Category: European Holidays

Not your regular pumpkin pie – Pear tart with Chestnut Cream

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        Chestnuts are popular in Europe, even more so than they’ve become here in the US.  When the weather gets colder, in many cities in Europe you can buy hot roasted chestnuts on the street, they come in a paper cone and you enjoy them al fresco – a quintessential taste of […]

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Halloween here, there, and everywhere

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        Image Source: Chateau de Breze (Loire Valley) Halloween has caught on in Europe for the second time in recent decades.  Because of course the origins of Halloween are in Europe to start with.  But then old traditions died down and nothing much was said or done about it until 20 or […]

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Labor Day Around The World

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        Ah, Labor Day — a national day in the US to wear white and linen for the last time, go to the beach, cook out on the grill, spend time with family, watch football, and shop sales… but of course, Labor Day is about so much more. Labor Day, also known […]

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Independence Day Celebrations Here & There

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        United States of America – Independence Day, July 4 July Fourth commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain (July 4, 1776). In other words — the Fourth of July in the United States, is a time to celebrate freedom. Many people gather with family and friends to […]

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Father’s Day Celebrations In Europe

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            Every year, fatherhood is celebrated by observing a day for dads. In the US, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. It often includes church service, time spent with family, gift giving, and one of dad’s favorite meals. Different countries have different ways of honoring fathers […]

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