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Karen Bryan is a prolific writer and traveller. As editor of Europe a la Carte she's created a wide range Europe travel guides. You'll find lots of suggestions to help you make the most of your European trip.

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10th June 2016 by Europe a la Carte

Ten things to do in Nice, France

Some of the best spots in Europe to visit during the summer can be found along the Mediterranean. And Nice, France is one of them. Of course, while Nice is world renowned for its beautiful coast, the city has things to offer throughout the year, from Christmas markets to Carnival celebrations. Below, you’ll find a list of ten things to do while visiting Nice, France.Walk Along the PromWalk the Promenade des Anglais, named for the early English tourists who came to Nice. The promenade...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Child friendly Amsterdam attractions: The Van Gogh Museum

Like many parents, we’re constantly dragging our children along to art museums. And like many parents, we are accustomed to groans of “Oh no, not another museum!”Museums are starting to realize the importance of courting their future visitors and, as parents, it’s nice to see how many art museums have started to put together age-appropriate information and activity guides for children.One small museum that gets it right is the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Chances are, Van Gogh...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

10 things to do in Amsterdam

Here are our travel tips for ten things to do while on an Amsterdam holiday that will ensure you have an amazing time.Amsterdam Canal CruiseWhat better way to experience Amsterdam than to cruise the canals? From boat level, you get a fascinating view of the city. This is simply a must-do and is one of our recommended ways to get around the city.Van Gogh MuseumArt lovers will marvel at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which has the largest collection anywhere of Van Gogh works – and...

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10th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

25 fun things to do in Sweden

With so many things to do in Sweden, it was hard to choose just 25. Here are our tips for fun things to do in Sweden. We’ve excluded Stockholm, the Swedish capital city, as we already have lots of tips for things to do in Stockholm in our collation post.Say Hello to the Christmas Goat of GävleThe Christmas Goat of Gävle is a large, straw Christmas goat and a big tourist attraction. In Sweden, it is a believed that a goat comes on Christmas to deliver presents. Oddly, this attraction is...

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13th November 2011 by Europe a la Carte

Views from the eagle’s nest in Èze, France

Just a short distance from Nice, after a dramatic and spectacular drive along the Moyenne Corniche road that alone make the trip worthwhile, lies the charming medieval town of Èze.At 470 metres above sea level, Èze – frequently referred to as the eagle’s nest – is a picture-perfect village perché (perched village), with breathtaking views down below to the beautiful coastline.The charming streets and vaulted cover ways remind visitors of the original defensive purpose of these...

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9th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Four beautiful sandy beaches in Malta

Malta is fringed with small coves and wide bays, where shallow water laps beautiful sandy beaches. Here are my top four sandy beaches in Malta.Mellieha BeachMellieha beach lies in the northeast of the island, just off the road to the Gozo ferry, which makes it very accessible. This was my favourite Malta beach; the water was calm so I enjoyed my swim there, although it was rather cold initially (we were in Malta in late May). It’s a good beach for kids as the water is shallow until quite far...

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10th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

The best of Stockholm travel tips

If you’re planning a trip to Stockholm, then this round-up of our best suggestions for things to do should help you make the most out of your time there.Historical Attractions in StockholmStockholm’s most famous museum is the Vasa Museum, home to the 1620s ship which sank and spent 300 years in the Baltic Sea, before being salvaged and becoming the centrepiece of this museum. Another interesting museum (which has some 70-odd museums!) is the Museum of Medieval Stockholm, which recently...

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5th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Christmas market trips to Nuremberg

Last year about this time, I highlighted Christmas in Cologne as one of my wintertime favourites. This year I’ll mention another one of my top German Christmas Market hotspots: Nuremberg.Nuremberg is by many accounts the biggest and most popular Christmas markets in all of Germany. Set in the city’s main square, it is actually a few separate markets but like urban sprawl, the stands full of shiny toys, steaming mugs of mulled wine, and merchants serving up tasty dishes extends out down...

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4th June 2010 by Europe a la Carte

Discover the Netherlands with the Museumkaart

If you're headed for a holiday in the Netherlands, consider a Museumkaart. For just €35 (€17.50 for students) and a €4.95 one-time administration fee, this card is your ticket to discovering the rich history, culture, and sites that the Netherlands has to offer. Good for one full year, this card allows heavily discounted and often free access into some 400 of the castles and museums located throughout the country. As the website is completely in Dutch, here’s what you need to know...

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4th March 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Getting around Amsterdam

One of the surprising things for the first-time visitor that separates Amsterdam from other European cities is the fact that the central areas see very little in the way of traffic congestion simply because cars are not very practical in a city that is crisscrossed by numerous canals. Because of this many visitors find it more practical to walk around the relatively small tourist areas of this city.Amsterdam on footWalking in Amsterdam is a very pleasant experience allowing you to take in all...

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10th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Stockholm has a rich medieval history, much of it still preserved in Gamla Stan, Old Town, making it one of the best places to visit in Europe for travellers who are interested in this period of history. It was because of this rich history, that the Museum of Medieval Stockholm was missed. For nearly three years the museum was being renovated. Finally, the museum opened its doors to the public once again. Because I am a history nerd and love museums, I was there.The museum was crawling...

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5th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

The Christmas Market in Old Town Stockholm

The Swedish winter is here, which means that in Stockholm, the sun is going down around 3 in the afternoon. It makes for very short days.Swedes though, are well versed in how to combat the darkness. Christmas lights line the streets and candles shine in windows throughout town. It makes for a beautiful stroll through Stockholm. One of the best places to end up during your stroll is the Christmas market in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town.Open from November 21st through December 23rd, the...