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Posted by Cayla Capri
w ith the sound of love and music indubitably in the air, Vienna is a city that thrives on pure European elegance and hassle-free joie de vivre. Picture a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Ringstrasse or fur-and-pearl-clad evening at the State Opera. An imperial-esque city beyond compare, Vienna is a land of royal dynasties, master sugar bakers, and silvern steeds.
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w hen in Rome, semolina, frescos, and soapbox statues are the stuff that sweet dreams are made of. Medieval lanes and trendy piazzas thrum with a d’arte moderna sensibility while masterpieces of Michelangelo and Caravaggio bask under gold-guilded domes. Once the decanter’s been poured and the designer shoes have been donned, consider this fabulous city yours to explore. The Eternal City is the perfect setting for a romanzesco novella starr
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s an Sebastián, affectionately known as ‘Donostia’ - is a quirky sumptuous fusion of Spanish coast and forest, cuddled by the magnificent Pyrenees foothills and saltine sea. Locals, or ‘donostiarras,’ readily welcome you into the corners of their sleepy fishing villages and rosy-warm cider houses. The city centre, located between the Bay of Biscay and the Basque Country hillside, flaunts copious examples of fanciful Belle Époque flourishes, as well as tapas and pintxos bars a’plenty, offering lip-smacking samples of simmering cuisine, blushing berry liqueurs, and an undeniable sense of impish drollery.
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m arie Antoinette never got crème brulée points for being France’s own Mother Theresa, but she definitely had the style-icon market down pat –not a difficult task if you’ve got a national treasury to back up your haute couture escapades. If your heart happens to be aflutter for Versailles over-the-top opulence, indulge in daydreams of masquerades, courtly ballets, and saucer towers of champagne. For added inspiration, let indie director Sophia Coppola steer your vision, thanks to her lavishly historical pastiche of a flick.
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o nce a hotbed for courtly painters, sonnet-spouting poets and silver-screen actors, Andalucia is the place to be for a luna-de-miel dripping with style. Picture nights in 200 year old olive mills, villas of carob trees, and toasts along mosaic-plated honesty bars. True to its artistic heart, Andalucia resounds with its native sounds of flamenco, Bizet’s ‘Carmen,’ and the pulse of lovers’ hearts for miles around.
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w ho needs a chic V-neck insignia when you’ve got the entire gorgeous nation at your fingertips? Careen down the Azur Express for a once-in-a-lifetime chance at Formula One Grand Prix tickets, Salle Garnier Opera House arias, and the below-sea level antics of the Grimaldi Forum. Just be prepared to make room for Lady Luck after a post-Monte Carlo casino-win cuddle. Neapolitan eateries and ultra-friendly locals make hardcore rocking in Monaco an
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s uspended your sensory disbelief in Switzerland, a hearty clique of cultures serving up a trio of famously fine eats. This landlocked beauty’s no stranger to the good life, with chocolate, wine and cheese claiming it to fame. Naturally, being so closely acquainted with Germany, France and Italy makes for a country overflowing with arts and kicks. What Switzerland lacks in definitive culture however, it amply makes up for in a distinguishing history of neutrality and world aid. A country that sings out an indulgence in peace, chocolate and thermal baths is a country we can all yodel along with.
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a medieval city at the heart of the Mediterranean, alluded to by Homer himself, Malta is a fearless fortress in the face of marina winds and rippling azure waves. Renaissance style and Baroque accoutrement contribute to the prehistoric vibe and culture-fused sensibility. Home to the “Silent City,” but oh-so anything but, Malta proves its still waters truly run deep. Sun-baked stone temples, an ancient walled city, not
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s cotland’s like one giant photo-op: rollicking green hills, glassy lochs and mesomorphic castles ready to get you gaping. A vast country of pure dead brilliant art and music, Scotland’s highlands, islands and lowlands are yours to trampoose, malt whiskey in your belly and sir on your arm. Many smaller castles in Edinburgh and the Highlands have been converted into hotels, where rooms can be rented by the night (some of t
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f ar from the clichés of moody-blues princes and dark ‘n’ dreary shores, Denmark’s exquisite capital of Copenhagen is chock full of chivalric fervor and an iridescent sense of culture. A kind of archaic fairy-tale luster hangs in the air – as the mysticism and seduction of the iconic landmark, ‘The Little Mermaid,’ casts its unshakeable spell on all who greet its shores.
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