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Art and Science in the Netherlands’ Watersnood Museum

Watersnood Museum, Netherlands Four gray cement blocks, half-sunk in the ground at uneven angles, are the modest home of the Watersnood Museum: the remarkable and beautiful memorial of one of the Netherlands’ greatest disasters. At 2 am, Sunday, February 1st, 1953, a churning storm in the North Sea forced a wall of water into the …

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Lyon France: a City for the Senses

Lyon France has been called many things over the years including “Gateway to the Alps,” “City of Gastronomy,” “Cuisine Capital of the World,” “Silk Capital of the World,” the and “Birthplace of Cinema.” As France’s second city by size, its past embraces a cultural vibrancy reflecting 2,000 years of history including Roman and Renaissance periods. …

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Try a Short-Stay Apartment in Amsterdam

When most people search for holiday accommodation, they typically end up booking a hotel room in Amsterdam. But a short-stay apartment in Amsterdam offers so many more benefits if you are on a similar budget. If, for example, you are staying in Amsterdam for a week or more, a short-stay apartment may be a great …

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A Sobering Tribute in Normandy

Normandy was a turning point for the Allies in World War II. As the largest amphibious invasion in world history, “Operation Overlord” was a combined land, sea and air invasion under the direct command of joint British-American leadership. It continued from D-Day on June 6, 1944 through August 19, 1944 when Allied Forces crossed the …

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Pérouges: The Prettiest Medieval City in France

Perched high on a hill with the French Alps draped as a fairy tale backdrop, the medieval village of Pérouges persists. A timeless town. A perfectly preserved gothic treasure. It’s like walking through the pages of a story from the Middle Ages when chivalrous knights and fair maidens ruled the day. Even today it remains …

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10 Places in Bruges You Can Visit in One Day

If you are looking for a medieval town that oozes historic charm and seems to have jumped straight out of a fairy tale, Bruges, Belgium, is the place to go. A visit to Bruges Lined with cobbled streets and enchanting canals, dotted with imposing churches and other towers, and home to picturesque market squares and fascinating …

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Beautiful Bergmannkiez: A Glimpse into Pre-war Berlin

Have you ever heard of Bergmannkiez? When traveling through Germany, especially in Berlin and the north of the country, at some point you’ll come across the word ‘kiez’. Pronounced ‘keetz’, kiezes are these smaller locales. There are many kiezes in Berlin, but some stand out from the pack. When roaming through the western end of Berlin’s …

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Why Take a Europe River Cruise?

River cruising has been growing in popularity for the last two decades, with more and more cruise companies and ships plying the great rivers of Europe. Taking a Europe river cruise appeals to a wide range of travelers, which also makes it especially great for a multi-generational trip. Whether you’re traveling with your kids, parents, grandparents, …

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Lier – Belgium Off the Beaten Path

Visit-worthy destinations in Belgium aren’t limited to the major well-known cities, such as Bruges, Brussels and Antwerp. Rather to the contrary; those much-visited cities are only the tip of the iceberg—albeit quite a nice tip. The rest of the iceberg of Belgian cities consists of quaint stone towns hidden deep in the valleys of the Ardennes, college …

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