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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.

Been There, Do This: Jasmund National Park in Germany

Been There, Do This: Jasmund National Park in Germany

Jasmund National Park is a hidden Narnia in the far northeast of Germany. Just 30 square kilometers, this may be Germany’s smallest national park, but its beauty is vast. Though famous for its chalk cliffs (the largest in the country), the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 because of its primeval beech forest.

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Been There, Do This: Antique Market in Lucca, Italy

Any visit to Tuscany mandates a trip to the Uffizi and Leaning Tower of Pisa. When I visited Lucca, Italy, however, I came across a more obscure attraction — a simple mercatini dell’usato (second-hand market) — and was pleasantly surprised by the extraordinary cultural experience that awaited me.

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

Been There, Do This: Art and Dessert in Paris

A railway station turned museum, the Musee d’Orsay is home to a plethora of priceless works from the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. When you’ve had your fill of impressionist art, make your way to the fifth floor for a different kind of masterpiece. The Cafe Campana is a blend of the old and new, with a modernist interior that pays tribute to art nouveau and a glass clock through which diners can peer out and catch a glimpse of the Seine.

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Been There, Do This: Horseback Riding in Vik, Iceland

Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and it’s easy to see why in the village of Vik. Located about 110 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Vik lies beneath Myrdalsjokull Glacier and the infamous Katla Volcano, responsible for a devastating eruption in 1918, which extended the southern coast more than 3 miles.

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Been There, Do This: Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos is known for its rowdy nightlife, but if you prefer more sunlit events, it also has its share of wild daytime parties to choose from. With that in mind, I hopped on a moped and zipped away to Paradise Beach (not to be confused with nearby competitor Super Paradise Beach) for a little fun in the sun.

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

Been There, Do This: Eat Seafood Pasta in Positano, Italy

When vacationing in Italy, particularly when by the sea, you are essentially obligated to order the classic dish of spaghetti ai frutti di mare at least once. The above photograph depicts one of the three spaghetti ai frutti de mare dishes I consumed, specifically while in the coastal Italian village of Positano.