Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My Dream List of all the places I'd like to see

WESTERN EUROPE: [Cities/towns, Must-sees] 7/26/07

First, a few handy terms to know:
Market = mercado, markt, marche, souk, bazaar (old market = merkat gotic)
Church/cathedral = kerk, kirche, iglesia, munster, duomo, chiesa, l’eglise, crkva
Palace = palais, palacio, palast, casa (royal palace = palacio real)
City = stadt, ville, burg, stan, rat (Old town = altstadt, gamla stan, centro storico)
Hall = huis, hof, haus, hotel, casa (City Hall = stadthuis, rathaus, hotel d’ville)
Square = platz, piazza, place, plaza, plateia, trg, ter, rynek, namesti
Street = via, rue, calle, strasse, dromos, straat, rua, utca or ut, ulica
Castle = schloss, alcazar, grad, chateau, kastro, kasteel, var(a), slott

ENGLAND / WALES - great museums, fish & chips, ale, castles, scrumpy
London: Trafalgar- St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Admiralty Arch, Nat’l Portrait gallery
Wesminster- Parliament, Clarence pub, Westmn abbey, walking tours, Nat’l gallery
The "City"- Leadenhall/Petticoat market, Lloyd’s bldg, Broadgate ctr, Barbican, Guildhall, St. Paul’s, Museum of London, The Tower, doubledecker bus ride, Bank of England
Mayfair & Picadilly- Burlington arcade, Shepherd’s market area, Connaught hotel, Bond st
Notting Hill/Kensington- Portobello market, Blenheim Crescent travel bookstore, Holland House & park, Kensington palace, Harrod’s, Hyde Park art (Peter Pan/Physical Energy)
Regent’s Park- Zoo, Camden Lock market, Tussaud’s, planetarium, Marylbone high st, canal
Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia- British musm/library, Russell sq, Little Venice canal, toy musm
Soho & Covent Garden- piazza, Berwick St. market, theatre shows, Leicester sq., Foyles
Holborn & the Strand- Gray’s Inn, Somerset house galleries, Temple Inns of Court
Regent St.- Buck. palace, Kew botanic gardens/tea house, zoo & canal, Pall Mall, Spencer house, Liberty’s, Café Royal Academy of Arts, Apsley House, tea at the Ritz
Southwark- The Eye, Globe play, War museum, Anchor inn, Vinopolis, the Clink exhibition
Chelsea & Knightsbridge- Cadogan sq, Chelsea market, Mews pubs of Belgravia, Harrod’s, Royal hospital, Natural hist museum, Science musm, Gen’l Trading Co., V&A musm
Docklands- Hay’s Galleria, London dungeon, Southwark cathedral, St. Katherine’s Dock
Ferry to East End- market, pubs, "nosh",
Parks: Hyde, Regent’s, St. James’s, Green, Kew, Royal Botanic & Chelsea Physic Gardens
Pubs: the Grapes (docklands), Fox & Hounds/Grenadier(Chelsea), the Old Bell/ Old Cheshire (Fleet st), Salisbury (St. Martin’s ln), King’s Arms (Mayfair), Prince Alfred (Maida Vale)
Other: Borough market, Savoy hotl, Charing Cross station, Soane’s musm, Wallace collectn.
Near London: Windsor Castle & Eton, Oxford/Blenheim palace, Canterbury, Cambridge, Hampton Court palace/maze, Kenwood House, Hurley, Marlow, Henley-on-Thames
Nearby seaside towns: Eastbourne, Brighton, Bognor Regis, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Dover
Bath: baths, walking tours, Cathedral, costume musm, abbey, Pump room, royal crescent, Prior park, Scrumpy farm- e.g. "Mr. Wilkin’s Land’s End Cider Farm"
Cotswolds: Chipping Campden’s High St, Stow, Moreton, Stanton, Snowshill, Stanway house, tea at the Dormy House (Stanton?), Bourton, Burford, Cheltenham /Royal Sudeley castle, Painswick, Broadway, The Slaughters, Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Salisbury: Cathedral, museum, town center, market, pubs, Sarum
Nearby: Stonehenge, New Forest, Avebury, Wells, Glastonbury
Cornwall: have a cornish pastie & "cream tea"; Penzance: St. Michael's Mount island & castle
The Eden Project, Dartmoor; St. Ives village, Minack outdoor seaside theater
Scilly Isles: Tresco- Abbey gardens, St. Mary's (largest isle) Hugh town, museum, St. Agnes- (take boat from St. Mary's)
Isle of Wight: try the "Island Explorer" bus service, Osborn House (Q. Victoria's residence); Carlsbrooke Castle- medieval museum
Other South England: Hereford, Rye, Arundel, Portsmouth historic dockyard, Winchester

WALES (Cymru) - Celtic culture, Welsh roadsigns, dramatic cliffs, mountains & castles
South Wales:
base in Crickhowell, Hay-on-Wye book town, Cardiff castle, civic centre & St. Mary’s St., St. Fagans Folk musm, Tintern, Wye valley, St. David’s, Gower peninsula pubs, Caerphilly castle, Welsh Life museum, vinyards, steam train
Northern Wales: Ruthin Castle medieval banquet, Welsh choir, Caernarfon castle, Conwy castle + harbor, Bodnant garden, Portmeiron, Llanberis’ Snowdon Cottage
Liverpool: Albert Dock/maritime musm, Liverpool museum, Beatles tour, Cavern Club
Blackpool: Tower, beach promenade, piers, Pleasure Beach, see an old-tyme variety show
Near: Morecambe- old resort town Birmingham: Mike’s tour
Coalport: Blists Hill Victorian Town open-air museum
Midlands: cathedrals of Litchfield, Hereford, and especially Lincoln, Iron bridge, abbeys of Shrewsbury & Sherborne, Stafford/Telford- see Mike
Lake District: Keswick, Buttermere, Near Sawrey, hikes, lakes
York: Castle museum, Jorvik Viking musm, Nat'l Railway musm, cathedral, Howard castle
Other: Durham, Hadrian's Wall (Houstead sport, Haltwhistle), Longleat maze, Uffington horse
English gardens: Stourhead (Westminster), Petworth house (W. Sussex), Harewood house, Biddulph Grange, Castle Howard
(Other cathedrals: Canterbury, Winchester, Norwich, Durham, Ely, Southwell Minster)

SCOTLAND - Highlands, Hebrides, heather & haggis
Edinburgh: New town/Georgian House, Holyroodhouse/park, Tattoo, Halton hill, St. Giles, new Parliament, Clarinda’s tea room, Milne’s pub, Sandy Bell’s pub, Guide Friday bus, H.M.S. Britannia, Dynamic Earth musm, Nat’l gallery, Nelson & Scott monuments, Royal musm of Scotland, zoo penguin parade/Darwin maze, St. Gile’s, John Knox house, the ‘People’s Story’, musm of Ednbg, Dean village, botanic garden, Rose Street’s 21 Pubs, Edinburgh Summer Festival, Huntley House city museum, the Royal Scotsman(?)
Nearby: Dirleton village & castle, Linlithgow burgh & palace ruins
Glasgow: Cathedral, One Devonshire gardens, Willow Tearoom, Byres Rd. pub crawl, Burrell museum, Princes Sq. mall, botanic gardens, George Square, parks
Inverness: Ceilidh (live music) at Hootananny’s, market arcade, castle, riverside walks
Highlands: Isle of Skye/Kinloch lodge, Oban-day trip to Iona & Mull isles, Glencoe, castles, shaggy cows, the Hebrides, highland games, Loch Ness, Inverlochy castle, railway
Other: Glaums/Stirling castles, Orkney Isles/Balfour castle, Altnaharrie Inn Ullapool, Loch Lomond, Callander
Aberdeen: Mercant Cross sq, St. M’s cathedral, public gardens, Fair Isle

IRELAND (Eire) - coastal cliffs, green hills, medieval monasteries & Norman castles
Dublin: St. Patrick’s, Christchurch, Trinity College library (book of Kells), Dublin Castle, Temple Bar (book/food markets) + Old City (Cow’s Lane) dist’s, Dublinia, tourbus, Grafton St, Guinness plant, musical pub crawl/the "Zazimus Experience", Writer’s musm, Nat’l gallery, botanic gardens, Moore St open-air/ Mother Red Caps markets, visitor ctr, St. Stephen’s Green, Fusiliers’ Arch, Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell St./Spire, Moore St. food market, stay in Bewley’s hotel (E99/night, eat a Gallagher’s boxty.
‘Round the island-- start in Glendalough lake monastery, Wexford, then on
to Kilkenny: walking tours, castle, St. Canice cathedral, pubs, Waterford Rd. B&Bs
Estates to see: Powers Court House and gardens, Castletown House & Bantry House
Cork: English market, St. Patrick’s ped. St., butter exchange, gaol, Shandon, gunpowder mills, Model Center, St. Finbarres’s cathedral, quays, An Spailpin/Franciscan pubs
Nearby: Kenmare village, Ring of Berrae(sp?), Cobh’s victorian seafront & St. Colmans’s, Youghal walled fishing port, Baltimore port town, Glangariff village/Bantry Bay
Kinsale: Main streetwalk/harbor, Charles fort, Old Courthouse, Blue Haven hotel, St. Multose
Ring of Kerry: Cahersiveen, Sneem, Valentia isl, Clonakilty (hand-painted signs), Killarny
to Dingle peninsula: Dingle, Cliffs of Moher/Burren, Doyle’s seafood, Great Blasket isle
Cashel: the Rock medieval area, Hore abbey, Bolton library, Limerick’s Bunratty castle
The Burren area, Ennis town (county Clare), "Craggaunowen: the Living Past", Killaloe port, Mountshannon on Lough Derg lake, Adare village, Trim (midlands)
Western & Northwest Ireland:
Aran Islands: Kilronan, dun (fort) ruins, churches, villages like Doolin, museums
Galway: Old town, Claddagh area, Dominick St. pubs, St. Nicholas’s, Connemara ponies
Country houses: Castlerea’s Clonalis, Rosecommon’s Strokestown Park & Westport Houses
Foxford, Portumna and Clifden market towns, Clare Island, Cong/Ashford Castle/"Quiet Man" tours, Kinvarra, Boyle abbey/town
Ardara rugs, Killybegs fishing port, Donegal castle town, Letterkenny’s St. Eunan’s cathedral
Northern Ireland:
Derry: wall walk, tower musm, guildhall, St. Columb’s cathedral, craft village, Earhart centre, Armagh, then to Portstewart & Portrush resort towns to
Antrim Coast: Giant's Causeway, rope bridge, Bushmills, castles, Ballintoy harbor, Cushendall & Caralough harbor villages, Ulster History park & Folk park,
Belfast (stay in Bangor): Irish open-air musm, city hall, the Entries alleys/pubs White’s Tavern), Golden Mile, Newgrange, Queen’s University botan gardens/musm, murals, Belfst castle, St. Peter’s, St. Annes’s, the Crown Liquor Saloon, Ulster musm, Cave hill, harbor/Lagan Weir lookout, Stormont Estate, Mount Stewart Estate gardens

NETHERLANDS (Nederland) - Tulips, windmills, art & architecture
Amsterdam: Rijks., Amst. Historish, Tropical & Rembrandt museums, Vondelpark, Anne Frank house, Begijnhof, boat/walk tours, biking, Dam square, St. Nicolaaskerk, Leidsestraat, royal palace, nieuwmarkt, Oude & Westerkerk, Keukenhof gardens, Koninklijk paleis, Artis zoo, Nieuwendijk-Kalverstraat & Leidsestraat and Jordaan area shopping, Oudemanhuispoort second-hand book market, Bloemenmarkt, Albert Cuyp market, canal cafes, herring
Haarlem: Market sq. cafes & kerk, Fz. Hall & Teylers musm, windmill, canal cruise,
Other: Delft, The Hague, Keukenhof, Aalsmeer flower auction, Edam
Arnhem: open-air museum, Kroller-Muller museum, Maastricht old town, cafes

BELGIUM (Belgique, Belgie) - waffles, beer & chocolate-- how can you go wrong?
Bruges: canals, Groeninge musm, market sq. & tower, Burg sq, de Halve brewry, Stadhuis, basilica, bike, bus/boat tours, historic houses/churches, choc. shops, Vrouwekerk
Brussels: Grand platz/Sacred Isle, palace, hotel de Ville (town hall), city museum, comic strip musm, Sablon area, musee Horta, Brupark & other parks, Galeries St-Hubert arcade, Vieux-Narcge (old market) & other street markets, the Atomium, Musee d’ Art Ancien, Instutut de Sciences Naturelles, etc. in Parc du Cinquantenair, cafes
North of Brussels: the Palace and Royal Greenhouses of Laeken
Antwerp: Grote market, steen, Rubenshuis, Koninklijk museum, zoo, Vrouwkathedral
Spa (yes, it's a town): Parc de Sept Heures, Place Verte, Rue Royale
Other: Lier, Mechelen, Leuven, Tongeren, Tournai, Namur, Rochefort, Bouillon, Ghent

LUXEMBOURG the "Grand Duchy" - convergence of beer & wine countries
Lux city: Old town, chemin de Corniche, musee d’ historie, Grund quarter, summer festival
Other: Echternach, Moselle wine valley, Chateau de Borscheid, Vianden, Esch-sur-Sure

FRANCE (Republique Francaise) - wine, cheese, crepes, cafes, lavender, chateaux, patisseries
Paris: Museums: the Louvre, Petit & Grand Palaise, Historie de Paris, Science mus, Grevin
Markets: Rue de Rivoli, Clignancourt flea market, Montorgueil pedestrian-only market street, Ile del la Cite flower market (birds Sunday), Les Galeries/passage de Panoramas/rue Petit Champs, Marche Puces de Porte St-Ouenj Marche de Aligre
Churches/squares: Notre-Dame, St-Chappelle, St-Eustache, Place des Vosges
Food: crepes & hot chocolate Viennese at Angelina’s (rue de Rivoli, 1st arr.), la Grand Epicariet food, Poilane/Fauchon/Laduree/Gerard Mulot patisseries, Berthillon icecrm
Other "stuff": Eiffel tower, Notre-Dame, seine cruise, Opera house, segway tours
Nearby chateaux: Fontainbleau palace/park, Versailles, Chantilly
Le Nord/Picardy: Amiens cathedral, Lille old town, Laon cathedral & citadelle
Normandy: Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, D-day beaches, Giverny (Monet), Caen, Vimoutiers
[Also, the Chene-Chapelle (Chapel Oak) of Alouville, 30 mi. NW of Rouen]
Brittany: Mont St. Michel (omelettes), stay in Dinan, day trip to St. Malo & Fougeres
Loire Valley: stay in Amboise & Chinon, Chateau Saumer & Chenonceau, Azay le Rideau, Orleans, Blois, Chambord & Cheverny, Amboise, Tours flower market, Chenonceau
Dordogne: Sarlat market, Domme, Beynac, drive/canoe, Lascaux prehist. caves, Oradour, Lot river valley, Rocamadour, Figeac, St. Cirq Lapopie, Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Roquefort, Bayonne, Lourdes, Branmtome, Chateau Grand Barrail, Bourdeilles, Autoire, Auvillar
Pyrenees: Cirque de Gavarnie, Luz St. Saveur (Monday market/spa), St. Savin, Pic du Midi
Rhone/French Alps: Annecy lake town, Chamonix (Aiguille du midi lift & hikes), Megeve, Perouges hill village, Vienne Roman temple, Nyons olives, Grenoble, Yvoire port
Lyon: Gallo-roman musee etc, Notre Dame, traboules, bouchons, beaujolais country
Burgundy: Bourges- Jacques Coeur, Dijon- palais, cathedral & old town, Beaune- wineries, Hotel-Dieu medieval hospital, Vezelay basilica, Chateau Vault-de-Lugny,Cluny Abbey, Fontenay abbey
Champagne/Ardenne: Reims, Troyes, Epernay, Hautvillers, Charleville/Sedan, taste tours
Alsace: Strasbourg Notre-Dame, Route du Vin- Beaune to Colmar (canals & musee d’Unter-linden) via Dijon, Nancy- Place Stanislas, Grand Rue, Haut-Koenigsbourg castle
Massif Central: Thiers hill town, Uzerche, Turenne, Salers, Vallee Lot villages, Rodez
Roussillon: Carcassone, Albi (roquefort), Collioure resort town, cassoulet, little yellow train, Alet-les-Bains remote village, Pezenas, Minerve, Beziers, Toulouse, Montpellier
Marseilles: markets, city street walk, Jardin des Vestiges/city history musm, harbor, le Panier area, Notre Dame basilica, harbor islands/Chateau D’if, la Vieille Charite, Palaise Longchamp musee/park, Abbay St-Victor, cuisine/music, best place for Bastille day (July 14), coastal drive, try the ‘Dan Racing’ guitar-jamming bar
Provence/Luberon: Nimes, St. Remy, Isle sur la Sorgue, Roussillon, Joucas, Cassis, Aix, Crillon le Brave Hostellerie, Mougins le Moulin restaurant, Vence
Riviera: stay in Antibes, day trip to Cannes, St. Raphael, Monaco casino, aquarium, palace, Menton, St. Paul-de-Vence, St.-Tropez, Grasse- perfumes, Nice- old town, market, Russian church, palais Lascaris, bouillabaisse, Villa Kerylos, cours Saleya cafes
Great Cathedrals: Chartres, Amiens, Rouen, Reims, Strasbourg,
Corsica: Ajaccio, Bonifacio boat tour, Corte citadel, Cap Corse peninsula, Bastia citadel, Las Calanches coastal drive to Calvi, rustic hotels

SPAIN (Espana) & PORTUGAL - tapas, flamenco, sun, siestas & sights
Central Spain
Madrid: Old city, Grand via, Plaza Major, Cibeles + Constit’n, Prado, Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real, paseo, arch. musm, Retiro park, cable car, botan. garden, El Rastro flea market, hot cocoa, Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, Convento Reales, other museums, Faunia park, Casa del Campo, Plaza Santa Ana tapas taverns, el Escorial, San Miguel mercado
daytrips: El Escorial palace, Aranjuez Palacio Real, Alcala de Hernares monastery
Segovia: roman aqueduct, cathedral, Alcazar castle, plaza mayor cafes, Meson de Candido
Leon: cathedral, roman wall/panteon, Colegiata San Isidoro, hostal San Marcos, museo Leon
Cuenca: Plaza Mayor cafes, torre Mangana views, hanging houses, cathedral, museums
Burgos: cathedral, iglesia San Nicolas, Arco Santa Maria, Burgos museo, riverside park
Toledo: cathedral, Santa Cruz musm, Alcazar, tourist train, wall views, mazapan, H. Cardenal
San Sebastian (basque resort town): Santa Clara island, Holy Mary church, promenade, food
Salamanca: university, Cath. Nueva view, cath. Vieja patio/cupola, Plaza mayor/Gran via
daytrip from Salamanca: Zamora
Santiago: de Compostela cathedral, Praza do Obradoiro, Conventos San Martino & San Paio, Hotel los Reyes Catolicos hospital, Colegiata del Sar church
Cross into Rebublica Portuguesa: Fado, port wine, saudade
Coimbra: Old town, Se Velha/se Nova caths., university patio de escolas
[the Moreton Bay Fig tree at Coimbra, and the Bussaco exotic tree park’s bunya-bunya]
Viana do Castelo coastal town: old town, Praca da Republica, Igreha da Misericordia, Monta/Templo de Santa Lazia (great views), Friday market
Evora: architecture, cathedral, dos Loios church, roman temple,
Marvao: ramparts & castle, pousada de Santa Maria
Nazare (working fishing village): funicular to Sitio (chapels & views), relax on the beach
Obidos: Moor wall walk, castle/hotel (pousada do Castello)
Lisbon: Oceanarium/Park of Nations, praca Dom Pedro/Imperio, Baixa area/rua Augusta & Avenida Liberdade stroll, Se cathedral, Castela Saa Jorge/Alfama area, Belem area/ monastery/pastiche, Fado music, riverfront nightlife, Feira da Ladra flea market (tues + sat), Gulbenkian art museum, Maritime musm, Museu Arte Antigua, Jardins Botanica & Estrela, tram 28 tour, Parque de Monsanto, St. Anthony’s festival (6/12-13)
Sintra: Moorish citadel ruins, palacio de Seteais
Salema: old town, Pensione Mare, seafood, other Algarve area villages: Lagos, Sagres
Other nice towns: Braga, Aveiro’s canals, Porto, Lagos, Sintra’s palaces, Cascais’ beachesxs
Back in Spain (eastern & southern)
Sevilla: Santa Cruz area, Alcazar, Barrio, cathedral & tower view, Ayuntamiento (both sides), riverfront tapas bars, Casa Lonja/archives, parque Maria Luisa, calle Mateos Gago cafes
South to Andalusia: Granada’s Moorish Alhambra/Gereralife/Alcazaba, Charles palace, Capilla real, Cathedral, Albaicin old quarter, Ronda cliff-town, Tarifa beach
Cordoba: Alcazar, Mezquita (mosque), Juderia open market, courtyard tour
Arcos de la Frontera: Old quarter Plaza del Cabildo, basilica Santa Maria, Iglesia San Pedro
Extremadura area: Caceres (pretty town), Trujillo, Merida’s roman stuff, Olivenza walls
Gibraltar: the Rock, Ape’s Den, siege tunnel, St. Michael’s cave, Europa point, Catalan bay
Ferry to MOROCCO: Tangier Sunday morning market, harbor promenade (see more below)
Avila: huge walls & ramparts surrounding town, cathedral, Hotel Palacio de Valderrabanos
Salamanca: Plaza Mayor/cafes, university student minstrels, cathedrals, Hotel Rector
Costa del Sol: Marbella old town; Malaga Alcazaba fortress & cathedral; el Yelmo paragliding
Valencia: City of Arts & Science musm, El Carmen old qtr, Mercado central
Barcelona: Ramblas walk/la Boqueria market, Sagrada Familia, Nat’l Catalan art & maritime musms, Catalan concert hall, cable car to Montjuic castle & palace, la Ribera & Eixample areas, Aeri del Puerto skycar, la Pedrera rooftop bar, L’Aquarium, Old port, Poble Espanyol folk village, Barri Gotic area stroll, Placa Pi open air food markt, Merkat Gotic, Passage de Gracia ped. st, Barcelona cathedral, Ciutadella Parc complex, Gaudi’s Palau Guell & Casa Mila, Palau Reial Major (royal palace)
Daytrips to Monserrat & Poblet monasteries, Tossa de Mar, Girona,
Cadaques: portside restaurants, cafes, daytrip to Figueres Dali museum, restaurant Emporda
Spanish Islands:
Canary isles: Tenerife (Mike’s sister); Great Dragon Tree of Orotava
Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Palma (capital) - historic district, cathedral, cuisine, Deja (artsy village) caverns & La Residencia, Porto Cristo underground lake, Valdemossa - folk dancers, beaches, trails (touristy during the day)
Azores: Faial Horta town, marina; Pico whale/dolphin watching
Malta: Valetta: Market/Republic St, Barrakka grdn, Casa Rocca P., Grand Master’s palace, Knights of St. John, Nat’l Arch. musm, St. John’s cathedral, St. Paul’s Shipwreck church Also on Malta: Mdina, the 3 Cities, Hypogeum labyrinth, blue grotto, Hagar Qim
Gozo Island (quieter): Citadella, Victoria, Ramla bay, Gharb, Inland sea boatride, cliffs

ITALY (Italia) - food, wine, olive trees, art and great cathedrals, etc.
Rome: Pantheon, Nat’l museum, Villa/galleria Borghese, night walk tours, Campo de Fiori open-air market, Domus Aurea, bridge of angels, Etruscan museum, Boca della Verita (mouth of truth), Ostia Antica, Via Condotti passeggiata, Caffe S. Eustachio, Argentine Sq. cat hospice, Nero’s house, Trevi Fountain at night, Appian Way/Baths of Caracalla, Spanish steps, Piazza Navona, Porta Portese flea market, Gianicolo ridge park, St. Peter’s/Vatican, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme musm, la Pace/ Trastevere neighbor-hoods, views from Monte Gianicolo, lunch at Roman Garden, Il Gesui church
Venice: Grand canal cruise, St. Mark’s basilica/piazza, Accademia, Ca’ d’Oro, Ca’ Rezzonico, Porta della Carta/Doge’s palace, S. Giorio Maggiore, Scuola San Rocco, islands (Torcello & Murano), walks, cappuccinos, Gelateria Nico, and those little sandwiches!
Near Venice: Padua: basilica St. Anthony, Scrovegni frescoes, palazza Ragione market Vicenza: Olympic theater, Santa Corona church, stroll the Corso Palladio, Asolo
Verona: passeggiata, piazzas Erbe & Signori, roman arena, old town, zoologic garden
Ravenna: Basilica di San Vitale, mosaics, mausoleum of Placidia, other basilica
Mantova (Mantua): historic center, Gonzaga palace, lakes, rio, L’Aquila Nigra
Other Northern Italy places: Villas Rotunda & Barbaro, Locanda di Piero, Bassanno del Grapa, Aosta Alp balloon ride, Ivrea, Alba, Modena, Parma, Tivoli’s Villa d’Este gardens
[Also: St. Francis’ cypress at Verucchio, & bald cypress at villa Rossi, Santorso]
Dolomites: Trent: piazza del duomo, dioces. museo; Bolzano: duomo, arch musm, Cortina
Lake Como: Como duomo, Varenna, Bellagio, Menaggio, Cernobbio, Villa Carlotta, Isolas (Islands) Bella (gardens), Pescatori (fishing village) & Comacina
Milan: Duomo/museo/piazza, via Speronari, La Scala, Last Supper, Galleria V.E, castello, "golden square", Galleria/Corso V. Emanuele, Brera Gallery
Nearby: Mantua’s Palazzo Ducale, Sirmoine, Borromean islands
Turin (Torino): centro storico, via Roma open-air market, St. John cathedral (shroud of Turin), Mole Antonelliana tower, aperitivos in bars
Padua: St. Anthony’s magnolia,
Genoa: Old town, San Lorenzo duomo, palazzos, churches, museums, street markets
Cinque Terra: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and a bit further south is Portovenere (to stay in Vernazza, call the Castigliones: 0187-812-374, room w/ terrace)
Other coastal towns: Portofino, San Remo, Cervo, Portovenere, Dolceacqua, Camogli
Florence: Duomo & Baptistry, Uffizi, Accademia (David), Bargello musm., science musm, museo duomo & other museums, Santa Croce, markets Nuovo/San Lorenzo/Centrale, sunset at Piazza Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, Vivoli gelato, Boboli gardens
Daytrip to nearby Fiesole: hill town with great panoramic views, etc.
Siena: Il Campo, Duomo, churches, St. Maria della Scala & other museums, passegia
Orvieto: Duomo, Classico wine, ceramics, explore, daytrip to Civita de Bagnoregio
Perugia: corso Vannucci la passeggiata, duomo, fontana Maggiore, Palazzos Priori/Cambio
Assisi: basilicas, Santa Maria church et.al, Rocca Maggiore castle, Roman arena, views
Others: Urbino, Todi, Sorano, Pitigliano, Brevagna, Orte, Chiusi, Arezzo, Gubbio, Spoleto, Apulia’s Castel del Monte, Republic of San Marino, Fano
Amalfi coast: Paestum, Pompeii, and Herculaneum ruins; coastal bus ride, Mt. Vesuvius
Sorrento (base): duomo, stroll, lemon grove, Punta del Capo, limoncello, piazza Tasso
ferry to Capri: funicular to town, piazza Umberto cafes, walk to top for views
Naples: Archeol. musm, Spaccanapoli walk, palace, Galleria Umberto cafes, Via Pignasecca market st., Pz. Capuana market, Castel l’Ovo, Castel Nuovo, pz Plebiscito, funicular to Vomero district, churches, piazza Bellini, arcaded markets, Teatro San Carlo opera house, Stanta Chiara cloisters, San Savero chapel art, Neapolitan pizza
Positano: Santa Maria’s, passageway to beach, hiking trails, coastal boat trip, la Cambusa
Also: Ravello: villa Ruffalo gardens, Salerno, Amalfi duomo, Citana, Vietri, Ischia island
Italy's Islands:
: Cagliari, Alghero, Oristano, San Pietro isle, hill/coastal villages like Bosa, tour trains, Sassari, Castelsardo, la Costa Smerelda (swanky area)
Sicily: Palermo: Cathedral Santa Maria, other churches, Vucciria markt, arch. musm
Also Monreale cathedral, Cefalu, Agrigento/Valley of Temples, Mt. Etna, Siracusa/Ortigia peninsula, Noto, Taormina
Sicily’s Aeolian islands: Panarea, Lipari old town, Stromboli- volcano hike

GERMANY (Deutschland) - Beer gardens, wurst, dumplings, castles
Eastern Germany:
Berlin: Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, Museum Island, Charlottenburg & Tiergarten museum centers, Jewish museum/memorial, Gamaldegalerie, Unter der Linden & Ku’damm walks, gendarmenmarkt, zoo, river boat cruise, Trodelmarkt, Kanstmarkt
Nearby: Potsdam, Sans Souci palace, Peacock isle, Chamaleon Variete, lunch at Hotel Adlon
Other East towns: Weimar: market square, institutes, festivals, theaters, musms, Buchenwald
Querfurt, Bautzen old town & castle, Meissen castle/cathedral complex, rathaus
Dresden: Bruhische terrasse, Zwinger complex, Hofkirche, Staatsoper, rathaus, Grossergarten
Leipzig, Muhlhausen, Gotha, Erfurt, Naumburg Dom & Rathaus
The South: Bavaria/Baden-Wurttemberg/Schwarzwald
Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau castles, Mary's Bridge, Tegelberg gondola/ luge, Weiskirk, Etal monastery, the Tanzlinde tree in Grettestadt, Baden-Baden, Bodensee (Lake Constance), Bamberg breweries, Regensberg, Wurzburg
Fussen: castle, city musm, model RR museum, Lechfall (waterfall), Weiskirche
Oberammergau: church, passion play, Linderhof castle, Zugspitze (peak)
Reutte: Ehrenberg castle/ruins/schlosskopf, Klause Valley fort, Tirolean Folk evening, glide/flight, Reuttener bergbahn (lift/hike)
Nearby: Luges, Lechaschau & Pinswang villages
Munich: Marienplatz, biergartens, Oktoberfest, Viktualienmarkt, Math’a’ser bierhalle, Deutsches Museum, palace, Alte & Neue Pinakotheks, Nymphenburg Palace, Residenz, Bavarian museum, Filmstadt, Augustiner Bierhalle, Hofbrauhaus, Schwabing night dist., Olympic Park, view from St. Peter’s church tower, victuallenmarkt, English garden, Max-Joseph-Platz Nearby: the Romantic Road, monk brewery, Mittenwald
Passau: Altes rathaus, Dom St. Stephan, Veste Oberhaus, Mariahilf abbey,
Rothenburg: night watchman's tour, town hall/square/tower, reichstadt/medieval musms, walls
Nuremburg: Kaiserburg, Nationalmusm, hauptmarkt, Lorenzerplatz, wall gates, rathaus
Heidelberg: Schloss (castle), Old bridge, Philosopher’s Walk, marktplatz, Heiliggeistkirche
Freiberg im Breisgau: Kaufhaus, Bachle, Munster, Haus zum Walfisch (whalehouse)
Also in Baden: Tubingen, Rottweil, Bodensee towns: Wasserburg, Lindau (see also Switz.)
Northern areas: Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein/Mecklenburg
Stade old town, Goslar rathaus, Pfarrkirche, half-timbered houses in altstadt,
Lubeck: Altstadt gates/moats/etc., riverfront, Marienkirche, marzipan at Café Niederegger
Hamburg: fischmarkt, altstadt, Michaelskirche, rathausemarkt to arcades to Inner & Outer Alster lakes, Planten un Blomen, St Pauli harbor, Kunsthalle musm
Bremen: marktplatz, rathaus/dom/Schutting guildhaus, Schnoorviertel area, Bottcherstrasse
Quedlinburg: (half-timbered houses), Cathedral, Hotel Theophano (at market sq.)
Koln (Cologne): the Dom, Fischmarkt, rathaus, open-air markt, choc. musm, W-R art musm
Frankfurt: Romerberg square/old town, Borse, Stadel musm, Hauptwache, Kaiserdom, Frankft. history, architecture/nature musms, Kunstinstitut/musm embankmnt, Oct. book fair
Danube: Ulm- cathedral/markt, old quarter; Regensburg- altstadt, St. Peter’s, walking tours
Western areas: Rhineland/Westphalia/Hesse/Saarland
Rhine/Mosel valleys:
Burg Eltz fortress, river cruise, Bacharach, Marksburg & Rheinstein castles, St. Goar, Weinstrasse (wine route), Munster, Dusseldorf, Bruhl, Bonn markt
Other sights: Aachen’s Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne/Pfalz, old town, Couven musm

SWITZERLAND (Schweiz, Suisse) - cheese & chocolate, Alps & lakes, yodelers
Zurich: Old town, nat’l musm, Banhofstrasse street Nearby: Bremgaden, Einsiedeln towns
Geneva: Old town/Paquis, St. Pierre cathedrl, Grand-rue, waterfront, int’l hill, red cross musm
Nearby laketowns: Montreux, mountain train, Lausanne
Luzern: Altstadt, castle, Chapel bridge, lion/glacier garden, lake cruise/villages, mtn.trips
Swiss Alps/Oberland: Interlaken/Unterseen: boat/train/adventure trips, giant inflated ball ride, nightlife, open-air folk museum in Ballenberg, Gimmelwald, Murren, Hall, Hinterhornalm, Gnadenwald, gondola to Schilthorn, Bern: altstadt, Marktgasse ped. st., Bundeshaus, munster (cathedral), old library, bear pits, Bern history museum, Kanst-museum, Alpine musm, Einstein musm, Thun, Brienz, other lake towns & castles, Jungfraujoch RR, Schaffhausen: Altstadt, fortress, monastery, hist. museum, and bier!
Bodensee region: Konstanz, Mainau isl, Meersburg town & fortress, Appenzell:
Valais area: Zermatt (Matterhorn), Sion, Saas Fee, Martigny
Lake Neuchatel: Neuchatel, Cressier vintners
Other Swiss towns: Murten, Basel and Rudolph Steiner’s Goetheanum (Dornach Hill), Solothurn, Locarno, Ascona, Lugano’s villas, Arosa

LIECHTENSTEIN Vaduz: castle, nat’l museum, get passport stamped, Treisenberg

AUSTRIA (Osterreich) -music & historical cities, peaks, half-timbered houses, Viennese cafes
Salzburg: Mirabellplatz, Hohen.fortress, St. Peter’s, Hellbrunn palace, archbishop’s res., Salz. Cathedral, Residenz, Mozart’s house, puppet theater, Sound of Music tour, riverside bike, Natural Hist. musm, Toy musm, Steigl’s Brauwelt, Monchsburg lift, Grunmarkt, Schrannenmarkt, Mirabellgarten
Nearby: Berchtesgaden/eagles’ nest/salt mines, St. Gilgen & St.Wolfgang lake towns
Hallstatt: Salt mine, small musms, hikes, lake cruise, gondola up mtn., nearby ice caves
Vienna: Hofburg, ringroad, Graben st, Hoher markt, boy’s choir, Neues rathaus, Prater amuse- ment park, Schonbrunn palace, St. Stephen’s, hot chocolate, Albertina museum, Beethoven’s grave, Naschmarkt, Vienna sausages (frankfurts), Staatsoper opera, Graben & Kartnerstrasse ped st, kunsthistorische musm, Burgtheater, music musm, kohlmarkt
Nearby: Belvedere palace of Prince Eugene, Krems medieval village; Durnstein- Kuenringer Castle and Melk Abbey (boat cruise?)
Innsbruck: Altstadt, Goldenes dachl, hofburg, Tyrol. Folk musm, Alpenzoo, Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), fruit schnopps, Hofgarten café, Ottoburg restaurant, Bergisel
Nearby villages: Zell am Zee, Mutter
Danube Valley: river cruises, Krems/Stein, Durnstein, Melk monastery, Schallaburg castle
Burgenland: Eisenstadt, Rust, Styria: old Graz, Riegersburg (Kronegg fortress), Leoben
Karnten area: Klagenfurt, Burg Hochosterwitz castle, Villach
Tyrol: Reutte, Ehrwald, Zell am Ziller (May beer fest), Lienz
Vorarlberg: Bregenz, Schwarzenberg, Lindau im Bodensee, Feldkirch

SCANDINAVIA/Nordic countries - fjords, Viking ships, hopping nightlife, smorgasbords

DENMARK (Danmark) - open-face sandwiches, Danish pastry, Tuborg
Copenhagen: Tivoli, Nat’l musm, Rosenborg castle/park, walking tour, Nyhavn, Stroget ped. blvd, palaces, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Radhus, botansk garden/fine arts musm, flea markt, Stroget pedestrian.street, Amalien + Christiansborg palaces, Hirschspring Collection musm in Ostre Anlaeg Park, City hall, Danish Resistance musm
Near: Helsingor- Kronborg castle, Roskilde- viking musm, Hillerod- Fredericksborg castle
Other: Jutland-Skagen, Legoland, Arhus: Latin qurtr, Art musm, city bus tour, Den Gamle By open air musm, Arhus cathedral, Forhistorisk musm, Moesgard ("Grauballe Man"), Ribe: Domkirke, Old town hall, "night watchman" tour, Aalborg, Frederikshavn
Aero-Aeroskobing: Smedegade St., harbor, beach sunset stroll, musm, island car tour
Funen- Odense, Falsled Kro inn, Egeskov castle, Steensgaard Inn, St. Knuds cathedral
Other islands: Bornholm’s Ronne, seaside villages, Mon’s chalk cliffs, Doll Castle, Stege

SWEDEN (Sverige) - meatballs, blondes, wilderness & white cottages
Stockholm: Gamla Stan, Djurgarden park/Vasa & Nordiska musm/Skanse open-air musm, Stadshuset (city hall), evening cruise, archipelago old town, medieval Stock. musm, history & Hallwyl musm, Katarina Elevator, royal palace/armory, waterside walk, Millesgarden, military parade/changing of guard, Drottingholm palace, Kungsgarden sq, Nobel musm, art musm, Thielska Galleriet mansion, Sergels torg, Absolut ice bar
Daytrips: archipelago cruise to Vaxholm or Grinda (better but further), Mariefred’s Grips-holm castle, lunch or stay at Grip. Vardshus & Hotel, Drotningholm palace, Uppsala’s cathedral, Oland island, lake country, Visby
Other: Soderkoping, midsummer eve in Tallberg, Lake Siljan/Dalarna province
Vaxjo’s House of Emigrants, glass country, Kalmar castle, harbor & county musm

NORWAY (Norge) - fjord tours, glacier walks, stave churches
Oslo: [Overnight cruise to/from Copenhagen Vigelandsparken], Akershus castle, the Palace, Karl Johans Gate promenade & Aker Brygge wharf nightlife, Frogner sculpture park, Resistance museum, City Hall, harbor boat tour, National gallery, domkirke
Ferry to Bygdoy peninsula- walk/folk museum/Kon-Tiki/Viking/maritime musems
Near: Drobak: Oscarsborg fortress, Skipperstuen restrnt terrace views, park, Xmas shop
Trondheim: Ringve music musm,
Lillehammer: Maihaugeb folk musm, Solelhuset Viking-theme restaurant, Olympics museum
Bergen: harbor fish market, Bryggen walking tour, Bryggens musm, funicular to Floyen Mt, Hardangerfjord/Utne Hotel, Maritime musm, Hanseatic League musm, aquarium, Hakon’s Hall/tower, harbor cruise, "Old Bergen", Setesdal valley, stave churches
On the Sognefjord: Balestrand, Lustrafjord villages- Skjolden, Dale, Urnes, Nes, Sogndal
Other: Visby, Oslo-Bergen Train, Gudbrandsdal, glacier hike, Aurland, Kristiansand markt st.

FINLAND (Suomi)- midnight sun, Lapps, reindeer, saunas
Helsinki (take overnight cruise from Stockholm): Temppeliaukia, Nat’l Finland musm, Lutheran & Uspenski cathedrals, Senaatin Tori (Senate sq), harbor/market sq, outdoor market, Esplanadi/Mannerheimintie, Suomenlinna fortress, Sibelius monument, Cable factory, Seurasaari island open-air museum and Midsummer’s Eve festival, seaside walk, Hietalahti in/outdoor market/Unioninkatu st. shops, Michelle Terrace bars
Nearby: Porvoo- wooden architecture, Naantali- medieval harbor town
Other: the Lake District-Savonlinna, Icebreaker cruise

ESTONIA (Eesti Vabariik) - The "neighbors" of Finland
Tallinn: Explore the great Old Town- Town Hall Square, Pikk st, Castle/walls/towers, Great Guild hall, Kattariina Kaik alley, etc., Kadriorg seaside park, Kumu Art musm, Open-air musm, Balti Jaam Market, pubs, National Parliament, Czaristira (?) Cathedral

ICELAND (Lyoveldio Island)- hot springs, lagoons, international club scene
Reykjavik: City hall, Aldastrat, Culture House, Hallgrimskirkja, Laugardalur park, Nat’l museum, botanic garden/Washing springs, Arbaejarsafn open-air museum, Ice Bar
Nearby: area tours, Blue lagoon hot pool, Gullfoss, Geysir, horses, villages

GREECE (Ellaz) - Islands, monasteries, gyros, tyropita, calamari, feta and lots of ruins
Athens: Plaka, Monastiraki, Central food market, Koloniki district nightlife, archaeological park (agora, etc.), Nat’l gardens, Nat’l, Benaki & folk art museums, Kasiarani monastery, Panepistimiou ave, Olympic complex, Sisifos taverna, Syntagma Sq/parliament changing of guards (Sunday am), Miatropoli cathedral, Piraeus markets & cafes, Athens summer festival
Day trip to Delphi/Arachova + Rafina towns, Kifisia’s Goulandris Natural History museum, Markopoulo, Porto Rafti
Nafplion: Old town, Palamidi fortress, Acronafplia, folk museum, waterfront, Bourtzi island
Patras: waterfront, plateias tavernas, Clauss winery, Venetian castle, odeum, nightlife
Others: Olympia, the Theater of Epidaurus, Kalavrita, Dimitsana, Stemnitsa, Pylos wall walk, Methoni, Gythion, Areopolis, Monemvasia, Andritsaina, Koroni
Central and Western Greece:
Galaxidi, Nafpaktos harbor town, Trikala river town, Meteora monasteries, Parga resort town, Agia Kyriaki fishing port, Tsagkarada’s Plane tree, Vitsi/Monodendri Zagorian villages, Metsovo and Makrynitsa mountain towns, Lamia, Arta, Mesolonga lagoon town
Northern Greece:
Kavala, Kastoria, Mt. Olympos/Litochoro, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis, Komotini, Prespa Lakes
Kythira: Help K. Beeley w/ practice, visit George!
Crete: Chania port Venetian quarter, ruins-Knossos, etc., Iraklion arch’l museum,
Karpathos: main & other towns: Ammopi, Lefkos, Menetes, Olympos, nearby islands
Rhodes: walled Old Town (the Bourg cafes), museum, palace, street of Knights, nea agora
Symi: harbor town, Panormitis monastery, Hotel Aliki, island interior
Kos: Kos town, plane tree of Hippokrates, castle of knights, roman ruins
Kalymnos: Pothia, sponge factory, arch. museum, Myrties (sunset), Vathy valley
Patmos: Skala, Chora, monastery of St. John, Holy Cave, Grikos, snorkling, octopi
Samos: Ano Vathy, arch. museum, Pythagoreio/temple of Hera, Kokkari town, Karlovasi,
Lesvos: Molyvos, Sykaminia harbor, Antissa central square, Agiasos hill town, Plomari
Limnos: Myrina harbor, Kontias,
Naxos: resort village, rent a car/scooter & explore the island
Hydra (no cars!): harbor town, Bratsera hotel, tavernas, festival
Lypsi: island getaway
CYPRUS (Kypriaki Demokratia) - tiny island country between Greece & Turkey
Nicosia- Laiki Yitania area, Limassol museums & nightlife, agrotourist places

EASTERN EUROPE - Magnificent cities, pristine parks and ridiculously cheap beer

POLAND (Polska) - sausages, pierogi dumplings, bigos stew, zurek soup
Krakow: wall & barbican, Rynek Glowny market square/Clock hall/St. Mary’s, Royal way ave, Krasinski palace & park, Cloth hall market, Planty (moat) park, Wawel Hill castle & cathedral, Kazimierz jewish neighbrhood/Plac Nowy, St. Francis basilica, Polish folk musm, Isaac synagogue, C.J. Michalika old café, Czartoryski musm, Pasaz 13 mall
Surrounding countryside: Vieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz memorial museum.
Warsaw: Old town, Rynek & Zamkowy sqs, castle, Royal way, Wazhenki park, Winalow palace, Nat’l museum, Castle sq., Uprising museum, Ulica Shmielna/Foksal streets
Baltic coast: Szczecin- old town churches, palaces, etc, Waly Chrobrego terrace
Swinoujscie (estuary resort town)- beaches, Wolin park, natural hist. museum
Kolobrzeg (German sea resort)- St. Mary’s cathedral
Slupsk- duke’s castle, witches’ tower, Kluki open-air museum
Leba- smaller harbor fishing/resort town, near Slowinski nat’l park
Gdansk: Ulica Dluga promenade, main town hall, old town, long market, "gates", St. Mary’s church, amber musm, Oliwa cathedral, Solidarity shipyard, Market Hall, embankment, Uphagen house, Artus guild court, maritime musm, archaelog musm, Mariacka st shops
Torun - Copernicus house, gingerbread museum, Ethnographic park open-air museum
Other: Masurian lakes, Malbork castle, Zamosc, Sopot resort town: Monte Cassino st/pier

CZECH REPUBLIC (Ceska Republika) - Bohemian beers & Moravian wines
Prague: Castle district, King’s walk, Charles bridge, Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Sternberk Palace, Estates theater, Little & Jewish quarters, Municipal/U Fleku beer halls, Wenceslas sq., Strahov Monastery :& Library, Nat’l & other museums, Havel’s open-air market, Kampa Island
Bohemia area- Carlsbad, Cesky Krumlov: Walking tour, main sq, Eggenberg brewery, Castle, Ritz hotel, bears, Reg. Hist. musm, Hotel Ruze courtyard, St. Vitus, Baroque theater
Nearby: Raft/canoe the Vitava river- around the town or to Zlata Koruna abbey
Kutna Hora medieval silver town & church of St. Barbara
Telc- old city, Plzen- Pilsner-Urquell brewery/museum, Ceske Budejovice- Budvar brewry
Moravia area- Brno: Spielburg castle, St. Peter & Paul cathedral, churches, open air market

SLOVAKIA (Slovenska) - natural beauty, Spis region, bryndzove dumplings, pivo beer
Bratislava: Hlavne namesti (main sq,) Old town wander, Hrad castle, Primate’s palace, town hall, Hurban sq/moat/Michael’s Gate, SNP square, St. Martin’s cathedral
Other: Levoca: Pavol sq, St. James (Sv Jakuba), Pavol’s house, town hall, near Spis castle
Bardejov: (walled town), Spisska Sobota, Tatranska Lomnica/high Tatras mtns,
Vlkolinec folk village near Ruzomberok

HUNGARY (Magyar)- mix of East & West, medieval & modern; goulash, hot baths, paprika
Budapest: Buda: Castle Hill, Matthias + other churches, langos, Hotel Gellert baths, Budap. musm, Gellert hill/citadel/Cave church, Margaret Island, Ecseri Hasznaltcikk & Jozsefvarosi flea markets, Danube cruise/banks/chain bridge/funicular,
Pest: Vaci utca ped. st, Vorosmarty sq./Gerbeaud coffee house, Great Market hall, Hungarian musm, Parisi Udvar gallery, Parliament, Ethnography musm, St. Istvan’s basilica, Opera house, Terror musm (Nazi/Soviet era), City park/Vajdahunyad castle (vara)/zoo/ Adrassy ut blvd/Heroes’ sq, Scechenyi baths, Great synagogue, commerce musm, Millenium ctr/park/Gundel/Robinson restaurnts,
Nearby: Statue park, Lake Balaton north shore villages- Szigliget, Keszthely
"Danube bend" towns- Szentendre, Holloko village, Esztergom, Visegrad
Eger: Dobo Sq (Istvan ter), castle, Lyceum, cathedral, market hall, thermal baths, wine caves
Other: Pecs (pairch), Sopron, Koszeg, Gyor, Szeged, Holloko trad’l village

ROMANIA - Gypsies & vampires
Bucharest: Old city, Nat’l hist. musm, parl’t palace, village musm, Cismigiu garden
Other: Painted monasteries of Bucovina (Moldavia), Transylvania, Rasnov/Bran Castle, Brasov, Prejmer & Harman village, Sighisoara, Constanta, Sinaia

CROATIA (Hrvatska) - Dalmatian coast, azure waters & medieval towns
Istria port towns:
Pula- ampitheater, Porec- Euphrasian basilica/old town, Rovinj-old town, Rijeka- Korzo, Island towns: Cres- old port, Mali Losinj & Veli Losinj (quieter), Rab & Krk isles, etc., Plitvice Lakes waterfalls
Dalmatia: Dubrovnik: Placa (Stradun), old town palaces & wall walk, cathedrals, Gundul Poljana morning market, Dominican monastery, Rupe Granary musm, summer fest, aquarium, Old port (Stara Luka)/excursion, maritime museum, Buza cliffside cafe
Split: Palace of Diocletian, Riva promenade, cellars, cathedral/bell tower view, maritime museum, People’s sq, Mestrovic gallery, Riva/old town nights
Ston: walk the town walls Trogir: old town, St. Lovro cathedral, town hall
Hvar island: town, Venetian fort restaurant, summer festival, Luna sobe
Zadar: Roman ruins, harbor sea organ, churches, People’s Sq, St. Donat’s, island-hop
Sibenik: forts, churches, Count’s palace/musm, Foscolo palace, St. James basilica
Korcula island & town- city walls, St. Mark’s cathedral/sq, M. Polo house, Moresa dance, Great Land gate (Veliki revelin), town musm, other villages
Cavtat’s seafront, Mljet & Kornati island parks
Central Croatia: Zagreb (capital) - St. Mark's sq, Jelacic sq cafes, Dolac market, museums, Stone Gate, Viceroy’s palace, Parliament, Lotrscak tower, botanic gardens
Nearby: country houses tour, hill towns, vineyards, Lonjsko Polje nature park
Slavonia & Baranja: Osijek- the tvrda (fort), cathedral, museum of Slavonia, trg Starcevica,
Kopacki Rit nature park, Orahovica and Kutjevo wine towns, Slavonski Brod river town
Northern Counties: Varazdin town & castle, Wine Road, the Castle of Trakoscan, spa tour

SLOVENIA (Slovenija) – A mix of Slavic, German and Italian culture, with a hint of Adriatic
Ljubljana: Cankerjevo Nabrezje (riverside market), Presernov trg (sq), St. Nick’s/produce market, Grad (castle), Mestni trg (town sq), Stari trg (Old sq), Vodnik sq market, Gornji trg, cathedral, bridges, Joze Plecnik house, Nat’l library, Tivoli park
Other: Lake Bled, Farmhouse co-op, Bohinj valley, Maribor riverside cafes, Skocjan caves, Piran, Koper/coastal towns, Prsut air-cured ham, Julian Alps day trip, Kobarid musm

Sarajevo: Bazaar, hill walk views, cathedral, brewery, Gazi mosque,

Skopje: Carsija (old market),
Also: Ohrid

Belgrade: Citadel, Ada Ciganlija island park, Palace of Princess Ljubice, Kalemegdan park/ fortress
Other: Novi Sad, Budva, Ulcinj

Podgorica, Cetinje

ALBANIA (Shqiperise) -
Ancient ruins of Butrint

BULGARIA (Republika Bulgaria) -
Sofia: Centrl market, bazaar, Nat’l History & other museums, Sveta Nedelya sq, Ottoman bathhouse, cafes, Nevski church Nearby: Boyana church, Dragalevtsi monastery
Also: Nesebar, Veliko Taraovo, Varna, Melnik village, Madara, Rila Monastery, Sozopol, Burgas, Koprivshtitsa mtn village, Plovdiv Old town/kapana district

LITHUANIA (Lietuvo) - Iconoclastic, dripping with history
Vilnius: Explore Old town (do a night walk too), Gediminas castle/hill, Cathedral sq, many churches, palace, Nat’l musm, musm of Applied Arts, St. Peter & Paul’s
Siaulia: Hill of Crosses
Curonian Spit
Trakai’s island castle

LATVIA (Latvija) - quaint castle towns, happening beach towns & good domestic beer
Riga: Old town,

BELARUS (Republika Belarus) - A little bit of old Russia

And if there’s time...

THE MIDDLE EAST - bazaars, spices, Islam, ancient places

TURKEY (Turkiye Cumhuriyeti) - where East meets West
Istanbul: Sultanahmet area: Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosques, museums, Topkapi palace Ciragan & Dolmabahce palaces, the Grand Bazaar, Aynalikavak summer pavilion,, archaeol. aqueduct of Valens, kebabs at Tike’s, Café du Levant, Gilhane park, Galata bridge, Zeyrek’s old wooden buildings, city wall walk, Gulhane and Yildiz parks,
Beyoglu (formerly Pera) area: Istiklal Caddesi ped. st, Pera Palas, Galata tower
Nearby: Bosporus cruise to Anadolu Kavagi village for market & lunch, Gallipoli, Bursa
Aegean towns: Cesme, Foca, Behramkale, Ayvalik/Ali Bey Adasi, Bodrum, Kusadasi, ruins
Mediterranean: Alanya’s friday market, Fethiye, Kalkan, + Side harbor towns; Termessos ruins, from Kas cruise to Kekova island’s ancient olive trees + other ruins
Anatolia: Amasya, Ankara, Konya market + Mevlana monastery, Ayfon
Along the Black Sea: Trabzon’s Haghia Sophia, Sinop, Sumela monastery,
Other: Nemrut Dag ruins, [Kekova olive trees], Pamukkale (Cotton castle) natural spas
Food: meze appetizers, Kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, Turkish delight, kadayif pastry,

EGYPT (Jumhuriyah Misr al-Arabiyah) - Pyramids, the Nile, ancient temples
Cairo: Tahrir sq./Egyptian musm, Muhammad Ali & other mosques, the Citadel complex, Khan el-Khalili bazaar, house of Gamal ed-din, city walls, teahouses, evening Nile walk
Environs: Giza Pyramids, Old Cairo, Fustat ruins, Kardassa village crafts, Saqqara ruins
Nile Delta: Qanatir town & river barrages, Wadi Natrun monasteries, Fayyum Oasis town
Nile Valley: overnight train to Luxor: Karnak, street markets, ferry to the Valley of the Kings, nearby villages, Nile palouka cruise, Aswan’s Abu Simbel temples
Mediterranean coast: Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh, Abu Qir fishing village, El Agami
Red Sea coast: Suez canal, Hurghada & nearby villages, St. Paul & Anthony monasteries
Sinai peninsula’s El Arish medit. town, Dahab scuba diving & excursions, bedouin camps

MOROCCO (Maghrebia) -
Marrakech: Medina (old city), souks (markets), Jemma el Fna (main sq) food & night entertainment, Koutoubia mosque, Mella (jewish quarter), majarel gardens
Casablanca: medina, French quarter, Hassan II great mosque; Fez marketplace

ISRAEL - birthplace of religions
Jerusalem: the Old City, Temple Mount/Dome of the Rock/Al Aqsa Mosque, Islamic musm, the Walls & the seven Gates, Roman Sq. museum, Via Dolorosa, The Citadel, Church of Holy Sepulchre, the Stations of the Cross, Jerusalem model, Gethsemane, markets, Ben Yehuda St., walking Tours, King David Hotel breakfast buffet, Israel Museum, other museums, etc., Baab as-Silsilah St. market, Christmas
Nearby: Mount Zion, the City of David/Kidron Valley, Mount of Olives, Abu Gosh, Latrun
Tel Aviv-Jaffa: beach Promenade, Shuk Ha-Carmel market, Migdal Shalom rooftop observatory, the Great Synagogue, historic areas, musms, safari park, Jaffa old city
Med. coast: Akko old city & waterfront, Caesarea, Haifa
Other: Ramla, the Dead Sea, Masada ruins, Old Akko, Sea of Galilee/Tiberias, Bethlehem’s Church of Nativity, Tzfat, Golan Heights, Ein Gedi nature reserve, Masada, Be’er Sheva’s Bedouin market, Ramon Crater park, Eliat beach town promenade + coral reef, Nablus’ market, Ramallah, Jericho

JORDAN (Urduniya) - land of the desert Bedouin
Amman: Roman ampitheater, folklore musm, Citadel Hill/arch. musm, central souq
Jerash (ancient Gerasa): Roman ruins, temple of Artemis
Petra: hidden ancient rock-hewn cliff city of palace tombs and monuments
Other: Wadi Seer, Sult, the Desert Castles, Madaba’s mosaics, Karak castle, Aqabe’s reefs

SYRIA (Souriya) - mix of ancient & modern
Damascus: Citadel, Umayyad & Omay bnyad mosques, old city, souks, Nat’l musm, Salah ad-Din’s tomb, the Temple of Jupiter, Azem palace, Pig & Whistle pub
Aleppo: The Citadel of Akhaban, the covered souks (bazaars), the Baron Hotel
Other: Palmyra ruins, Hama, Aleppo, Tartus Med. seaport: old city, cathedral, corniche walk

LEBANON - natural splendor and historical sights
Beirut: Nat’l musm, arch’l musm, Pigeon rocks, souk, harbor
Tripoli: Al Mina (old city)/port/Citadel area, Taynal mosque (ask about minaret climb), Great mosque, al-Mawiyye sweets (order halawet al-jibn), Ahwa Moussa coffeehouse
Other: the Cedars, Saida (Sidon) Sea Castle, Sur (Tyre) roman ruins, Baalbeck roman temple

Other places (just in case)

SOUTH AFRICA (Suid-Afrika) -
Capetown: Table mountain cable car, Victoria & Alfred waterfront, Castle of Good Hope, Green market sq, South African museum, Hout Bay wharf, high tea at Mt. Nelson hotel, Perseverance Tavern pub, "The Company’s" botanical garden
Nearby: Botlierskop Game Reserve & Lodge, Stellenbosch wine country, the Blue Train, penguins

AUSTRALIA - kangaroos, outback, seafood
Sydney: Harbor-Powerhouse musm/aquarium/fish market, Australia museum, Opera house, Hunter’s Hill, state library, Taronga zoo, Church point/ferry to Scotland island or to Manly, botanic gardens bushland walk, lunch at The Rocks, Kirribili cafes
Melbourne: Queen Victoria market,
Canberra: Nat’l Capital Exhibition, nat’l library, nat’l gallery, Parliament House, parks
Adelaide: South Australia museum, park circuit, St. Peter’s,
Perth: King’s Park, nearby animal sanctuary, Fremantle coastal area
Darwin: Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Alice Springs: desert park, Ayers Rock (Uluru), folk musm, camel farm, Hornsby Winery, Todd St. open-air mall, Strehlow Aboriginal Research Center, Minerals House
Other places: Kalbarri, stromatolites, the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, Karri trees, Daintree forest, Cairnes: Fletcher botanical gardens, beaches, Wild World park
Isles: Fraser (sand) Island: beaches, rain forest, resorts, Lord Howe island coral reefs, forests, birds, Heron island, Green island, Dunk isle, Hamilton isle,
Trains: Indian-Pacific Railroad (Sydney-Perth), the Ghan (Adelaide-Alice Springs-Darwin), Karanda (sp?) Scenic Railway/gondola

NEW ZEALAND - kiwis, Lord of the Rings,

Queenstown: Lake Wakatipu, cafes, dining, nightlife, watersports, horseback rides
Christchurch: Botanical & other gardens, Canterbury musm, riverside parks, Vict. architecture
Mt. Cook National Park - mountain trails, Arrowhead gold-rush ghost town
Excursions: helicopter tours, Milford sound cruise, Glacier Experience, Heli Buny tour

Wellington: Te Papa National musm, harbor, Parliament & government buildings, cable car to Botanical Gardens, Alexander Turnbull library, Willis Street shopping
Aukland: Harbor, Mt. Eden volcano, beaches, Parnel Village area, art gallery, Aukland zoo, war memorial musm, Transport & Technology musm, ferry to Waikeke Isle
Coromandel Peninsula
Lake Taupo bungee-jumping over a gorge
Napier: cafes, Marine Parade seaside walkway, Cape Kidnappers gannet colony, wineries
Roorua: Lake Rotorua’s Bay of Plenty, botanical gardens, Kuirau Park mud pools, sheepdog exhibition
Waiheke Island vineyards: Stonyridge & Te Whau Vineyards

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list compiled by Dave B

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