Europe travel alert: Eight steps Americans can take

You have booked tickets for the Paris International Photo Fair or perhaps your son is already in Berlin studying German. Now that the US State Department has issued a 'travel advisory' for Europe, what should you do?

3. Steer clear of embassies

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The US embassy in Germany is located near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

Know the location of the nearest embassy or consulate. This might come in handy if you have lost your passport. However, the Control Risks Group, which does its own threat assessments, warns that embassies are among the likely targets as well as government buildings, transportation hubs, and some high profile commercial buildings.

“A prudent person would steer clear of the embassies or consulates,” says Jim Sano, the president of Geographic Expeditions in San Francisco and a travel expert.

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