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“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).


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Finding the Common Thread at the Pinkas Synagogue, Prague

By Nicole Banks

Standing in front of a memorial to the 77,297 Czech Jews who were massacred during the Holocaust, however, it’s not quite so easy for me to dismiss.   Read more

Europe Insights History
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Animal Conservation in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

When travelers dream of Spain, most think about wandering down cobblestone alleys, listening to the Spanish guitar, and drinking wine under the shadows of a towering medieval cathedral. However, it’s a mistake to think of Europe only in terms of its beautiful cities and centuries of human history. There is … Read more   Read more

Spain Conservation
Riverwalk in Ljubljana. Photo by Trixie Pacis

Reminiscing on Slovenia Through the Senses

By Trixie Pacis

From the summer of 2018 to 2019, I called the charming Slovenian capital of Ljubljana my home. For those of you who have yet to experience Slovenia, it is a feast for the eyes.   Read more

Europe Architecture History
Cinque Terre, Italy

Rick Steves “For the Love of Europe” and his Travel-Driven Social Ethos

Today on World Footprints, we welcome back, author and television host, Rick Steves. We enjoy a very thought-provoking discussion about a range of topics from the current pandemic and social issues to the challenging issues facing the travel industry today.   Read more

Europe Social Responsibility
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An Expat’s Christmas Journey to the Isle of Wight

By Bianka Cramblit

Jude Law stopping by your snow-covered cottage in the English countryside…. Yes, please! The many other festive British holiday movies had left me feeling like I had already celebrated there.   Read more

United Kingdom Events & Festivals
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Tenerife- The Wild Side of Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

One hundred miles off the coast of the Southern coast of Morocco lies The Canary Islands. These eight one-of-a-kind islands will charm you so much that you might start searching for early retirement options on your flight back.   Read more

Spain Food & Drink History
Santa Iglesia Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion y de San Frutos Photo: Tania Banerjee

Romans, cathedrals, and fairytales

By Tania Banerjee

The air hangs heavy with moisture. The illusion of stillness is the prelude before the story unfolds. Frowns appear in the sky. 2,000 years ago, the dramatic sky would have convinced the inhabitants of God’s wrath. Redundant chimneys of the slate-roofed houses stand as remnants of the past, but they … Read more   Read more

Spain Architecture History The Arts
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PBS Television Host Rick Steves about his love for Europe and Celebration of Diversity

World Footprints stows away with travel writer and PBS TV host Rick Steves as he shares his new book, “For The Love Of Europe” and how travel is an antidote to the purposeful dumbing down of American society. This interview shows a different side of Rick Steves and our conversation … Read more   Read more

Europe Experiences Social Responsibility
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The Basque Country – Beauty & Independence

By Bianka Cramblit

The proud capital of Spain’s Basque region, Bilbao, is a place where culture, history, and mouthwatering gastronomy surround you. Their storied history and decades spent fighting to retain their unique culture have shaped it to be the one-of-a-kind city it is today.   Read more

Spain Insights History
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Tsambika Monastery: Leave your baby dolls and leave the rest to faith

By Jim Bamboulis

Greece. A mythical country where the honey-scented sea breeze will enchant you, warm, silk-like waters will entice you, and white-washed homes that grace the countryside   Read more

Europe Religious Travel History
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Spain As We Know It, Thanks to the Moors

By Bianka Cramblit

Strolling through the southern Spanish city of Sevilla on a sunny early spring day, the sweet smells of orange blossoms surround you as they waft through the air. These fragrant fruit trees flourish in the cobble-stoned streets and bring color to the beautiful Royal Alcázar of Seville.   Read more

Spain Religious Travel History
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Beyond Big Ben: Day trips from London

By Tara Tadlock

An estimated 30 million visitors per year make London the most visited city in the United Kingdom. Red telephone booths, Tower Bridge, and the allure of a royal family sighting make it the perfect first taste of what England has to offer, but why stop there when there are so … Read more   Read more

United Kingdom Architecture History
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Asturias: Spain’s Most Overlooked Region

By Bianka Cramblit

Where can you wake up in the morning to the pitter-patter of raindrops falling onto the lush, green mountainside while the bagpipes play in the distance? Scotland seems the obvious answer, but if you trade the kilts and haggis for jamón (ham) and bulls, you might be surprised to find … Read more   Read more

Spain Food & Drink History
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Traces of the Civil War In Madrid

By Bianka Cramblit

It’s hard to imagine that the capital city of a country as welcoming and vibrant as Spain was under dictator rule until as recently as 1975. A nation that was torn apart by civil war has slowly been brought back together to what it is now — a place full … Read more   Read more

Spain LGBTQ History
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Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Portugal Launches Travel Insurance for International Tourists

    COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, forcing people far and wide to change how they live their daily lives.  The world came to a standstill at the first half of 2020 when cities and towns went into lock down. In June, countries began with soft reopening efforts in … Read more   Read more

Europe