In my quest to experience Europe as the locals do — intimately and on all fronts — I make a point to eat well.
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I like to take in European history by strolling a neighbourhood, as if beachcombing.
I often preach that travel is more rewarding when you get beyond the blockbuster sights and touristy clichés and get intimate with a culture and its people.
Music has always been an important part of my life.
My palate has come a long way from my "Europe through the gutter" days, when my travel diet consisted of peanut butter and strawberry jam on cheap baguettes.
I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery.
Just a two-hour drive from jammed-with-tourists Florence, you'll find what is perhaps Italy's most underrated hill town: Volterra.
Crowds are becoming an increasing nuisance at top European attractions.
St. Petersburg continually amazes me.
Although their kings and queens don't come cheap and today are only figureheads, most Brits seem to thoroughly enjoy having a royal family.
Whether tackling big cities or quaint villages in Europe, you don't want to feel like a stranger in a strange land (even though that's what you are).
Oslo recently overtook Tokyo as the most expensive city in the world. That doesn't surprise me in the least.
How do you fit a whole trip's worth of luggage into a small suitcase or backpack? The answer is simple: Bring very little.
Mykonos is the classic Greek-island stop and, along with Santorini, it's the most touristy.
I'm standing on a tiny balcony overlooking the Times Square of all of Spain -- Madrid's Puerta del Sol.
For centuries, Great Britain's castles were the literal and political high points of their communities.
How to select the right destination? It ultimately depends on your interests, your tastes -- and what your experienced travel writer tells you.
For many travellers, a visit to one of the great treasure-chest museums -- Paris' Louvre, London's British Museum, Rome's Vatican -- is the highlight of a European trip.
Jostling through crowds of Germans and tourists in the Rhine River village of Bacharach, I climb to the sun deck of the ferry and grab a chair.
Whether joy-riding through the French countryside or navigating an urban jungle like Paris, maps are indispensable tools while travelling.