Hop on for a Benelux Culinary Tour

Market hall in Ghent, Belgium a Benelux country

Rail travel is often associated with the hateful commuter necessity that we experience daily or the iconic luxury experiences that we only read about; but is there anything in between? Those were my thoughts as I boarded the Eurostar for a nine day trip that would weave me across Benelux – Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg – for a Benelux culinary journey. My Benelux Culinary Tour The ... Read Full Article

Six of Germany’s Fairy Tale Cities

Sleeping Beauty" castle of Sababurg one of Germany's fairy tale cities

Have you ever wondered who and what inspired the German brothers Grimm, who wrote the fairy tales we loved as children? Germany's fairy tale cities are varied in location and size, and they are all are worth a visit to rekindle the magic of our childhood. And while planning your travels, be sure to check out Travel Ticker when you book the best hotels for your journey. So, pack your bags and ... Read Full Article

The Kinderdijk Windmills, a Year-round Attraction

The Kinderdijk Windmills line the Overwaard canal

If you’re looking for the quintessential Dutch landscape, you can’t find a better one than Kinderdijk. Located a mere sixteen kilometers from Rotterdam , in the province of South Holland, this tiny village is home to the Kinderdijk Windmills. These nineteen old windmills, make up the most dense concentration of windmills in the entire Netherlands. It lies at the confluence of two meandering ... Read Full Article

Explore Some of Europe’s Unique Sights

Plitvice lakes National Park in Croatia is one of Europe's Unique Sights

Most world travelers have already been to Paris, London and Rome, so they might be looking for some unique Europe sights to visit. We have compiled this short list of places for those seeking some of Europe's little known treasures. But before we start, check out some of these Priceline online coupons by Chameleonjohn. With these coupons, you will have a chance to see all of these sites with ... Read Full Article

The Ghost of Van Gogh: A Tour through Arles and Saint-Remy

Reproduction of The Yellow House

I rested my hands against the windowsill of van Gogh’s bedroom in the Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, an asylum in Saint-Rémy, and peered out at the painter’s Provence: rolling wheat fields bordered by olive trees, a purple-tinged mountain silhouette sweeping the horizon, a golden sun illuminating it all. I was mesmerized by this view, all the more knowing that Vincent van Gogh stood in this very ... Read Full Article

Cycling through Charlottenburg : The Leafy Side of Berlin

The Schloss-001

You’ve probably heard the common line about Berlin: a poor but sexy concrete Neverland, simmering with smoky bars and clubs that rage to the break of the next week’s dawn. While the racy capital’s hedonistic reputation definitely checks out, there’s a lot more to it than that. On a gloriously sunny, summer day we took a cycle ride from our HQ in the southern (and much more raucous) district of ... Read Full Article

Uzes: a Treasure in France’s Languedoc Roussillon

Small cafe in Uzes

If you’ve never been to the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, you are missing a whole lot, including an opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Uzes. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you spend an entire week in Uzes and use it as a hub from which to explore the region. Why Visit Uzes? This beautiful town, set above the wild lands of Languedoc, is a place to discover “France ... Read Full Article

A Walking Tour of Leuven, Belgium

Old Market Square in Leuven

Leuven, a lesser known city in Belgium, is located a short train or car ride to the northeast of Brussels. However, it’s not that Leuven attracts fewer visitors than other Belgian cities such as Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent because it doesn’t have anything to offer— it is rather the contrary! The city of Leuven is a vibrant centuries-old university city. Leuven is home to the Catholic University ... Read Full Article

The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Berlin

Bonanza coffeehouse

Whether you’re an embracer of change or a stickler for the straight and true, third wave coffee culture has all but taken over much of the western world in recent years. While the old guard in Europe has been slow to accept the modern approach – ever-faithful to Mediterranean habits over single origin roasts and bio milk – young, creative populations in capitals like Berlin are sprouting some ... Read Full Article

Paris: Beyond the Tourist Haunts

Fondation Louis Vuitton

This year, we decided to take a river cruise on the Seine into Normandy, spending four leisurely days beforehand in Paris. After all, I'd never pass up the opportunity to spend time in Paris. We travel to Paris regularly, so we are always looking for new and interesting things to do, beyond the regular tourist haunts. Here's a rundown of what we did this summer. Three of us arrived on a ... Read Full Article