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Compass: Europe

“He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”                — Dutch proverb

From Europe’s largest country (Russia) to its small one (Vatican City) and the additional 49 countries in between, the continent of Europe is a vast landmass in the northwestern part of Eurasia. The most visited European country is France followed by Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany but each of the 51 independent states hold a rich history, unique cultures and traditions, delicious food, beautiful landscapes and other gems that make each country worth visiting.Europe’s border is delineated by the Ural Mountains in Russia, the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains and the following countries (listed in alphabetical order) comprise the continent: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (UK) and Vatican City (Holy See).


2020

Traces of the Civil War In Madrid
The Cultural Mosaic of Lisbon
Luxembourg: Spotlight on Sustainability
Virtually There: Traveling through Technology
How travel has changed my definition of ‘home’
How I’m Dealing with the Coronavirus Lockdown in Ireland
Tallinn, Estonia: A perfect blend of old and new
Porto Torres: A case for slow travel
Aran Mor: Reliving a Traditional Way of life in Ireland
One Magical Night on the Great Blasket Island in Ireland
Why You Must Visit Warsaw: 30 Years After the Fall of Communism in Poland
What a snack from southern Spain tells you about religious persecution
The magic behind the tourist’s Paris
Unlocking the Flavours of Porto

2019

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic
Bringing a dark history to light in Bosnia
How a Trip to Georgia Changed My Life
Searching for Monsters and Magic in the Scottish Highlands
Five Copenhagen Districts You Should Visit
“I amsterdam” Returns As… “I amazonia”
How Budapest’s Cafe Culture is Lifting Social Stigmas
Why Walking the Camino de Santiago is Not Just a Religious Journey
What to See and Do at Kensington Palace
What to See and Do at Windsor Castle
Why You Should Visit Coventry at Least Once in Your Life
Stone Circles in the UK: Beyond Stonehenge
Escape from London: 6 Cities in the UK to Visit
Amazing UK World Heritage Sites
Perugia from the Outside In: Following the Locals to the Suburbs
Visiting Tbilisi’s Natural Baths
Slovakia: Five Places to Visit
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a Visit to These English Museums
Macedonia: Five Places to Visit
Georgia: Five Reasons to Choose it Over Neighboring Turkey
Five Lesser-Known Polish Cities Worth A Visit

2018

Tenerife Off the Beaten Track: Five Ideas to Escape the Crowds
Jewish History Behind the Communist Blocks of Bucharest
The Architectural Delights of Barcelona

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2020

Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Portugal Launches Travel Insurance for International Tourists
Restoring the European Tourism Sector
Bringing Back the Wild Bison to UK Woodlands
Coronavirus Side Effect Leads To Clearer Venice Canal
Brexit Will Upends EU Travel In 2021
Longanair Defends Actions Of Passengers’ Removal

2019

Norway To Build “The Whale” Observatory For Visitors
Rare Ice Eggs Found Along Finland Beach
Vilnius Ad Campaign Gets Travelers’ Attention With G-Spot Reference
Report says UK More Dangerous to Visit Than Rwanda, Romania and Azerbaijan
Rome Officials Pass and Implement New Rules To Curb Tourists’ Bad Behavior
Arctic Cruises Damaging Environment
Venice Plans New Large Cruise Ship Ban in Historic Center
Mayor Colau Looks To Tackle Barcelona Cruise Ship Problem
Vienna Tourist Board Combating Online Reviews In Latest Campaign
Zip Line Opens On Eiffel Tower
TODAY IN HISTORY: D-Day (June 6, 1944)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Big Ben (May 31, 1850)
“Insurance Crisis” Shuts Down Well-Known Ireland Bike Park
Cinque Terre Authorities Pass Flip-Flop Ban
TODAY IN HISTORY: Florence Nightingale is born (May 12, 1820)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Republic of Ireland Act (April 18, 1948)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Titanic’s Maiden Voyage (April 10, 1912)
Porto and Port
Today in History: Irish Government Bill 1886 (April 8, 1886)
Today in History: Establishment of the World Health Organization (April 7, 1948)
Today in History: The First Modern Olympics (April 6, 1896)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower (March 31, 1889)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Slave Trade Act (March 25, 1807)
Europe To Implement New Visa Requirement in 2021
TODAY IN HISTORY: Death of the last Templar Grand Master (March 18, 1314)
Exploring in and around Lisbon
TODAY IN HISTORY: The infamous Guy Fawkes is hanged and… (Jan. 31st)
TODAY IN HISTORY: British Museum Opens (Jan. 15, 1759)
TODAY IN HISTORY: London Underground is born (Jan. 10, 1863)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Leaning Tower of Pisa closes (Jan. 7, 1990)
Amsterdam City Council Confirms Motor Scooter Ban

2018

Symbol of Mindless Mass Tourism Removed from Amsterdam
‘Yellow Vest’ Protests In Paris
The Leaning Tower of Pisa Defies Its Name
Corfu, Greece – Beyond the Port
Monte Carlo events for more than the luxury traveler
La Tour-de-Salvagny blends history with modern at four “must visit” places
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Ninety-Five Theses and,,. (Oct. 31st)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The First Parachute Jump (Oct. 22, 1797)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Battle of Hastings (Oct. 14, 1066)
Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant
TODAY IN HISTORY: Jason Lewis completes historic circumnavigation (Oct 6, 2007)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Moulin Rouge Opens Its Doors (Oct. 6th)
TODAY IN HISTORY: Reunification of East and West Germany (Oct. 3rd)
Wooden Airports in Russia let visitors go into a time-travelling experience
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Last Guillotine in France (Sept. 10, 1977)
TODAY IN HISTORY: The Founding of San Marino (Sept. 3, 301)