Christmas is special to celebrate anywhere, but some places make it especially magical.
Swirling a ruby red Chianti while overlooking a Tuscan landscape, quaffing a mug of Löwenbräu at Oktoberfest, clinking glasses of raki over meze in a Turkish tavern: some beverages are inextricably linked with the culture of their origins. In fact, just about every country in the world has a signature drink (usually alcoholic, but not always). Discover some national drinks of the world, and maybe plan a trip to enjoy it the best way: right there in its homeland.
One of the most delightful parts of the Christmas season is the charming Christmas markets that pop up all over Europe. The scent of gingerbread, sizzling sausage, and mulled wine wafts through the air and festive music fills the streets as shoppers peruse the wares and children dart through the crowd. Covered stalls featuring all sorts of gifts and holiday decorations are usually accompanied by vendors selling regional food and drink specialties as well as various live performances from singing and dancing to live nativity scenes.
Above: Berlin Christmas market stall
It may seem hard to believe now in the heat of August, but fall is right around the corner. We’ve compiled some of our favorite fall destinations for you to explore this autumn.
European cities and romance often go hand in hand; everyone knows Paris is the city of love and a gondola ride through Venice makes for a very romantic evening. Forget those cities known for their romantic charm and take a look at these top 10 forgotten cities of passion!
Fall and winter come with a built-in charm and romanticism that makes nearly any destination a must-visit during this season. Escape the cold with winter sun vacations, enjoy the changing foliage of the countryside or visit the European Christmas markets that begin to appear around this time of year. Not to mention, fall and winter are typically low-season for many destinations which means cheaper flights and fewer crowds!