Cycle Into The Authentic Heart of SPAIN And PORTUGAL

wandermelon partners with Pure Adventures to bring you self-guided tours pairing great cycling with world-class gastronomy and natural wonders Our team of writers at wandermelon is always looking for ways to inspire and inform your travels. Traveling the globe, we search for the experiences we think will surprise and delight you and, hopefully, motivate you to make your own discoveries. One of … [Read more...]

A Place for Witchcraft and Espionage in BERLIN’s New Museums

Berlin’s cultural landscape of 180 museums and collections keeps growing, as new special interest museums open and others complete renovations. Magicum Berlin Magic Museum Go way beyond Harry Potter and get spooked at Magicum. Witchcraft and magical powers, mythical knowledge, secrets, ancient wisdom, and the supernatural can all be explored in the cellars of a historic former blacksmith … [Read more...]

AMSTERDAM By Design

In Amsterdam, historic and modern buildings coexist in harmony. Daring additions enhance storied landmarks and modern architecture pops up in surprising ways throughout the city. There’s a spectacular new atrium to accommodate the crowds that flock to see the Rembrandts and Vermeers in the Rijksmuseum, and many of the galleries have been redesigned to enhance the collection of medieval and … [Read more...]

Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat In ICELAND

The Bed: Hotel Budir, Iceland We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books... A volcanic wonderland with fluorescent green moss draped over black lava fields surrounded by snowcapped glaciers and ubiquitous waterfalls, the west coast of Iceland is an escape into nature unlike any other. Two hours from Reykjavik, perched on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the … [Read more...]

Art and Beyond in BASEL

Kristina Foster discovers what makes Basel such a magnet for art lovers and cultural connoisseurs.  Basel is Switzerland's brainy city of culture and design. Densely packed with art and history, there are almost 40 museums scattered across the timeworn town; the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In addition to quantity, Basel picks up its arty reputation by glamorously … [Read more...]

Girls’ Getaway to PARIS

Kristina Foster shares an insider's guide of where to stay, shop, eat and party in Paris.  The older we get, the more commitments we seem to have. Partners, children and careers fill our days, leaving little time for other pursuits. If you are resolved to spend more time with the girls in 2014, steal away with your besties for a #YOLO week in Paris. So you’ve already seen the Mona Lisa, … [Read more...]

ENGLAND: Westward Ho!

Michael Webb explores the historic and ancient treasures of England's western countryside. It’s easy to mock Masterpiece Theater and Downton Abbey for their idealized portrait of English country life. In the sprawling cities of the south, cars and asphalt prevail, and the generic suburbs seem endless. Growing up in London I spent many weekends braving traffic jams and the inevitable showers … [Read more...]

Exploring Norway’s Lofoten Islands

Michael Webb heads from Å to BØ by land and sea discovering Norway's scenic delights. On the Lofoten islands, off the northern coast of Norway, you can climb a mountain, row in a Viking long boat (horned helmets optional), and stay in a fisherman’s cabin in villages called Å and Bø. Cod love the Lofoten and come here to spawn in winter; for a couple of months the fishing villages bustle … [Read more...]

Summer Festivals Celebrate Art and Music in the SOUTH OF FRANCE

Dov Rudnick explores the colorful seasonal festivals of Languedoc-Roussillon and finds a magical mosaic of history, culture and contemporary arts Before we even touched ground in the south of France, as I peered out the window of our plane, I was struck by a sense of wonder and magic of the region. It was the sight of the famous Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard, couched neatly in the rolling … [Read more...]

Exploring NORWAY’s Scenic Wonders

Michael Webb travels through Norway's high and low roads discovering its hidden gems along the way. A narrow road snakes up the side of a mountain, making nine hairpin turns before reaching the summit. Silver threads of water course down the rock face, merging into cascades that swell a rushing stream. The road is bounded with lichened rocks and embraced by pines and silver birches. At the … [Read more...]