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Christmas Decorations Around the World: Sydney, Brussels and More

Sure, the Christmas Tree at NYC’s Rockefeller Center may be a tourist mecca, but I love it anyway. While that massive tree is one of the world’s most famous Christmas displays, most cities around the world deck the streets, parks and squares for Christmas. A round-the-world tour for the month of December to see all […]

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Alesund, Norway

Alesund, Norway: More than Just a Pretty View

I eagerly followed along Nancy D. Brown‘s travels through Norway this summer on her blog, What a Trip. I’ve never been to Scandinavia, so I really enjoyed reading about her experiences in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. But it somewhere that I had never even heard of – Alesund, a small city on Norway’s western coast – that […]

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Halloween Edition: The Scariest Haunted Houses in the US

(This lovely NYC brownstone pictured above is not, to my knowledge, haunted. But you never know.) Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. The decorations, costumes and candy — I love it all. Especially the haunted houses, which are more about kitsch and special effects than actual ghosts. Whenever I’ve been in Great Britain, I’ve […]

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