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August 20, 2012 in France / (0) comments

Aug20
Machu Picchu, Peru

It’s a perfectly stereotypical French tale involving an August holiday, a famous artist, a renowned investigator and an ill-advised cigarette break. But before you cue Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme,” here’s the real story about how Mona Lisa was removed from the Louvre in Paris and how she remained missing for over two years. On August 22, 1911, the French… Read More

August 16, 2012 in Italy / (0) comments

Aug16
Machu Picchu, Peru

Eagle. She-Wolf. Panther. They’re not just team mascots, they’re the names of some of Siena’s 17 historic wards, called contrade. The contrade date to the Middle Ages, when the city was districted to provide troops for its defense. Now, each contrade provides riders to compete in the famous Palio horse races. With lore reflecting the original trades of the neighborhood,… Read More

August 13, 2012 in VBT Community / (0) comments

Aug13
Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the biggest perks of traveling is interacting with locals as you explore. Fortunately, at VBT we’ve always got local Trip Leaders to help guide you and to help you learn a few key phrases in the local language. However, if you’re looking to arrive at your destination with a little of the local vernacular already under your belt… Read More

August 08, 2012 in France / (0) comments

Aug08
Machu Picchu, Peru

Paris is one of the world’s most acclaimed cities, with very good reason. Boasting over 100 museums, more than 30 parks and gardens, 20 Arrondissements, two contrasting banks and one legendary river, the City of Light certainly has no shortage of sights to see. In fact, even for a seasoned traveler, sightseeing in Paris can be a daunting endeavor. But… Read More

Machu Picchu, Peru

Even high atop the Swiss mountains our family got word that VBT was named third in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and our cheers likely echoed down into the valleys below us. This great news was quickly followed by a wave of congratulatory emails, texts and phone messages and an overwhelming amount of good wishes for VBT. Though… Read More

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