Advent Adventures: Cologne, Germany’s Magical Christmas Markets

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There’s one thing I absolutely love about December in Europe beyond anything and everything else: Christmas Markets.   I can never ever get enough of all the glittering ornaments, heartfelt laughter, glühwein, lavish red decorations, the scent of evergreen trees…freshly made waffles or crêpes served with an over abundance of frosting…

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Zugspitze, Germany: Planning the Perfect Winter Trip

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When asked to think about Germany, what are the first few things that come to your mind?   Beer? Oktoberfest? Castles? The Autobahn? Wurst or schnitzel? (All great things –  might I add). But did skiing make the cut? Just under a year ago, I wouldn’t have linked Germany and skiing…

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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 Zurich, Switzerland

Turn on that holiday music, take out that tinsel and pour yourself a cup of steaming Glühwein because it’s time to enter the festive world of European Christmas markets. From roughly mid-November to December 24th, hundreds of European city squares and old town streets become home to annual Christmas markets. The…

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