Santa Claus gives a much-awaited speech at the annual Christmas opening in his official hometown of Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Photo courtesy Visit Rovaniemi
This June saw the official opening in Switzerland of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. At 25 miles long, it becomes the longest train tunnel in the world. In 20 minutes passengers can travel this fast flat-track route from north to south under the Alpine massif in the heart of Europe.
Asparagus growing has a long tradition in lower Saxony, Germany. The trail known as the Lower Saxony Asparagus Route links major asparagus-growing areas such as Burgdorf, Nienburg, Braunschweig and Gifhorn, and the asparagus museum in Nienburg is dedicated to this seasonal vegetable, served from the end of April to the end of June, usually with potatoes, ham and hollandaise sauce.
The "007 Walk of Fame" opened in July 2015 on the Schilthorn in Switzerland and commemorates the making of the movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." The trail begins at the Schilthorn's Piz Gloria and contains several steel pillars that have personal statements from characters in the film or their handprints imprinted on them. There are also benches to allow visitors to relax while on the walk. Some famous names included on the pillars are lead actor George Lazenby (James Bond), supporting actress Diana Rigg (Tracy), cameraman Willy Bogner and skiing legend Bernhard Russi. More names will be added to the Walk of Fame at a later date, including the first Bond Girl Ursula Andress and director Marc Foster. Schilthorn Cableway
What can you expect when you travel to Europe?
Europe holds so much promise for a fun vacation, an exciting getaway, or an in-depth look at different cultures. If you've not traveled to Europe before, you'll want to check out the possibilities. And there are many.
You can see so many historical attractions that hundreds of books have been written just on the monuments, castles, fortresses, towns and cities, and ruling families through the years. If you just want to take a vacation, you can relax at one of the large metropolitan hotels and see the sights of a city like Vienna, Berlin, London or Madrid. If you like excitement, you can motorcycle through the Alps, have fun whitewater rafting down a river, or hike to the top of many of Europe's highest peaks.
With so many countries in Europe so close to one another, you can travel from country to country in a few hours, and think of the different cultures that exist in Europe that you can experience.
You can expect a lot from traveling to Europe. Tasting the foods and wines, and meeting the people are other reasons to go.
At European Traveler, we're trying to bring you a little taste of Europe so you can plan better before you go. We cover foods, lodging, travel and attractions and more. I hope you enjoy the detailed stories and spectacular photos of Europe we present.
Maybe I'll see you down the road in Europe soon. You never know!
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Since 1558, the town of Pulsnitz, Germany, located near Saxony’s state capital Dresden, has been producing delicious gingerbread from eight artisanal bakeries and a lebkuchen factory. At the gingerbread museum and demonstration workshop at the Haus des Gastes, visitors can see how baking traditions have changed over the years—and even have the opportunity to make their own bread.
If you like trains, you will like this new series by host Jeff Wilson; Wilson fits the bill perfectly for "Real Rail Adventures." He is a lifelong traveler and an avid train buff. He has hosted national "how-to" TV programs for more than a decade. An enduring fan of steam locomotives, Jeff’s transportation of choice is the train, and he’s perfected his travel skills exploring Europe by train. For a brief introduction to his new series, go to www.smarttravels.tv.
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