The cheese with no name
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A French Cheese with no Name

It would be so easy to miss Jacques’ place. It’s a small, low building just off the main road between Caen and Lisieux in Normandy, France. I had been delivering bread to some local schools as part of my stage at an organic bakery, Boulangerie les Copains, when Erik, the […]

A glimpse of the cruise ship Azamara Journey though the sails of an iconic windmill on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

In the Wake of the Greek Gods

Dazzling whitewashed houses cluster on steep cliffs, scarlet bougainvillea shades a maze of narrow cobble-stone lanes, and weary donkeys carry lazy tourists up steep paths from Santorini’s waterfront to the main town of Fira. On this Greek holiday island’s sun-kissed beaches bared bodies bake as the bluest of skies brighten […]

The Flying Pig Hostel in Amsterdam
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Hostels: Not Just for Young People Anymore

Forget the Van Gogh Museum. At the Flying Pig Hostel in Amsterdam, you can see brightly colored murals depicting a dog tipping back a green glass bottle and a monkey holding a joint. And who needs those fancy toiletries provided by hotels when you can fall asleep with the faint […]

A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)
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A Simple Guide to Burgundy Wines (with maps)

Editor’s note: The following article by Hilarie Larson is the IFWTWA 2013 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award winning entry, originally published in Wine Folly on July 8, 2013. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ by Hilarie Larson Want more confidence buying Burgundy wine? This simplified guide includes maps, infographics and the most important facts on the […]

Haven’t You Always Wanted to Visit a Butter Museum?
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Haven’t You Always Wanted to Visit a Butter Museum?

Editor’s note: The following article by Barbara Ramsay Orr is the IFWTWA 2013 Professional Journalism Scholarship Award winning entry, originally published as a Special to The Globe and Mail on August 19, 2013.   by Barbara Ramsay Orr +++++++++++++++++ Any town that has a butter museum is good by me. […]

Viking Idun on the Rhine
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Cruising—Through Sun & Snow

BUDAPEST—Cold-weather river cruising in Europe is fast becoming a hot ticket item, with many ships operating at full capacity because of the constantly changing weather patterns.. As our program director Mario Zamposteanu summed up: “You get the same boat, the same service, the same cabins, the same food, the same […]

Church of Panagia, Folegandros
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Little Feet in Folegandros

We hadn’t planned to re-visit Folegandros so soon. It was late summer of 2010 when the sun descended as our fast ferry sped away from the tiny port of Folegandros back to Pireaus. We waved goodbye to the stunning little island we’d had the pleasure of discovering for a mere […]

Checkpoint Charlie and Soviet Soldier
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Checkpoint Charlie, Looking in Different Directions

A machine gun turret was over my shoulder, yet I tried to remain calm as the East German and Soviet police made me sign a confession.  It was 1976 and the Berlin wall was as solid as the American dollar back then.  Not knowing it was illegal to bring more […]

Spending the Night at the LumiLinna SnowCastle
Destinations / Europe

Spending the Night at the LumiLinna SnowCastle

Reindeer, sled dogs and saunas are not all that Finland has to offer! Why not spend the night at the LumiLinna SnowCastle, a fully operational hotel made entirely of ice and snow? The LumiLinna SnowCastle is a fully equipped hotel, restaurant and castle located on the icy shores of the […]

Barging Through Italy
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Barging Through Italy

Traveling to Italy for the food and wine is a slam-dunk trip. Wherever you go, a menu of delicacies awaits amid thousands of years of history, culture and art. The country itself is a museum of western civilization, and like any fine museum, it can be overwhelming. That’s where a […]