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Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

If Lauterbrunnen looks like something from “Lord of the Rings,” that's because the Swiss town — with its steep waterfall, cliff-lined valley and views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains — served as inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth sagas.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

When I was a kid, I used to have this dream where I was flying over my neighborhood, high enough to safely clear the roofs of houses, but just low enough to brush the treetops. The canopy walk at Hainich National Park, located just outside Eisenach, Germany, brought me pretty close to reliving that dream.

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

On the fourth day sailing onboard Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, I stepped off the ship for a shore excursion that promised a leisurely morning — and boy, did it deliver. About a 30-minute drive from our port in Dikili, Turkey, and a brief boat ride along the town’s coast is Kalem Island, a privately owned islet that boasts just one property: Oliviera Resort.

Been There, Do This: Forsthaus Sattelbach in Oberhof, Germany

Been There, Do This: Forsthaus Sattelbach in Oberhof, Germany

“Violent grandma kitsch” is the first phrase that popped into my head when I thought about how I would describe Forsthaus Sattelbach to someone who asks. The quaint, lodge-like eatery is unassuming from the outset. It’s located in a remote spot in the forest in Oberhof, Germany, in the state of Thuringia; nature is literally its backyard, separated only by a fence.

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Been There, Do This: Victoria and Albert Museum in London

If you are a museum fiend like me, London is a fantastic city to visit. In addition to Tate Modern, British Museum and the National Gallery, travelers would be wise to add Victoria and Albert Museum to their list. Also known as V&A, the museum houses a wealth of ancient and contemporary objects.

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Been There, Do This: Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Before 1592, the people of Munich had to import their beer from the town of Einbeck some 340 miles away. Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, simply would not stand for this, and ordered his royal court to come up with a solution. Their plan: build Munich’s own brewery.

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

Been There, Do This: Driving to Bonifacio, Corsica

This particular afternoon — which I’ll never forget — almost didn’t happen. It began innocently enough. Our Windstar ship dropped us off at Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio, a small port town that is good for a quick walk but not an entire day, especially when other parts of Corsica are within reach.