Statue of The Brothers Grimm At Museum Kassel

A Magical Journey Through The Brothers Grimm’s Germany

Cinderella. Rumpelstiltskin. Hansel and Gretel. Sleeping Beauty. Rapunzel. These fairy tales characters have become inextricable parts of the pop culture fabric. But they all might have been lost if not for the efforts of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm – you know them as the Brothers Grimm. Their Children’s and Household Tales, first published in 1812, gathered together countless classics that...

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Getting The Royal Treatment: 5 Spanish Castles You Can Stay In

The landscape of Spain is dotted with castles and palaces that have loomed over cities and villages for centuries. Kings, queens, princes and princesses don’t reside in these magnificent medieval structures anymore – but you can. In the 20th century, many of the finest Spanish Paradors were converted into hotels that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported...

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Genuine olives for sale on the market of southern Italy

In Search of Italy’s Green Gold

In Search of Italy’s Green Gold Italy’s culinary attractions are many – the pasta, the cheese, the prosciutto di parma (not to mention the wine) … but the greatest lure for foodies just might be olive oil. An Italian obsession for millennia – the pressing of olives to make delicious olive oil in the country is thought to date back to about 1200 B.C....

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Tuileries Gardens in Paris

First Impressions: See the Real-life Landscapes That Inspired Monet, Van Gogh and More

France’s vivid colors sparked a creative revolution in the late 1800s – forever changing the way we see. As beautiful as the Impressionist masterpieces of this era are, however, the sites that inspired them might look even better in person. In Paris and the surrounding regions, art lovers have a chance to see through the eyes of these incredible artists....

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Close up of white, pink, and orange macarons in a display case

Where to Dine and Stay in Paris

Immerse yourself in the glorious city of Paris – a whirlwind of world-class cuisine and cosmopolitan dining spots. Catch the scent of freshly baked bread drifting from the boulangeries, while mountains of colorful macaroons beckon from patisserie windows and cozy bistros offer refuge from the city’s bustling streets. [caption id="attachment_2169" align="alignnone" width="512"] Source: Shutterstock[/caption] In the city of love, cafés...

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Stryge and Demon, most famous of all chimeras, overlooking the Paris skyline from Notre Dame Cathedral

Three Perfect Days in Paris

From beautiful parks that bloom with an abundance of color and fragrance in the summertime to iconic landmarks and phenomenal museums, Paris is like no other place on Earth. It’s little wonder the Parisians have an air of je ne sais quoi about them. After all, they reap the rewards of this magical city on a daily basis. Paris seems...

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Traffic passing to and from the Arc de Triomphe in the evening light

Paris’s Top 10 Attractions

You visit Paris because it’s Paris – a city known for its effortless combination of breathtakingly grand monuments you’ll never forget seeing up close, twilight river walks that guide along luxury hotels, and bohemian cafés buzzing with beautiful people who define European style, elegance and class. As one of the world’s most extraordinary cities, the French capital will leave your...

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Cabaret venue the Moulin Rouge by night

The Best Paris Neighborhoods to Explore

Once you’ve walked along the Champs Élysées, scaled the Eiffel Tower, gazed upon Notre Dame at night, and marveled at masterpieces in the Louvre and the Orsay, what do you do next? The answer: uncover the real Paris. Discover where locals hang out, mingle with artists in the cafés and bars, wander through the suburban parks, and explore the Rue...

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The entrance to the former royal castle of Fontainebleau

7 Day Trips from Paris

Next time you’re in the chic cosmopolitan capital of France it’s worth taking time over a café au lait and croissant to plan an adventure that takes you beyond its captivating cafés, world class fashion boutiques and historical landmarks. From the fragrant gardens of Giverny that once inspired impressionist painter Claude Monet to the magnificent splendor of the Palace of...

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Wooden boat floating off the coast of Sicily

From Sweeping Coastline to Crumbling Ruins: Touring Sicily by Car

To tour Sicily by car is to experience the majesty of the sea, the progress of ancient civilizations, and the pleasures of contemporary offerings. With the windows down and your eyes on the lookout for the next attraction, you become a modern-day explorer, discovering iconic landmarks through your own unique lens. The good road system and friendly natives make Sicily...

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