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From the sun-soaked beaches of southern Spain and the rolling vineyards of Italy to the glamour of the French Riviera and the jagged Alps of Switzerland and Austria, Europe is a vast, diverse continent. Whether your interests lie in studying the history that sprawls back thousands of years and comes to life in the ruins of the Greek Acropolis or England's British Museum, or savoring the flavors of Turkish and Polish cuisine, a trip to Europe will engage the mind and senses.
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Castel Sant'Angelo was originally designed by Emperor Hadrian to be used as a mausoleum for his own family. 960 1280

  

Even though it's located in Rome, Vatican City has been an independent state since 1929. 960 1280

  

In ancient Rome, the Forum was the center of city life, playing host to festivals, funerals and rituals. 960 1280

  

Take a seat on the Spanish Steps, and watch the city go by. 960 1280

  

The Capuchin Crypt celebrates the life of the religious order of the Capuchin friars. 960 1280

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The first bloody fight took place at the Colosseum in A.D. 82, starting a tradition of battles between men and beasts. 960 1280

  

Inside the Galleria Borghese, you'll find Bernini sculptures including Apollo and Daphne. 960 1280

  

The Pantheon's architecture has inspired copycats around the globe. 960 1280

  

The largest and most memorable of the 3 fountains in Piazza Navona is Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers. 960 1280

  

Throw 3 coins into Trevi Fountain, and you'll be assured a return trip to Rome. Or so the legend goes. 960 1280

  

Chardonnay Grapes
Chardonnay Grapes

Chardonnay Grapes

France’s most famous wines are produced here – those commonly referred to as “Burgundies” – are dry red wines from Pinot Noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes (pictured). 960 1280

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Macon, France

Macon, France

Macon, a southern city in the Burgundy region, is best known as a source of good white wines made from the Chardonnay grape. Wine connoisseurs love white wine particularly from the Pouilly-Fuissé. While you’re in Macon, we recommend taking a stroll by the Saône River while you enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or Chardonnay -- native to this small town and local wine region. 960 1280

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Burgundy Wine

Burgundy Wine

Burgundy is home to some of the most expensive wines in the world, including those of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, Henri Jayer, Emmanuel Rouget, Domaine Dugat-Py, Domaine Leflaive and Domaine Armand Rousseau. 960 1280

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Clos de Vougeot Vineyard

Clos de Vougeot Vineyard

Clos de Vougeot -- a wall-enclosed vineyard and the largest, single vineyard in the Côte de Nuits wine region -- is named for the River Vouge. The river is actually a stream that separates the village Vougeot from Chambolle-Musigny. If you like red wine, then this is a destination you should add to your to-do list. 960 1280

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Dijon, France

Dijon, France

Travel to the quaint town of Dijon, known for its gastronomic specialties like snails, mustard and cassis -- a liqueur often mixed with white wine to make Kir, a popular aperitif. The town is also known for its medieval art, half-timber houses and hotels, and its charming streets lined with chic shops. 960 1280

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Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

Not only is it known as a popular wine region, Burgundy is also a popular food destination. Travel here to taste authentic beef bourguignon, a.k.a. beef Burgundy. The stew is prepared with beef braised in red wine, beef broth, garlic, onions and mushrooms. 960 1280

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Castle of Saint Fargeau

Castle of Saint Fargeau

Heribert, bishop of Auxerre and son of Hugh the Great, built the Castle of Saint Fargeau as a hunting meeting place in 980. Located in Yonne, the castle hosts a history show with 600 actors and 60 men on horseback. The show represents 10 centuries of history, including the Joan of Arc epic, the Great Mademoiselle arrival and the French Revolution. 960 1280

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Époisses de Bourgogne

Époisses de Bourgogne

Époisses de Bourgogne is a popular but pungent unpasteurized cows-milk cheese in Burgundy. It’s an acquired taste. This soft cheese is best served with a good red Burgundy wine. 960 1280

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Burgundy Canal

Burgundy Canal

The Burgundy Canal (Canal de Bourgogne), located in central eastern France, connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea via the Seine and Yonne rivers to the Saône and Rhône rivers. 960 1280

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Les Hospices de Beaune

Les Hospices de Beaune

Les Hospices de Beaune, better known to some as the Hôtel-Dieu, was founded in 1443 as a hospital to that provided free care for men who fought in the Hundred Years’ War. The architecture and medieval art is awe-inspiring. Don’t miss seeing Rogier Van de Weyden’s 15th-century masterpiece, “The Last Judgment.” 960 1280

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Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin

While you’re visiting Burgundy, we suggest you taste coq au vin -- a French braise of chicken cooked with wine (usually local), salt pork, mushrooms and garlic. American chef Julia Child made the dish popular in the U.S. after preparing it on the PBS cooking show, "The French Chef." 960 1280

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Fontenay Abbey

Fontenay Abbey

Nestled in a wooded valley in Burgundy, Fontenay Abbey is a well-restored 12th-century Cistercian monastery founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. It’s just one of several places tourists should see when visiting Burgundy. Other popular tourist spots include Museum of Modern Art, Morvan Regional National Park and Palais des Ducs. 960 1280

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Truffle Market

Truffle Market

Every autumn, the famous Burgundy Truffle market is held at Noyers-sur-Serein. Vendors sell pottery and local produce in the town center. While you’re here, we suggest taking a day trip along the Serein valley to Poilly-sur-Serein, the heart of the Chablis vineyards. Other popular festivals in Burgundy include the Chablis Wine Festival and the Jazz a Beaune. 960 1280

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