Epiphany in Europe: Sweetness to Share by Rick Steves

France, not surprisingly, celebrates Epiphany in an edible way. For several days from Christmas until the Feast of Epiphany, the French line up at bakeries to buy the galette des rois — the “Cake of Kings.” They bring these to dinner parties, and enjoy them as snacks and with mid-afternoon tea. The tradition of the treats dates back to the 14th century [ . . .  ]

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The 7 tastiest (and most Instagram-worthy) cheese and charcuterie boards

A nicely designed plate of cured meats, luscious cheeses, snappy fruits and specialty mustard has become a standout menu item at several Charlotte restaurants. Here are seven tasty (and Instagram-worthy) charcuterie boards in the Queen City from $7 to $60. (1) Cheese & Charcuterie Board at The Cellar at Duckworth’s 330 North Tryon St. Price: [ . . . ] See More at: The 7 tastiest (and most Instagram-worthy) cheese and charcuterie boards

Paris Already Canceled Its Christmas Market This Year—Its Ferris Wheel Might Be Next

The wheel isn’t part of France’s history.The mayor of Paris wants the city’s tourist attractions to reflect its heritage.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced a host of changes in the French capital this year, including a plan to ban gas-fueled cars. While that won’t happen until 2030, City Hall’s most recent project will have a more immediate effect. Paris will no longer host its annual Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysées, and the mayor wants to pull down the big ferris wheel that stands nearby at the Place de la Concorde.[ . . . ] More: Paris Already Canceled Its Christmas Market This Year—Its Ferris Wheel Might Be Next

Travel with Rick Steves: Best Chocolates in Europe & Holiday Travels

Rick Steves’ 12/17/2016 radio show left me in desperate need of a chocolate fix. Our upcoming summer trip to Brussels cannot come soon enough!

“Writers Jane and Michael Stern discuss wintertime comfort food served in America’s roadside restaurants, then food and culture expert Fred Plotkin explores the various kinds of chocolate available across Europe. And listeners share the experiences that made their Christmas vacations in Europe really special — plus we’ll hear how locals get into the Christmas spirit in Prague.”

 

Christmas markets: Brussels v Bruges

Choose one Belgian city or the other, or combine both in the same trip. Katherine Lawrey – with the help of SuperBreak – uncovers some unexpected and contrasting festive experiences

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