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L’Inconnue de la Seine: See the “Drowned Mona Lisa” Death Mask in Paris

L’Inconnue de la Seine: See the “Drowned Mona Lisa” Death Mask in Paris

What do a CPR class, a sculpture workshop, and an unknown Parisian woman from the 19th century have in common? They’re all part of the bizarre story behind the famous death mask, l’Inconnue de la Seine. The unknown woman of the Seine was a drowning victim in the late 1800’s. Her body was found in […]

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This Summer, Travel between Paris and Bordeaux in Only Two Hours

This Summer, Travel between Paris and Bordeaux in Only Two Hours

The TGV (France’s high-speed train) will begin service this July between Paris and Bordeaux, making the trip in just two hours – a full hour and ten minutes shorter than usual. Service is scheduled to begin on July 2, 2017. Trains will run hourly during off-peak times, and every 30 minutes during the busiest times […]

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Head to Amsterdam for Beautiful Springtime Tulips

Head to Amsterdam for Beautiful Springtime Tulips

If you’ve been suffering through a cold, wet, and gray winter, perhaps what you need is a big dose of springtime cheer from Holland’s bright and colorful tulip fields. Prime tulip-viewing season ranges from about the end of March through the end of May, so you still have time to plan your getaway. In downtown […]

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Nathan Visits Waddesdon Manor, Former Home of the Rothschilds

Nathan Visits Waddesdon Manor, Former Home of the Rothschilds

Waddesdon Manor was built by the Rothschilds for weekend entertaining. But it is no ordinary vacation home – it’s more like a French chateau that happens to be situated in the English countryside. Stellar Travel advisor Nathan Cripps visited last week and sent back these great photos. According to Nathan, one of the highlights was […]

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Nathan Visits Highclere Castle, of Downton Abbey Fame

Nathan Visits Highclere Castle, of Downton Abbey Fame

Stellar Travel advisor Nathan Cripps just visited Highclere Castle in England, best known as the filming site for the television show Downton Abbey. It is also the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Nathan stopped there for a tour and luncheon on his way from London to Bath with our partners from Leading […]

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In Barcelona, Don’t Miss elBarri Restaurants by Renowned Adrià Brothers

In Barcelona, Don’t Miss elBarri Restaurants by Renowned Adrià Brothers

It’s hard to describe the unique gastronomy project known as elBarri – perhaps the best way would be a culinary amusement park. Without a doubt, it’s the place to go in Barcelona for modern, sophisticated, and imaginative cuisine, truly a food-lovers’ heaven in the middle of the city. elBarri is the brainchild of chefs Albert […]

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Neuschwanstein Castle Looks Like a Real-Life Disney Scene

Neuschwanstein Castle Looks Like a Real-Life Disney Scene

Like something out of a postcard – or a fairy tale – Schloss Neuschwanstein rises majestically from a rugged Bavarian hillside in the German Alps. The 19th century castle overlooks an idyllic emerald valley, complete with a picturesque winding river. If this reminds you of a scene out of a Disney movie, well, you wouldn’t […]

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The Famous Inhabitants and Creepy Legends of London’s Highgate Cemetery

The Famous Inhabitants and Creepy Legends of London’s Highgate Cemetery

Wandering around a cemetery may not be every traveler’s idea of a good time, but if you’re in London, Highgate Cemetery is a must-see. A nature reserve and a burial place for thousands of people, the cemetery is full of unique sights and rich history. Highgate Cemetery was opened in 1839 to combat London’s critical […]

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Explore the Great Siege Tunnels at the Rock of Gibraltar

Explore the Great Siege Tunnels at the Rock of Gibraltar

Carved out of solid limestone, the Great Siege Tunnels form what is arguably the world’s foremost defense complex. You can see them on Gibraltar, a small British colony located between Spain and Morocco. In the late 18th century, France and Spain attempted to seize Gibraltar from the British during what was called the Great Siege. […]

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Discover Gaudí’s Barcelona on Your Silversea Cruise

Discover Gaudí’s Barcelona on Your Silversea Cruise

Experience an architecture treasure hunt in Barcelona and discover the best of Antonio Gaudí’s whimsical works. First, visit Colònia Güell, a modernist village built in the late 19th century to house factory workers. The highlight is the Gaudí Church Crypt, which combines all of his innovations into one unusual structure. Then head to La Sagrada […]

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