The smell of sausage and mulled wine wafts through the evening air. It could be anywhere in Germany around Christmastime, but it is not. It is Edinburgh, Scotland, and we are at the European Christmas Market in the Scottish capital.
Dovrefjell National Park is popular with Norwegian trekkers, but most foreign tourists don’t make it here, and with its seemingly endless trails, you can go hours without bumping into any living thing that doesn’t have hooves and a bad temper.
Resting at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain in one of the most scenic parts of Germany, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort has for the past 10 years catered to American military personnel in Europe and their families.
In Bavaria, several of Roman outposts remain standing and are open to visitors, but it is in Weissenburg that this old world meets the new in a way that is as compelling to history buff as it is to average tourists.