Christmas Customs and Traditions in Europe

Christmas customs and traditions in Europe

It’s only the beginning of December, but everywhere in the world preparations for Christmas have already started. The most important avenues in our cities shine under sparkling Christmas lights, the Christmas markets are open, shops are playing Christmas songs, and people are already searching for the perfect Christmas tree to decorate at home. Though we are all celebrating the same holiday, different Christmas customs and traditions in Europe make every celebration special in its own way.

It’s the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit, so I’m inviting you to join me on a virtual tour to discover the Christmas customs and traditions in Europe!

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100 Reasons Why You Should Visit Romania – Part II

Thank you all for the very positive feedback on the list of 100 reasons to visit Romania. As promised in my previous blog post, I have returned with the second part of the article:

51. Scărișoara Cave

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Inside Scărișoara Cave

Scărișoara is a glacier cave, located at 1,100 meters above sea level. Tourists can visit the 60-meter-long entrance shaft, the Great Hall, and the Church. Inside the Great Hall, there is the 18-meter-tall ice rock, the remains of an 3,500-year-old glacier, next to a pond called the Pool of Ice. Inside the Church, one can admire the more than 100 ice stalagmites hanging from the ceiling.

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Roman Holiday Itinerary, Days 6 and 7: Surprising Places in Rome

It was a rainy Tuesday when we found ourselves close to the end of our Roman holiday. But the sad weather didn’t stop us: we took the subway to Termini and started to look for an umbrella. There were still some surprising places in Rome, just waiting for us!

Oh, I think I forgot to mention this: you know how there are some people, like myself, who collect magnets from the places they visit? Well, Mathieu collects umbrellas. So he is very excited when he gets a rainy day when he is travelling: new umbrella!

From Termini station, happily covered by a large rainbow umbrella, we headed to visit yet another building of the National Roman Museum: Terme di Diocleziano. Continue reading

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5 Things to Eat and Drink in Bulgaria

Here are 5 things to eat and drink in Bulgaria when you’re travelling through the Balkans:

1. Banitsa

This is a pastry product, kind of like a pie, which is usually enjoyed for breakfast. Depending on the stuffing, Banitsa can be salty (e.g. with sirene cheese,  spinach, mushrooms, cabbage) or sweet (e.g. pumpkin, apples, walnuts). Excellent as street food, for the on-the-go backpacker.

2. Tarator Soup

Similar to the Spanish Gazpacho, Tarator is a soup that’s served cold. It is made of yoghurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, oil and water. In other words, it’s a more liquid version of the Greek’s Tzatziki. 🙂 However, it can also be served with walnuts, and, to make it even more refreshing on those hot summer days: ice cubes!
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