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4 Most Popular Wine Regions In Europe

Some people say that wine in Europe is equivalent to water in America. Wine is a distinct part of European. In fact, it predates ancient Rome and Greece.

During your European travels, you will not only experience how art, history, and the sciences have influenced various regions of a country, but also observe first-hand how wine acts as an important part of life there. 

Studies tout the benefits of wine in moderation. It has been shown that wine contains antioxidants, promotes longevity, and reduces the risks of certain diseases. What great reasons to raise a glass!

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Topics: Europe

What to Pack for Italy

Italian summer weather is bellissimo, meaning beautiful: hot, sunny, and dry for the most part. The invigorating Mediterranean climate is ideal for traveling and sightseeing, but deciding what to pack for Italy can be challenging. The country has several microclimates, including mountainous regions and islands.

Whether visiting the Vatican in Rome or admiring Renaissance art in Florence, YMT has the essential packing list for your next visit to Italy.

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Topics: Europe, Packing Lists

The Most Scenic Rhine River Castles

The Rhine River’s lush hillsides are thick with wine grapes, thriving towns, and towering castles. The highest concentration of castles are in Germany’s 40-mile long Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This compact region contains 40 castles and fortresses.

The Rhine links northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Cities, castles, and impenetrable fortresses were built in key sites along the Rhine’s banks. A new spectacular sight greets you around each bend of the river, which makes river cruising the best way to appreciate the stunning scenery of the Rhine.

The castles of the Middle Rhine Valley are some of the best in Europe. Many of them were built in the 12th-14th centuries, during the peak of the Middle Ages. Imposing, beautiful, and largely still intact, these castles are perfect examples of the fortified structures that defined Europe for so much of its history.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

6 Best Things to Do in London

London has always held a strong allure for visitors. For centuries its sophistication, wealth, beauty, and exciting culture have attracted travelers to its wide, tree lined streets.

Today, it is one of the top three most popular vacation destinations in the world. Each year, over 20 million visitors flock to its famous sites such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye. It can seem overwhelming, but don’t be intimidated by how much there is to do in this bustling capital city.

We’ve narrowed it down to just five of the top things to do in London:

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Topics: Europe

How Spain’s Rich Culture Influences Your Vacation

When people dream of their perfect Spain vacation, the local culture plays a huge part in the fantasy. The image of clinking glasses of sweet sangria with friendly locals over decadent midday meals followed by an hours-long siesta does sound nice, but is it accurate?

How will Spain’s rich culture affect your time in Spain? How different is it from home? And does everybody really take a daily nap?

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Topics: Europe

My Experience at Greece’s Ancient Sites

In 2019, my lifelong dream to see the ancient sites of Greece came true. I was raised hearing about the country’s magic, so arriving in Athens felt like a homecoming.

The people, the culture, the food, and the warm, salty Aegean Sea all felt like a natural fit. Most people spoke English, and the ones who didn’t had expressive hands like me, so communication was never a problem.

My husband and I wanted to make the most of our trip. What could we see here and nowhere else in the world? What most piqued our interest? What promised to move us? What seemed the most Greek?

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Topics: Europe, Greece, Guest Stories, International Travel

River Cruising : Still One of the Biggest Travel Trends to Watch

River cruising continues to grow in popularity thanks to its cultural immersion, slow-paced agendas and access to hard-to-reach ports of call -- making it the perfect choice for travelers of all ages.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

What to Pack for Greece

From April through September, the weather in Greece is ideal for traveling and sightseeing. You can expect sunny and dry conditions as you explore Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, and more.

To prepare for your trip, follow our packing list to make sure you bring all the essentials.

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Topics: Europe, Greece, Travel Tips, Packing Lists

Why Churros in Lisbon are the Best

Churros are draped in as much mystery as cinnamon sugar, starting with how, where, and when they were created. One of the prevailing theories is that they were first cooked up in Asia. They made their way to Lisbon when Portuguese sailors out for dinner at a port in Northern China were served a savory, crispy, fried pastry called “You Tiao” that they couldn’t resist bringing back to Europe. Once home, Portuguese cooks put their own twist on the treat—switching it from salty to sweet—and then watched it flourish, evolve, and eventually blossom into the modern-day delight that we now call churro.

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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining

What Language Do the Swiss Speak?

Switzerland is a small country, approximately half the size of the state of Maine, bordered by Germany, Italy, France, Austria, and Lichtenstein. The country is divided into 26 cantons, the Swiss equivalent of states, each of which may choose from four official languages. That's right, there is no "Swiss language.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe