Denise King

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How Greece Became European

The troubled relationship between modern Greeks and their neighbors to the north and west—sometime admirers, sometime lenders, sometime detractors—helps explain today’s crisis.<p>Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe?<p>The answer might seem obvious: The country is on …

The island of Aphrodite’s ancestors

With Ancient Greek, Venetian, Ottoman and British influences sitting alongside rocky cliffs and sweeping coastlines, the tiny Greek island of Cythera will not remain a secret for long.<p>In 2004, Albert Blok closed his eyes and randomly pointed to a spot on a map, determined to spend his next holiday …

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Three New Reasons to Fall in Love With Paris: The City's Best Perfume Destinations

Is there any city with a fragrance history quite like Paris? From the perfumed court of Louis XV to the spectacularly landscaped gardens of Versailles, the French capital has a long and storied relationship with all things scented. These days, it plays home to illustrious perfume houses and niche …

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Cheap Ways to Travel to Europe on Points

With the help of a few travel hacking tips, it's easy to book a trip to Europe for less.<p>Visiting Europe is expensive. Most people scrimp and save to be able to afford a very basic trip to a city like Paris or Rome, staying in cheap hotels and enduring a brutal flight in a cramped seat. But …

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Get To Italy's Most Beautiful Mountain Range Now

We always knew the Italian Alps were pretty, but we didn't know just how gorgeous they really were.<p>The Dolomite Mountains are filled with villages, gorgeous lakes and sheer cliffs that soar into the sky. We really don't think the views couldn't get any prettier.<p>As part of the northern Italian Alps, …

The Best of the Wild Atlantic Way

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>In ancient times, Ireland’s dramatic western seacoast was thought to be the edge of the world. Now a 1,500-mile touring route, the <b>Wild Atlantic Way</b>, hugs this same terrain, connecting more than 150 “discovery points” worth exploring, from MalinHead in the north to Mizen Head …

Emily’s Oxford

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Nat Geo Young Explorer <b>Emily Ainsworth</b> was born and raised in <b>Oxford, England</b>. After studying at her hometown’s prestigious university, the audacious anthropologist joined the circus in Mexico, performing nightly as a dancer in the ring while producing an award-winning …

Wine For All Seasons in Bordeaux

TravelIntelligent Travel<p><b>Bordeaux</b>, my French family’s hometown, revolves around the seasons of wine. Harvest. Dormancy. Budbreak. Ripening. And whatever the season, there’s always some wine-related party, festival, or “open house” event going on in and around town.<p>This year, the highlight has to be …

Oliver’s Frankfurt

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Oliver Weiss</b> is a born and bred Frankfurter. And though he’s a fervent traveler, he’s always happy to return to his home base–which he describes as a village with a “touch of city.” In fact, Oliver has so much love for his hometown that he’s willing to share his insider …

The 10 Best Urban Islands

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Looking for an escape from the turmoil of urban existence? Many waterfront cities have island havens where nature beckons, just a quick step across a bridge or a short ferry ride away.<p>Here are ten worth seeing:<p><b>> Île aux Cygnes (Paris, France)</b><p>For a quiet stroll in Paris, head …

Revolutionary Fun: Family Time in Virginia

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Tell your kids you’re visiting where the real Pocahontas was married, and motor through ten miles of woodlands along Colonial Parkway from <b>Williamsburg</b> to <b>Jamestown</b>, the first permanent English settlement in the Colonies, dating to 1607.<p>After the buzz of Colonial Williamsburg, …

Lavender Fields Forever: The Belles of Provence

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>If you like Paris in the springtime, you’ll love <b>Provence</b> in the summer. The region’s famous lavender fields burst into full flower at the end of June and last until the beginning of August in a good year. Don’t miss your chance to see–and smell–the fragrant herbs up close …

Before the Mayflower: ‘America’s Birthplace’

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>“Is it real or is it fake?” is a frequent query of travelers exploring historic sites around the world. Of course, “real” is far more intriguing than a reproduction–being able to stare at ruins and picture the vitality they once played host to. I felt this way at Angkor Wat, …

The Perfect Day in Dublin

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I’ve been to <b>Dublin</b> several times before, and have always found it to be a relaxing, almost effortless, city to visit with its eminently walkable city center bisected by the River Liffey into neighborhoods north and south. But this time, I was exploring the Irish capital with …

Discovering Dublin’s Coastal Villages

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I’d been to the Irish capital several times before, but had never ventured from the city center to the seaside towns along the coast. As I came to find out, these aren’t seasonal communities brimming with tacky T-shirt and ice cream shops, but rather idyllic suburbs of …

The Best Places to Eat in Dublin

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There was a time when I thought getting a world-class meal in Dublin involved hopping on a plane and flying to New York or Paris. Sure, I’ve enjoyed decent fish and chips and soul-warming bowls of Irish stew in the Irish capital, but spending time there has never revolved …

Kathrin’s Helsinki

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p><b>Kathrin Deter</b> moved to <b>Helsinki</b> from Luxembourg in 2010 for what she thought would be a short exchange program. But the Finnish capital stole her heart, and the move quickly became permanent. Not one to look back, Kathrin now she spends her days writing about her newly …

Igor’s Venice

TravelWhere the Locals Go<p>Venice native <b>Igor Scomparin</b> led tours all over Europe with Globus for a decade before returning home to be a “local host” for Monograms. Now, this tourism industry veteran’s mission is to show the real, authentic Venice to travelers who come to visit his homeland. Here’s a …

Egypt: The Case for Going

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I have never received as many concerned messages as I did on a recent trip to <b>Egypt</b>.<p>The nation has made headlines lately, and few have been positive. Realities on the ground in <b>Luxor</b>, though, were different.<p>On my first morning in the ancient Egyptian capital, I went for a run. …

At Home in Rome: Where to Stay

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The Roman Empire may have fallen off the map centuries ago, but to a modern traveler, the center of Italy’s capital city may feel just as vast.<p>While walkable, distances between monuments within Rome’s historic core can be a haul—made worse if the tiny, twisty streets turn …

The Gardians of France

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Like their American counterparts, the cowboys, France’s <i>gardians</i> cut a dashing figure and loom large in the culture of southern France. Part of a brotherhood formed in the early 16th century, the gardians are the caretakers of the herds of beautiful gray horses and black …

The New Heart of Old Athens

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>The pillars of the Acropolis are glowing in sunset gold and crimson glory as I meander down Ermou Street to Monastiraki—a pedestrian enclave in the heart of old <b>Athens</b>.<p>When I reach the ancient Byzantine monastery that gives the area its name, a maze of side streets splinters …

Brilliant: London for Kids

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Despite its size, <b>London</b> is a very kid-friendly city. Almost 40 percent of the capital is dedicated to parks and public spaces, and major museums are free. The only problem is there’s so much to see.<p>For a dizzying overview of all the attractions, take the elevator to the top …

Top 5 Places in Croatia (Beyond Dubrovnik)

Travel<p>With breathtaking nature, charming architecture, and a long Adriatic coastline, there's plenty to see in this spectacular country.<p>Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of …

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Know Before You Go: Paris

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic …

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