Rooted in tradition but defined by innovation, Ireland’s cuisine is often underestimated by many a food-loving traveler. In fact, most people may not know that long before its famous 19th century famine, Ireland was heavily relied-upon for its culinary exports – namely, its meats, seafood and dairy.Since then, the Emerald Isle has really come into its own as an up-and-coming epicurean destination, and visitors can find everything from foraged greens and freshly caught ceviche to savory seafood chowder and delicious handmade cheeses. Of course, the farmers and artisans crafting these tasty treasures are scattered to the wind across the country, and not all the experiences below are readily available, so having a guide who can hook you up with the right tailor-made experience really comes in handy. I have never been to Ireland and am eyeing a trip with Wilderness Ireland in 2019 but meanwhile; here are a few great reasons why you should start packing – and working up an appetite – for your next trip to Ireland!
If you are flying through Europe this month then the Forum in the Munich Airport Center (MAC) at Munich Airport is a must. For the 19th consecutive year, the large covered space between the airport terminals has been transformed into a winter wonderland!
More than 40 stands, situated among 450 real Christmas trees, offer seasonal treats and local handicrafts. At the center is the market's highlight, the 600-square meter ice rink, open to skaters and all visitors ready to take a shot at Eisstockschiessen, Bavaria's broom-free version of curling. Skating is free of charge; rental skates are available for a small fee. Sounds like the perfect spot for a long overlay!
Daily except Mondays, from 6 pm on, a wide range of live musical acts, including jazz, swing, gospel, rock and pop bands, create a festive atmosphere. For the skaters, a DJ takes the stage every Thursday at 6pm with a perfect playlist for a winter evening on the ice. On Wednesdays starting at 4pm, family-oriented fairytale performances and magic shows are great for younger guests.
The Christmas and Winter Market is open daily from 11am – 9pm through December 30. Munich Airport is one of the most efficient and attractive hubs in the world. Ranked Europe’s first five-star airport by Skytrax, best airport in Europe for the tenth time within 12 years, and number three worldwide in the World Airport Awards with the best terminal in the world (T2).
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Off the Map Travel wants to optimize your chances to see the Northern Lights, so together with local experts, they predict the area for best Aurora viewing and locate the two sleeping huts at the new Aurora Wilderness Camp based on the winter forecast. From the warm interior of these mobile accommodations with their see-through ceilings, lie back and enjoy a distinctive Arctic holiday.
The wilderness surrounding the Finnish village Kilpisjärvi is known for its remote, silent and uninterrupted tundra. Away from manmade light pollution, the Aurora Wilderness Camp takes advantage of the darkness and utilizes its mobility to optimize viewing of the Northern Lights. Guests enjoy the comfort of a sleeping hut while looking upward through the transparent roof to watch the Aurora Borealis beyond. Each hut sleeps two and includes a gas stove, double bed, table, heater, toilet, snowshoes and kick sleds.
The overnight program begins with a guided transport by snowmobile to the mobile campsite, now positioned in a location based on current Aurora predictions. Learn to make a campfire and grill sausages for dinner. Then it’s time to kick back, soak up the silence, and await the appearance of the Northern Lights. Finnish snacks and hot drinks are provided for the evening’s watch with a hot breakfast the following day. This project is supported by Interreg Nord and the Visit Arctic Europe project, developing travel to the Arctic Europe region.
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Holiday time in Bavaria is the time for festivity, treats, shopping and tradition. In addition to the region’s world-famous Christmas markets like Nuremberg and Munich, there are some unusual local traditions to celebrate!
Crack That Whip…Winter Be Gone! Aperschnalzer
Dating back several centuries, whip-cracking “Aperschnalzer” occurs between Christmas and Lent in the foothills of the Alps. The aim of this quirky tradition was to drive out the evil forces of darkness (and winter).
The days are getting longer. The sun is out. There's no denying it - spring is officially here. For many, this is a reason to be ecstatic after spending their winters tucked away at home where it's warm, wishing that the cold would just go away so that they can get back to enjoying the sunshine. But what about others who love the cold weather and relish any chance to get out into the snow? If that is you, then a springtime trip to Europe might just be perfect. Here are a few ideal European destinations for those who love the cold.
This is hardly the most surprising travel destination for those who prefer their vacations a little on the chilly side. The Alps are the perfect destination for winter sports and snow lovers. Of course, you have your choice of destinations in France, Switzerland, and Germany, so you're certainly not limited when it comes to your choice of places to see. In fact, many people could spend their lives just vacationing in the Alps and still find new and beautiful sights.
If you're after something truly amazing, then the northernmost Swedish town is perfect for you. The main reason that this Lapland town is so beloved is the Ice Hotel. This hotel boasts 80 gorgeous rooms and is only open during the winter. Why is it only open during the winter? Well, the clue is in the name. Each spring the hotel melts and must be rebuilt each year. If you want a little more out of your accommodation than the typical chalets and hotels, then Kiruna is the place for you.
There's a good reason why this Austrian city is known as the ski and snowboard capital of the world. With gorgeous resorts, breathtaking slopes and Olympic history to spare, if you're interested in winter sports then you owe it to yourself to take a trip to Innsbruck. Of course, even if skiing isn't really your thing then there are some fantastic places to experience in this city. For one thing, it's home of Swarovski Crystals, and while there you have the chance to take a tour of their headquarters. Or, if you'd prefer you could simply just enjoy the absolutely beautiful architecture that the city has to offer.
Wherever you're traveling to in Europe, it's important to know that over the next few years there will probably be some changes to the way that you travel. Go to etias.com for more information on the new visa program that is going to be introduced in 2020. It won't make a huge difference to your trip, but it's important to be aware of any and all preparations you need to make before a trip.
So the next time someone tries to tell you to get out and enjoy the heat, you can tell them that you'd be much happier feeling a little more chilled out in one of these amazing destinations.