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Visiting Pompeii: Top Sights to See



When Mount Vesuvius exploded in a shower of fire and lava, it buried the city of Pompeii under 20 feet of ash and pumice. The town, its artifacts, and even its people laid entombed and lost to the world for over 1,700 years.

When the ruins of Pompeii were discovered and unearthed in the mid-16th century, most of the city remained intact, which spoke to how quickly the disaster occurred. Explorers found evidence of an ordinary life unexpectedly interrupted: inhabitants in lifelike poses, petrified bread still in ovens, and dogs chained beside their masters. The violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius caught thousands of inhabitants by complete surprise, but what remains of the ruins of Pompeii today?




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Topics: Europe


Basic German Phrases Travelers Should Know




Are you planning a trip to Germany?

We guarantee you will always remember your time here. Germany is an incredible country with plenty to see and do. Visit picturesque Christmas markets and the iconic Oktoberfest, or explore historic churches, monuments and more.

But before you head out, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with a few basic German phrases for travel. Knowing some common German phrases can enrich your overall experience because you can communicate with the locals.




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Topics: Europe, River Cruises


Top 10 Things to Do in Munich, Germany



Deciding what to do in Munich is as fun as it is fascinating and overwhelming. Where will you go in this special city that perfectly fuses the past, present, and future? Its past is demonstrated by its many historic sites, from churches to centuries-old taverns. Its present is shown by its modern architecture and sophisticated culture. As for the future? This cutting-edge city is full of technology and progressive policies. One of the richest cities in Europe’s wealthiest nation really shows how a thriving city should look.




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Topics: Europe


European Etiquette Guide



Taking a trip to Europe promises plenty of adventures and memories that will be cherished long after the trip. But an international trip also involves planning – and an important part of planning should include researching travel etiquette in Europe. As etiquette rules in different countries vary, you’ll want to brush up on the current norms in the country (or countries) you’ll be visiting.

Get familiar with the travel etiquette tips below as you prepare for your upcoming trip to Europe and you may find yourself blending in with the locals!




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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips


Ultimate Guide to German Christmas Markets



There’s no better time to experience Germany than during the Christmas season when Deutschland sparkles with lights and merriment. Christmas markets are the epicenter of gemütlichkeit, or winter cheer. Each November and December, these festive celebrations dominate the town squares of nearly every city and hamlet.

Decorated market stalls spill over with handmade goods, seasonal food, and drink. There is an endless supply of ornaments, wooden toys, and weihnachtspyramiden, traditional candle-powered merry-go-rounds.

From the enormous Christmas tree in Munich to the Erzgebirge pyramid in Erfurt, German Christmas markets are the perfect places to get into the holiday spirit. The best way to learn about Germany’s brightly festive season is to follow YMT’s German Christmas market guide.




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Topics: Europe


22 of the Best Places to Visit in Europe in 2022



European travel is expected to come back in a big way in 2022. There is so much to see across the 44 countries that make up Europe that it can be a little overwhelming deciding where to start. Do you want to see history? Drink good wine? Watch the sunrise over a famous skyline? No matter your travel dreams, there is a European destination for you. Here are 22 of our favorites for 2022.




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Topics: Europe


Best Places to Visit in Ireland



Lovingly called the "Emerald Isle," Ireland is known for its stunning scenery, friendly people, cultural music and fascinating history. It offers visitors plenty of things to do. Gorgeous landscapes featuring rolling greenery and rugged mountains, as well as breathtaking coastlines, are a huge part of what draws many people to Ireland, so a camera is essential. But it also offers a fantastic variety of unique attractions and cities with distinct cultural experiences that keep tourists entertained and intrigued.




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Topics: Europe, Ireland


Top Cities in Italy to Visit



As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, it’s no wonder a trip to Italy has become a bucket list item for many people! Italy is world-famous for its many rich attractions, from historical sites and unique art, to beautiful coastlines and picturesque cities and countryside's, And, of course, we can’t leave out the variety of incredible food!




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Topics: Europe


The Best Sights and Attractions in the Loire Valley



France’s Loire Valley offers a scenic escape into the French countryside approximately two hours outside of Paris. The picturesque valley along the Loire River in central France is known for its history-rich villages, wine culture, and over 300 châteaux. The Loire Valley is nicknamed the Garden of France because of its many vineyards, orchards, gardens, and expansive growing fields.




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Topics: Europe


British Words & Phrases Americans Don’t Understand



While Americans and Brits technically speak the same language, all it takes is five minutes down the local to realize that theirs is a very different form of English. From insults to compliments, technical talk to slang, there’s plenty to confound those of us from across the pond. Learn how to navigate this foreign land with just a few common British English words and phrases:




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Topics: Europe, England


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