Aero, Denmark

Aero, Denmark

On this small island on the south edge of Denmark, visitors wander down picturesque streets of thatched cottages and savor the coastal views
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Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

On Portugal's south coast, The Algarve is home to both sun-seeking tourists and working fishermen with their colorful boats
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Baden Baden, Germany

Baden Baden, Germany

The park-like city of Baden Baden, nestled in the Black Forest, is renowned for its restorative spas and elegant casino
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Blackpool, England

Blackpool, England

Home to a giant amusement park, a vintage trolley and an old-time variety show, Blackpool is northwest England's glittering beach city
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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Belgium's exquisitely preserved medieval city is home to picturesque canals, gilded architecture, great beer and handcrafted chocolate
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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Italy's answer to the French Riviera offers swimming, hiking, romance and relaxation along the Mediterranean
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Cotswold Villages, England

Cotswold Villages, England

The storybrook countryside of hedgerows, grazing sheep, thatched-roof cottages and stately homes harks back to the days of the medieval wool trade
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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle, Ireland

On western Ireland's remote and rugged peninsula, traditional Irish culture thrives in a land where musicians converge on pubs and a whiff of peat scents the air
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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

In Florence, Michelangelo's masterpiece epitomizes the heroic power and surpassing artistry of the Renaissance
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Gimmelwald, Switzerland

Gimmelwald, Switzerland

On a mountainside above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, it's still possible to find Swiss traditions in a 700-year-old hamlet populated by contented cows and hospitable villagers
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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

When Austrians want to enjoy the great outdoors, they head for a region of forested slopes, beckoning trails—and great fishing
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Hydra, Greece

Hydra, Greece

For those willing to follow the uphill lanes, this Greek island offers tradition, magnificent views of the harbor and a relaxing vacation spot
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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

A bustling modern metropolis, the Turkish city also reminds travelers that the charm of traditional cultures is still something to value
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Medieval Castles

Medieval Castles

Ancient fortresses offer glimpses of medieval brutality and 19th-century Romanticism
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Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

A decade and a half after an ethnic war, Bosnia and Herzegovina's most inviting city is re-emerging as a tourist destination
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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

The city's historic core is an exquisitely preserved showcase of Czech culture, including Art Nouveau architecture and some of the best beer in Europe
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Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

An after-dark walk takes in the Eternal City's most famous fountains, grand palaces, a soaring temple, candlelit outdoor cafes and street musicians
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Rue Cler, Paris, France

Rue Cler, Paris, France

The "best little street in Paris" offers tasty cheese, delectable pastries, vegetable stalls and old-fashioned merchants as an irresistible slice of authentic neighborhood life
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Tallin, Estonia

Tallin, Estonia

Dominated by the Soviets for 50 years, the Estonian capital boasts medieval architecture and signature chic that attracts travelers drawn by Old World character
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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Piazza San Marco—the storied square punctuated by its 11th century basilica, looming bell tower and flocks of pigeons—endures as an awe-inspiring portal to the city's many splendors
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