Ostermarkt – Germany’s Easter markets

Easter Markets in Germany

In Germany, the Easter Season (following Fasching) is the second most important holiday season of the year. You’ll find decorations outside just like you do at Christmastime and the season is celebrated with just as much gusto… outdoor trees are decorated with plastic eggs and signs of spring all over.

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Keukenhof Gardens leads the flower parade in Holland

If you haven’t seen Keukenhof Gardens, you haven’t seen the Netherlands. Gorgeous tulips in an unimaginable array of colors, yellow and white daffodils, purple hyacinths and other spring bulbs stand out among massive pink azaleas and multiple ponds, some with fountain spouts dancing skyward.

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Germany’s Carnival season – Party time

Tractor decorated for Fasching

Fasching, Germany’s Carnival Season starts each year on the 11th minute of November 11th, and goes until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (Shroud Tuesday). It is called the “Fifth Season”, and it usually “goes out with a BANG!”

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“Flying boats” made Foynes, Ireland center of aviation world

If you visit the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula in southern Ireland be sure to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum in County Limerick. Here you’ll learn about the nostalgic era when Foynes was the center of the aviation world, from 1939 to 1945. Housed in the original terminal building, the Flying museum opened in 1989 and features the only full scale replica of a Boeing B314 in world.

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Festivals and places to stay in Cuenca, Spain

colorful buildings in cuenca spain

With it’s Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses, and coloful old town center, Spain’s Cuenca is a great place to visit. But try to come during one of its popular festivals in either the spring or fall to experience something truly extraordinary.

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Modern mingles with the medieval in Cuenca, Spain

hanging houses in cuenca

In the small Spanish town of Cuenca, time appears to stand still, carved in stone atop a precipice 3,300 feet above a river gorge. That’s where you see the Casas Colgadas, or Hanging Houses, Cuenca’s most iconic image.

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