The beginning of Advent is a magical time across Europe when Christmas markets overflow with Yuletide cheer. Many of the festive traditions we celebrate in Britain can be traced back to the famous Christkindlmarkts which sprang up in German-speaking towns as well as other regions of the former Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages....

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Luxury line Crystal Cruises made its debut on Europe’s rivers a couple of years ago when it acquired and refitted Crystal Mozart, the ship winning much approval for its beautiful interiors and gourmet food. Mozart, though, was an older ship. Now, Crystal is building four riverboats to its own specification. The first two, Crystal Mahler...

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