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Touring Europe by Motor Home

Heather Greenwood Davis is “National Geographic Traveler” magazine’s family travel advocate, guru, and soothsayer. Here’s her latest advice.

Travel Trivia: The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo’s frescoes, painted in bright colors to be visible from the floor, took four years, tormenting the artist, who penned a poem complaining of his aching spine. Completing the ceiling in 1512, he returned 24 years later to paint the “Last Judgment” on the altar wall. Here are a few more fun facts about this High Renaissance masterpiece.

The Best of the Cornish Riviera

Falmouth sits in the center of the “Cornish Riviera,” England’s charming southwestern coastline, and the port is its lifeblood. Here are four ways to experience this seaside gem.

East Meets West in Berlin

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It’s difficult to imagine what this city was like in the early 1960s, when the 87-mile-long Berlin Wall was intact and bristling with barbed wire and gun emplacements. Today, the wall has essentially been shattered into tiny bits, now scattered as souvenirs around the world.

Living History in Athens

Any child who has taken basic world history classes knows about Athens and its indelible contribution to Western civilization. But studying a place and its heritage is far different from actually being there.

The Power of Train Travel

Whether I’m whizzing down to Washington, D.C. or wending my way through Wallonia, traveling by train is by far my favorite mode of transport — especially when I’m in Europe.

Issue Insider: On Newsstands Now

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National Geographic Traveler’s February/March issue is on newsstands now. Find out what’s inside…

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #NGTradar. Check back on the blog on Wednesdays for our roundups.

Czech Inn Time: Boutique Hotels Embrace Prague’s Storied Past

One of the few Central European capitals to survive the bombs of World War II, Prague stepped into the 21st century looking, more or less, as if it were stuck in the Middle Ages. “Tourism thrives in Prague because of its history. Her old towers, bridges, and churches tell a story,” says Karin Líšková, manager of Hotel U Zeleného Hroznu. “Visitors want to experience Prague as it was before, in the old times.”

Where Oslo Plays: Løkka

Oslo’s quirky borough along the banks of the Akerselva River, Grünerløkka (Løkka as locals call it) used to be a gritty industrial area. Now, it’s where the cool kids go to shop and play.

The Radar: A Weekend in Paris, Strange Hotels, Southern Road Trips

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

The Radar: Ancient Forgotten Cities, Charming Costa Brava, Exploring Santa Cruz

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. (Photograph by Somkid, Flickr)