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Like something out of “Game of Thrones,” the faces carved in the trees at Steckeschlaafer gorge bring the forest to life — although I didn’t see any of them crying blood.

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Innsbruck, founded by a Holy Roman Emperor, has something for everyone

The Austrian town of Innsbruck is about a four-hour drive from Aviano and is surrounded by the majestic Alps and all they have to offer.


Senckenberg Museum brings natural history to life

Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years but they still fascinate people, young and old. Even dinosaur bones fascinate — or at least that’s the impression you get when you visit the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.


Rothenburg, Germany, maintains its medieval vibe in modern times

Rothenburg may be a quiet town today, but enclosed in its medieval walls is a wealth of sometimes tumultuous history.

Skating rink in Vicenza city center entertaining for skaters and observers

Ice is slippery; skates are thin blades. That people fall down is to be expected.


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Visiting Schnullerbaum encourages children to pass on the pacifier

The Schnullerbaum is a rite of passage for kids who are ready to stop sucking a pacifier. Kids in Germany can hang their pacifiers on a tree and come back years later to reminisce about their childhood.


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Get in the Christmas spirit in one of Germany’s oldest cities

There are more endearing German cities to see than Worms, but few are older.

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