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The Soft Glow of Church Candles // Brugge, Belgium
By June 16, 2015
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Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig-Bloedbasiliek) // Brugge, Belgium
By June 1, 2015
 Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilig Bloedbasiliek) // Brugge, Belgium travel photos travel
The Stars Above Us // Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, France
By October 15, 2014
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Inside Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) // Istanbul, Turkey
By October 2, 2014
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A Room with a View // Florence, Italy
By September 18, 2014
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3 Charming German Towns for Culture Lovers Part 3: Rothenburg ob der Tauber
By October 7, 2013
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Step Back in Time in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is pure storybook Germany. This city is a maze of winding cobblestone streets filled with crooked half-timbered buildings that look like they’ve been plucked right out of a fairytale. Encircled by old town walls made of stone, the city still retains its distinct medieval feel. There are old clock towers, fancy wrought iron signs, and flower pots spilling with blooms.

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One of many life-sized nutcrackers in town.

The Romantic Road

Although Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town, it’s far from off the tourist radar. This is due in part to its strategic location along the Romantische Straße, or “Romantic Road,” a title created by travel agents to describe the 220 mile stretch of highway between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, which is filled with quintessential German towns and castles. Formerly a trade route in medieval times, the Romantic Road now serves as a principal tourist artery though Southern Germany.

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Entrance to the old city.

3 Charming German Towns for Culture Lovers Part 1: Würzburg
By September 23, 2013
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Fortress Marienberg.

When people plan a trip to Germany, most head for Berlin. Hightail it to Munich. Fly into Frankfurt. Head for picturesque Heidelberg. All good options…but Germany is also brimming with small towns that are perfect for slowing down, soaking up the history of a place, discovering lesser visited art treasures, and simply enjoying the finer things in life—by which I mean food and wine, of course. The following series of articles will highlight 3 dynamic cities to add to your next Germany travel itinerary.

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Delve into Art in the Franconian Wine City of Würzburg

Würzburg is known for great wine and great art. Located in Franconian wine country, Würzburg is filled with wine bars and a skyline dominated by rolling vineyards. Here wine lovers will find everything from vineyard hikes to wine festivals and plenty of wineries and cellars to visit for wine tastings.

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Sculpture on Mainbrücke (Old Bridge).

A Week in Bavaria Part 1: Munich
By August 27, 2013
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Inside a Bavarian beer hall.

Bavaria is my absolute favorite part of Germany. It’s iconic, friendly,  flowing with great beer, and filled with incredible fairytale castles. A week in Bavaria will give you enough time to explore the dynamic city of Munich, then head south to one of Germany’s most picturesque regions for some castle hopping.

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Munich city skyline in winter.

Munich City Guide

Munich is a beautiful city, filled with history and culture. Although Munich is quite a big city with a population close to 1.5 million, it still manages to retain a bit of a small town vibe. The city brims with festive beer halls, some of the country’s best shopping, and feels like the friendliest place in Germany. It’s got imperial palaces, crown jewels, modern art, and grand pedestrian boulevards. Munich is a true cultural powerhouse, with enough sights to easily fill a few days.

Photo of the Day: The Unending Prayer of Stone
By February 21, 2013
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Photo by Tyson Wintibaugh, Notre Dame, Paris.
Andiamo! Unforgettable Sights in Florence Italy (Part 3 of 3)
By June 8, 2012
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Florence skyline with the Duomo.

As the birthplace of the renaissance, Florence, Italy was home to the likes of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Machiavelli, Dante, Galileo and countless others geniuses. Art lovers will never be bored strolling Florence’s winding streets and admiring the many world class art collections the city has to offer. Here’s a sampling of the best:

Top Museums

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Uffizi Gallery.

Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi Gallery)
Not to be missed, the Uffizi houses a phenomenal collection of Italian paintings like Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Titian, Giotto, Da Vinci and Rubens, among many more. Be sure not to miss the Botticelli room, or the gothic altarpieces. (The Uffizi can get crowded, so it’s best to make a reservation in advance.)

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