St. Germain en Laye: Paris’s Royal Suburb

The Castle of Saint Germain en Laye

Saint Germain en Laye is an elegant, royal town located just a short drive (or RER line #1 trip) from Paris; a perfect spot for a day trip from Paris or for a quick overnight visit. Founded in 1020, Saint Germain en Laye is the birthplace of Louis XIV. The city features a vital, historic town center with 26 protected, expansive acres including many early 19th century arcaded houses. It is a lively ... Read Full Article

In Search of the Authentic Pint in Paris

Corcorans Pub in Paris

Of course there are great pubs in Dublin, Limerick and Galway, but what about Paris pubs? We have searched out the most authentic Irish pubs in Paris, because sometimes you just gotta have some pub grub and an authentic pint! Kitty O'Shea's Pub and Restaurant   One of the most authentic pubs in Paris, Kitty O'Shea's, is set right in the heart of Paris. The owner and wait-staff ... Read Full Article

Worms, Germany: A City of Churches

The Cathedral of St. Peter

Worms, located on the west bank of the Rhine River, is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Besides the archaeological finds that go back more than 6,000 years, Worms was the scene of several events that shaped European history. It is the site of a medieval epic “the Nibelungelied’ , a story every German child learns at school about a legendary hero, Siegfried, and the Hun destruction of Worms. Legend ... Read Full Article

Top Museums in Vienna

painting by Egon Schiele

Vienna is an extraordinary city of art. With fine architecture, music venues and many museums and galleries from which to choose, you will never run out of options. We encourage first time visitors to begin by visiting these top museums in Vienna. And, after your tour of Vienna's top museums, you may be ready for exploring Vienna through coffee, another favorite pass-time while in this art-filled ... Read Full Article

Eclectic Erfurt, Germany

architecture on Cathedral Square in Erfurt, Germany

You’ll find an Eclectic Mix of Attractions in Erfurt: A Rich Religious History, Awesome Outdoor Operas, a Formidable Fortress, and an ancient Merchant Bridge. Oh Yes, . . . and a Puppet Maker and Delicious Dumplings. I’ll always remember the ancient city of Erfurt for its sheer variety of jaw dropping sights packed into a small area. One minute you’re crossing a medieval bridge with dozens ... Read Full Article

Loire Valley: Ladies, Leonardo and Sleeping Beauty

Chenonceau Chateau in the Loire Valley

France's Loire Valley is renowned for its magnificent chateaux. Scores are scattered over the landscape and choosing which to see is a challenge. On this leg of our journey, John and I rented a car and made our home base in the quiet village of Chenonceaux, staying in a hotel just 300 meters from the chateau. Chenonceau Chateau is one of the most visited sites in France for good reason. ... Read Full Article

A Day with Frederick the Great and Sans Souci in Potsdam

The park and gardens of Sans Souci

When it comes to popular north German destinations, Berlin certainly hogs its share of the attention. Yet to visit Berlin alone would mean ignoring the multitude of equally fascinating locations near and around. One of the more impressive is much closer than you’d think, a conveniently short U-Bahn ride from the capital itself. Welcome to Potsdam. Potsdam, like Berlin, is a city steeped in ... Read Full Article

Visit These Less-known Towns in Belgium

The Citadel of Dinant overlooks the Collegiate Church and the Meuse River

Sometimes called Europe’s best-kept secret, Belgium is slowly starting to climb the ladder of popular western European destinations. Although less-visited than its neighbors (the Netherlands, France and Germany), it does have an overwhelmingly extensive menu of historic sites and attractive sights – a menu of which, once you’ve tasted one dish, you’ll be a craving much more. Talking about ... Read Full Article

5 Belgian Towns That Are Well-Worth Visiting

Dominating the town square, Aalst’s belfry is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Belgium is dotted with beautiful historic towns, many of them dating back all the way to the Middle Ages and even beyond. Although cities like Brussels , Bruges  and Antwerp are certainly destinations that should not be skipped, visiting some smaller and less-known Belgian towns is absolutely worth your time as well. Let’s take a look at five of those towns, all chock-full with historic ... Read Full Article

Discovering Berlin’s Bohemian Rixdorf

Welcome Sign to Richardplatz in Rixdorf

 It’s one of those crisp, grim Berlin days, the kind that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a refrigerator as soon as you leave the front door. I’ve decided to take a walk down Sonnenallee (sun alley) in the Neukolln neighbourhood, a busy strip lined with Turkish doner restaurants, Arabic groceries and Internet cafes. One of the last things you’d expect to run into at this point is an ... Read Full Article