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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


Facts About Verona: The Setting of Romeo and Juliet



In a courtyard in Verona, Italy a young girl stops to tuck a piece of paper in the crevice of a stone wall just below a tiny balcony. One of thousands of notes that carpet the wall, hers is barely noticeable. She has left it here at Casa di Giulietta, the home where Juliet Capulet of Shakespeare’s tragic love story lived, in hopes that the secretaries of Juliet will respond. It’s a sweet tradition that has been observed by lovers from every age, language and background. It’s also just one of connections shared between the British Bard and the country of Italy where nearly a third of his works were set.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe


Best Restaurants of Mercado Da Ribeira in Lisbon, Portugal




Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira is a beloved culinary institution in a city known for its stellar cuisine. It has long been an excellent neighborhood market; bringing locals flocking to the Cais do Sodré district for their flowers, fresh produce, meats, and seafood for over 125 years. In 2014, the space was transformed. Time Out Group, an international media brand devoted to uncovering the best food, drink, and entertainment options in cities around the world, set out to try an entirely new concept.




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Topics: Europe, Food and Dining, International Travel


7 Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia



Tallinn, Estonia, is what the travel world still considers a hidden gem. Beautiful, historic, and brimming with delicious food and unique activities, it is nonetheless very much under the radar for most travelers. To visitors sick of crowds and hoping to experience a much more magical European destination, we say, pack your bags and always remember; “magavale kassile hiir suhu ei jookse,” or, “a mouse won’t run into the mouth of a sleeping cat.” Which is a very Estonian way of encouraging one to pursue the thing they want—for example, a trip to Tallinn.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips, International Travel


Vienna's World-Famous Ferris Wheel at the Prater



Visitors to Austria can check out the Prater amusement park in Vienna and ride the Giant Ferris Wheel—known as the Wiener Riesenrad in German—for a breathtaking view of Austria’s capital city and the glorious Danube River. The Prater is a historic fairground in the center of Vienna with walking paths, sporting facilities, numerous dining options, and rides, including the not-to-be-missed Ferris wheel. The Pater Ferris Wheel is one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions and is a symbol of the city for many.




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Topics: Europe