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The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Rome, Italy

Rome wasn’t built in a day and it definitely should not be seen in a day either.  This ancient city still stands as beautifully and strong as ever and was the city I chose to see over Venice or Florence.  Although I’m sure the cities in Italy all have their own uniqueness, Rome drew me in …

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A Day Trip to Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary is an amazing city full of healing waters and colorful architecture that encourages you to take long walks to admire it all.  The spa town located about 2 hours from Prague is famous for its natural hot springs and “curative” waters that you can drink from.  I spent a whole day in Karlovy …

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The Ultimate Guide to a Day in Annecy, France

Annecy is one of my favorite hidden gems of Europe.  The small little city is full of beautifully colored flowers and houses and clear canals and lakes that are perched next to a beautiful scenery of mountains.  Annecy is known as the “Venice of the Alps”, but you will not see as many tourists as …

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10 Magical European Destinations

I know this was a very small list of cities in an incredibly diverse continent.  It was very hard to make this list because each of these cities are so unique in their own way that it makes it hard to group them all together.  I love Europe because it reminds you that you are …

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The Ultimate Guide to Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is truly a city I will never forget.  It was an incredible experience to walk through the streets to see buildings and mosques that were built hundreds of years ago while listening as the call of prayer echoed through the streets. This city was full of spectacular colors and patterns and joyful people that made …

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Visiting the Haunting Auschwitz Concentration Camp

[Warning: Some sensitive content] I will never forget the way the sun shined down on the concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau, like the spirits of the camp were shining their memory across the place where they were suppose to be forgotten.  It symbolized to me that the victims were in a better place and looking down …

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A First Timer’s Guide to Exploring Amsterdam

I set out for Amsterdam from my study abroad location in Prague on an overnight train.  As the train pulled into the station early in the morning, I had a feeling of excitement, one because I was spending the first night of this city by myself and was free to explore whatever I wanted.  I …

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The Ultimate Guide to Krakow, Poland

Krakow (pronounced as “Kra-kuff” in Polish) is Poland’s second largest city.  I have studied the Holocaust for a few years now and was eager to learn more about the history of Krakow. During Hitler’s reign, both Poles and Jews were targeted for violence and Nazi concentration/death camps.  Death camps like Auschwitz (about an hour from Krakow) were …

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The Ultimate Guide to Budapest, Hungary

I found a lot of beauty in this city: the food, the people, the sights, and the history.  Since it is not as famous as touristy cities like Paris or Rome, it is easy to immerse yourself in the cities (Buda and Pest) and to find something that fits your mode of traveling .  From spending …

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