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What's the Christmas Connection Between Salzburg and Stowe?

What's the Christmas Connection Between Salzburg and Stowe?

One’s in Austria, and the other in America. But they are bound together in the pop culture celebrations of the season.Have you figured it out yet? The hint is in film and music. Both Salzburg and Stowe are destinations tied to the Trapp Family legend. You likely know it as: The Sound of Music, a movie that’s become essential holiday family viewing – and singing - for every generation since the early 60’s.The film is the – very fictionalized – story...


2 Travel-Inspired Beverages to get you in the Holiday Spirit

2 Travel-Inspired Beverages to get you in the Holiday Spirit

You may not be celebrating the holidays as usual this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create some new holiday entertaining traditions.While we wait to travel and celebrate again, here are two recipes for ‘spirited’ holiday drinks from favorite destinations to warm your heart and remind you of better times ahead.Perfect for a virtual holiday cocktail party, long winter evenings binge-watching holiday movies, or trimming your tree, these recipes can be made for one or more to share. GluhweinWarm wine...

2 Travel-Inspired Beverages to get you in the Holiday Spirit

Celebrating the Holiday Spirit of Travel... at Home

Celebrating the Holiday Spirit of Travel... at Home

Here we are at the holidays at last. It’s been a year of challenges and disappointments, with canceled or postponed trips that normally give us the relaxation, escape from the everyday… and something to look forward to. But the holiday spirit of travel is still out there to lift our spirits this season and give us inspiration for travels to come.We’ve assembled some of the best seasonal experiences you can enjoy at home this year, and even share virtually with friends...


30 Years Later: Celebrating One of the Great Monuments to Democracy

30 Years Later: Celebrating One of the Great Monuments to Democracy

This fall, Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of its reunification. It’s hard to believe it was three decades ago that the Cold War came to an end. That from the end of WW2 until 1990, Germany was a divided country, with families and fellow citizens split between democracy in the West and the Soviet Eastern bloc. In the heart of Soviet-controlled East Germany, the city of Berlin itself was divided too. The outpost of Western democracy was surrounded on all sides by...

30 Years Later: Celebrating One of the Great Monuments to Democracy

Santa's Not Just Making Toys in His Village Above the Arctic Circle in Lapland

Santa's Not Just Making Toys in His Village Above the Arctic Circle in Lapland

It’s exactly 3 months until Christmas, and we know Santa and his elves are working full throttle. But not just putting in overtime in the workshop and training the team for their big flight Christmas Eve. Santa's got a new summer gig. Finnish Lapland, with its Arctic landscapes, Northern Lights, ancient winter customs and herds of wild reindeer, is a natural bucket-list destination for Christmas lovers.Santa Claus Village in Finnish Lapland keeps the spirit of the original, Northern European Christmas alive...


Top 3 Travel Destinations to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WW2 in the Pacific

Top 3 Travel Destinations to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WW2 in the Pacific

2020 has been an eventful year, with many firsts for the history books. But 2020 also marks some big anniversaries. Earlier this year, the Allies of World War 2 commemorated the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, the end of the war against the Nazis. And now, short months later, V-J Day. Another epic moment in the history of the world: the 75th anniversary of the end of the War in the Pacific. Unlike V-E Day, V-J Day, Victory in the Pacific Day...

Top 3 Travel Destinations to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the End of WW2 in the Pacific

Drink Like the Queen with the First Official Buckingham Palace Gin

Drink Like the Queen with the First Official Buckingham Palace Gin

In the times of COVID, even Her Majesty needs a side-gig. Why not in the tasty world of spirits?In a Royal first, official Buckingham Palace gin has gone on sale to the public – and the first batch sold out online in only 8 hours!The premium, small-batch, London dry is an initiative of the Royal Collection Trust. It is infused with citrus and herbal notes that are derived from 12 botanicals, including some collected from the Buckingham Palace garden itself, like lemon...


4 Places to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

4 Places to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

2020 likely marks the last major milestone anniversaries for the Second World War with living members of the Greatest Generation.May 8th is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day.The day was marked at the time by a spontaneous eruption of joy throughout the streets of London after years of losses under siege and aerial bombardment by the Nazis. Images sent around the world of partying crowds, Churchill and the Royal Family waving from the balcony of Buckingham...

4 Places to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

That Time Mr. Bacardi Told Us About His Family Rum - And How To Make Bacardi's Original Daiquiri

That Time Mr. Bacardi Told Us About His Family Rum - And How To Make Bacardi's Original Daiquiri

You know the rum, but do you know the story? Bacardi is the world’s most famous rum, but it’s also the largest private, family-owned spirits company in the world.When the first Bacardi traveled from Spain to Cuba in the early 1800’s, he tasted a raw local spirit made from sugar cane. Recognizing the potential, the wine merchant worked to refine rum. Bacardi eventually identified a proprietary strain of yeast that brought out rum’s best flavors, began filtering rum through charcoal, and ageing...