Exploring Lake Como on a Budget

George Clooney knew what he was doing when he purchased a villa on Lake Como. As a vacation destination for the elite since Roman times, Lake Como and the villages around it are nothing short of magnificent. Fortunately, you don’t need Clooney’s celebrity status or income to pay a visit…

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Advent Adventures in Stockholm, Sweden

Today – a day before Swedish julafton –  we’re culminating the Holiday Spirit Immersion Program by visiting the Christmas market that started it all. Just over 2 years ago, I visited Stockholm in mid-November to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We explored Sweden’s capital for nearly two days, and many hours…

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Advent Adventures in Aachen, Germany

Have you turned on that holiday music yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to press “play,” because we are about to embark on our second Advent Adventure. This installment of the Holiday Spirit Immersion Program takes us to a medieval city  located on the very western edge of Germany. It is close to both the…

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Warsaw, Poland Part II

As it turned out, blogging about a city close to my heart could not fit into a single post (unless I wanted the post to have a rather high and slightly alarming word count…which I did not). Refresher: Warsaw is the city close to my heart. As I mentioned in my first…

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Warsaw, Poland Part I

Warsaw, Poland. Can I even begin to tackle sharing and explaining the beauty and complexity of this Eastern European city? I’m not 100% sure I can get this done in just a couple of posts, but I will try. Warsaw is Poland’s capital city and is situated in the heart of…

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