November 9: A Turning Point in Germany History

Until this week, I couldn’t have told you why November 9 is a kay date in German development. But it marks a turning point in German history not once, but twice. Kristallnacht, or Night of the Broken Glass, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, both monumental turning points in German history, happened not just…

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13 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sardinia

When we think of Italy, lots of destinations come to mind. Getting lost in Venice. Scooting around Rome. Climbing the stairs of the Cinque Terre. Exploring lush hills of Tuscany. But what about Sardinia, the so-called Caribbean of Europe? For our fourth anniversary, Tim planned a surprise trip to this beautiful Mediterranean island—and not since…

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Palosanto: The Best Tapas in Barcelona

We stumbled on Palosanto on one of the many tapas and pintxos crawls we undertook to discover where to eat in Barcelona. Tucked into a bend on Rambla del Raval (and not too far from El Gat de Botero, a sculpture I can only assume is based on Simon’s Cat), Palosanto appears pretty unassuming from…

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Where to eat in Barcelona

In a foodie city like Barcelona, there’s no excuse not to eat well. But Barcelona is also full of tourist traps. So where should you eat in Barcelona? We rounded up a list of our favorite pintxos, tapas, and paella in this incredible city. First, what’s what to eat in Barcelona? Pintxos: Also spelled pinchos,…

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What to Know Before You Go to Oktoberfest

It’s fall in Germany, and that means one thing: Oktoberfest. Despite having lived here for three years already, this year marked my first trip to Oktoberfest—the real one, anyway! In just one weekend, I learned a lot about the do’s, don’ts, and history of this storied festival. Here’s everything you’d want to know before you…

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Travel Inspiration: State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Photos

I have a small confession to make. On my first trip to Vienna, I tried to find this mythical library. It was meant to be the most beautiful thing a bibliophile could ever bear witness to. But I…couldn’t find the door. And by the time I did, it was closed for the day. No chance.…

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A Vienna Museum Guide

Because Vienna has so many museums (over 100!), it can be hard to decide which to visit. Luckily, on our last trip, 3 days out of our 7-day Vienna itinerary were dedicated to exploring as many museums as we could—resulting in this Vienna museum guide!  A Vienna Museum Guide Schönbrunn  The imperial family’s summer residence,…

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10 Tips for Visiting Schönbrunn Palace

Located just outside of the main city, Schönbrunn Palace is a grand, golden complex—as you’d expect from the main summer palace of the Hapsburg Imperial family. The Rococo residence has 1,441 rooms and gardens that seem to unfold forever. Housed within the complex are a multitude of smaller museums and gardens—a literal trove of historical…

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Is the Vienna Pass Worth It?

One key aspect of our 7-day Vienna itinerary was visiting Vienna’s museums. After some quick calculations, we decided to spring for the Vienna Pass, hoping we’d see enough attractions to make it worth the purchase price. Now, with the trip over and our brains (and phones) crammed with as much art, history, and antique furnishings…

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A Tour of the Vienna Coffeehouses

Whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, a tour of the Vienna coffeehouses should definitely be integrated into your Vienna itinerary. The coffeehouses serve up so much more than a strong espresso: you can order wine, cake, sandwiches, and—most importantly—a heaping dose of history.  Vienna’s Coffeehouse Culture You might be tempted to stop at a…

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