Europe Travel

Countless thrill rides beckon to those brave of heart at the 2016 Hamburger DOM. Photo by Karen Bradbury.<br>

Holiday cheer gets a neon glow at the Hamburger DOM

The Hamburger DOM’s winter edition wears a distinct Christmas coat and can make a welcome contrast from the almost too picture-perfect ambiance of more traditional Christmas markets.

Ferry tale: In the Netherlands, we made an excursion of biking and ‘foot ferries’

Since moving to the Netherlands two years ago, I’d become smitten with "voetveren," or foot ferries — small boats specifically for foot passengers and cyclists. So we planned a ferry-centric bike trip.

Las Ramblas: Barcelona’s famous pedestrian avenue invites visitors to take a ramble

This avenue, stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the Christopher Columbus monument, is a pedestrian paradise squeezed in between the bustling traffic of the city.

You can still find daily life in Venice amid the raging tourism

The summer sun had barely risen over Venice’s quiet waterways when the voices started up again. Blaring in Mandarin Chinese and French from the loudspeakers of cruising tour boats, they told the centuries-old saga of this fabled, once-mighty city in a few minutes, as passengers sipped spritzes and took selfies in front of the passing palazzos and cathedrals. For the rest of the day, the voices would echo throughout this miracle of a city, known as La Serenissima, or the Most Serene One, about once every half an hour until night fell over St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace.

Even when you're lost, Ireland's Wicklow Way surrounds you in beauty

This was no walk in the park. Sheep grazing on the green fields cried out and I became awash in self-doubt. I didn’t know where I was, but I continued on my way.

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You're in luck at Hans im Glueck in Mainz

“There is no man happier than me under the sun!” exults Hans, a character in the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "Hans im Glueck" ("Hans in Luck"). That’s about how I felt after my meal at the Mainz outlet of a restaurant of the same name.

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Festivals & events for December 2016

It's time to plan a month of fun. Here are December events on the docket in Europe. For Christmas markets, please see http://epub.stripes.com/Christmas-Markets_231116.

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