History of the Christmas Market in Europe

I did a guest post over at the lovely Marcia Richard’s blog on the History of Christmas in Europe. Here’s just a taste of what I write about: In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent (coming of Christmas) is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt”. In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a “Christkindelsmarkt” (in German means “Christ child market”). The markets…

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Top 10 travel tips to avoid looking like a tourist in Europe

Traveling to Europe? You DO NOT want to look like this: Guy on the left: socks with sandals and short shorts. Next guy: backpack with white runners, camera around the neck and water bottle. Third guy: trying to hard to look European? Girl: Can she even walk in those heels? The answer is no she can’t. The last lady: Umm fanny pack and hot dog. No. You do not want…

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Sibiu, Romania: The Capital City of My Heart – Lower Town

As I passed under the Council Tower after visiting the Upper Town of Sibiu, I walked towards the Lower Town to Piaţa Mica deeper into the city of Sibiu, my love deepened. When you walk out onto Piaţa Mica  you see more terraces and the Arts House beside the Liars’ Bridge. In the Arts House you can find just that, Romanian arts including hand-painted clay pottery, traditional clothing and decorations…

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Sibiu, Romania: The Capital City of My Heart – Upper Town

I have traveled to quite a few cities in Europe, including some of the greatest such as the City of Romance – Paris and the Queen of Cities – Prague, but there is no city that has captured my heart like the city of Sibiu. Sibiu was the European Capital City of Culture in 2007 and after spending a mere ten minutes in the city I could instantly see why.…

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Brasov – Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania

When entering the city of Brasov (pronounced Bra-shov), Romania you might for a split second think you’ve arrived in Hollywood. But lowering your eyes will instantly bring you back to the medieval Brasov with its beautifully old buildings and quaint town-like qualities. Brasov’s old center makes you feel like you have transported to another time. Not because the people dress from medieval times, but because the buildings are original with…

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