Where exactly does Heidi come from?

The famed Swiss Miss with her long golden, blond ponytails and her irrepressible charm is a story loved by all. Nestled at the base of Mt. Falknis (8,200 ft.), her little Swiss village is called Maienfeld in the German speaking canton of Graubunden. These days the original Heidi village, her unique home, and even Peter’s…

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What are some common European hand gestures I should be aware of?

It is really quite amazing how far pantomime, charades, and other ridiculous histrionics will get you when two people don’t speak the same language. (Plus Superstitions)-focus Italian/Greek with Illustration (Have Mickey do digital photo shoot) Il cornuto (Italian) or los cuernos (Spanish) – Translating literally to the “bullhorns” means your wife is cheating on you. Forearm…

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Why are bathrooms in Europe so bizarre?

For all of Europe’s elegance and civility, using the toilet can be a ridiculously challenging experience. Between the bidet, the Turkish toilets (aka ‘the squat pit’ or the ‘old hole in the floor’), and the all too common #50 grit sandpaper that passes for bung roll, one thing is for certain: it pays to be…

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How do I send a postcard or package back home?

Wait…what? You actually want to send a postcard as they still make cool souvenirs when you get back home? Yes, for many it’s still a cool novelty worth the extra effort that harkens back to the old nostalgic days of yesteryear. For starters, aside from various Post Offices, you can also often purchase stamps from…

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How do I find my embassy while abroad?

Traveling can be a stressful situation, especially in another country. If you are going to another country it is important that you bring your passport so that you may enter and leave as you wish. If your passport should become lost or stolen, this normally disregarded column will take on paramount importance. As a rule…

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Where is the best place to buy a diamond?

Europe has long since been a diamond mecca for both the importing and exporting of diamonds, as well as cutting and polishing. Two major centers for such activity are Antwerp in Belgium and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Antwerp’s diamond district is also known as the Diamond Quarter (Diamantkwartier) or dubbed the Square Mile. Although it…

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Where are Birkenstock’s made?

Birkenstocks have a long and colorful history that goes all the way back to 1774. Johann Adam Birkenstock, the original founder,  registered the brand as a “vassal and shoemaker” in local church archives in the small Hessian village of Langen-Bergheim. After World War II, the Birkenstock sandal became popular among soldiers because of the orthopedic…

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The Best of London

Best Upscale Erotica Boutique- Coco de Mer in London. Known for its classic shapes and trendy lingerie. https://www.coco-de-mer.com/ World’s Swankiest Department Store- Harrod’s of Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL or see www.harrods.com. Complete with over 330 departments with everything from diamond studded tiaras to luxury golf carts and exotic tropical pets. Best Shopping –Oxford Street. Not only…

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Who makes the best cutlery?

Although not many people think of cutlery when they think of souvenirs, Europe is actually a great place to buy some new additions to your kitchen cupboard. We’ve rounded up the best places to buy them: Sheffield, England — Sheffield is famous for its cutlery, with many families still creating high quality cutlery, knives and…

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Who makes the best china?

Wedgwood – Note that Irish luxury goods manufacturer Waterford Wedgwood owns both companies. Wedgwood has been creating fine dinnerware since the 1700s, with many pieces becoming rare collectors items. See www.wedgwood.com Limoges – Limoges is a city in France that is known for its hard-paste porcelain, and has been creating stunning products since the 18th century.…

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What are the Top 10 Weirdest Attractions in Amsterdam?

Why single out Amsterdam for its outlandish behavior? Aside from the big draws like the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank’s House, many tourists overlook the plethora of strange and unique venues. Few cities can claim such curiosities like Amsterdam. For great reference sites on Amsterdam’s highlights, visit the website: Simply Amsterdam>> Name…

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