I find the holiday season in Rome a joy: crisp air; stylish big-city Italians cupping hot cappuccino in corner cafes; and hurried shoppers bundled up with panache, thoughtfully pausing at grand manger scenes.
Paris celebrates Christmas with its typical urban flair: extravagant lighting, yummy window displays, and ice skating in the heart of the city. FIND A CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL. LICK A WINDOW. RIDE A FERRIS WHEEL. GO FOR A PONY RIDE. SHOP FOR CHOCOLATE.
From a traveler's perspective, Nurnberg -- Bavaria's second city -- has it all: excellent museums, thought-provoking history, glorious red-sandstone Gothic architecture, and a charming Old Town encircled by a nearly intact medieval wall.
Crammed with chaos, Naples is appalling and captivating at the same time. Naples is one of Italy's major cruise ports, and ships dock right in the town center.
Porto ages happily on the Douro River, along with most of the world's port wine, near where the river meets the Atlantic.
In honor of Veterans Day, I've been thinking back to my recent stay in the Rhineland. All over Europe, there is little stomach for war. For some, visiting military museums is the highlight of a European trip.