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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

5 Destinations To Visit As Soon As You Retire

Retirement is the ideal time to travel. Say goodbye to days spent packed with meetings, phone calls, and paperwork. Say hello to a leisurely lifestyle doing things you love and taking up hobbies that capture your interest! Retirement travel is the most desirable activity for baby boomers, and it’s time for you to take advantage of an open schedule to go wherever and whenever you want, for as long as you want.

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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Europe, US National Parks, China, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Australia, International Travel

8 Countries Where English Speakers Can Easily Travel Around

Technology has changed the way people travel today compared to even ten years ago. For example, travelers now have access to mobile maps, translation apps, and cultural information with just a few taps. English has also become the universal language for many industries and has definitely been embraced by the tourism sector.

Americans are no longer limited to travels to Canada, the UK, and Australia in order to feel comfortable with the local language, as the list of English-speaking countries continues to grow. There are plenty of English-speaking European countries

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Topics: Asia, Europe, Travel Tips

Explore The Best Norwegian Fjords

The otherworldly landscape of Norway’s fjord region is uniquely beautiful. Created by precise geological conditions over countless millennia, the landscape that played host to Vikings is lush, dramatic, rugged, and utterly unforgettable. The word “fjord” originated with the Vikings, and is a vital part of Norway’s heritage that means, “where one travels through.”

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Topics: Europe

Visiting Versailles: What to See and Tips to Beat the Crowds

The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s most famous sites. The sprawling manor was France’s principal royal residence from the golden age of the Sun King, Louis XIV, through the violent tumult of the French Revolution. Thousands of starving, angry citizens marched on the palace in 1789, and forced the royal family—including the indecisive King Louis XVI and the despised queen, Marie Antoinette—to travel with the well-armed mob to Paris and their eventual doom. After the royal family met a legendarily nasty end, the monarchy was abolished and the Palace of Versailles was transformed from what had become a loathsome symbol of royal excess and indifference into a spectacular museum celebrating France’s greatest historic, cultural, and artistic achievements.

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Topics: Europe

How to Pack for Your European Vacation


Booking a European tour is exciting – especially escorted tours of Europe because you don’t have to worry about researching hotels or planning your daily activities. The one thing that can take some of the enthusiasm out of your upcoming trip is the stress of packing. While your packing list will vary slightly based on the weather, we’ve compiled a list of essential items that you will use during every season.

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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips, Packing Lists

The Best Places to Travel With Your Mom

We have a lot to thank our mothers for. They’re the ones who carried us, who nurtured us, who showed us right from wrong, how to get over heartbreak, and the key to choosing the best watermelon (does it sound hollow when you tap it?). Our mothers are some of the most precious women in our lives, and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate them.

This year, why not rethink your Mother’s Day gift? Cooking classes and flowers are nice, but if you want to really treat your mom, don’t overlook the power of a well-planned experience. We have a list of options your mom is sure to love. These are the best places to travel with your mom—whether she wants to take a Bucket List European vacation, or to finally stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon, we have something for every style of traveler.

Not sure where to start? We can help you narrow down the kinds of trips your mom would like by determining her travel style. Here are eight of the most common styles we’ve seen, and the best affordable tours for each type!

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Topics: Asia, Americas, Planning a Vacation, Europe, Rose Parade, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Balloon Fiesta, History, New Zealand, International Travel