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The Best Jazz Clubs in Prague

Our Guide to Prague's Best Jazz Clubs

According to an old Czech saying, “every Czech is a musician.” Indeed, the country and especially Prague has long revered music, from classical to jazz and just about everything in between. While authoritarian rule by Nazis and communists doesn’t seem like it would be very inspiring for musical expression—Nazi law actually forbid jazz music specifically—Prague… Continue Reading

New Direct Flights to Prague and Budapest

New Direct Flights from the US to Prague and Budapest

These are exciting times for American travelers to Central and Eastern Europe, as two airlines will soon offer direct flights from American cities to great European destinations. Polish airline LOT will launch direct flights between Budapest, Chicago and New York in the summer of 2018. LOT joins American Airlines, which will have direct flights from Philadelphia… Continue Reading

Dracula in Transylvania: Truth and Legend

Dracula in Transylvania: Truth and Legend

Dracula just might be the most famous monster ever created. Bram Stoker’s story has never been out of print since its first publication in 1897. Count Dracula is a big draw for tourists to Romania in general and Bran Castle in Transylvania in particular. The sinister vampire has been portrayed in countless films and television… Continue Reading

The Best of Cold War Berlin

The Best of Cold War Berlin

Fascinating history, great gastronomy, unique architecture and outstanding nightlife: Berlin is a city that seems to have it all. You can enjoy just about any type of vacation here, from relaxing to wild, modern to historic. Of course, the Cold War had a huge effect here, and this period remains one of the big draws for tourists today.… Continue Reading

Visiting San Gimignano in Tuscany

Visiting San Gimignano in Tuscany

In the heart of Tuscany, the hilltop village of San Gimignano is one of our favorite day trips from Florence or anywhere in Tuscany. This charming little hilltop hamlet not only has some of the best-preserved architecture in the region, with churches and signature towers rising from the rural landscape, it has an interesting history… Continue Reading

The Accademia and the Uffizi: Florence’s Finest Museums

The Accademia and the Uffizi: Florence’s Finest Museums

Every city in Italy feels like an open-air museum, and Florence in particular has much to offer in the way of breathtaking buildings and atmospheric plazas. But the concentration of wealth here during the Renaissance means that there are several museums with outstanding collections of art—some of the most famous masterpieces in the world, to… Continue Reading

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