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The glockenspiel at Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

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Munich’s two-story glockenspiel has 32 nearly life-size figures that reenact 16th century events. The upper level depicts part of local Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine’s lavish three week wedding celebration in 1568.

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The best of Munich in 48 hours

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While a visit to the capital of Bavaria is not complete without sausages, pretzels, beer and some oom-pah music, Munich is much more than its celebrated beer halls, beer gardens and even the world-renowned Oktoberfest.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen: a peak experience even in the rain

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a sport and resort town in the Bavarian Alps, is one of Germany’s most popular vacation destinations.

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Innsbruck, Capital of the Alps, and its holiday villages

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Innsbruck, with a name meaning “bridge over the Inn River”, is a city renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation.

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The Grand Hotel Europa, Innsbruck

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Innsbruck, Austria, renowned for its alpine scenery and recreation, gained international recognition as the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games and 2012 inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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Salzburg : the sounds of music

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Salzburg, or “salt castle,” gets its name and medieval prosperity from the gold and “white gold” mined here for over 3,000 years. A wooden barrel of salt was once worth as much as a house.

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The Imperial City: the grandeur of Vienna

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Austria is one of the most prosperous countries in the European Union, and the quality of life in Vienna, its capital and largest city, consistently ranks #1 globally in the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. The Imperial City is also one of the most beautiful in the world…

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Gloucester, Massachusetts: Fish and ships and so much more

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Gloucester attracts visitors from spring through fal for its oceanside setting, renowned whale watches, harbor cruises, deep-sea fishing trips, and seafood fresh from the dock.

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Texas Uncorked!: Thinking outside the ropes

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Bucking broncos, bareback riding, steer wrestling, and mechanical bulls may seem an unlikely pairing with fine wines.

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Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum, Nova Scotia

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The Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum is the place to find mementos and celebrity photos of the glory days of this Sport Tuna Fishing Capital of the World.

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The ultimate road trip in southwestern Nova Scotia

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With the new Nova Star taking passengers and cars from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, we decided to take a week-long road trip to explore this end of the province.

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Kentucky: from Boone to bluegrass, bourbon, and barbecue

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The Bluegrass State is the birthplace of some of the best-loved country music, the breeding grounds of champion thoroughbreds for the Sport of Kings, and the producer of America’s finest native whiskey, bourbon, the drink of gentlemen.

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High on Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Denver is the Mile High City, but did you know that Albuquerque tops that, at an average elevation of 5314´, and offers two exciting ways to soar even higher?

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Catalina Island: Island of Romance

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Catalina Island is a place to relax, to find adventure, and a renowned island of romance. Just an hour by boat or fifteen minutes by helicopter or private plane from the Los Angeles area, this sunny island resort with crystal clear waters and cool ocean breezes might be a distance of twenty-six miles but it feels a million miles away.

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Don’t mess with Texas: Keep Austin Weird

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Bumper stickers in this Texas capital read Keep Austin Weird, a slogan that draws attention to the unique small businesses and unconventional nature of this college town. A blue dot in a red state…

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London for the holidays

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With our family members scattered across the globe, we wondered how we would gather our three generations for the holidays.

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Imperial London

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In what is becoming an increasingly homogenized world, London reigns supreme with a pageantry known to most of us only in storybooks. It was our good fortune to be in London for three magnificent events.

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An Untour of Switzerland

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Train rides past snow-capped Alps, boat excursions on sparkling lakes, gondolas to mountain peaks…hikes and picnics in idyllic meadows of wildflowers, serenaded by cowbells, savoring local wine, freshly-baked bread, cheeses and chocolates….yes, this is Switzerland.

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Joie de vivre without crossing the pond: Montréal, Canada

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A warm “Bonjour!” as we entered the auberge reminded us that we needn’t cross the pond
to experience European ambience. A flower-bedecked horse-drawn calèche clip-clopped on
the cobblestone street, passengers rapt with the romance of the moment.

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Treasures of the Rhine

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On our “Treasures of the Rhine” itinerary, we unpacked once and sailed past enchanting fairytale castles, romantic medieval villages, verdant vineyards, and pastoral landscapes–living history from Switzerland to the North Sea.

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