Bran Castle, Sandra Knisely

Romania

Romania is like you think it is and also not at all. Yes, it’s superstitious and grimy, but it’s also colorful and friendly. We had no idea what to expect, and Romania far exceeded our expectations.

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Copenhagen

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea. (Danish writer Karen Blixen)

February is a tough time to be a lot of places, and Vienna is no exception. Volatile weather, gray skies, cranky people — this month is not our adopted city’s finest, and we were very much in need of a getaway.

And what better place to design an uplifting weekend than Copenhagen, capital of the world’s happiest country and a headquarter of Scandinavian style?

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Frohe Weihnachten!

I know I’ve said this many times, but nobody does Christmas like the Austrians. Nobody.

Almost every European city has a Christmas market of some sort, but Vienna (of course) claims to have started it all with a massive December market in 1294.

I decided to walk my way through Advent season by visiting 25 of Vienna’s more than 40 annual Christmas markets, pop-ups, and bazaars. (Matt was a good sport for about a half dozen!) To do so, I traveled to some of Vienna’s farthest corners and visited many of the city’s lesser known parks and landmarks.

So, without further ado, grab a cup of glühwein (mulled wine) and take a look at Sandy’s Advent Calendar of Advent Markets.