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Family Travel Guide to Curonian Spit, Lithuania

Family travel guide to the Curonian Spit, Lithuania

The Curonian Spit is the most captivating place you’ve never heard of. It is rich in history and full of natural wonders, and it’s an ideal family travel destination. A spit is defined as “a narrow point of land projecting into the sea”, and that’s exactly what the Curonian Spit is. The swath of land extends into […]

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Hill of Witches | Juodkrantė, Lithuania

Folklore in the forest: The Hill of Witches in Juodkrantė, Lithuania

The Hill of Witches (Raganų Kalnas in Lithuanian) is a public trail system through a forested sand dune just off the main road in Juodkrantė, Lithuania. The forest here is teeming with mystical wood carvings, all representing figures from Lithuanian folklore and pagan traditions. I came across photos of the Hill of Witches as I was doing research for […]

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Live music in a Dublin pub | Enjoying the Music of Ireland

Enjoying the Music of Ireland

If you listen very closely you can hear the music of Ireland as it caresses the verdant hills and joins the crystalline rivers. At times it’s a slow, romantic bit plucked from a harp, at others it’s a lively jig from a silver whistle or a tempest following the pounding beat of a bodhrán. Whether […]

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Rome, Italy

Dear Rome, I love you.

I felt compelled to write the following upon learning that this week’s #JAchat topic is Rome. (#JAchat is a weekly Twitter travel chat that I co-host. Read here to learn more.) I’ve heard other travelers compare picking a favorite place in the world, out of all the towns, cities, and countries they’ve visited, to choosing which […]

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Hotel Topazz | Vienna, Austria

A break from the traditional: Stylish and modern hotels in Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria, is an imperial city known for its formal atmosphere. Walking through Vienna amidst the eloquent buildings may feel like you’re strolling through a living, open-air museum. But for as much as Vienna upholds its traditions, the city is embracing modernity and the nontraditional, as shown by these hotel properties. Modern Luxury in Vienna’s […]

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Barcelona

Where to stay in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a city teeming with extraordinary art, architecture, culture, and cuisine. With so much to experience, visitors might be overwhelmed when trying to decide on a hotel at an optimal location and one that best suits their interests and their budgets. For the #HipmunkCityLove project, here are five options for hotels in Barcelona that […]

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Katholische Kirche St. Michael | Vienna, Austria

Giving Vienna a second chance

Vienna is a city I’d always wanted to visit and that wish finally came true for me last year. My family and I spent five days in Vienna, doing our best to live like locals, and had an enjoyable time. Still, I left the imperial city feeling less than 100 percent in love with it. […]

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