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Fierce Castles in Friendly North Wales

A huge green courtyard is one of the highlights of Caernarfon Castle. (photo: Gretchen Strauch) A classic moat surrounds Beaumaris Castle, perhaps the most romantic castle in Wales. (photo: Rick Steves) Humble, charming little Wales is a land of lusty men's choirs, salty harbors, slate-roofed villages, stunning mountains, and stout castles.
For many travelers, these mighty castles alone are reason enough to visit, and Wales is slathered with them. During the late 13th and early 14th centuries, English King Edward I started building these awe-inspiring fortresses — arguably the most breathtaking you'll find anywhere in Europe — to subdue the rebellious Welsh. These castles were masterpieces of medieval engineering, built with state-of-the-art castle technology, with sea access to restock from England.
In the Middle Ages, the standard castle was a simple stone building (“keep”) on a hill (“motte”), surrounded by a wall that enclosed a yard (or “bailey”) where the people li..

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Best Hidden Beaches around Europe

Top Hidden Beaches in Europe Best Hidden Beaches around Europe Date 11.07.2016 Article in pdf Beaches are one of the most popular vacation spots for most people, where they can enjoy the warmth of the sun, the soft feel of sand under their feet and the relaxing waters of the sea.
Europe, being one of the top travel destinations in the world, boasts of several beaches that range from bay sheltered between cliffs to long stretches of open sandy beaches. However, most of these beaches are found near tall buildings and tend to receive a lot of tourists, which spoils their tranquility.
Fortunately, there are still a few hidden gems that are yet to be spoiled. Below is a look at some of the top beaches in Europe where you can enjoy a quiet and relaxing vacation.

Pori Beach on Koufonisia Island
Pori is located on Koufonisia, a Greek island that is part of the famous Cyclades group of islands. It is one of the least inhabited islands in Greece, with the upper part of t..

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10 Most popular destinations for German tourists

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS FOR GERMAN TOURISTS TOP 10 MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS FOR GERMAN TOURISTS Date 04.04.2016 Article in pdf The German Research Institute (FUR) analyzed and published the data for leisure trips made by German tourists in 2015. The research revealed several changes in the list of the most popular destinations. German tourists may not have lost their desire to take a holiday last year, despite the increased security risks, but the countries and regions they favor were much closer to home. There is also a clear desire for sun and sea over colder climes as large numbers of holidaymakers aimed for the coast and the Mediterranean and left the mountains behind. Many, however, don't even leave their home country at all. Tourism-Review.com brings the top 10 destinations visited by German tourists last year.
1. Bavaria – Exploring German Traditions The announcement of the top destination for German tourists may seem a little anti-climactic, but most preferr..

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The Back Streets of Bohemian Montmartre

A Montmartre street artist finds a willing subject. (photo: Rick Steves) The famous Moulin Rouge dance hall, where cancan kickers have been taking the stage since 1889, is on the fringe of Montmartre. (photo: Rick Steves) Montmartre, the hilltop neighborhood hovering on the northern fringes of your Paris city map, is in many ways the perfect French cliché: red-and-white checkered tablecloths, artist's easels filling petite squares, and bohemian cabarets offering up high-kicking cancans. The literal high point is the bone-white Sacre-Cœur Basilica, from where the City of Light fans out at your feet.
Just over a century ago, Montmartre hosted a perfect storm of artistic creativity and avant-garde thinking. Back then, life on the hill was a working-class commotion of cafés, bistros, and dance halls. Its low rents lured struggling artists whose canvases now sell for millions (Renoir, Degas, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo).
These days, the hill is equal parts charm and kitsch ..

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5 ways to experience Amsterdam like a local

Save money. Do more. Dutch author Anja de Jager reveals how to avoid the tourists and experience her home city, Amsterdam, like a local. (photo credit) 1: Take to the water Amsterdam is all about the water and some of the best views can be had from the canals. That’s why the roundtrips on the […]

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The world’s 7 most unusual Christmas markets

Whether they involve floating on rivers, shooting arrows at patron’s bums or celebrating a strange, defecating log, these markets offer a unique and fun alternative to the traditional Christmas market experience 1: Floating Christmas Market, Vilshofen, Germany The floating Christmas markets in Vilshofen (Tourist-Information Passauer Land) Every Christmas, the Danube promenade in Vilshofen is home […]

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Bristol’s 7 best street food experiences

Bristol has a thriving street food scene that rivals those in bigger cities like London and Birmingham. There are several well-established food markets to choose from and the number of traders is growing all the time. You can find cuisines from every corner of the world being cooked on everything from portable smokers, gas rings […]

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Discovering the Cíes Islands, Galicia: Spain’s secret paradise

Europe Discovering the Cíes Islands, Galicia: Spain’s secret paradise Holly Daffurn / 24 November 25SHARESShareTweetGoogle+Pin ItStumbleBufferWith the flight being just over two hours from London, Galicia felt no distance at all, yet the landscape, culture and food were vastly different to my usual English surroundings. Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region, was a beautiful and central location to fly into and I loved exploring the city with its remarkable architecture, religious connotations, vibrant street performers and refined culture. However, it was the Western coast that showed me a whole new side of Galicia, the more intimate and hidden side with wild, windswept beaches; picturesque fishing villages and a culture steeped in tradition. It was a tough call, but for me the most beautiful side of Galicia is located just off the coast of Pontevedra in the form of a cluster of three islands known as the Cíes Islands (or Illas Cíes).
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Austria on a plate: 7 foodie experiences to feed your wanderlust

Austria on a plate: 7 foodie experiences to feed your wanderlust Exploring the great outdoors works up an appetite, and with its stunning natural scenery Austria is bound to leave you ravenous. Satisfy your body’s craving for good food with these seven unique dining experiences
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1. Indulge in fine steak Vegetarians, avert your eyes. The Steak Alm restaurant at the Kirchleitn Hotel in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Carinthia, is a meat-eater's paradise. Serving up succulent cuts of quality beef, here you can choose from tender T-bones or juicy rumps, cooked precisely to your liking. Sides of chips and corn polish off the dishes perfectly. The restaurant couples this exquisite food with the alpine-inspired but modern interior design to create a cosy log-cabin retreat.

Steak at Steak Alm restaurant (kirchleitn.com)
Kirchleitn Hotel is located amidst outstanding mountain scenery in the Carinthia province, where you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. In winter, t..

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