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Nuremberg’s Christmas market is nutcracker sweet

With no canned music, fake greenery, plastic kitsch or war toys, Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt feels classier than your average crafts fair. With all these goodies, it’s no wonder that the market attracts more than 2 million people annually.


Passengers enjoy scenery and pampering on a train from Dublin to Waterford

There is something about trains that has captivated me since childhood. Alas, living in the U.S., I’m not able to indulge my passion for them much, which makes it all the more wonderful when I’m somewhere where I can. That most recent somewhere was Ireland, and the train wasn’t your garden variety type, but rather the Belmond Grand Hibernian.


Winter is a cool time to go local in Paris

The City of Light shines year-round, but Paris has a special appeal in winter. Sure, the weather can be cold and rainy (the average high in January is 43 degrees Fahrenheit), but if you dress in layers, you’ll keep warm and easily deal with temperature changes as you go from cold streets to heated museums and cafes.

There's no place like Rome for the holidays

I find the holiday season in Rome a joy: crisp air, stylish big-city Italians sipping hot cappuccino in corner cafes, and hurried shoppers thoughtfully pausing at grand manger scenes. The season in the Italian capital stretches for more than a month — not to maximize shopping days, but to fit in the season’s many holy days.


Free as the breeze: A chartered sailboat beats a cruise liner when hopping Greek islands

To go where cruise ships don’t go was perhaps the biggest advantage of a sailboat charter in the Greek Cyclades.



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Vicenza's Michelin-starred restaurant, El Coq, excels at odd combinations

At El Coq, Vicenza's only Michelin-starred restaurant, the food was complicated and innovative, with many unusual flavor combinations. Which for the most part we didn’t love.



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Festivals and events, December 2017

Here is a sampling of December events in Europe. Christmas markets are not included.



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