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How To Visit a European Christmas Market Without Leaving Home

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How To Visit a European Christmas Market Without Leaving Home

In recent years, visiting Europe’s Christmas markets has become an increasingly popular Yuletide activity. Historic old town squares crammed with festive wooden huts are a feast for all the senses. This year, not only are there restrictions on international travel, but many city councils have canceled their markets, wary of encouraging the spread of the virus. A Christmas market in Vienna, Austria. Photo by Alisa Anton all is not lost: with a bit o

The Rich History of the Traditional English Breakfast

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The Rich History of the Traditional English Breakfast

The full English Breakfast (aka the fry-up): Some consider it a culinary masterpiece, some laud it as the perfect hangover cure, and others view it as artery-clogging unhealthiness. That iconic morning plate of bacon, eggs, sausages and baked beans is an integral part of British culture. You’ll find it on the menus of cafés, hotels, greasy spoons, pubs and restaurants. You’ll see it served throughout the European seaside resorts frequented by the British, and the one-time colonies of the British

How to Celebrate Day of the Dead Without Traveling to Mexico

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How to Celebrate Day of the Dead Without Traveling to Mexico

Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead as it’s known in English-speaking world, is one of Mexico’s best known festivals. Celebrated over three days from October 31st to November 2nd, it's said that the gates of heaven open, and the spirits of the deceased return to earth to be reunited, if only temporarily, with their living relatives. Though Día de Muertos is marked in some form across much of Latin America, its origins are firmly rooted in Aztec culture. But to join in this year, you don’t nee

How To Recreate Oktoberfest At Home

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How To Recreate Oktoberfest At Home

Each autumn, a parade of horse-drawn carriages, carnival floats and bands process through Munich, Germany to the Theresienwiese. This large open space hosts the famous Oktoberfest, a beer festival that lasts for two wonderful weeks. Germans never refer to it as Oktoberfest; instead they call it the Wiesn. Its convivial beer tents, funfair rides, food stalls and street performers all ensure that everyone has fun. Oktoberfest is canceled for 2020—a busy beer festival wouldn't be a COVID-safe envir