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Andrea MacDonald

Since her first visit to Europe, Andrea MacDonald has seized every opportunity to return. She has finally settled in lovely Valencia with her very own Spaniard, where she is learning that when life hands you lemons, you grab a Valencian orange too and make a sangria.

Falling for Historic Dubrovnik

  While the islands bask in their sunny, lavender-scented glory, Dubrovnik waits at the southernmost tip of Croatia, like a matching bookend to the region’s other main city, Split. But Dubrovnik is much more than the final stop on a typical Dalmatian sailing trip: it is the most historical, charming, and beautiful destination in a region …

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La Tomatina: Spain’s Slippery Free-for-All

La Tomatina is the wildest, sloppiest and silliest event on the European festival calendar. On a day when restaurants in Spain must be scrambling to find tomatoes, this event is a lot of fun. And like all good and messy festivals, it takes place in Spain. The night he returned  to London, Kyle noticed something strange …

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London: A See It All Weekend

  For my 21st birthday, my Mom treated me to my first trip to Europe.¨We can go anywhere you want,¨she said, spreading the continent out before me like a treasure map. Naturally, I could think of no place more exciting than Paris… and Santorini had always been a dream destination. So those were my top …

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Italy’s Padlocks of Love: Luccheti d’Amore

For young Italians, nothing says “That’s Amore!” quite like heavy metal – and the rest of the continent is locking onto the trend. Maybe it’s just me, but when I think metal, chains and padlocks, the first thing that comes to mind usually isn’t romance. But leave it to the Italians to take those three things, add …

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Top 10 Reasons Why Berlin is the Greatest City on the Continent

In 2010, Berlin-Without-A-Wall celebrated its 21st birthday. It officially became a grown-up, able to party and vote and go to war. But hear this: the war is over, the city has voted in a gay mayor, and don’t tell anyone, but Berlin started partying a long time ago! Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why …

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A Visit to Finland’s Santa Claus Village

If you’re anything like me – single, with no young kids, and not 10 years old myself – then you might share my reluctance to admit any great excitement for Christmas. There’s something embarrassing about feeling giddy at the first sign of peppermint, and people look at you like you’re crazy if you sing along …

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