Is Florence in Winter Worth it? The Ultimate Answer

The carousel in Florence's Piazza della Repubblica in the winter

If you’re planning to visit Florence in winter, you’re probably thinking: It’s still Italy, the land of sun and sea. It won’t be that cold, right? Don’t be fooled by this idea – the winter cold still bites hard in Florence, and the sun can disappear for quite some time in the somber days of […]

Los Reyes Magos: The Spanish Christmas Tradition

Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings)

This blog post was originally posted on December 28, 2012 and was updated on November 20, 2020. In Spain, Santa Claus isn’t the star of the show when the holiday season rolls around. Instead, it’s the Three Wise Men—or los reyes magos—who take center stage during the winter holidays. They’re the ones who bring Spanish children […]

How Italians Do Christmas: The Foods You’ll Find on Every Table

Italian Antipasti platter

Christmas week in Italy means one thing: feasting.  Like any other country, Italy has its own Christmas traditions. Italian Christmas foods are predictably distinguished by their variety and richness, though.  Christmas is a time for abbondanza, literally, “abundance.” Italians sit down for long (we’re talking six or seven hours) feasts of many courses, even more […]

5 Places to Eat in Paris on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

L'Alsace restaurants in Paris

From luxurious meals fit for royalty to grabbing a falafel and walking the crowded streets of Le Marais, there are a number of ways to have a pleasing culinary experience in Paris on Christmas and Christmas Eve. We’ve already told you where you can go to experience the best holiday markets the French capital has […]

Typical French Christmas Foods to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Raclette is a typical French Christmas food at the markets.

Devoid of a feast-focused holiday like Thanksgiving, France pulls out all the stops at Christmastime, with a multi-course meal and more than enough specialties to enjoy in the days leading up to the festivities.  Here is just a touch of what you can expect on the table at Christmastime in Paris and beyond. These French […]