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Barging in Alsace Lorraine aboard European Waterways’ Le Panache

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We booked a barge trip that began and ended in Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region of eastern France. This beautiful area between the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest bears a strong German influence because its nationality and language switched back and forth depending on the outcome of a variety of wars.

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Rostock, Germany

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Rostock’s historic Old Town has been meticulously restored, and what was once the Hanseatic League’s coastal defense area , Warnemunde, is now delightful seaside resort.

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Ultimate farm to fork in the Great Outdoors: Outaouais in Québec, Canada

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The Outaouais region is about a two hour drive from Montréal. This agricultural area in the southwestern part of the province is bordered by the Laurentian Mountains and Canada’s capital city, Ottawa.

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Hip and historic Montréal

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Montréal is the largest city in Québec, the second largest city in Canada, and the second largest French-speaking city in the world. How did we make the most of four days in the city?

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The Panama Canal aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

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The first thing we noticed when we entered the Grand Lobby of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth was the sweeping staircase and impressive two-story marquetry mural of a cruise liner. The exotic veneers and Art Deco details reminded us of our pre-cruise stay aboard the legendary Queen Mary, which was renowned for its exotic woods from throughout the British empire.

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