Though churches, theaters, mountains, and museums are staple attractions when getting to know a new location, a look below the surface can reveal spectacular and little-known sights you probably wouldn’t find on a postcard. From underground churches, gardens, wineries, and music festivals, these top attractions from around the world are definitely worth a trip below ground.
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My husband and I didn’t know what to expect from our evening out in one of the most famous nightclubs in Paris. Arriving at the Lido de Paris on the glamorous Champs-Elysées, it was obvious it would be a memorable experience. From dressing nicely to seeing the famous Bluebell Girls and an impressive cabaret show, the tour was spectacular beginning to end.
What makes a great concert hall? The conductor? Acoustics? Its design? All these elements come together in the concert halls of the world’s top 10 classical music cities.
A buzzing neighborhood known for its artisanal market, Greenwich is home to one of London’s best royal parks and boasts a rich maritime heritage. Visiting Greenwich is an excellent reason to explore south of the River Thames. Linked to central London by overground train and ferry — and a popular stop on Thames River sightseeing cruises — Greenwich offers a tranquil alternative to the city, with cobbled lanes, waterfront pubs, and a relaxed village atmosphere.
The glittering shop-fronts and designer emporiums of the Champs-Elysées and the world-renowned Galeries Lafayette department store might be top of the itinerary for shoppers in Paris, but some of the city’s most atmospheric shopping arcades are hidden from view down the side streets. Paris’ Passages Couverts (“Covered Passageways” or “Les Arcades”) date back to the early 19th century, when some 150 such shopping arcades sprung up around the city, fast becoming the place to be seen for affluent Parisians.
Europe’s beaches are legendary, from the celeb-studded French Riviera to the wilds of the Baltic coastline. There are hundreds of family-oriented choices, from shingle coves to vast sandy strips, but each family comes with its own rulebook and own set of demands. Different age groups have different criteria and so what suits one family won’t suit another; here are some suggestions of family beaches in Europe that match the needs of all ages.
Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. As the US National Park Service turns 100 years old this year, people from around the country (and globe) are flocking to these iconic reserves. US National Parks now number more than 400 and welcomed more than 305 million visitors in 2015.
The idea of creating protected wilderness areas was a popular one; more than 100 countries around the world have followed suit, with more than 1200 national parks worldwide. While you can always visit some of the newest national parks here in the United States, you might want to consider checking out some of the amazing national parks outside our borders.
From America’s Route 66 to Australia’s Great Ocean Road to South Africa’s Garden Route, the world is full of unforgettable road trips, but don’t write off Europe for your next adventure. Whether you want to hire a campervan and get off the beaten track, cruise along the coast in a convertible or tackle one of the world’s most treacherous mountain roads, road-trippers will find plenty of great choices in Europe. To help fuel your wanderlust, here are 10 European road trips to take this summer.
Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season or just itching to add a new stamp to your passport, May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, the month has that desirable not-too-hot-and-not-too-cold weather, and it’s also a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.
Europe has some of the oldest artifacts displayed in some of the oldest museums in the world – nearly all top class and filled with priceless historic treasures. But it’s good to see the cultural wheels keep turning, with new additions to the museum scene opening all the time. Here are 10 new museums in Europe that should be on everyone’s bucket list.