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Maria Haase

EuropeUpClose Editor-in-Chief

Maria Haase is a travel writer and photographer sharing her love for the world and its different cultures on EuropeUpClose.com.

As a serial expat for the past 12 years, she has called three continents her home, traveled to over 40 countries and eaten way too many sticks of mystery meats on the way. She wants to encourage others to discover the world through travel.

She is currently on a challenge to visit all 412 European UNESCO World Heritage sites in the next 5 years.

Käthe Wohlfahrt Rothenburg ob der Tauber – A Must If You Love Christmas

Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Germany’s Romantic Christmas Village Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of Germany’s most beautiful medieval villages. Surrounded by tall historic city walls, massive watchtowers, cobblestone streets, and halftimbered, Rothenburg is the quintessential fairytale town of Germany. While stunning year-round, it is a popular destination during December and a MUST if …

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Best Things To Do in Brussels

Brussels, capital of Belgium and seat to the European Parliament is the heart of Europe both physically and politically. With an incredible 60 million people living within 300 km from the city, a few days in Brussels is an enticing prospect as there so many things to do in Brussels. Attracted by world-famous destinations such …

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Corona Virus: Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans?

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Travel First of all, I am not a doctor, nurse, or have any medical training whatsoever. I am not going to give you medical advice. However, I travel much more than the average person and would like to share my personal insights on the Corona Virus and whether …

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Top 10 Helpful Tips For Your Mediterranean Winter Cruise

Winter is my favorite time to cruise in the Mediterranean. The crowds are less, the weather is not scorching hot, the atmosphere is more calm and relaxing. A winter cruise in the Mediterranean is a completely different experience though. While the weather is usually still milder than many places, it is definitely not a beach-y …

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A Taste of France: Culinary Road Trip Through Reims, Dijon, and Avignon in Eastern France

These Cities in Eastern France Will Give You a True Taste of France Sponsored Post Champagne, Bourgogne, Provence – if you are a foodie, those names will make your mouth water. Today we will introduce you to some of the tastiest cities in Eastern France: Reims, Dijon, and Avignon. These three cities are part of …

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Eastern Mediterranean Cruise: 3 Continents Cruise

Bucket List Cruise with Celestyal Cruises 3 Continents – 6 Countries – 5 UNESCO Sites – 8 Days: The 3 Continents Cruise by Celestyal Cruises offers you an itinerary where one highlight follows the next. In early December, my husband and I were invited on board the Celestyal Crystal to experience this cruise and share …

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Sailing In The Azores – Top Tips and Best Azores Islands

Sailing in the Azores – Guest Post by SV Delos Sailing in the Azores Departing from Bermuda in late June 2019, we were aware of leaving at the tail end of the season and eager to put some miles under our keel. Day blurred into night and for the first 72 hours, our around the …

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What To Do In Amsterdam: Top Amsterdam Attractions That You NEED To Put On Your Itinerary

What to Do in Amsterdam: Top Amsterdam Attractions You NEED On Your Itinerary Up there with Paris and Rome, Amsterdam holds the title as one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. It has the best of cities and towns, which makes people continue to visit. There are international restaurants, lively nightlife, …

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