Sneaking Into Spreepark

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I freeze, at what could have been the slight sound of a twig snapping. Was it just my imagination? Sweat beads on my brow. As I wait, I sense the clincher: the woodland noises have all stopped and I can hear, in the distance, guttural German voices drawing closer. My hand goes up, signaling Iris, …

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An Afternoon In Utrecht

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If you think Amsterdam is the star attraction of the Netherlands, you have another think coming. While the canal city is probably the most popular tourist destination, I found that Utrecht, a smaller city (it’s actually the 4th largest city in the Netherlands) about 20 minutes away, was the real deal when it comes to …

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Rocking It Out In Budapest

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Budapest is a pretty city – straddling the Danube, it grew up as two separate cities: hilly, rich Buda and flat, poorer but more artistic Pest. This state of affairs remained until the denizens of the city built the first of many bridges – the Chain bridge – across the Danube and united the two …

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Prague In The Summer Sun

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Prague in the summertime is glorious. It’s a city of spires and ancient towers, so when the sun is out, all those famous 1,000 points are glistening and glinting in the sun. The bright red and orange and yellow roof tiles are clean after the rain and the entire population of the city seems to …

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A Day In Vienna

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If you ever want to put your sense of independence of thought to test, you should travel for a couple of months through Europe. For backpackers and more conventional tourists alike, Europe is where you can lose your sense of individuality. You are herded en masse from one historic site, palace, statue or other civic embellishment …

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Death And Beauty In Greenland

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Kangerlussuaq, Greenland is the sort of place that takes no prisoners. The day I landed, the town authorities called off the search for a crashed plane whose pilot presumably got lost in the Arctic wilderness and couldn’t find his way back to the airport. The danger that’s inherent in a place like this is just …

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