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Featured Travel Reviews

Butchart Gardens: the Magic of Christmas

One of the most fun things you can do in Victoria at Christmastime is to visit Butchart Gardens. Actually, it is a great place to visit any time of the year, but it's particularly exciting at night during Christmas when they present the Magic of Christmas. The whole...

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Venus Sophia Tea & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria

When you go to Victoria, British Columbia, you've got to have the Afternoon Tea experience. Venus Sophia is a quaint Vegetarian Eatery that serves up a lovely version of tea time, and I always get excited about a vegetarian-specific restaurant, especially when they...

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Westin Riverfront, Beaver Creek, Colorado

Located in Beaver Creek, on Gore River about ten minutes from Vail Village, The Westin Riverfront is a four diamond resort that offers cozy mountain luxury. It's such a pretty setting, and the way the light hits the place, I kept thinking I was seeing things in HD....

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Mountain Standard, Vail

Mountain Standard is a relaxed and rustic fine dining restaurant with a creative menu and a wonderful creekside indoor-outdoor atmosphere. Flowers, the water, mountains and bistro lights create the perfect mood, and the food is fantastic. With quality ingredients,...

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Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is a 150 year old icon, the city's ground transportation hub, and my favorite Denver landmark. I'm enamored by train travel, and Union Station for train enthusiasts is nirvana. It's simultaneously glamorous and functional. Formal and relaxed. It's...

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Northern Lights in Iceland with SuperJeep

Iceland’s lunar landscapes are mentioned in every guidebook. People talk about the terrain feeling like another planet, but I think it’s equally the lighting. The sky in Iceland is otherworldly. Blues, purples, oranges and yellows throughout the day are hypnotic. I...

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Icelandic Christmas Cat: He’s a Bad Guy

Jólakötturinn: Icelandic Christmas Cat Have you ever heard of Jólakötturinn or Jólaköttur? He's the Icelandic Christmas Cat and he is a giant black cat-monster that frightens children who misbehave around Christmas. At least this is what I heard from some Icelanders....

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Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne, or Köln, is one of Germany's most popular cities for travelers. Located in picturesque Rhineland, Cologne is beautiful at any time of year, but it's decked out to the nines at Christmastime. Cologne Christmas Market is comprised of seven markets and welcomes...

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Christmastime in Heidelberg, Germany

Christmastime in Heidelberg is magical. You've got a medieval castle as a backdrop to one on the prettiest markets in Germany. It can get crowded, but somehow it feels intimate and cozy. Heidelberg Castle You can't go to Heidelberg and not visit the Castle. It's...

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The Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich

Brace yourself for unparalleled luxury. The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich is divine. If you go to the Dolder Grand, you must allow at least two days to marinate in this incredible atmosphere. It’s a soul-feeding destination in itself. A fascinating combination of a...

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The Dolder Grand Spa

The Dolder Grand Spa has to be the best spa experience I've ever had. And that is saying something, because I’ve been to some amazing spas. But this one is special. I also had one of my very best spa treatments here. The Dolder Grand Spa is ultra modern and so...

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Zurich Christmas Markets

Zurich Christmas markets are fairly low key. At least by comparison to most of the markets I visited in Germany. For this reason, I found them cozy and intimate and local-feeling. The indoor market at the Bahnhof (main train station) would be the exception, that one...

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Clouds: Zurich’s Restaurant in the Sky

Clouds is a restaurant, bar, and bistro located in Zurich’s tallest building, the Prime Tower. It offers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city so you can enjoy food and cocktails while taking in the best views in town. It's a relatively new building, and...

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CenterHotel Thingholt, Reykjavik

CenterHotel Thingholt was my favorite hotel of the four I tried in Reykjavik. Interesting decor, a touch of strange, and a great comfort level made it a place I'd want to return. From the moment I entered the hotel, with the textured black lava walls approaching the...

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Christmastime in Zurich is Magical

When I think of European Christmas markets and holiday atmosphere, Zurich is not the first place that pops into my mind. But guess what? Christmastime in Zurich is magical.     By day, walking through the city, you see holiday expression done elegantly. A children's...

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SuperJeep Tour: South Iceland

If you only have a couple of days in Iceland (as many people do, due to Icelandair's famous stopovers), there is one thing you have to do--go on a SuperJeep Tour. Hands down one of the best things I've ever done.    My first tour with was the South Iceland SuperJeep...

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Avalon Rhine River Cruise

An Avalon Rhine River Cruise is a great way to see several destinations in one trip. You go from place to place in the comfort of your floating hotel without ever having to re-pack or schlep baggage. Your room goes where you go. This was my first experience river...

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Rudesheim Christmas Market

Located in the Rhine River Valley, Rüdesheim, aka Rüdesheim am Rheine, is classic Germany famous for medieval castles, terraced vineyards, timbered architecture, gothic churches, and of course, the Rudesheim Christmas Market. It's a beautiful part of the country and...

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Nuremberg Christmas Market: Christkindlesmarkt

The Nuremberg Christmas Market, aka Christkindlesmarkt, is perhaps the most famous and largest in the world. Located in Nuremberg's Old Town, in the central square called Hauptmarkt, the Christkindlesmarkt starts November 27 and ends Christmas Eve. Christkind,...

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Nuremberg Christmas Ambiance

Christmas is a big deal in Nuremberg. The city hosts one of the world's largest Christmas Markets and is famous for that. But I want to show you what the Nuremberg Christmas ambience is like around town as well. Lighted Christmas trees, wreathes, Christkind, and the...

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Laundromat Cafe, Reykjavik

One of my favorite memories of Reykjavik was the time I spent at Laundromat Cafe. It's a bustling, vegetarian friendly cafe with smiling faces and rainbows. Literally rainbows. It's centrally located, so pretty much any hotel you're at downtown will give you easy...

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Icelandair Saga Class: What it’s like Up Front

Thinking of flying Icelandair Saga Class? Icelandair is Iceland's flagship carrier. They are based in Keflavik and have been operating flights since 1937. You may have heard about Icelandair's famous free stopovers. They have a deal where you get a free European...

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Nuremberg Organic Brewery: Hausbrauerei Altstadthof

Have you ever tasted warm spiced beer? If not, you are in for a treat at the Nuremberg organic brewery, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof. This is the first certified organic brewery in Germany. History Founded in 1984, Hausbrauerei Altstadthof is committed to preserving...

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Christmastime in Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is in Northeastern France, in the Alsace region, bordering on Germany. I was there for the Christmas market as one of the stops on my Alvalon Rhine River Cruise.     Christkindelsmarik Strasbourg has been called the "Capital of Christmas," and offers...

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