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What to Eat & Know When Dining in Prague



With people around the world discovering this iconic city, and a culinary awakening welcoming a flurry of new restaurants, it would seem the communist days of state-licensed dining are a thing of the past for Prague. Instead, travelers are welcomed by bustling pubs with hearty local fare, charming outdoor cafes and fine-dining restaurants aplenty. Here are a few tips on what to eat and what to know when dining out in the “city of a hundred spires”:




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Topics: Europe


8 Things to Eat in Iceland



Mention Iceland and most people immediately think of cascading waterfalls and rugged mountain cliffs, brilliantly-colored auroras and towering glaciers. What doesn’t often come to mind is Icelandic cuisine.




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Topics: Europe


Essential Phrases for traveling in Portugal



When we think of great European vacations, our thoughts often turn to France, Italy and Great Britain. And while these are certainly exciting travel options, don’t forget one of the hottest destinations in Europe: Portugal. Recently named Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year, Portugal is perhaps the best overall value among all the countries in the eurozone. And thanks to its vibrant cultural and thriving artistic and culinary scenes, this historic spot on the Iberian Peninsula is having quite a moment. To make the most of your travels there, plan to master some basic Portuguese sayings:




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Topics: Europe


Top Girlfriend Getaways



Time with your family is a great way to spend a vacation, and a romantic getaway is certainly a must…but sometimes what you need most is one-on-one time with your BFFs. A Girls Weekend isn’t just fun, it’s essential to maintaining your friendships. From Old World villages to beachside retreats, museum hopping to holiday celebrations, we’ve got some incredible ways for you to reconnect and enjoy time with your girlfriends:




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Rose Parade, senior travel, Oberammergau


Making the most of a Transatlantic cruise



In the golden days of travel a transatlantic crossing was only for the fabulously rich and famous, but today anyone can enjoy a grand ocean voyage. With a nice mix of days spent on the water and in port, this land and sea vacation proves that the joy is truly in the journey. Here are some things to consider when embarking on a transatlantic cruise:




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Topics: Europe


A Trip for Every Mother



Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.




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Topics: Asia, Alaska, Americas, Europe, Hawaii, Rose Parade, US National Parks, New England/Canada, Balloon Fiesta, River Cruises, History


The World’s Best-Loved Passion Play: Oberammergau's Legacy



In 1634 a group of bedraggled citizens gathered in a cemetery next to the town church. They were tired and weary, and by the looks on their faces they’d been through a lot. Crowded around the tombstones were about 70 people, all that was left of the town. There, on the same plot of earth were several of their friends and family had recently been laid to rest, they would perform a play -- the Passion of the Christ.




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Topics: Europe, Oberammergau


Basic German Phrases Travelers Should Know




So you’re planning a trip to Germany? It’s a journey that you’ll always remember. From Neuschwanstein Castle to Oktoberfest, Munich’s Christkindlemarkt to the Brandenburg Gate of the once-divided Berlin there is plenty to see and do in this picturesque country.




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Topics: Europe, River Cruises


Maid or Maiden?: Dirndl Dresses, Alpine Ladies and Oktoberfest





The traditional Alpine dress of Oktoberfest was first worn by female servants and housekeepers in the late 1800s. Later on, ladies of the upper class donned the peasant frocks to fit in with the locals while vacationing in the countryside. The traditional dirndl dresses followed regional color combinations and specific cuts which, no doubt, were designed to “boost” a woman's “assets.” However, the look wasn’t made for just anyone -- the original word for the dress means “young girl.” Always a bit sexy and known for creating ample cleavage, the way a dirndl is worn also reveals a secret.




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Topics: Europe, River Cruises


The Impact of The Crown: How the Monarchy is Driving Travel




Television hits like The Crown have sparked a renewed interest in British royalty and its long-reigning monarch. While fictionalized, the series portrays the very private lives of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, with enough truth to pique our curiosity about what life is really like inside the walls of Buckingham Palace. The series begins with the death of Elizabeth’s father and her ascension to the throne in 1952. From her relationship with Phillip to the influence of Winston Churchill, the troubled romance of her sister, Princess Margaret, to the abdication of King Edward, it has everyone questioning just what are the costs of being the British sovereign.





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Topics: Europe