Mark Frier

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

It's the geographic question of the season. When -- and exactly, where -- does Christmas begin?<p>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 …

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>Nothing could have prepared me for the beauty, majesty and …

Seven Don’t-Miss Trends in Prague

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 Vltava River is on two …

European Travel

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

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 see my family again. …

European Travel

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 …

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>If you truly wanted to be the master of jet lag, you'd also have to be the master of light, diet, level of activity and caffeine intake. Some of these …

Puerto Morelos: Cancun's Quiet Little Neighbor

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico - It's hard to imagine that this poster child for a sleepy Mexican fishing village - wedged in between the country's mega-resorts at Cancun and the Riviera Maya - was once a boom town. But it was, back in the days when <i>chicle</i> farmers, shippers and sailors got together to do …

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 - …

Victoria (Australia)

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 …

Italy

36 Hours in Prague

36 Hours on the Beach in Barcelona

36 Hours in Graz, Austria

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

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 …

36 Hours in Basel, Switzerland

36 Hours in Seville, Spain

Beyond Guinness in Dublin, Part One: The Arts

As my wife and I planned a trip to Dublin this past summer, gloomy words from a friend hung in the air: "Dublin? One day at most." It is hard to imagine any city worthy of the name that doesn't merit far more than a day trip, so we weren't really too worried. Still, some travelers evidently feel …

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 …

Uzbekistan’s Architectural Marvels -- Best in the Muslim World

[box] <i>I’m currently traveling through</i> <i>Central Asia</i> <i>and am updating this blog on the road. Forgive me if they’re short and snippety. Our trip started in</i> …

How To Use Your Cell Phone Internationally

Using your cell phone internationally can lead to exorbitant bills if you're not careful. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you stay connected to friends and family while traveling--without paying more than you have to.<p><b>UNLOCK YOUR GSM PHONE</b><p>Not all cell phones will work in every …

Adventure Dreams: 10 Classic Adventures

These are the quintessential adventure experiences you organize your year around because they require fitness, specialized gear, and maybe a large chunk of time off work. Our top ten cover life-list terrain in the mountains, ocean, and the desert and include the expert advice, gear tips, and …

Hiking