by Melody Moser on March 3, 2014

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Gingerbread, Sausages, and Hot-Mulled Wine

Nuremberg Christmas Market

Image: Nuremberg Christmas market/ReneS, Flickr As I’ve written about in other posts, the festive  Nuremberg Christmas Market is a fabulous place to visit before the holidays. There, you can purchase unique holiday gifts and get into the spirit of the season.  But it’s also a wonderful place to sample some delicious food and drink. The […]

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Holidays in Nuremberg: Prune People

Prune People at the Nuremberg Christmas Market

Each year in early December, the Main Market Square in Nuremberg, Germany is transformed into one of the most atmospheric Christmas Markets in the world.  Known as Christkindlesmarkt, this magical place is an enchanting village where visitors browse stalls bedecked with red and white awnings while shopping for a variety of handmade gifts. During the […]

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Visit Nuremberg during the holidays


Visiting Nuremberg, Germany during the holidays can be a magical experience… But don’t spend all of your time at the Christmas Markets, there are a lot of non-holiday sites visitors can see during the holiday season as well.  Here are a few things that I found interesting: The Castle.  As one of the main landmarks […]

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New enrichment experiences at Cancun & Riviera Maya resorts

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Would you like to enrich your mind while you work on your tan? Several Cancun and Riviera Maya resorts are offering new activities to enhance your beach stays.  Here are just a few of them: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort It’s not only for kids – the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort’s onsite […]

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A visit to the Irish National Stud Farm & Japanese Gardens

Bench overlooking lake at Tully, Ireland

Ireland, a country known for it’s scenic beauty, may well be the friendliest place on Earth.  After all, where else are you greeted with Céad míle fáilte, a hundred thousand welcomes? It was Ireland’s scenic vistas that drew me to this welcoming country, and after some time spent in Dublin, my friends and I decided […]

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Walking through Brooklyn with Context Travel

Image of Brooklyn house

Although I’ve lived in New Jersey for most of my life, I’d never visited Brooklyn before as a tourist. Then Context Travel, a travel company known for it’s “Scholar-led Walking Tours of the World’s Cultural Capitals,” contacted me about their New York City walking tours.  I’d recently taken their fabulous walking tour in Barcelona that […]

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Castle Vacations – What do you need to know?

Cabra Castle Hotel room entrance

Image:  Cabra Castle Hotel, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, Ireland Who has not been captivated by tales of knights and dragons, of medieval feuds, battles and betrayals? Serving as the backdrop for each of these stories is a castle. Visiting a castle can provide a playground for the imagination, allowing the mind to revel in legend and […]

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Passports with Purpose: Do some good and win great prizes!

Passports With Purpose

Photo credit:  buildOn I’m happy to announce that Journeys Near and Far  is participating in Passports with Purpose this year.  I believe it’s a good thing for travelers to give back to the places and people they visit and I really like the way Passports with Purpose enables this to happen! In case you haven’t […]

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10 reasons to cruise Hawaii with Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian Pride

Image credit:  Norwegian Cruise Lines Why cruise Hawaii with Norwegian?  There are at least ten good reasons! 1. Norwegian visits four islands and five ports and spends nearly 100 hours in port, and more than double the amount of time in port than the other cruise lines.  It’s a convenient way to travel between the […]

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