Christmas Market decorations

Germany’s Christmas Markets for the Holidays

Christmas Market decorations

Traveling during the holidays isn’t what many would consider a joyful experience.  But if you’re headed to the right destination, it can also be magical.

Escaping the holiday hustle and bustle, get into the spirit, and get some shopping done at Germany’s Christmas Markets.

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Windmills of Kinderdijk

Escapes Worthy of Leaving Amsterdam

 

Big cities have big name recognition with travelers, especially when planning a once-in-a-lifetime type trip to a destination like Europe. But getting out of town, and leaving those well-known cities behind, can come with big benefits.

Paris, London, Rome and Amsterdam. They’re all big cities, and even if you’ve never been, you tend to know a decent amount about them. Leave city limits – and all bets are off. But in Amsterdam, that’s a good thing.

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Napa and Sonoma County Wine Country are Open for Business

Napa loves first responders sign

The devastation in Northern California wine country is unprecedented. The images – particularly of neighborhoods in Santa Rosa, my hometown, are horrifying. But it doesn’t matter where you live, truthfully. Folks around the world watched the scenes play out in disbelief. I was in Ecuador when I received a text from my neighbor asking if I was going to evacuate. That’s how I found out about the wildfires ravaging Napa and Sonoma. Even there, folks knew what was going on in my hometown.

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