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I love these little menu guides…they are tiny–barely bigger than a credit card–and they fit perfectly into a wallet. Within the plastic sheath are menu guides to Italy, France, and Spain. Perfect gift for a graduate, or any traveler in your life… They are produced by the folks at Herb Lester in London, and you […]


Yeah sure, we all know how great Volvos are. But did you know about their vacation program, where you can score a free trip to Europe if you’re in the market to buy a new car? Here’s what you do: go into your local dealership, and order the Volvo you want. They’ll give you 2 free […]


Looking back on my childhood, I’m struck by how often the experiences that delight me still took place on family trips to Europe. There was the insanely swell day in 1970 when, driving along a rainy mountaintop in Norway, we stopped our rented VW Bug literally in a cloud. My mother had just stepped out […]


The 250-year-old family-owned Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Austria effortlessly blends eco with luxury, and also happens to be among the dreamiest destinations for families, thanks to its insanely beautiful location, as well as the parents and kids (i.e., ready-made friends) it draws from all over. It’s hard not to be thoughtful about the environment and what we […]


Turn your kids’ princess or knight obsession into a family trip to a real castle. And while most of the world’s great castles, especially those you can actually spend a night in, are in Europe, the Ashford Castle, in the village of Cong in Ireland, is an easy place to start. Built as a defensive fortress […]


Growing up on opposite coasts, my husband and I had parallel fantasies of leaving our suburban childhoods behind for the “civilized” life: We would be rich and European, ideally with a manor thrown in. These (now slightly embarrassing) imaginings may be in check, but the pull of a life right out of the pages of The […]

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