Rediscovering Metz: a lesser-known city in France
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  Metz! Ici, Metz! The snappish female voice repeated it twice. Insisting on the triple s at the end of the word. We looked at each other and bursted into laughter, imitating the SNCF voice by adding a few other … Read More

7 Reasons to Visit Strasbourg during Christmas Time
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  Imagine strolling around snow-covered wooden chalets scattered all over the city. While sipping on a cup of mulled wine and watching quaint half-timbered houses lit up with thousands of festive winter lights. The scent of choucroute here, the savour … Read More

Best European Destinations in Autumn
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In Autumn, the days turn shorter and the leaves turn amber. Summer is long gone and winter holidays are still far away. We sit amidst falling leaves, listening to the breath of autumn combing through our hair. So where do … Read More

In Bergamo, when it drizzles…
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According to the weather app, it’s sunny here in Bergamo, I said. Outside, the rain was pouring down on a bunch of black umbrellas moving forward on the Via Bartolomeo Colleoni.   Kerstin opened the window and gazed out as if … Read More

Lesser-Known Towns in Europe for Weekend Getaways
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Why don’t you like to visit the major European cities? My sister seemed confused when I told her that we prefer to spend our weekends in smaller and lesser-known towns in Europe. It’s not that we don’t like metropolises. Rome, … Read More

My Luxembourg City – Part II
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  Oh you’re from Luxembourg? The waiter looked surprised, and quickly added: but it’s such a small country! Well, Luxembourg might be small, my friend replied, but the country’s still big enough for Mei to fit in there! I burst … Read More

“All Religions are One”: at the Temple of Cao Dai in Cai Be, Vietnam
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  After spending three days in Ho Chi Minh City, we headed south to Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and stopped in Cai Be. Although the weather was cloudy and murky, we vowed to see something once we arrived at the Floating Market. Our … Read More

A Royal Stay at the Château d’Arc-en-Barrois in Haute-Marne
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  Are you sure this is the hotel you’ve just booked? Because this looks like a castle, a real Château ! Kerstin stopped the car at the entrance way, and looked at me. The wrought-iron gate was open, but we … Read More

Spinalonga Island, Crete: A Step Back in History
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  As the boat drifted toward Spinalonga Island, I closed my eyes to embrace the warm Aegean wind.   As an archaeologist, I’m used to explore ancient ruins. But visiting an island abandoned only in the late 1950’s was new … Read More

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