the railways and eventually the automobile, it was suddenly accessible to a lot more adoring lovers.




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