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Whitewater Rafting Adventure with Rafting Tara — European Tours for Nature Lovers

Take a whitewater rafting adventure with Tara Sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina — day adventures from canyoning to paragliding to mountain biking.

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The Warship That Never Went to War: Vasa Museum in Stockholm

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum is home to the only fully preserved 17th century warship. The 69 m long, 50+ m tall ship is housed along with maritime artifacts.

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St. Adalbert Church in Krakow Market Square — 1000 Years of History

St. Adalbert Church stands out not because of its grandeur in Krakow's Market Square, but because of its simple white masonry, hard-to-put-a-finger-on design, that's topped with a simple cross. Indeed, parts of the pre-Roman, Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque...
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How to Visit Europe on a Budget Without Backpacks or Hostels

Travel tips on how to visit Europe on a Budget – Krakow is one of the cheapest and has many free sights in its UNESCO heritage site of Old Town.

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Road Trip from Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, to Manila, Philippines: A Photo Journal

With Super Typhoon Haima headed directly at me, I ended up with a 12-hour Road Trip from Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, to Manila, Philippines — the journey.

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FREE Things to See in Stockholm: Knights & Castle Walls at the Medieval Museum

The Medieval Museum in Stockholm is a free museum with artifacts like a 5 centuries old piece of the original wall, personal artifacts, weaponry and more.

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Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, & Ice Palace

You can have your choice of a soft or extreme adventure experience at Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Glacier, Snowfun Park, and Ice Palace.

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Discover Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines and the Banaue Hotel & Youth Hostel

Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines, literally throbbed with activity -- trikes scooting along with passenger sidecars, jeepneys, full to capacity with young boys leaning off the top like an illustration in a children's picture book, cables crisscrossing overhead connecting...
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Relax in a Philippines Paradise: Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant

The mountain top Ibulao Bed & Breakfast Restaurant in Kiangan, in the Philippine municipality of Banaue in Ifuao province, is about as close to paradise as you can get -- especially if you love thick, verdant greenery and flowers as far as you can see. With a...
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Try Some Swedish Meatballs on #NationalMeatballDay

Meatballs are one of Sweden's best known traditional foods -- although we celebrate them in North America too, with National Meatball Day, every year on March 9. When I visited Sweden, I was lucky enough to sample Swedish meatballs at the centuries old Tant Bruns...
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Things to Do in Krakow, Poland: Bar Hopping in Historic Old Town

Mix the joie de vi·vre of a New Orleans Mardi Gras with the statues and architecture of a medieval town square, and you’ve got an evening in Krakow, Poland’s, historic Old Town. And whether you regularly indulge in a little bar hopping or not, you’ll be swept away by crowds of fun-seekers until you’ve had your fill of European beers or the dawn starts to break — whichever comes first!

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Berlin Wall to Cold War Planes: Try These Berlin Day Trips

There’s lots to see in Berlin from Cold War planes to the Berlin Wall — check out these day trips, along other important attractions in Berlin.

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What Makes Amsterdam Europe’s Most Romantic City?

Every Valentine's Day new lists of the most romantic cities are released -- this year, the Independent, one of London's online newspapers, named Amsterdam as possibly Europe's most romantic city. And when I started thinking about romance, I had to agree that Amsterdam...
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Amsterdam Torture Museum — Guess Why These Masks Were Used

The Amsterdam Museum of Torture is listed as one of the world's strangest museums -- and when you walk through this maze of shadowy rooms, running your fingers over cold wooden and metal instruments that have elicited screams of terror, it's the stuff of nightmares....
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Meet Vikings in Sigtuna: Viking Runes to Viking Ruins

Vikings were once powerful masters of the seas. Their ship building skills were superior, enabling them to sail oceans that Europeans from other countries couldn't. Since the days I studied history at school, we've even discovered that the Vikings visited Canada and...
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Stockholm: City of Bridges #photooftheday

Stockholm, Sweden, is a city of bridges, which seems logical when you think about its location. While Sweden isn't an island, since land connects to Norway on the West and Finland to the North, its capital, Stockholm, is built on 14 islands. Some 57 bridges connect...
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Antique Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Kraków Old Town – #photooftheday

Krakow Old Town is a medieval center that has survived for eleven centuries--even through the bombings of World War II, which devastated other Polish cities. The horrors of war, however, didn't completely miss the area as it's just over 40 miles to Auschwitz Birkenau...
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Road Trip to Strangnas on Lake Malaren in Sweden — #photooftheday

Sweden has many inland lakes and rivers -- in fact they cover 10% of the countryside. So, it's no wonder that some of the most scenic day road trips from Stockholm are to little seaside towns. We'd spent most of our time in Sweden in Stockholm, with just one side...
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Rice Dessert Filipino Style — the Secret Ingredient in Traditional Bibingkang Kanin

Rice pudding is one of those desserts that has a place in almost every culture around the world--with variations to suit each one. In fact, for thousands of years rice pudding was considered a good way to treat stomach ailments. If you're like me, you may have even...
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Crazy Speeds & Wild Whirls at Gröna Lund–Oldest Amusement Park in Sweden

If you need an adrenaline rush on a regular basis, you may have developed that need at an amusement park as a child. Whether you had one locally, or in a driveable distance, like my kids did with Calaway Park outside Calgary, Alberta--or made do with the summer fair...
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Sigtuna is Home to Sweden’s Smallest Library — Can You Guess What it Used to Be? #TriviaTuesday

Sigtuna, Sweden's oldest city, is a gem hidden in the shadow of its much newer and larger cousin, Stockholm--the fastest growing city in Europe. Less than 50 km from Stockholm, Erik the Victorious established the town back in 970 AD. It's in the municipality...
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How Many Canals are there in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a city of canals--in fact, this city in the Netherlands is sometimes called the "Venice of the North." In 2010, three of these canals, which together form the Amsterdam canal belt, were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. These three canals,...
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Explore Berlin–10 Berlin City Walks

You didn't have to live in Russia or the U.S. to be impacted by the Cold War--or the Berlin Wall, one of the most visual reminders to the whole world of the great divide. However, it wasn't until I got lost on a Berlin city walk that I even thought about how people on...
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Experience the Rainforest at Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Sarawak, Malaysia

What better time to look back at my visit to Malaysia's rainforest than when the winter's first snowstorm hits Saskatchewan? While it's been a few years since my visit, it feels like yesterday when I browse through my photos and travel journal. Malaysia is a great...
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Caernarfon Castle: A Visit to Caernarfon, Wales, and Stay at the Celtic Royal

Caernarfon Castle, a giant fortress built by King Edward I to guard the former principality of Gwynedd, sits on the banks of the River Seiont, in north Wales. Caernarfon stands as Edward’s most impressive Welsh castle, from its dozen multi-angled towers to the community inside the castle walls.

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