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Chances are your appetite for European travel has been whetted by a great cuisine like Italy's. If fine cheese is your thing, try Parma! Ricotta is Roman-spend the afternoon touring the Coliseum. Bel Paese is from Lombardy-and see the commedia dell' arte of Bergamo. Mozzarella from old Napoli, by Mount Vesuvius-Pompeii is close. Get the picture? Say cheese!
The cuisine of France is peerless too. Take an impromptu tour of small, rural restaurants. Don't be shy about speaking French, either: your efforts will open their hearts, especially in Paris.
Not a food fan? Cycle through your own Tour de France, or plan your own biking tour of any European country (Switzerland is for the fit and feisty!). In Spain, take the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. Walk if you have time-nightly stop-overs are conveniently spaced for comfort and rest. Northern Europeans love the outdoors too. Copenhagen is central, and the fishing in Denmark is great-try Purhus for put and take, catch sea trout at Aarhus, or fish the coastal waters. The native brown trout are THAT BIG!, and saltwater fly fishing is a growing attraction.
Europe has great castles. Prague Castle in the Czech Republic is fascinating. At Blarney Castle, the Irish have been topping up their famed gift of the gab for centuries now: just don't look at what you're kissing. Henry VIII's Hampton Court features the world's most famous maze; both gardens and castle look as they did in Henry's time. In France's Loire Valley, the castles are unforgettable: Giverny, inspired by the Luxembourg Palace in Paris; Chenonceau, home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici; Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci lived. The Loire is fabulous wine country too, for a different sort of intoxication.
Speaking of tours, one of the most delightful and adventuresome ways to see Europe is to take a canal journey. If only Amsterdam and Venice come to mind, you'll be shocked! France, England, the Low Countries all feature extensive and leisurely houseboat travel. How better to see the world than drifting along with your feet up and a cool drink in hand.
Dreaming of churches? Head for Greece for a variation on the theme. Ancient Greek temples to Athena and all her fellows, not to mention minor beauties like Daphne, just outside of Athens, are stunning cultural artefacts. From Mount Athos (men only, please) to the islands, Greece is bejewelled with sparkling white monasteries, basilicas and churches, some tiny, others as grand and filled with icons and antiquities as any Italian cathedral. Start on the island of Lesvos in Mytilini, with the Cathedral of Athanasios and Saint Theodore's relics. The Byzantine churches of Athens, Greece are easy to visit, several being in or near Plaka on the west slope of the Acropolis-which is itself one of Europe's great religious sites, along with Saltzburg Cathedral, Florence's Duomo, Paris's Notre Dame and Westminster Abbey on the Thames.
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