La Palma hiking

La Palma hiking: An awesome day at Caldera de Taburiente

By Janice and George | November 3, 2018

Some of the best hiking in the Canary Islands is on La Palma at Caldera de Taburiente. Here’s our how-to guide to hiking the crater on your own.

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Canary Islands cruising

Canary Islands Cruising: See the secret side of the Canaries

By Janice and George | October 15, 2018

A Canary Islands cruise is a great way to visit the lesser-known island gems. Walk magical UNESCO forests and explore pretty mountain villages. And see the Canaries’ secret side!

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The art of bathing naked in Baden-Baden’s Friedrichsbad

By Janice and George | September 8, 2018

The Germans sure know how to take a bath! The Friedrichsbad is a Baden-Baden spa with 17 stages of bathing pleasure. But you’ll be, ahem, naked in front of many other people.

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Hostal de la Gavina

A memorable coastal walk and stay at Hostal de la Gavina

By Janice and George | August 9, 2018

The coastal path from Hostal de la Gavina is one of the loveliest stretches of the Camino de Ronda. The hotel’s pool and perch above the chi-chi town of S’Agaro are sweet too.

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levada walks

Take a hike! Levada walks on Madeira

By Janice and George | July 30, 2018

More than 200 historic “levadas” or water channels criss-cross Madeira, and levada walks are one of the best things to do on this Portuguese island.

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Copenhagen photos

Snapshot Story #29: Copenhagen’s colorful bicycles

By Janice and George | June 28, 2018

It’s impossible to look at Copenhagen photos and not spot some bicycles. The Copenhagen bicycle culture is that strong! These photos will make you want to go for a ride.

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Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel

Olissippo Lapa Palace: Best historic hotel in Lisbon with a pool

By Janice and George | June 21, 2018

Built in 1870, this former Lisbon palace boasts elegant rooms and an outdoor pool in a beautiful garden setting. Bonus: The city center is a 15-minute vintage tram ride away.

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best river cruises in the world

Say hello to the world’s best river cruises and new river cruise lines!

By Janice and George | April 20, 2018

World’s best river cruises? Scenic and Crystal River Cruises are tops. New? U by Uniworld is oh-so trendy. The “Viking Ra” hits Egypt in May, 2018. More here!

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Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunset

Snapshot Story #26: The Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunset is worth a stop!

By Janice and George | April 4, 2018

Just like the tower’s unintended tilt, our guest photographer’s visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa at sunset was unintended. But it resulted in this stunning photo from her Italy trip.

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Snapshot Story #23: Louvre copyists learn by painting the masterpieces

By Janice and George | January 7, 2018

The Louvre Museum has a tradition of allowing artists to learn by painting the masterpieces. Sometimes they catch your attention more than the original art.

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river cruise from Paris to Normandy

Discover the historic riches of Normandy on a Seine River cruise

By Janice and George | January 1, 2018

Our “Scenic Gem” Seine River cruise through Normandy? Delightful! Castles, gardens, artist studios and museums – explored from a Scenic “space ship” with cool sun-room balconies.

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Is the fairytale Chateau de Chantilly better than Versailles?

By Janice and George | December 10, 2017

Near Paris, the Chateau de Chantilly is a fairytale wonder; it’s also home to one of France’s finest collections of classical paintings. Beats Versailles in some ways!

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Hotel Vistabella - Roses Spain

Hotel Vistabella: Coming up pretty in Roses, Spain

By Janice and George | November 16, 2017

When it comes to beautiful boutique hotels in the Mediterranean – ones with lots of blue and white that get their inspiration from the sea – Hotel Vistabella is hard to beat.

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Cadaques photos

Cadaques Photos: You’ll want to visit this beautiful Dali town

By Janice and George | October 19, 2017

No wonder Cadaques inspired surrealist painter Salvador Dali! Take a peek at these photos of Cadaques, one of the sweetest towns on Spain’s Costa Brava.

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