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Located on a rocky tidal island in Normandy, France, is the commune known as Mont St. Michel and its population of 44 residents. It is situated roughly a half mile off France’s northwestern coastline near Avranches at the Couesnon River’s mouth. The island is most known for the Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel, the beautiful and well-preserved structure situated on the island’s peak. The medieval town is filled with diverse architectural styles and surrounded by numerous winding streets.

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Since 2000, Vienna has climbed the popularity rankings for vacation destinations because of its influence where contemporary Italian cultures are concerned. The MuseumsQuartier is normally a major focal point and a place that tourists favor when visiting the city. But 2012 has seen this landmark become the platform of fashion that takes place from the middle of June until mid-September.

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If you’re travelling to China and you want to try some new routes, check out these tips for The Great Wall, Ming Tombs and more!

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The capital and largest city of Poland is Warsaw. The city sits on the Vistula River and is just about the halfway point between the Baltic Sea on the north and the Carpathian Mountains on the south. Warsaw is the home to numerous beautiful palaces as well as a number of old mansions many of which were destroyed during Second World War. Fortunately, many of them were converted into museums by being completely restored and depict a great deal of Warsaw’s and Poland’s culture and history. The following is a list of some you should consider visiting.

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At the head of the Adriatic Sea, protected from invaders and the ravages of the sea, lies the great city of Dubrovnik. This charming maritime city, called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is located on Croatia’s southern coast and is home to the great seafaring tradition of the Adriatic. The city was one of the great ports of call for merchant ships. Dubrovnik welcomes thousands of visitors each year, yet remains untouched by the ravages of commercialization.

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Taking advantage of the attention during the Rugby World Cup, the Real New Zealand Festival runs from 9th September to 23rd October to celebrate and promote the culture and tourism of this beautiful country. The festival is spread out across the entire nation so wherever you are or want to be there should be something worth seeing, doing or eating.

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The city of Florence has a rich architectural and art heritage, which is preserved in its elegant piazzas (squares), Renaissance palazzi (palaces), and a host of art galleries / museums. Here, we have reviewed five major museums of Florence, where you can browse through drawings, paintings and sculptures created by famous artists.

5 Major Museums in Florence

The Accademia Gallery houses the statue of David - a marble statue of young shepherd mentioned in Bible, the St. Mathew, the Prisoners and other masterpieces by Michelangelo. read full article

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The city of Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city and is also one of the leading vacation destinations in all of Europe. Ptolemy, the famous astronomer and cartographer of ancient Greece, was the first person to ever make a reference to inhabitants in the Dublin area. The evidence dates back to 140 AD and the settlement was referred to in Ptolemy’s writing as Eblana Civitas”. Dublin is also referred to as the “Town of the Hurdled Ford” by many of the locals.

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Switzerland’s capital Bern is a small city but it has surprisingly many museums and art galleries. Here are the most popular museums in Bern.

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The Einstein House

Albert Einstein lived in Bern between 1903 and 1905, and here he also developed his famous theory of relativity. read full article

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Aside from spiralling national debt and the inability of anyone earning a normal wage to get a mortgage, one of the main problems with the global economic downturn, for intrepid travellers at least, is having less money to spend on exploring far away places.

Helsinki

But being a bit strapped for cash doesn’t mean you have to miss out on visiting those places you’ve always dreamed about. As long as you can afford the price of your airfare, the creative traveller will always find a way to make what little money they have last.

Finland is one of the cheaper destinations among the Scandinavian countries and there are plenty of things to do in its charming capital city, Helsinki, that will cost you absolutely nothing. read full article

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Munich has developed a reputation as being a city dominated by a single attraction, the Oktoberfest beer festival. This is unfair as the city has a lot to offer, especially to those who wouldn’t dream of attending a beer festival. The city has cultural and historical attractions aplenty, as well as being a useful gateway city and transport hub for the Bavarian Alps. Here are five fun facts about this beguiling and often misunderstood city.

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There are increasing signs that the bureaucratic and unwieldy visa regime, which currently keeps the number of visitors to Russia artificially low, will soon be modified or removed, at least for citizens of Schengen countries. This means that Moscow will become a destination in much more demand, especially for weekend breaks in a city steeped with history, culture and a huge amount of vodka.

Moscow weekendPhoto: Getty Images

The first stop for almost all tourists in Moscow will be Red Square and the Kremlin. N read full article

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While it may not be possible to take children on any and every adventure they dream of, one of the joys of literature is that they can discover the world around them from the comfort of home. This is a great way to inspire youngsters about travel before a trip or simply increase their awareness of other lands and cultures. Here is my pick of travel books for kids, with notes on the appropriate age group for each.

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The Tintin series of books is possibly the best series for kids yet written. read full article

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For centuries Russia has respected and nurtured talents in fields often ignored in the West, especially in the area of ‘high culture’. One of the few good things about the Soviet Union was the way that it opened such aristocratic leisure pursuits as opera and ballet to mass audiences and this is why today, Russia is such a leading critical success in the field.

Ballet

The first stop for any ‘culture vulture’ should be the Bolshoi Theatre. Visitors can go in and admire the sumptuous architecture at any time but seeing a production here is a must. read full article

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Located in the central part of Romania, Transylvania is most commonly known because of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker’s most famous character but it is actually one of the most beautiful regions in Eastern Europe.

Bran Castle, DraculaBran Castle, Transylvania, Romania. Photo by Horla Varlan

It is rich in myth and medieval sites like castles, fortresses, monasteries and fortified churches, some of the very well preserved. read full article

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