Every year, annual traditions take over Poland as buildings and houses are decked in decor while colorful and cobblestone streets are flooded with twinkling lights. Massive Christmas trees take over charming squares as horse drawn carriages become the town Uber. The fatty and fried oil smell of delicious pierogi dances through the air coupled with people using mulled wine as a source to stay warm, physically and mentally. The colorful buildings of famous and historical streets lead you through town during the day, at the same time becoming engulfed in Christmas illumination by night. Throw a little snow into the mix to create a real life snow-globe and winter wonderland masterpiece.
In an extremely diverse country of landscape, culture, history and food, Italy’s shining attribute is the use of simple and seasonal ingredients. One of the most charming and fascinating aspects of Italian cuisine is the unique differences between the 20 regions. The South of Italy in general has influenced the gastronomical scene across the globe, thanks in large part to “Cucina Povera”, or peasant food. Although it may be defined as the food of the poor, these are some of the best dishes of Italy. The simplicity is what makes them so special and shows that you don’t always need some extravagant and expensive recipe to enjoy an incredible experience. However, travelers to Italy often miss out on exploring the region of Puglia while instead going to the tourist hotspots of Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Napoli, whereas this region may be one of the best for any foodie out there.
Southern Italy is home to the stunning region of Puglia, one of the country’s most underrated areas and best-kept secrets. It’s slowly gaining in popularity, but you can still enjoy quieter times in the off-season. Keep reading for an epic seven day itinerary through southern Italy with a special focus on Puglia.
Seabirds and swallows sing overhead, dancing in the golden light reflections upon historical buildings of white limestone as the sun begins to set. Sounds of waves crashing against rocks below echo through town, as the sweet and refreshing smell of salt from the vibrant blue-green Adriatic Sea penetrates your nostrils. Travelers navigate through narrow cobblestone streets, adorned in twinkling lights as the ambience of glasses clinking upon one another sets up an evening to remember. Platefuls of handmade pasta, tossed with seasonal ingredients accompanied by the freshest and creamiest local cheeses play the protagonist at every table. Puglia, Italy, occupying the “Heel of the Boot”, is one of the country’s best regions and the gem of the Adriatic.
Andalucia, Spain, is unlike any other region in southern Europe. Imagine sun-drenched days in an epic landscape that includes pristine beaches and impressive mountain ranges. Charming white-walled towns speckle the region and the dining is unparalleled. Cultural influences range from Moorish to Mediterranean, and Flamenco is a way of life. This is Andalucia.
Whether it’s a short jaunt to a series of offshore islands or a longer-haul sea crossing, ferries are a transportation option that can be found from Alaska to Greece to Asia. In general, ferries don’t get the credit they deserve. They’re green, scenic and affordable. Compared to flying, they’re generally more comfortable and less stressful. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be reviewing a longer-haul, overnight ferry in Europe.
It’s that time of year again. Twinkling lights strung up across buildings, decorated trees commanding city centers, holiday music dancing through the air, the smell of hot wine and baked gingerbread suffocating your nose and of course, chestnuts roasting on an open fire. If you love the holiday season, then there aren’t too many experiences as magical as exploring different Christmas Markets across Europe. While they’re all worth seeing, it may be hard to choose the right market for you. Each country does it differently as vendors focus on local cuisine and souvenirs that will leave you overwhelmed, wanting to buy everything. The biggest and most famous markets definitely live up to the hype, but it is the lesser known ones off of the usual tourist route that will give you the most unforgettable Christmas market adventure.
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