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    Budapest, Hungary

    The cities of Buda and Pest were merged into the Hungarian capital of Budapest in 1873, but today they still feel like two separate worlds. Historic Buda is hilly, with pastel-colored houses, an eighteenth-century palace and sweeping views of the Danube river. Cosmopolitan Pest is flat, with grand mansions, bustling squares and the impressive parliament building. Belváros and Erzsébetváros After…

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    Cyprus

    Itinerary: Larnaka – Lefkosia – Troödos Mountains – Laneia – Kolossi – Kourion – Aphrodite’s Rock – Paphos A divided country With an average of 326 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is a popular island for holidaymakers. But the island in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea has more to offer than sun, beach and nightlife. The island…

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    Portugal

    Itinerary: Porto – the Douro Valley – Aveiro – Coimbra – Batalha – Óbidos – Elvas – Monsaraz – Évora – Algarve – Lisbon The former world power Portugal, located on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula, between Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, has been an independent country since the twelfth century. This makes it one of the oldest…

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    Denmark

    Itinerary: Copenhagen – Køge – Stevns Klint – Ribe – Søhøjlandet – Aarhus Denmark, or Danmark as the Danes themselves say, is the land of Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen, of Lego and Danish Design, of the Borgen series and of course the widely admired ‘hygge’. Hygge can best be described as a warm, friendly, harmonious and comfortable atmosphere.…

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    Malta

    Itinerary: Valletta – Blue Grotto – Hagar Qim – Mdina – Gozo – Marsaxlokk The tiny country of Malta is located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian island of Sicily. It consists of three islands: the main island called Malta, the smaller Gozo and the even smaller Comino. The country is a three-hour flight from…

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    Luxembourg & the Belgian Ardennes

    Itinerary: Dinant – Luxembourg – Echternach – Müllerthal – Vianden – Clervaux – La Roche en Ardenne – Durbuy – Theux Via Dinant to Luxembourg It’s a Sunday morning when we drive to the city of Dinant, passing Antwerp, Brussels and Namur along the way. Dinant is a not too big city in the southeast of Belgium, beautifully situated on…

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    Iceland

    Itinerary: Reykjavik – Thingvellir National Park – Geysir & Strokkur – Gulffoss – Tjórsárdalur – Seljalandsfoss – Skogafoss – Solheimajökul – Dyrhólaey – Eldrhaun – Fjadrárglúfur – Skeidarársandur – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlon – Breiddalsvik – Seydisfjördur – Dettifoss – Myvatn – Öxnadalur – Kirkjufell – Snaefellsjökul National Park It feels a bit strange to travel while the world is struggling…

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    Baltic States

    Itinerary: Tallinn – Laheema National Park – Tartu – Cesis – Gauja National Park – Riga – Zemaitija National Park – Vilnius If I had to summarize the three Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, I would say: a turbulent history, beautiful old towns and quiet natural areas. And well worth a visit! As for that turbulent history: over the…

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    Valencia, Spain

    Cuidad Vieja Halfway along the east coast of Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea, sits the city of Valencia. It is the third largest city in Spain and has about as many inhabitants as Amsterdam. Because for Dutchies Valencia is only a two-hour flight away and you can already enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean climate at the beginning of March,…

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    Ghent, Belgium

    Two years ago at the end of the year I went to the Belgian city of Bruges for a weekend, last year Antwerp was the destination and this year I am in Ghent for a weekend. It’s cold, but beautiful sunny weather, perfect to spend a weekend at our southern neighbors. Ghent is located in the province of East Flanders,…