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Hidden retreats -- like juniper forests in a Estonian fishing village and private gardens in a Swiss lake town -- reward travellers who explore these alternatives to Paris or Rome.


The walled cities of Spain

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Throughout the centuries, Spain has been the stage of many clashes between civilizations, with the constant battling leading to many cities being born as fortified strongholds.


Spain’s mountains made of cheese

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The spectacular Picos de Europa, which spread across northern Spain, are home to caves, gorges, walking trails -- and the local speciality, Cabrales cheese.
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Europe’s grand old theme parks

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From dodging demolition and bankruptcy to surviving the Great Depression and urban growth, Europe’s vintage amusement parks offer a glimpse into a simpler age.
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France and Spain’s centuries-old celebration of peace

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In 1375, villagers of the Franco-Spanish borderlands along the Pyrenees mountains settled their differences with a treaty and magnanimous feast. That pact is still celebrated today
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Rural life in the Pyrenees foothills

In the shadow of the Pyrenees mountains, the pastoral borderlands where France meets Spain are home to farming, modesty and one really old party.


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