Four Quirky Christmas Traditions in Europe

For many, Christmas is a time to gather around with friends and family, exchanging gifts and meals. However, for those in many parts of Europe, the Christmas season is a little less cut and dry. From visits from witches to giant burning goats, Christmas in Europe can have decidedly strange traditions and customs. Here are just four of those quirky Christmas traditions found across the continent.

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Five Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in Berlin

New Year’s is less than a month away. What will you be doing to ring in 2014? Here are some suggestions for five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve (or “Silvester,” as the Germans call it!) in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.

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Spotlight on Dresden’s Striezelmarkt: Four Fun Facts About Germany’s Oldest Christmas Market

Fruitcakes parade through town as an ornate pyramid looks out on the scene. While not any sort of a sugar plum dream, this is the reality of the Dresden Christmas market, commonly referred to as the Dresden Striezelmarkt. Hailed as Germany’s oldest Christmas market, it is also arguably one of the most unique in Europe for its traditions, from fruitcake festivals to prized wooden toys. If you are toying with the idea of attending Dresden’s highlight of the year, here are a few fun facts about Germany’s oldest Christmas market.

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Barcelona Blogs!

Barcelona: a city whose very name is synonymous with fun is one of Spain's most popular destinations and one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities. Here's a list of five blogs to help you keep up to date with what's happening in this gorgeous city that's always on the go.

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Four Tips For Off Season Travel in Europe

It is an easy task to find a seasoned traveler applauding off-season travel to Europe. In the summer months, many parts of Europe can be so crowded that it is hard to enjoy all of the history, culture, cuisine and languages. While I do appreciate Europe in the summer months with all of its life and tourists, the off-season certainly appeals for the lower hotel rates, airfare deals and non-existent lines. However, Europe in the off-season can be tricky if you don’t know what to expect.

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