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Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

While traipsing through the streets of Florence, I discovered Il Papiro, a hand-decorated paper company founded in Florence in 1976. At the shop, they teach paper marbling, a technique that results in the creation of a gorgeous paint application to paper that is perfect for gift wrapping, wallpaper, posters, book and album covers and even stationary.

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

Making Marzipan Mice in Lubeck, Germany

I was on a small-group tour of Northern Germany, and Lubeck was our second stop. When I looked at the itinerary and saw that we would be visiting the headquarters of the world’s preeminent marzipan production company, I knew that we were in for a treat.

The Lure of the Christmas Market

The Lure of the Christmas Market

While my fellow travelers were obediently following the set course outlined in the daily program, my mom and I could usually be found shopping —and eating -- our way through the Christmas Markets of Europe.

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

Flag Throwing Is An Art in Switzerland

I got to experience Bern's old-world charm firsthand on a recent tour of the historical city, when I was introduced to the Swiss tradition of flag throwing. The custom was traditionally practiced by urban guilds, starting in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, flag throwing usually takes place at folklore festivals, and is comprised of a series of up to 99 different regulated swings of the flag.

Finding the Mediterranean in Switzerland

Finding the Mediterranean in Switzerland

For most people, the first images that come to mind when picturing Switzerland are snow-covered Alps or sloping green hillsides dotted with farms. So imagine my surprise at entering Ticino — Switzerland’s southernmost canton, on the border of Italy — and learning that this Alpine country is also home to a Mediterranean-style oasis.

Getting Into Berlin’s Hottest Club

Getting Into Berlin’s Hottest Club

Berlin is internationally recognized for its nightlife options, from open-air bars along the River Spree to mega-clubs that blast electronic dance music all weekend long. So, on my third trip to the city that truly never sleeps, I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about and go clubbing with an out-of-town friend.

How to Drink Olive Oil in Italy

How to Drink Olive Oil in Italy

I swigged a few thimbles in a restaurant by the Spanish Steps, and then some more in a tasting room at a Chianti Classico farm: olive oil (though there was plenty of wine, too). Before my last trip to Italy, I had only enjoyed my olive oil the usual ways: for stir-frying and dressing raw and cooked foods. But there I was, in Rome, doing as they do.