Not Paris, London, Rome: alternative European destinations

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Delphi, Greece: Known as the navel of the world, the archeological site of Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having served as the religious center of the ancient Greek world. (AFP)

Delphi, Greece: Known as the navel of the world, the archeological site of Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for having served as the religious center of the ancient Greek world. (AFP)

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Dijon, France: Along with its mix of medieval and renaissance architecture, the Dijon mustard capital of the world is also home to eight of the 10 most expensive wines produced in the world. (AFP)

Dijon, France: Along with its mix of medieval and renaissance architecture, the Dijon mustard capital of the world is also home to eight of the 10 most expensive wines produced in the world. (AFP)

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Rovinj, Croatia: Known as the blue pearl of the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is located on the northern end of the Adriatic Sea and offers miles of sun-soaked beaches. (AFP)

Rovinj, Croatia: Known as the blue pearl of the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is located on the northern end of the Adriatic Sea and offers miles of sun-soaked beaches. (AFP)

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Cappadocia, Turkey: Known for its stunning, lunar-like landscape with ancient rock formations and caves, Cappadocia is dotted with fairy chimneys and labyrinthine subterranean cities. The best way to take in the region is with hot air balloon ride tours at sunrise. (AFP)

Cappadocia, Turkey: Known for its stunning, lunar-like landscape with ancient rock formations and caves, Cappadocia is dotted with fairy chimneys and labyrinthine subterranean cities. The best way to take in the region is with hot air balloon ride tours at sunrise. (AFP)

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Brighton, England: The seaside town of Brighton could be described as London’s version of the Hamptons for New Yorkers. (AFP)

Brighton, England: The seaside town of Brighton could be described as London’s version of the Hamptons for New Yorkers. (AFP)

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Seville, Spain: As the birthplace of Flamenco dancing, Seville is the perfect Spanish destination for lovers of music and dance. (AFP)

Seville, Spain: As the birthplace of Flamenco dancing, Seville is the perfect Spanish destination for lovers of music and dance. (AFP)

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Lisse, Netherlands: The best time to visit Lisse, also known as the Garden of Europe, is May, when the town erupts in hyacinths, daffodils, orchids and lilies during the annual Flower Parade. Lisse is a short half-hour drive outside Amsterdam. (AFP)

Lisse, Netherlands: The best time to visit Lisse, also known as the Garden of Europe, is May, when the town erupts in hyacinths, daffodils, orchids and lilies during the annual Flower Parade. Lisse is a short half-hour drive outside Amsterdam. (AFP)

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Sylt, Germany: Visiting Germany and want to get your surf on? Sylt is the place to go, with 40 km of sandy beaches that also offers other water sport activities like sailing, swimming and kite surfing. (AFP)

Sylt, Germany: Visiting Germany and want to get your surf on? Sylt is the place to go, with 40 km of sandy beaches that also offers other water sport activities like sailing, swimming and kite surfing. (AFP)

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Sintra, Portugal: Along with lush green forests and horse-drawn carriage rides up the Portuguese mountains, the major attraction for Sintra includes the Vila Palace, which was used as a summer resort for many kings throughout the history of Portugal from the late 14 century. (AFP)

Sintra, Portugal: Along with lush green forests and horse-drawn carriage rides up the Portuguese mountains, the major attraction for Sintra includes the Vila Palace, which was used as a summer resort for many kings throughout the history of Portugal from the late 14 century. (AFP)

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Lecce, Italy: Known as the Florence of the South, the town is characterized by Baroque-style architecture and is within striking distance of the Adriatic and Ionian seas for beachside lounging. (AFP)

Lecce, Italy: Known as the Florence of the South, the town is characterized by Baroque-style architecture and is within striking distance of the Adriatic and Ionian seas for beachside lounging. (AFP)

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