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Want to ditch the crowds of people at the airport this year? Just hop on a train, especially if you’re looking to travel throughout Europe. Making that notion even more appealing is a deal from Rail Europe that discounts EuroStar standard premier (comfort class) tickets by 20 percent for travel... Read More

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Brugge
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Bruges might just be the prettiest city in Belgium, if not all of Europe. It has architecture that’s perfectly preserved from the 13th century, and the city boasts a collection of canals that could make Venice blush. Of course, beauty comes at a price. You’ll find chocolate shops advertising 20-euro boxes... Read More

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When you think “green” cities in Europe, Ghent — the medieval Belgian city with a population only slightly bigger than it was during the Middle Ages — probably wouldn’t even be a blip on your radar. But just last month, the city approved the construction of what will become the... Read More

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Louvre

We all love a good art heist, don’t we? They’ve been romanticized in films like Monuments Men, The Thomas Crown Affair, and, of course, the unforgettable, but not-so-great 2004 flick Art Theft. People have been stealing art for centuries. Some pieces have been recovered, others damaged, and many are... Read More

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After a year-long absence from Eurail’s Select Pass program, France officially returned to the network last month, becoming the 27th participating European country. (Other changes: Eurail has chosen to do away with passes that allow travel between three and five pre-selected countries, in lieu of a four-country pass only.)... Read More

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Whatever happened to the good ol’ days, when hotel bars served as an oasis for road-weary travelers? A place to mingle with your fellow vagrants and meaninglessly converse about the weather? These days, hotel bars are often just impersonal TV viewing rooms serving overpriced Budweisers and poorly-poured Guinnesses. Well, except... Read More

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Across the globe, bookstores, beauty salons, and even laundromats are incorporating full bars into their ethos. And we’re not talking about attractions with a drink menu, or themed bars. These brilliant watering holes are true hybrids that patrons hit up for quality beverages and an additional service, whether it’s... Read More

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The great thing about traveling to Europe is that you can experience some of the world’s greatest art for an entirely reasonable price. With an abundance of free and low-cost museums, the world’s masterpieces are yours to savor. But which do you see first? Upon arrival in Europe’s capitals... Read More

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Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

Between 1873 and 1935 the Red Star Line shipping company transported more than two million European migrants from Antwerp, Belgium to new lives in the “New World” of the United States and Canada. The shipping line’s former warehouses, which stood empty and decaying (and slated to be turned into... Read More

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In life, being in the right place at the right time can come down to serendipity, but in travel, it is almost always the result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places... Read More

View of Bruges, Belgium at Night

If you are headed for Paris this summer, consider adding on three days to discover the romance and charm of two easily accessed cities in neighboring Belgium: bustling Brussels and breathtaking Bruges (shown at left). As I learned during a recent visit, both cities are ideal for couples who... Read More