WINTER e s c a p e s
LET IT SNOW This is the winter holiday you’ve longed for, writes Sarah Taviani. Our winters may not include snow-covered castles but an overseas holiday in the off-season can become something magical if you know where to look. TALLINN, ESTONIA By about mid-November, snow transforms Tallinn into a serene medieval wonderland. Try to catch the sunrise at least once. Every morning, the Estonian national anthem plays as the flag is raised over Tall Hermann.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Prague is always beautiful, but the breathtaking architecture seems to call out for a layer of snow. Ice-skating rinks beckon and the legendary Christmas markets draw you in instantly.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA Anyone who even remotely likes winter has probably visited (or is planning to visit) Banff at some point. And almost every one of them has a photo with Moraine Lake. The scenery is so beloved, it’s immortalised on the Canadian $20 note.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, USA Yosemite is where I first saw snow. Sure, it was days old and melting, but there was still a sense of utter peace in the air. The Yosemite Falls may not appear in all their usual glory, but it’s not unusual to see them flowing.
ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER, GERMANY Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets, but one of the prettiest would have to be in Rothenburg. This is mostly due to the wellpreserved medieval architecture, which is a fancy way of saying it looks like you’re wandering through every fairytale village you’ve ever imagined.
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