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The sun sets over Hamburg's huge port, one of Europe's busiest, which accommodates about 9,000 vessels a year.<br>Courtesy of ricksteves.com

Don't overlook Germany's second-largest city

Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg, is awash with history, and played especially key roles in the stories of 19th-century emigration, World War II and the Beatles.


How to foil Europe's clever pickpockets

I don’t give much thought to petty crime when I travel abroad. I’m well aware that it happens: I’ve been preaching about the importance of wearing a moneybelt for decades. And for decades — probably about a total of 4,000 days of travel — I’ve never been hit by a thief. Well, my happy streak finally ended: I was pickpocketed in Paris last summer.


Some European travel cliches are worthy experiences

Amped-up Spanish flamenco bars, dirndl skirts in Germany, ape tours of the Rock of Gibraltar — when does something slip from authentic to cheesy?

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Record-breaking cable car to Zugspitze opens near military recreation center

A world record-breaking gondola is set to open Friday on Germany’s tallest mountain, the Zugspitze, just outside the Armed Forces Recreation Center Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.


Sweden's glass country sparkles with pride

You can’t say you’ve seen Sweden if you’ve only been to Stockholm. Rural Sweden, especially the province of Smaland, is a worthy addition to any Scandinavian itinerary.


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Exhibit examines how ancient Egypt approached both life and afterlife

Every once in a while I need a fix. Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, Late Period, Ptolemaic — I really don’t care. Once when I hit rock bottom, I went to a museum looking for an exhibition about Egypt’s Byzantine period just to stop the shakes.



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Vegan, vegetarian, carnivore? Edmundo Lounge in Bury St. Edmunds has a menu for you

The Edmundo Lounge was a godsend for my family because it offers three menus — a regular one with meat dishes, another that’s gluten-free and a third featuring only vegan food.



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Festivals and events, January 2018

Here is a sampling of January events in Europe. It's wise to confirm dates and times with a local tourism board before traveling in case of cancelations.



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