Mark Frier

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How Christmas Is Made: Behind the Scenes at Germany's Famous Markets

Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.<p>It's the geographic question of the season. When …

North Pole

Western Balkans: Europe’s new adventure playground

Outdoors aficionados and adrenaline junkies, take note: there are still uncharted grounds to conquer only a few hours’ flight away from London, Paris or Berlin. The ‘other Europe’, Europe’s ‘wild west’ (or rather, southeast) – the Western Balkans may have featured in news headlines of past decades …

Belgrade bacchanal: a night out in Serbia’s capital

Nobody is quite sure why, but gritty Belgrade – a million light years away from hedonistic hotspots like Barcelona and Berlin – has morphed into one of the world’s top party cities. Perhaps it’s an enduring live-for-the-moment phenomenon (the city was repeatedly bombed in 1999) or simply the …

The Caviar of Subways: Russia

If you are traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia most everyone will say, you must see The Hermitage Museum, the Faberge Collection and Catherine Palace. Yes, you must, but you should also ride the metro because it's so unexpectedly beautiful.<p>If you are traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia most …

Russian History

Seven Don’t-Miss Trends in Prague

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Long among the must-visit destinations of Europe, <b>Prague</b> continues to evolve in surprising and alluring ways. Here are a few trends and tips to help you uncover the freshest ways to experience this fairy-tale Czech city.<p><b>Bike Routes:</b> The best way to appreciate the winding …

Baroque n stroll: two days in Vienna

As the former HQ of the Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian capital has a flabbergasting stash of cultural and art treasures – more than you could ever hope to see in a lifetime. But with 48 hours on your hands, you can easily take in some of the city’s trophy sights: baroque palaces bejewelled with …

A Metamorphosis in Prague

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I was working on an animated film in Los Angeles in 1982 when I was ordered back to <b>Prague</b> by the communist Czech government. I wanted to finish my film and was tired of the government telling me what to do, so I decided not to return even though I knew this meant I might not …

China Has A Tropical Island You Know Nothing About

Betcha didn't know China could look like this.<p>Curious wanderlusters should head to the island of Hainan, in the South China Sea, before it gets any more popular. The tropical isle -- with sprawling rainforest and pristine volcanic hot springs -- is a totally unexpected retreat from mainland Asia.<p>On …

24 Splurge-Worthy Hotels for Luxury Seekers

It takes a special hotel that delivers the right mix of pampering, fine dining, and premium accommodations to warrant a high price tag. Many properties around the world have mastered this trifecta, attracting loyal guests who keep coming back for more. Go all out in style at any of these …

Travel Guides

The Key Factors That Affect Jet Lag

It would be great if there was some catch-all but perhaps the best way to beating jet lag is to know all the different elements that affect it.<p>It would be great if there was some catch-all but perhaps the best way to beating jet lag is to know all the different elements that affect it.<p>If you truly …

Jet Lag

Puerto Morelos: Cancun's Quiet Little Neighbor

Fast-forward to today, and Puerto Morelos (named after a hero in Mexico's war for independence from Spain) probably looks much like it did before the world's chewing gum craze put it on the map.<p>PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico - It's hard to imagine that this poster child for a sleepy Mexican fishing village …

Riviera Maya

Skyscanner Acquires Mobile Developer in Bid to Improve Hotel Booking

Skyscanner acquired Budapest-based mobile developer Distinction and its 30 employees as the flight — and recently hotel — metasearch site tries to …

The Ultimate Shrine -- The Mercedes Benz Museum

If you are a car lover, you have to rev up your engine at the ultra-swish Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, that cost a whopping 150 million Euro. Spread over 16,500 square metres, with over 1500 exhibits and 160 vehicles over nine levels, this spaceship style building has 1800 triangular glass …

Romanian handicrafts: a shopper’s guide

Finding the perfect memento to bring back home is an integral – and usually fun – part of travel. Romania, with its rich folk tradition, is particularly fertile ground for traditional-handicraft-hunting: think intricately painted eggs, ceramic bowls and vases, colourful folk costumes, leatherwork, …

Ten of the world's best destinations for drinkers

Instead of cracking a can at home, why not search out one of these boozy hotspots? Whether you fancy guzzling a pint, sipping a cocktail or knocking back a dram or two, we can help you quench your thirst in style.<p>Pivni Lazne Bernard, Prague, Czech Republic<p>Sure, a pint of pilsner wouldn’t go amiss - …

Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …

Modern Istanbul

Travelers

Istanbul: City of the Future

Travel<p>From the October 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Beloved for its complex, layered past, Istanbul, where East meets West, may also offer a vision of what’s to come.</b> <br>I don’t think I’d ever stepped inside a cinema restroom to see little video screens along the wall projecting fashion …

Everything You Wanted To Know About How They Make 'The Amazing Race'

In the often dodgy realm of reality television, "The Amazing Race" is a shining beacon of quality. While other shows tend to turn tangled, tacky or just downright scripted, "The Amazing Race" holds to a standard that few have matched. The televised race around the world -- now in its twenty-fifth …

The Quintessential Spanish Town You Didn't Know You Wanted To Visit

Ah, Spain. We just can't get enough of your beautifulness.<p>And we just fell in love with the newest beautiful Spanish city we want to visit -- called Girona -- after we found out it's sort of like a smaller Barcelona, but with nearly just as much to offer visitors.<p>Located in northeast Catalonia, a …

Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part One: The Arts

We arranged most of our time in Dublin with the arts and history in mind, and in those areas the place shines, as it does in urban beauty, walkability and general pleasantness -- thanks in no small part to its populace, who live up to their reputation for easy friendliness.<p>As my wife and I planned …

Francis Bacon

Tourists Swarming Into Lisbon Are Changing the Face of the City

The MSC Opera cruise ship was among the first to arrive in Lisbon on Sept. 12. Other vessels, some the size of buildings, soon pulled into the River …