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Where Can You Snort Chocolate and Drink 650 Types of Beer? Only in Bruges, Belgium

Squeezed between racy Amsterdam and cheese-mongering Paris, Belgium’s Bruges may seem small potatoes at first glance. But this fairy tale-like town has more to offer than Medieval architecture and canals. Foodies and ale-lovers flock to Bruges to indulge in calorific cuisine, craft beer, and some bizarre ways of ingesting chocolate (think: cocaine-style). Here are five things to love about Bruges’ food scene: Continue Reading →

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Moscow’s Most Grand & Historic Metro Stations

Moscow’s onion spires — on colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral, on the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and on a multitude of lesser-known buildings—are perhaps the most iconic examples of the city’s architecture, but there are equally-impressive displays beneath the streets.

For just the cost of a subway ticket, you can access nearly 200 stations on 12 lines comprising more than 325 kilometres of track—and get a history lesson. Here, listed chronologically by date opened, are five of Moscow’s greatest Metro stations. Continue Reading →

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Haute Cuisine: Fancy Foods from Southwestern France

In southwestern France, particularly in the Dordogne, you can feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a place that is quite isolated from the rest of the world.

Medieval castles blanket the hilltops and prehistoric caves are home to some of the oldest known cave paintings in the world. Townships host a market day once or twice a week where some of the best culinary pickings are still produced the way they have been for centuries. Accordingly, price tags range from reasonable to extortionate.

Despite this region’s humble environs, it is home to some of the richest and finest French delicacies that grace the tables of all the top dining destinations across the world. Continue Reading →

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Downtown and Island Bound in Istanbul

It’s just after 6pm on a Tuesday in Istanbul. The line of traffic snakes down Kemeralti Caddesi, workers all heading toward the Bosphorus Bridge to take them out of the city’s downtown European core and home to the primarily residential Asian side. It’s rush hour, but it could really be any time of day—such is the downfall of being Europe’s most populated city (15 million as of 2013), along the banks of one of the city’s iconic slivers of water. Istanbul is, after all, the only city in the world to balance on the edge of two continents. The beautiful Bosphorus Strait divides the city in half, meaning it’s literally possible to stand in Europe and gaze at Asia or, like many of Istanbul’s residents, make the daily commute between continents. Continue Reading →

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Travelling to Transnistria and the U.S.S.R. Era

Transnistria is a breakaway territory in eastern Moldova and the Canadian government says is not overly wise venture this far. The United Nations doesn’t recognize it. Basically, if all hell breaks loose, you’re on your own. Upon entering Transnistria, you have to fill out some paperwork – basically the same form twice, one for you, one for the extremely cantankerous looking Russian military guy with a gun. It comes with a stern warning – you have 8 hours to visit, any longer and you will be arrested. Continue Reading →

St. Patrick's Day in Ireland

Surviving St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

For many, Dublin is a great place to visit — except on St. Patrick’s Day. Every year, the Patrick’s’ Day celebrations and annual parade in Dublin attracts over 1 million visitors. Eight years ago when I lived there, I was excited to be one of them. But looking back, it wasn’t at all what I had expected. Here’s what you … Continue Reading →

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Iceland Travel Guide

 There’s a ton to do and see in this tiny country with a big backyard. It’s home to the talented singer Bjork, and a sanctuary for Damon Albarn of Blur.  Plus, Iceland is one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights, and has one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world. … Continue Reading →

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Love Locked in Paris

Looking to get locked in for life with your lover? Do it on a bridge in Paris. Outside Notre Dame Cathedral, thousands of couples are writing their names on locks, securing them to the bridge’s fence, and tossing the key into the Seine below. C’est tellement romantique, non? Well, not everyone is swooning over this site. It’s … Continue Reading →

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Five Things to Love about the Christmas Market in Germany

The Christmas season is one of the best times to visit Germany. It’s when the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) is in full swing – a must do on any traveller’s bucket list. They are easy to find as most are located in the centres of major cities. They usually coincide with Advent as the German word literally translates to Christ Child Market. Munich and Nuremberg were my favourites, as these markets stayed true to Bavarian tradition.

Here are 5 things about the German Christkindlmarkt that are unique from other countries — and that we love about it!
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