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1Rome, Lazio, Italy
Besides delicious food and delightful Italian culture, the best thing about Rome is its history. At its peak, Rome was the greatest, most powerful city and civilization in history. Today, sights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Spanish Steps remind us of what Rome once was.
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      Rome
      With sights guaranteed to impress even the most jaded teen, the Italian capital makes for a captivating getaway. From the ghoulish bone-decorated Santa Maria della Concezione to the delicious slew of ice cream stops around the city, Rome is sure to have something unforgettable for everyone.
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      Rome
      Italian retail chains line charming medieval shopping streets in the vivacious capital. Family-run outfits still flourish and street market stands are laden with fresh fruit. Upscale fashion palaces are poised at the foot of the famed Spanish Steps, with looks fresh off the world's catwalks.
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2London, England, United Kingdom
Lovers of history will fall in love with London. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Buckingham and Kensington Palaces and the Tower of London are must-sees, as are the Tate and National Galleries and British Museum. Military history devotees can spend hours at the Imperial War Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
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      London
      Offering the irresistible combination of atmosphere, history and the thrills of a vast, fast-paced city, London makes a majestic destination. From the ghoulish Tower of London and the pomp of Buckingham Palace to the buzz of a big wheel, the London Eye, this is a city that will have you in a spin.
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      London
      One of the world's top shopping cities, there's really nothing that you can't buy in London. Big name stores line Oxford and Regent Streets. Luxury items abound in upmarket Knightsbridge. For a distinctive London spree, head north to Camden Market and wander among stands of clothing, crafts and bric-a-brac.
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3Paris, Ile-de-France, France
History is as easy to come by in Paris as fresh croissants. Just strolling along the Seine is a walk through the ages. But don't miss Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacre Coeur basilica, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, the once-bohemian cafes of Montparnasse, the Louvre and Orsay museums and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
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      Paris
      The City of Lights shines bright for kids of all ages. Living up to every pre-trip fantasy, Paris has a constellation of starring sights from the atmospheric Notre Dame to the elegant Eiffel Tower to thrilling Parc Asterix, Disneyland Paris and the wonders of the Louvre. Prepare to be dazzled.
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      Paris
      Under the bridges of Paris your dreams can indeed come true. Like countless other lovers in the French capital before you, share a drink at an outdoor cafe, hold each other tight at the top the Eiffel Tower or take a cruise on the Seine you are in the most romantic city in the world.
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      Paris
      The world capital of Haute Couture, Paris is a shopper's dream. Legendary addresses like Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore tempt the glitterati. Ancient flea markets perch at the city's hems, offering chaotic atmosphere and fascinating treasures, plus a peek into the real personality of Paris.
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4Boston, Massachusetts, United States
"The Athens of America" has an important place in American history. One can explore the city's past and present along the Freedom Trail and at Faneuil Hall, the USS Constitution, the Kennedy Library, Fenway Park, the Public Garden and the Boston Public Library, the first of its kind in the United States.
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      Boston
      From hot haute couture Mecca Newbury Street to the eclectic shops of historic Faneuil Hall Market Place, Beantown has an impressive array of places to shop and splurge. Vast Copley Place teems with shoppers stocking on upscale attire, while couples go antiquing on Beacon Hill's Charles Street.
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      Boston
      With its host of revolution-related sites and an eclectic range of attractions, from the Museum of Science to the Museum of Bad Art, Boston is an inspired choice for family holidays. Watery wonder is on offer at New England Aquarium and from a swan boat on Public Garden Lagoon.
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5Athens, Attica, Greece
Paradise for the history lover, Athens is filled with precious ruins of ancient Greek civilization. The most famous sights are the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Agora, the Theatre of Dionysos and the National Gardens, but to visit these attractions is merely to scratch the surface of what Athens has to offer.
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      Athens
      Known as a place to acquire antiques and leather goods, the Greek capital also has a famed flea market in Monastiraki. Chic neighbourhood Kolonaki teems with cafes, stores and restaurants. Situated within this fashionable suburb, Tsakalof Street is among the world's most expensive shopping addresses.
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      Athens
      Athens makes for a marvellous family holiday. Everyone will go away with astounding sights and experiences emblazoned in their memories; buildings the kids have only seen in cartoon form, from the Parthenon to the Acropolis looming up high. Plus towering statues, idyllic islands and stunning antiquities.
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6Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
One of the world's most ancient cities, Jerusalem's historical, cultural and religious significance is incomparable. The Israeli capital's major sites include the Old City, the Wailing Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dolorosa and Dome of the Rock.
7Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
You will not find any shortage of history in Barcelona, a city that is more than 2,000 years old. A trip through Europe's best-preserved Gothic Quarter turns the clock back to ancient and medieval times, and visually stunning churches and outstanding art museums also make excellent sightseeing.
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      Barcelona
      The winning combination of culture, coastline and a great climate make Barcelona a top choice for the whole family. Gaudi's astounding architectural creations amaze. Some appealing beaches provide daytime diversions. Sights such as the aquarium and Las Ramblas provide yet more entertainment.
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      Barcelona
      You'll be spoiled for choice in bargain-crammed Barcelona, where designer names jostle for attention in the city's thrilling array of stores. If you're in the market for some picnic shopping, trot to La Boqueria - a rambunctious market - and stock up on almonds, cherries and other tasty delights.
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8Venice, Veneto, Italy
Once one of Italy's famous and powerful city-states, Venice is one of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities. Get lost amid ancient canals and alleyways. Explore majestic Doge's Palace, the architectural flourishes of St. Mark's Basilica, the picturesque Piazza San Marco and the Naval Museum.
9Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Flush with Gothic beauty and medieval charm, Prague's colourful history lives on in its gorgeous architecture and streets. Among the city's extraordinary sights are the Prague Castle, which is the largest in Europe, Saint George's Basilica, Prague City Museum, the Old Town Hall and Wenceslas Square.
10Amsterdam, North Holland Province, The Netherlands
A trip to Amsterdam is not complete without exploring the city's rich history. No visitor should miss the Anne Frank House and its chilling story, the Royal Palace and the War Memorial at Dam Square or the world-class Rijksmuseum, with famous works from van Gogh and Rembrandt.
11Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
There are few better places to discover Ireland's rich history than Dublin. From Dublin Castle to St. Patrick's Cathedral to the James Joyce Cultural Centre to the Guinness Storehouse, the city has a range of historical attractions that date from medieval times to the modern day.
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      Dublin
      Friendly, frenetic Dublin is a perfect destination for the family. Ride the Viking Splash Tour, visit Dublin Zoo, feed ducks in Stephen's Green, picnic in Phoenix Park and visit the Ark, a children's cultural centre in Temple Bar. After tiring the kids out, relax with a well-earned Guinness in the evening.
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12Bangkok, Thailand
For those willing to see and explore, a visit to Bangkok can be a fun and enriching lesson in Thai history and culture. Some key attractions include the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Temple of the Dawn, the Jim Thompson House and the two-century-old Grand Palace, featuring a majestic emerald Buddha.
13Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Home to indigenous people for tens of thousands of years, Sydney's European history began when Captain Cook laid eyes on Botany Bay in 1770. The discovery of gold in 1851 led to massive growth and Sydney has blossomed into a thrilling, glittering, modern city with world-class arts and culture institutions.
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      Sydney
      With dozens of stunning ocean beaches within half an hour of downtown, there are few better urban beach destinations than Sydney. Famed Bondi Beach sees up to 40,000 on busy weekends. If quieter beaches appeal, take the coastal walk past smaller strands all the way to Coogee's calmer sands.
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      Sydney
      Boisterous Sydney offers every kind of shopping for visitors, with the heart of the action centred on the tourist-thronged Rocks district and along George and Pitt Streets. A distinctive Sydney shopping experience can be had at the Queen Victoria Building, where 200 boutiques compete for attention.
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14Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
The Egyptian capital was founded in 969 A.D. and encompasses a veritable litany of wonders. Seven thousand millennia of history has left astounding treasures on the banks of the Nile, from the Sphinx and the Pyramids to the Orthodox, 3rd-century Hanging Church and atmospheric, medieval Old Cairo.
15New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
Capital of India since 1911, New Delhi's stately modern architecture sets a sometimes startling contrast to the twisting streets of Old Delhi. Sites of historical importance abound, from the home where Gandhi lived and died to the complex of Mughal buildings that comprise the tomb of Humayun.
16Nile River Valley, Egypt
The banks of the Nile groan with almost unimaginable wonders. Often called the world's largest open-air museum, the fertile Nile River Valley is home to legendary sites such as the temples at Karnak, the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel's vast rock temples and mighty Luxor Temple.
17Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco Region, Peru
The majestic ruins of the astounding "Lost Cities of the Incas," Peru's most visited site, date back to the mid 1400s. Built by the Incan Emperor Pachacuti, proud Machu Picchu perches on the Andes plateau, 7000 feet above sea level, a marvel of mortar-free limestone architecture deep in the Amazonian jungle.
18Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotland has just as much history as one would expect from a country that has existed since the Stone Age, and Edinburgh is at the centre of it all. History lovers enjoy world-famous Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Real Mary King's Close and the Museum of Scotland.
19Sorrento, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy
Although known as a resort town, Sorrento has a good bit of history for the traveller who just can't live without it. Worthy of a visit are the Chiesa di San Francesco (a 14th-century cloister), the ancient statues at the Correale di Terranova Museum and the old town of Sant'Agata Sui Due Golfi.
20New York City, New York, United States
Though it is not the oldest city in America, no place has more history or culture than New York. One visit can't fit all the highlights: the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Natural History Museum and, of course, the moving site of Ground Zero.
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      New York City
      New York's many zoos, museums and landmarks make the city a perfect destination for families of all ages. Explore Times Square or take the kids to FAO Schwarz, take a boat ride to the Statue of Liberty or an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building, eat lunch at Carnegie Deli or picnic in Central Park - the choices are endless.
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      New York City
      Perhaps the world's top shopping spot, the Big Apple hardly needs an introduction. Fifth Avenue. Madison Avenue. Soho. Times Square. The list of stellar shopping destinations and famous names is almost endless, so pack light and stock up on everything from electronics to vintage clothes while you're there.
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21York, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Built by the Romans, York's ancient walls have guarded 1,900 years of history. York Castle Museum adroitly covers the city's most recent 400 years, from the days of highwaymen to the Victorian era and World War II, while Viking and Roman artefacts appear at Yorkshire Museum and Gardens.
22Hong Kong, China
A rare combination of age-old tradition and a dynamic modern state, Hong Kong boasts many remarkable historical attractions. Be sure to visit the Peak Tower, the Po Lin Monastery with the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in the world, the Man Mo Temple and the Hong Kong Museum of History.
23Barbados, Caribbean
Jacobean and Georgian buildings built from pink and white coral, Gothic churches and pirate castles with ornate ceilings dot the Barbados landscape. Two of the must-see buildings are stately St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter and the sugar plantation Drax Hall in St. George, both dating to the 1650s.
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      Barbados
      Turquoise waters, fine and soft sands and picturesque rows of palm trees make the beaches of Barbados a true pleasure. Stick to the south and southwest coasts for calm waters and good swimming; for a surfing thrill, don't miss the massive, competition-calibre waves off the south and east coasts.
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      Barbados
      Romance is in the air on this lush West Indian island in the Caribbean. Your getaway to Barbados can include a lazy day on the beach, afternoon tea-British style, listening to the pulsating sounds of reggae or calypso, sipping rum and chilling out under a star-studded Bajan sky.
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24Florence, Tuscany, Italy
From world-class art galleries to a world-famous cathedral to structures that have survived since the Roman age, Florence is a hotbed of history and culture. Not to be missed are the Uffizi Gallery, with Italy's greatest collection of Renaissance artwork, and the Duomo, the spectacular Florentine church.
25Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Fascinating for its transition after the fall of the Soviet Union and its colourful past prior to that, Budapest has plenty of history. Visit the ghosts of communism at Heroes' Square and Statue Park, and see what Hungary was like before at the Opera House, National Museum, Buda Castle and ubiquitous baths.
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      Budapest
      Buda and Pest, the two distinct halves of the Hungarian capital, cling tightly together on either side of the river Danube. The atmospheric, narrow streets of the Paris of the East are perfect for strolling, and Margaret Island, the heart of the Danube, makes for a charming, romantic excursion.
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      Budapest
      Over 15 million gallons of water bubble into Budapest’s 118 springs and boreholes daily. The city of spas offers an astounding array of baths, from the sparkling Gellert Baths to the vast 1913 neo-Baroque Szechenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th-century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture.
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26Madrid, Spain
Madrid boasts some of the finest art collections in the world, but the city also has plenty of interesting historic attractions. The Royal Palace, the Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns, the Museo Naval and Sun's Gate trace Spanish history from the empire Francisco Franco's reign to the modern day.
27Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece
From the Peloponnesian War to World War II, Corfu has been in the middle of military conflicts since ancient times. Walk in the village of Kassiopi where great emperors have set foot, see art and artefacts at the archaeological and art museums and explore the fort of Paleo Frourio.
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      Corfu
      Villages of whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and vibrant nightlife lure visitors from the resorts and beaches of the most popular Ionian island. Ermones beach attracts many from Corfu town, while picturesque Paleokastritsa, 17 miles Northwest, is definitely worth the drive.
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      Corfu
      Start a love affair with the most popular Ionian island. Basking off the Albanian coast, captivating Corfu is a beguiling place for romance. The passionate island is dotted with villages of whitewashed houses, Byzantine churches and Venetian fortresses. Corfu town offers exciting nightlife in its charming, cobbled streets.
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28Berlin, Germany
Divided and triumphantly reunited, Berlin may have been the world's most interesting city over the past 50 years, but that makes up only a fraction of its storied past. History lovers should not miss the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the Potsdamer Platz.
29Dominican Republic, Caribbean
The New World starts here: The first cathedral, university and hospital in the Americas opened in Santo Domingo, on the Dominican Republic's south-central coast. Numerous city sights pay tribute to the isle's rich history, including the Castle of Columbus and the museums of the Cultural Plaza.
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      Dominican Republic
      Experience the Caribbean and get back to nature in the Dominican Republic. Families can swim with sea lions, dolphins--or sharks for the truly adventurous--at Ocean World, or go into the tropical island jungle on a Jeep safari.
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      Dominican Republic
      Distinguished by long stretches of glowing white sand and gorgeous blue water, Dominican beaches rank among the best in the world. From Puerto Plata to Punta Cana to Barahona, these beaches cater to bar lovers, sunbathers, jet skiers and scuba divers.
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30Singapore, Singapore
Tourists have shown an increased interest in the past, so Singapore has restored much of its Chinatown district, including the Thian Hock Keng temple, with its impressive warrior door gods and the city's oldest Hindu national monument. The Kranji War Memorial is a tribute to the casualties of the Second World War.
31Bruges, West Flanders Province, Belgium
Brugge is a treasure trove of historical, architectural and artistic wonders. Museums are filled with the works of both Flemish primitives and contemporary artists. A UNESCO-designated site, the city centre contains 15th-century abbeys and houses, such as Hof Bladelin, which has been impeccably maintained.
32Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean
In the capital, St. John's, the baroque towers of an 1845 cathedral dominate the skyline; an 18th-century courthouse holds a museum of island artefacts. Antigua's historical district unfolds around English Harbour, the world's only Georgian dockyard, and Shirley Heights, a colonial observation post.
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      Antigua
      Behind a nearly unbroken coral reef, Antigua basks in balmy Caribbean breezes. With 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, secluded romantic strolls under the palm fronds are guaranteed. Shirley Heights offers breathtaking views out over English Harbour.
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      Antigua
      With as many beaches as there are days in the year, Antigua and Barbuda make quite a splash. The northwest coast jostles with beach resorts, while harder to find, secluded spots dot the south and southwest coasts. Amazing pink and white sand beaches confetti the family-popular southeast coast.
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      Antigua
      From the world-famous beaches of St. John's to the megaliths of Greencastle Hill, Antigua offers families both adventure and relaxation. Swim in clear waters, build sand castles and explore ancient geological formations, petroglyphs, nature trails and plantation ruins.
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33Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Glasgow now has a vibrant music and art scene, but not a glamorous past. The Medieval City consists of a pre-Reformation cathedral, Glasgow's oldest house and The Necropolis cemetery. The 18th-Century Merchant City has been renovated, and many museums and galleries showcase the city's history and art.
34Istanbul, Turkey
Thousands of years of history have made Istanbul a repository of European and Asian culture. Empires are layered upon each other in the Old City of Sultanahmet, from early Greek civilization through ancient Rome and the Ottoman Empire, which left its mark in domes and minarets.
35Milan, Lombardy, Italy
History lovers should know that Milan is not all about trendy shops and designer clothes. Among the city's many historical attractions are La Scala Opera, the Milan Cathedral, the National Museum of Science and Technology and Santa Maria della Grazie, the church that preserves da Vinci's "Last Supper".
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      Milan
      The high fashion capital of Italy, the northern metropolis of Milan is one of the world's premier shopping destinations. Ostentation, splendour and near otherworldly glamour beckon from the glitzy windows of Milan's flagship design houses, the sleek fashion temples of Armani, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.
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36Lisbon, Estremadura, Portugal
Controlled at different times by the Celts, Romans and Moors, Lisbon is a combination of diverse ideas and peoples. One can see the history of cross-cultural exchange in St. George's Castle, the Gulbenkian Museum (with Persian, Egyptian and Portuguese art) and the architecture in the port of Alfama.
37Rhodes, Dodecanese, Greece
Conquered, re-conquered and perennially fought over since its beginning more than 3,000 years ago, the Rhodes teems with ancient history and modern culture. Attractions include the ancient acropolis, the medieval city's streets and walkways and the site where the famous Colossus reputedly once stood.
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      Rhodes
      Crystalline waters, golden sand and the blessing of the sun god Helios make Rhodes a spectacular island for sun-worshippers 300 days a year. Pack plenty of reading material for a lazy holiday, or explore the countless treasures left from centuries of invaders.
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      Rhodes
      Enjoy a truly romantic idyll in the sunny Greek island of Rhodes, which is steeped in ancient history. Soak up the rays, marvel at the unique Valley of the Butterflies, wander through cobblestoned streets or relax at a friendly local taverna in this pearl of the Aegean Sea.
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38San Francisco, California, United States
The Golden Gate Bridge is just one sight among many in the historic maritime city of San Francisco. Visit Alcatraz, explore Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, ride a cable car to the Cable Car Museum and discover the city's Spanish roots at Mission Dolores and Asian influence in Chinatown.
39Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Dalmatia, Croatia
The 100-year-old walled city of Dubrovnik remains almost the same as it was in medieval times, right down to its majestic polished marble streets. Beyond the 17th-century cathedral lies Pustijerna, an area reminiscent of old Jerusalem, and a 14th-century Franciscan monastery is filled with sacred artefacts.
40Brussels, Belgium
Often misrepresented as the soulless centre of the modern European Union, underrated Brussels has retained much of its splendid art nouveau architecture and traditional cafes and bars. The beautiful gothic Grand Place is still the heart of the city, not far from the 17th-century Manneken Pis statue.
41Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
The Saxons first set up home in elegant, eminent Oxford in the 9th century and the city's renowned university can trace its roots as far back as at least the 11th century. Famed for its rich literary heritage and traditions, the refined city is also home to an increasingly important literary festival.
42Seville, Province of Seville, Andalucia, Spain
Seville's Gothic cathedral was built in the 15th century on the site of a Moorish mosque and contains much of the city's history, including Columbus' remains. His magnificent tomb is worth a visit. Muslim and Jewish art can be seen throughout the Reales Alcazares - these two groups coexisted peacefully until the Inquisition.
43Jamaica, Caribbean
Island heritage overflows in Jamaica, from the former seaside banana capital of Port Antonio to reggae legend Bob Marley's former Kingston home. Even natural attractions come with cool history: The age of stalagmite-filled Green Grotto Cave at Runaway Bay is estimated at 500,000 years.
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      Jamaica
      Whether petting crocodiles, feeding hummingbirds or bobbing down the Rio Grande on a bamboo raft as calypso bands play bankside, families can have a wonderfully wild time in laid-back Jamaica. Adventurous souls can hike by waterfalls and coffee plantations, clamber up Dunn's River Falls, or splash and sun on glistening beaches.
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      Jamaica
      Looking for a destination where the two of you can tempt each other without the distractions of tours, tourist traps and too many other travellers? Couples can enjoy long stretches of beautiful beaches and waterfalls, joyous rhythms of reggae and the natural beauty of a tropical island.
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      Jamaica
      Blessed with miles of stunning natural coastline, Jamaica is a paradise for beach-lovers. Among the island's best offerings are Negril's Seven Mile Beach--rife with great snorkelling and diving, Treasure Beach on the South Coast and Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, which has sand that looks like sugar.
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44Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Vibrant Toronto has a dazzling array of arts and culture venues; more than 200 theatre companies tread the city's boards; big name and alternative museums and galleries abound; orchestras and bands thrive in the spirited city; and a seemingly infinite number of festivals confetti the calendar.
45Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver's immigrant history takes off from 1824, with the arrival of the Hudson's Bay Company. But indigenous tribes have lived here on the Pacific hem for 8000 years and their rich culture is beautifully presented at the Museum of Anthropology. The stunning city has a lively arts scene and a flourishing festival calendar.
46Vienna, Austria
From Maria Theresa to Franz Ferdinand and from fragmented state to world empire, Austria has a history of compelling royalty and influential statecraft. One can find much of this in Vienna's many historical attractions, including the Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial Palace and the State Opera House.
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      Vienna
      Traditional crafts, such as hand-painted porcelain, ceramics, wrought iron and leather goods, are Viennese classics. While the bulk of stores are situated in the city centre, chic Vienna’s most elegant shopping avenue is Mariahilferstrasse, a perfect spot for picking up jewellery, accessories and fashions.
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47Bali, Indonesia
Inhabited since prehistoric times, an influx of Indians in the 1st century gave the island its predominantly Hindi culture. Bali's exotic and distinct Indian-influenced culture can be experienced during dance performances, near daily festivals or by visiting its horde of centuries old temples.
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      Bali
      A romantic paradise awaits you on the Indonesian island of Bali. From inviting beaches, terraced rice-fields and lush green highlands to a spiritual Hindu culture and village traditions that have remained unchanged over the centuries, not to mention fabulous resort hotels - this is a mystical experience to last a lifetime.
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      Bali
      With some of the best waves in the world and reliably great weather, Bali is a surfing paradise. Beach lovers can take their pick from a wide array of choices from crowded to deserted, with white sand or black.
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      Bali
      Take in the lush, volcanically active landscape of Bali while whitewater rafting on the Ayung and Unda rivers. Or get the heart pumping off-shore with an ocean-rafting sightseeing and snorkeling tour in boats that reach 44 miles per hour. Surfers hit the island's western side for big-time swells.
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48Cardiff, Southern Wales, Wales, United Kingdom
The Welsh capital, very much the cultural heart of the country, began life as a Roman fort. Its successor, the 11th-century Cardiff Castle remains a central presence in the bustling, modern city. The National History Museum, which details the country's social history, is Wales' most visited attraction.
49Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
History lovers will find much more to Honolulu than the beaches at Waikiki. Visitors should not miss Pearl Harbor and the accompanying USS Arizona Memorial. Those interested in the story of the islands will enjoy the displays of Polynesian artefacts at the Bishop Museum.
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      Honolulu
      Honolulu is the perfect base for enjoying everything Hawaii has to offer. Stroll or sunbathe on white-and beaches, climb a volcanic crater, surf the best waves, hold hands and watch the sun dip below the horizon or enjoy romantic candlelit dining and live entertainment.
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      Honolulu
      Honolulu has more than history and tropical beaches. The entire family can delight in the astounding views from the short hike to Diamond Head crater, splash about in any of the water parks, investigate Hawaiian marine life in nature reserves and aquariums and indulge wonder in the many kid-friendly museums.
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50Stockholm, Sweden
Sweden's capital city was founded in the 13th century. Old Town, which dates back to 1255, maintains original buildings with modern occupants. The Royal Palace provides a glimpse of Sweden's aristocratic past. Skansen, the world's first open-air museum, offers a view of life in the 18th and 20th centuries.
51Geneva, Switzerland
The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia. Geneva's geographic and political position have long made it a refuge for people fleeing persecution. Historic attractions include the Old Arsenal, the Town Hall and the beautifully restored Place du Molard.