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Journey Through the Baltic Capitals: Exploring Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius

The Baltic States, comprising Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, are three countries that are rarely on the top bucket list of most travelers wanting to visit Europe. These far Eastern European countries have often been overlooked, but that has changed quite a bit in the last few years. Steeped in history and culture, the Baltic states […]

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Must See Attractions in Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, the bustling capital of Serbia, brims with historical charm and cultural depth, making it a worthy place to visit for travelers of many tastes. From ancient fortresses to bustling bohemian streets, there are plenty of must see attractions in Belgrade that offers a unique blend of historical intrigue and contemporary flair. Kalemegdan Fortress At

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Discover the Best Places to Visit in Romania

Romania is truly a destination worth exploring! Often overlooked by travelers opting for more well-known places, this country offers plenty of unique experiences that cater to adventurers, history enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike. From the vibrant streets of Bucharest to the mystical landscapes of Transylvania, here’s an insider’s guide to the best places to visit

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Exploring Bruges: A Journey Through Time and Beauty

Lying in the heart of Belgium, Bruges is a picturesque medieval city that captivates visitors with its architecture and tranquil canals.  Often referred to as “The Venice of the North,” this charming city offers a glimpse into the past, with its well-preserved buildings and cobblestone streets that tell stories of its glorious days as a

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European Delights: 10 Must-Try European Dishes

Setting out on a European adventure brings with it the promise of culinary traditions and amazing foods.  Tasting the local cuisine is not just about eating; it’s about experiencing the history and soul of the places they visit. From the savory to the sweet, every dish tells a story.  Here are ten must-try European dishes

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Best Wild Swimming Beaches in Europe

Europe is blessed with an abundance of attractive coastlines, offering endless opportunities for water lovers and those seeking wild swimming in Europe. If your passion is combining travels abroad with healthy outdoor pursuits like swimming, the continent is perfect thanks to its wealth of stunning beaches, beautiful sandy coves and crystal-clear waters. This article looks

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7 Best Places To Visit In Normandy: From D-Day Beaches to Coastal Towns

Welcome to Normandy, one of my favorite regions of France that offers a compelling blend of history, scenic beauty, and rich cultural heritage. Known primarily for its dramatic role in World War II and the pivotal D-Day landings, Normandy feels like stepping into the pages of history. The area is doubly enjoyable with its picturesque

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Best Castle Hotels in Europe

If you’re looking to step back in time and immerse yourself in history while bathed in luxury during your vacation, the best castle hotels and historic homes in Europe offer a unique experience. From the rolling hills of Ireland to the lush landscapes of Italy, each castle hotel offers a unique peek into the past

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Does Europe Have Cicadas? Comparing the 2024 Double Emergence in the USA

In 2024, the United States is set to experience a remarkable natural spectacle: a double emergence of periodical cicadas, where Brood XIII and Brood XIX overlap. This event will see billions of cicadas emerging simultaneously in parts of the Midwest and South, creating an overwhelming chorus and a phenomenal sight.  How does this compare with

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12 Places You Must See When Visiting Italy: A First Timers Guide

There are many places you must see when visiting Italy, but your personal interests, timeframe, and budget will dictate how exactly you plan your itinerary. I just love Italy. I’ve planned and led more trips here than to any other country in Europe since founding Guidester in 2014. I know the country well, and never

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Montreux: Switzerland’s Picturesque Resort Town on Lake Geneva

Right on the edge of Lake Geneva with the Alps as a breathtaking backdrop, Montreux is the epitome of a Swiss resort town, offering a mix of history, cultural festivities, and pristine natural beauty. We’ll unpack everything that makes Montreux a must-visit: from its historic Château de Chillon to the legendary Jazz Festival. Whether you’re looking

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Dürnstein on the Danube: Wachau Valley’s Hidden Gem

Tucked away along the slopes of the Wachau Valley, Dürnstein is one of Austria’s hidden gems, perfectly marrying history with picturesque scenery.  This quaint village, situated on the Danube River, is renowned for its striking blue abbey and the mythical ruins of a medieval castle, offering an ideal backdrop for those looking to immerse themselves

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