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Monaco Honeymoon European Vacations

The fairy-tale setting of Monaco is a top destination of choice for honeymooners on European vacations. Monaco is governed by the House of Grimaldi, the royal family that rules this quaint Southwestern European country that boasts of the Paris Opera House and the Monaco Grand Casino with its baroque-style verdigris cupolas, rococo turrets and golden chandeliers. The city-state overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, and is an ideal harbor for the worlds longest, most expensive yachts. A great architectural find, the Old Town has buildings that date back to the medieval times. Narrow walkways and vaulted passageways branch off from the main streets. Visit the Rock of Monaco, where his Serene Highness Prince Rainier III fell in love with Grace Kelly. Stop and smell the flowers — all 7,000 of them — at the Jardin Exotique, where the exquisite Princess Grace Rose Garden is well kept.

European Vacations to Pious Rome

Your European vacations will not only be enjoyable but meaningful as well if you spend some time in Rome and see its beautiful churches. The city has five patriarchal basilicas, ceremonially assigned to one of the patriarchs. San Giovanni in Laterano, for St. John Lateran, the Pope, is the popes first church. This Baroque-style church is Rome’s cathedral. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, for St. Mary Major, the Patriarch of Antioch, has exquisite 5th century biblical mosaics, marble floors, spectacular ceilings and a bell tower. San Pietro in Vaticano, for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Patriarch of Constantinople, is in the Vatican City. The church of the current pope, it is one of the largest and probably the most important Catholic church in the world. The vast interior features a lot of bronze, marble and gold paintings, including Michelangelo’s Pieta. It is said that the Apostle Paul is buried in Rome’s second largest church — San Paolo fuori le Mura, for St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Patriarch of Alexandria.

Festive European Vacations in Barcelona

What better way to start your European vacations than with a bang in Barcelona!The Festes de la Merce arrives in town in September. What started as an intimate religious parade has grown into a weeklong party to celebrate Catalan culture. Visitors are treated to a variety of choices, including fireworks displays on the beach, air shows on the seafront, performances and exhibitions, and free concerts of local music and hip hop genres. Kids should be very busy too, with many activities targeted toward different age groups. Continue the celebrations with a taste of local cooking. Cinc Sentits offers a menu of mixed Catalan classics. Try the suckling pig with apple compote, or lamb cutlets with porcini dust, or Catalan float coca bread with foie gras, or slow-braised pork belly on gingerbread. Or live dangerously and order all four dishes!Cap your gastronomic adventure in Barcelona with maple quesada, apple sorbet, or a cheese platter paired with a bottle of fine wine.

Enjoyable European Vacations to Vienna

Round off your European vacations with a trip to Vienna to learn about its art and culture the city has a long tradition. The Vienna State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, is a beautiful structure, especially at night, where you can catch world-class performances of opera 50 to 60 times a year. The Hofburg Museum exhibits the imperial jewels of the royal family of Habsburgs. Another demonstration of imperial affluence is the Sisi Museum; devoted to the Empress Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Austria, the museum showcases the imperial apartments. Classical antique artifacts and old paintings by the masters are exhibited at the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum. These museums are not even part of Viennas museum quarter, formerly the imperial stalls which were converted to a museum complex in the 1990s. The Leopold Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art from artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, is found in this complex.