(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer – Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it’s not uncommon to experience a touch – or more – of winter boredom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “the Earth laughs in flowers,” and there’s a good chance this thought came to him while he was touring England, a country filled with spectacular gardens. London itself has many beautiful gardens, from royal parks surrounding the palaces to small green spaces maintained by volunteer groups. These gardens help to bring out the beauty of the city’s landscaping.
Visiting Europe in the weeks before Christmas adds a whole new character to the holiday season, one that’s quite different from what is celebrated in the United States. Decorated to the hilt with greenery and lights, the towns and villages in Austria, Germany and France will delight visitors with traditional Christmas markets that each year overflow with unique holiday gifts, decadent Christmas goodies, and endearing holiday customs.
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