Getting a little tired of the same Thanksgiving routine? Time to bust out of your rut with a Thanksgiving adventure to Europe! The weather is generally mild (depending on where you go!), the summer crowds are gone, and peak season prices have settled back down to normal. Here are some great European destinations to help you create new Thanksgiving memories:
What to Do:
- Stroll along the Seine. Of course, you can do this any time of year. In the fall, however, a fine veil of mist often hangs over the river in the mornings and evenings. Street stalls sell roasted chestnuts, and the crisp air and crunching leaves make you want to pop into a nice warm creperie.
- Sip on mulled wine or thick, rich hot chocolate under a heat lamp at a sidewalk cafe.
- Go window shopping. By late November, many department stores and boutiques have unveiled their holiday window displays.
- If you’ll be in the city on the third Thursday of November, be sure to sample the newly released Beaujolais nouveau.
- Take advantage of the virtually nonexistent lines at the Louvre and Palace of Versailles.
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What to Do:
- Take advantage of the impending holiday season by exploring the city’s holiday markets, wandering past elaborate light displays (especially on Oxford Street), or doing some ice skating.
- Take a walk through Kensington Gardens, Kew Gardens, or Hampstead Heath. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enchanting fall atmosphere anywhere in the world, with its brilliant autumn foliage and quiet pathways.
- Stop for a pint in a pub in Little Venice.
- Peruse the autumn produce at Borough Market. Apples, mushrooms, pumpkins, squashes, and gourds take center stage this time of year.
- Check out the London Jazz Festival, held every year from mid- to late-November.
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What to Do:
- Take in panoramic views of the city in its autumn ensemble with a visit to Letná Park.
- Head about an hour north of the city to do some fall hiking in the forested mountains of Bohemian Switzerland.
- Indulge in some delicious Czech comfort food. Fresh bread, potato dumplings, and some local beer under a patio heater is the perfect way to spend a chilly November evening in Prague.
- Every year on November 17th, Czechs celebrate the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution—the beginning of the country’s transition from Communism in 1989. Embrace the experience by attending a candlelight vigil with the locals or touring the Museum of Communism.
- Take a day—or overnight—trip to Český Krumlov. Its State Castle and Chateau boast a garden that’s truly miraculous in the autumn.
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What to Do:
- Embrace Italian fall cuisine. Autumn is the time for truffles, artichokes, zucchini, and chestnuts.
- Join the locals in celebrating the Feast of Saint Cecilia—the patroness of musicians. This is held at the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.
- Catch a theater, dance, or music performance at the Romaeuropa Festival through late November.
- Visit the Pantheon on a rainy day. Even if you’ve been inside before, watching the rain cascade through the oculus is a sight to behold.
- Watch the sun set over the city’s ancient monuments.
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