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Zamość, Poland - Travel Guide

Initially we were unaware of the delights of Zamość, but a travel colleague of ours who specialises in visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites brought this delightful Renaissance-styled town to our attention. So, when we were planning our road trip of southern Poland, Zamość was one of the first locations on list. Zamość was founded in the 16th century by the chancellor Jan Zamoysky on the trade route linking western and northern Europe with the Black Sea. Starting from scratch, the town was modelled on the Italian Renaissance theories of what made an ‘ideal city’. The task to create this town was assigned to the famous architect from Padua, Bernando Morando. Thankfully, the town has retained most of its original features and is easily covered on foot by today’s visitors.
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Latvia - Travel Guide

We had a week to discover Latvia and see as much of this Baltic State as possible. Our first few days were spent exploring Riga, but we had also hired a car and had planned three daytrips from the capital. Latvia is a relatively small country, with a decent road infrastructure which is a great deal quieter than we are used to. Perhaps it is just as well that there was not much traffic, since, coming from the UK, we are more used to driving on the “wrong side of the road”.
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Riga, Latvia - Travel Guide

We found Riga and Latvia very friendly and our budget stretched very far. There are many faces of Riga, from its Teutonic origins, its outstanding Art Nouveau period, the depravities of the Nazi occupation and Communist rule, through to its bright new future as this proud city grasps its new opportunities.
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Brussels, Belgium - Travel Guide

It is often said that Belgium is in the heart of Europe, but little did we expect that we would leave with Brussels firmly planted in our hearts. Brussels is an historic, but equally modern city. We found many of the city’s attractions situated in the centre of the city, around the magnificent Grand-Place, but we soon found out that the city’s suburbs held Art Deco gems, peaceful parks and interesting museums. With a good and regular train service, we found Brussels was also an ideal launch pad for exploring the rest of the country, with the like of Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp within an hour's train journey, although more about these beautiful cities in future guides!
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Stockholm, Sweden -Travel Guide

Stockholm is the capital and largest city in Sweden. The entire urban area has about two million inhabitants. The city has its origins in the thirteenth century and has experienced its most important growth in the sixteenth century. In the old town there are still enough streets that remind of earlier times. However, Stockholm is primarily a well-designed modern city, where there is enough space for a number of spacious squares and the necessary green within the city. Stockholm offers its guests a good infrastructure, beautiful museums and beautiful buildings such as the City Hall and Stockholms Castle.
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Oslo, Norway - Travel Guide

The Norwegian capital Oslo, which was called Christiania or Kristiania a few centuries ago, lies in the south-east of Norway. The name Christiania was given to Oslo after King Christian IV rebuilt the city after the fierce and devastating fire in 1624. Only around 1925 this was changed back to Oslo. The cultural heart of Oslo has a lot to offer when it comes to visiting museums. The city has at least fifty of them. On the peninsula Bygdøy there are a number of very interesting areas close together. In addition, the city itself is full of historical sites, nice shops, trendy terraces and other nice restaurants. Oslo is a city where you won’t get bored.
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Budapest, Hungary - Travel Guide

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and with 1.7 million inhabitants the largest city in the country. This western metropolis consists of two parts through which the Danube flows. Almost 20% of the Hungarian population lives in this huge city. Budapest was formed in 1873 by the merging of Buda and Obuda on the western bank of the Danube, and Pest on the east bank. Before 1873, people named the cities Pest-Buda together, but after 1873 it became the present Budapest. Characteristic of this beautiful city and sights that you absolutely must see during a city trip to Budapest are the 11 bridges over the Danube connecting Buda with Pest and the many fortresses and baths in Budapest.
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Berlin, Germany - Travel Guide

Berlin - a full visitor’s guide The German capital Berlin is an unique city because of its history, in which the wall physically divided the city into two zones for about 28 years. After the Cold War and the reunification of the German…
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Zermatt, Switzerland - Travel Guide

Zermatt has received the label of ‘mondain ski resort’. Reason is that this small mountaineering village lies at the base of the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s most iconic mountain. Though everything is expensive here, you simply can’t miss the view on the peak and the many attractions Zermatt has to offer.
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Vancouver, Canada - Travel Guide

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The shimmering lights of the towering skyscrapers contrast beautifully with the North Shore Mountains and the harbor, giving it a spectacular locations between the rising mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver is one of the most important transit gates in Canada and the rest of North America. Despite being the third largest city in Canada, it has claimed the title of most livable city in the world.