Visiting Valras-Plage, France

Many American tourists flock to Biarritz to get a taste of southern beach life, but not as many make it to Valras-Plage, another treasure of a town. Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, Valras-Plage is a former fishing village at the mouth of the Orb river.

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3 Scary Spots in France

The French don’t typically celebrate Halloween. Sure, there’s the occasional costume party, and some stores sell Halloween-related goods (like a carve your own pumpkin kit). However, for the most part, the concept of Halloween hasn’t taken hold in France. If you happen to find yourself in my favorite country on Halloween and want to add a little spookiness (with a side of history) to your day, there are plenty of options. Here are my top three suggestions:

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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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