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Strasbourg was just one of many destinations in Europe to which the USO in Germany offered bus tours. Starting in January, the USO at Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden will no longer offer its usual lineup of paid overnight tours and day trips in Europe so that it can focus on free programs and classes in the local area.<br>Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

USO ends popular leisure tours at 3 centers in Germany

The USO is discontinuing its popular express and overnight leisure bus tours in three U.S. military communities in Germany, ending a long-standing operation that shuttled countless servicemembers and their families to popular destinations all over Europe.

German museum dedicated to John F. Kennedy's 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech

At The Kennedys museum, visitors can travel back in time to the day when President John F. Kennedy came to Berlin. A film of the speech plays on a continual loop in black-and-white inside a darkened room.

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.

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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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