10 ways to stay warm when it’s winter in Krakow

10 ways to stay warm when it’s winter in Krakow

Sure, it’s chilly, but winter in Krakow can actually be quite pleasant. The streets and squares, covered with a white blanket of snow, are magical and unforgettable. And there are local experiences that are simply best enjoyed when it’s cold outside. So if you’ve resisted visiting Poland because of low...

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New Year’s traditions in Tbilisi

New Year’s traditions in Tbilisi

In Georgia, Europe and Asia have merged into a culture that is strangely not European nor Asian, but distinctly its own: Georgian. The mix of influences from the two continents has resulted in unique local traditions, cuisine, customs, and more that are unlike what you’ll find anywhere else — including...

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Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

Ice baths, fish scales, and other quirky Polish New Year’s traditions

New Year’s traditions in Poland are packed with superstition, all with the goal of making the coming year more prosperous than the last. Unfortunately, over time, many of the country’s older folk customs have faded into oblivion and aren’t as commonly celebrated as they once were — but that doesn’t mean...

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How to make svařák (Czech mulled wine)

How to make svařák (Czech mulled wine)

Svařené víno, or ‘mulled wine’ in English, is the quintessential wintertime warmer. The smell of simmering spices will lure your nose to the kettle just like some cartoon character to pie on a windowsill — and instantly drawing you into the beautiful Christmas markets of Prague. After you decide you...

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Where to shop for the best souvenirs in Florence

Where to shop for the best souvenirs in Florence

If you’re lucky enough to be in Italy over the Christmas holidays, then you should share some of that luck by bringing back epic Christmas gifts that you can only find in the land of great fashion, great food, and great, well, everything. We asked our local guide Linda in...

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The 12 dishes of a Polish Christmas dinner

The 12 dishes of a Polish Christmas dinner

Christmas is the most celebrated feast in Poland, and while the day is traditionally considered a religious holiday, the fact is most people here celebrate it in some way regardless of their religion. For many Poles, this is the one time of year when all members of their families come...

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Guide to Moscow’s Christmas markets

Guide to Moscow’s Christmas markets

Maybe you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone, or maybe you’re just wanting to soak up that joyful Christmas spirit, possibly with a side of Russian caviar. No matter what’s got you in the mood for a Christmas market, the selection in Moscow won’t disappoint. From where to...

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All about Basque Christmas traditions

All about Basque Christmas traditions

If you’re familiar with Basque culture, then you probably already know our traditions have pagan roots. In fact, we Basques feel very attached to our pagan heritage, even if we also commit to religious festivities like Christmas. That’s why, during the Christmas season, there is a mix of traditional Basque celebrations as well as more...

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Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

It’s that time of year, to hang lovely balls and baubles from the tree as you decorate your house for Christmas. But as you’re hanging all those colourful charms, did you ever wonder who invented these now traditional decorations, and how they’re made? The first Christmas bauble similar to the...

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5 ways to warm up in Budapest in winter

5 ways to warm up in Budapest in winter

When the temperature dips in Budapest, that’s when the city comes alive with warmth! That’s because the cold months of winter are one of the best times of year to explore the Hungarian capital, with plenty of sites to see and flavours to taste that will warm your heart no matter...

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