This photo of the Aurora Borealis was taken over the Trondheim Fjord in central Norway. Atmospheric conditions have been producing fantastic light shows like this one over the city of Trondheim, a center for foodies because of its large concentration of quality producers of fish and meat. In Trondheim's compact city center, just about everything is within walking distance, and there are dozens of small cozy hotels. Oyvind Schei/My Magical Moments (Facebook)
What can you expect when you travel to Europe?
Europe holds so much promise for a fun vacation, an exciting getaway, or an in-depth look at different cultures. If you've not traveled to Europe before, you'll want to check out the possibilities. And there are many.
You can see so many historical attractions that hundreds of books have been written just on the monuments, castles, fortresses, towns and cities, and ruling families through the years. If you just want to take a vacation, you can relax at one of the large metropolitan hotels and see the sights of a city like Vienna, Berlin, London or Madrid. If you like excitement, you can motorcycle through the Alps, have fun whitewater rafting down a river, or hike to the top of many of Europe's highest peaks.
With so many countries in Europe so close to one another, you can travel from country to country in a few hours, and think of the different cultures that exist in Europe that you can experience.
You can expect a lot from traveling to Europe. Tasting the foods and wines, and meeting the people are other reasons to go.
At European Traveler, we're trying to bring you a little taste of Europe so you can plan better before you go. We cover foods, lodging, travel and attractions and more. I hope you enjoy the detailed stories and spectacular photos of Europe we present.
Maybe I'll see you down the road in Europe soon. You never know!
Cafe Maria Theresa
This flavorful coffee recipe is popular throughout Austria and Hungary. It includes whipped cream, a crucial ingredient for coffee drinks in this part of the world, and is named after the Austrian empress Maria Theresa because she so enjoyed the finer things in life. If you prefer, you can make it with rum, in which case it is called a fiaker, named for Vienna’s carriage drivers, who occasionally need something warm to keep going, especially in chilly weather.
Six ounces freshly brewed coffee
One teaspoon sugar
Two tablespoons fine orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau
One tablespoon whipped cream
One-half teaspoon orange zest* for garnish
*Grate the skin of a fresh, clean orange.
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Fill your cup with hot water and set it aside for a minute; this will preheat the cup. Remove the water and combine the liqueur and sugar in the cup. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the coffee and top off with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with orange zest and chocolate shavings if desired. Enjoy!
Makes 1 serving.
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