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January/February 2013

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A River Runs Through It The Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. C U LT U R E V U LT U R I N G Photo courtesy of Porches (bottom right) Eastern Europe Perusing art galleries in Paris is always a lovely option, but it���s Eastern Europe that is stealing the spotlight right now, according to experts like Marisa Cole of Sensational Travel in Salem. That increasing interest intersects with another huge travel trend: leisurely riverboat cruises, which allow visitors to sample the region���s cultural treasures and culinary indulgences one stop at a time. Cruises have shed their stuffy reputations and are luring vacationers aboard increasingly lavish ships that snake down rivers like the Danube, allowing for day trips to Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Belgrade. Each spot offers city shopping and culPlan B tural sightseeing at Eastern Europe���s For another kind of culture fascinating museums, historic castle crawl, go fjord cruising in ruins, and ornate churches. Croatia is Scandinavia, says Travel Corner���s Shachat. In particular, Norway another up-and-coming destination, boasts a dazzling, serene says Stacy Evos of A Girl���s Gotta Go. coastline with impressive cliffs and gorgeous glaciers. The country is especially popular for Longer cruises will also swing sailing, and it won���t be on the Euro through the waterfront city of Stockholm, Sweden, and until mid-2013���so right now, your may even float as far as St. dollar goes farther there. Petersburg, Russia. Local love: To experi- ence the region���s vibrant arts scene, check in at The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in the Berkshires. Here, quaint New England meets with an artsy, industrialchic vibe in rowhouse inns inspired by North Adams��� huge gallery and performing arts space. From here, it���s also an easy drive to Northampton, a funky cultural Mecca, and Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra���s summer home. Berkshires Bliss: The Porches Inn. 141 NSJanFeb13_FE_Travel.indd 141 11/20/12 3:53 PM

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