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Elf School in Reykjavik Iceland Reveals The Magic of The Hidden People

Elf School in Reykjavik Iceland Reveals The Magic of The Hidden People

Step Into the Fascinating World of Elves in Reykjavík’s Icelandic Elf School

The word brings to mind silly images of lawn gnomes, red-hat Keebler® men trotting beneath a tree toting cookies, and Santa’s helpers, right? You’d no sooner believe in their existence than you would a two-winged horse. Huldufólk, or “hidden people,” is the term for elves in Iceland, but these beings are no laughing matter. In fact, you can learn about their history and existence at The Icelandic Elf School (Álfaskólinn) in Reykjavík, the country’s capital.

March 3, 2014 | By More
Italy’s Big Open Secret – Visit Abruzzo For La Dolce Vita

Italy’s Big Open Secret – Visit Abruzzo For La Dolce Vita

Tour Abruzzo Like a Pro to discover magnificent lakes, picturesque mountain ranges, rolling hills and some of the very best beaches in Europe. Just a short distance from Rome, Abruzzo is where to find your taste of La Dolce Vita.

The phrase “this place has it all” is used far too loosely to describe many locations. Not too many of those places mean it quite the way that Abruzzo does. This central Italian region is an area where the past and present, the sky and sea, business and pleasure all collide to create a spectacular experience that visitors rarely find anywhere else.

February 27, 2014 | By More
Where To Sample The Best Traditional Dishes of Dublin

Where To Sample The Best Traditional Dishes of Dublin

The Best Traditional Dishes in Dublin

Sometimes, when you’re exploring an unfamiliar location on a getaway or vacation, one of the most intriguing parts comes with sampling the culinary delights of the area. Most people think of Dublin and anticipate the pub food, but Dublin is also a place of fantastic culinary delights and enjoyment. Let’s take a look at some of the places you can go to for amazing dishes that are traditional to Dublin.

February 17, 2014 | By More
A Look At Budapest Through Your 5 Senses

A Look At Budapest Through Your 5 Senses

Discover Budapest through your 5 senses

It was something like a beat, lower than a voice, more like a feeling. I couldn’t ignore it anymore, so I just listened and followed its lead, and before I realized, I was wandering around Budapest, a goldmine of sensory of experiences. And so I did. Here comes my top 5 experiences in the city of lights:

February 10, 2014 | By More
French Wine Holiday Inspirations

French Wine Holiday Inspirations

French Holiday Ideas For Wine Lovers

If you’re fond of the odd tipple or two, you might want to indulge your passion for spirits by taking a French Wine Holiday. What could be better than the chance to sample local foods and wines in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the French countryside? You don’t have to worry about hours of sightseeing or cycling up the side of a mountain, because wine holidays are all about indulgence.

January 31, 2014 | By More
Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

Where To Find The World’s Best Parties

The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!

Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.

January 14, 2014 | By More
Top Sites For Romance in Paris

Top Sites For Romance in Paris

Best Places For Romance in Paris

Arguably the original ‘city of love’, Paris is synonymous with romantic breaks, and there is no more romantic trip (in theory!) than one’s honeymoon. If you’re planning on celebrating being newlyweds in the French capital, consider checking out these seven top romantic spots for honeymooner or any couple looking for romance.

January 10, 2014 | By More
Plan a Family Vacation To Umbria, The Green Heart of Italy

Plan a Family Vacation To Umbria, The Green Heart of Italy

Are you thinking that you are one of those lucky parents whose kids will not change the way they travel, well think again! Sooner or later, you’ll certainly realize that your young toddlers have changed everything about the way you travel.

Umbria in Italy’s mid-section is a terrific destination for a trip with with your children and family. You’ll find that this beautiful Italian region offers a large number of excursions that suit your entire family and helps you move at your own pace making your trip a pleasure and simply unforgettable.

January 6, 2014 | By More
Amazing Things You Never Knew About London

Amazing Things You Never Knew About London

Here’s a great infographic with lots of interesting tips about tourist sites in London. Most of us have visited London and gazed up at the iconic Big Ben clock tower. Did you know that the time is adjusted by placing pennies on the pendulum? Or that a flock of birds once stopped the clock by perching on the hands? Learning lots of fascinating facts about this regal city by having a look at this entertaining infographic.

December 16, 2013 | By More
How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.

The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.

December 13, 2013 | By More
Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

Beautiful Lyon, Underappreciated Gem of France

For most travelers, holidaying in France is usually about going to Paris, the Eiffel tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the many museums available in the capital. But if you’re looking for an excellent destination that is off the beaten track, you may want to check out these travel tips for the often underrated Lyon in France.

Designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Lyon’s cobblestone streets are at least 2000 years old. Walking along these streets gives an eerie feeling of being transported back in time. But it’s not the history that really makes Lyon such a delight.

December 9, 2013 | By More
Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

Planning an Adventurous Vacation to the OTHER Jersey Shore

You’ve probably heard way too much about the Jersey Shore from the recent US television series, but did you know that there are two Jersey Shores? Let us introduce you to the original Jersey Shore – the largest of the Channel Islands located just offshore from Normandy, France and the southern coast of England. When you plan a holiday to Jersey you’ll find plenty of water sports activities like surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, diving and fishing, but what about those who are looking for some adventure on dry land? No worries, there are just as many great activities onshore.

December 4, 2013 | By More
Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

Sightseeing in Rome Off The Beaten Path

If you’ve visited Rome for the first time, chances are you’ve seen Rome’s architectural marvels, the Coliseum, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain and its other famed and fabled tourist attractions. But if you’re willing to get away from the crowds and discover some unusual tourist attractions, you’ll be rewarded with a some very special glimpses life in the eternal city. Consider adding some of these intriguing Roman sites to your itinerary:

November 25, 2013 | By More
Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.

November 22, 2013 | By More
Savor The Rich Flavors of Andalusia With Ten Top Tapas Choices

Savor The Rich Flavors of Andalusia With Ten Top Tapas Choices

There are two wonderful ways to experience the gastronomical side of Andalucía. You could head out for a night on the town and pop into a tapas bar to get a feel for the local food and the local people. You’ll find all kinds of things on the menu, ranging from grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil to beautiful cuts of meat prepared with a variety of sauces such as mojo picón, salsa al whisky or even a la marinera. Here you can find a list of the top ten must-try tapas in Southern Spain.

Or the other most exquisite way to really get a taste of Andalucía is to take a cooking course while you’re there. Learn from a professional local chef just how to make those distinct Spanish flavors pop, how to let the flavors meld and how to make one of the most memorable and delicious meals of your life. There’s nothing more gratifying than learning to cook something delicious for yourself in another country and being able to take that memory home with you to have and share with others.

November 20, 2013 | By More
Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

Embracing Solo Travel and Self Discovery By Walking the Camino de Santiago

I lived the majority of my life in the fast lane. I was born with the type A gene and have tried to harness the energy. In 2006, I took my first “non-business” trip to Europe and rode 2,000 miles on my bike over six weeks. This liberating trip took me through nine countries. In 2008, I heard about the Camino de Santiago, but had a hard time with the slow nature of walking. It seemed like a trip more suited for a type B. After seeing the film “The Way” in 2010, I felt a strong need to try the path someday. In August of 2012, a wild hair twanged and I bought a plane ticket. Three weeks later, I found myself on the French side of the Pyrenees.

November 20, 2013 | By More
The World’s Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pools

The World’s Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pools

The 7 Most Amazing Natural Swimming Pool Destinations

Who needs a commercial pool when stunning natural swimming holes are located around the world? Imagine floating on your back in beautiful Grecian lagoon that resembles a swimming pool carved into rocks or swimming past breathtaking waterfalls in an other-worldly cenote just outside of Chicen Itza Mexico. Amazingly, the world is filled with spectacular natural swimming holes, just ready to be discovered. Below are five of our favorites.

November 18, 2013 | By More
Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

Visiting The Enchanted Christmas Markets of Northern France

The lovely Christmas markets of Northern France are a great reason to visit this delightful region for a pre-holiday getaway. The markets here have a very special atmosphere and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit. Of course the shopping is fun with a mix of products you know and love, and some that are more French in flavour. This means you can often find items you won’t see in the UK or elsewhere in Europe . What a great opportunity to purchase some unique gifts for family and friends. Being France you’re of course assured of finding wine, beer, chocolate and cheese at bargain prices.

Here’s a list of a few markets that are close to the car ferry port in Calais so from the minute you arrive on the Dover ferry, you’ll be only a few more minutes from a great shopping experience.

October 28, 2013 | By More
Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Four rocky islands sit off the coast of Marseilles’ Old Port, but two in particular have considerable historic appeal. Those familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo will recognize the first worth visiting, Isle d’If, a jutting outpost-turned-19th century prison, where author Alexandre Dumas’ father was once wrongfully imprisoned. The second, Ratonneau, is larger, longer, haunting and beautiful: a nature preserve dotted with forests, coves and wildlife overseen by an old, abandoned hospital on the top of its highest cliffs. These two comprise a memorable day-long escape amidst any tour of southern France, and I recently had the opportunity to experience them for myself.

October 25, 2013 | By More
4 Nights in Devon: A Great UK Getaway

4 Nights in Devon: A Great UK Getaway

Although Devon’s towns don’t tend to make it into people’s top ten lists when talking about UK destinations, it is often regarded as one of the best holiday spots in the country. Positioned on the South West coast of England, the County offers up vast areas of greenery, some of the best beaches the country has to offer and a number of quaint seaside towns all within a short drive from each other. With two coastlines, some of the country’s finest resort towns, and open moorland for exploring, Devon is one of England’s most rewarding destinations for vacationers. Easily accessible from anywhere in England via rail, road, or air, Devon is one of the best places in England to enjoy a short four-day break.

October 7, 2013 | By More