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Picturesque Towns in Europe: Your Favorite?

Old Aug 14th, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Grrr. Need that edit button. The four I've been to were Brugge, Delft, Rothenburg, and Bath.
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Old Aug 14th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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Been to Eze (loved it - and it wasn't overrun with tourists in early spring), Mykonos & Bath. All lovely. Loved also Venasque & Arles. Ahh... Looking forward to adding Oia, Santorini this fall.
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Old Aug 15th, 2009, 01:23 AM
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I live in Italy and I have been in Lucca, Brugge, Mykonos.
In Tuscany I would replace Lucca (well known as Florence or Pisa) with Volterra and Montepulciano.
In Greece Mykonos is -again- very well known. What about Agia Meteora and Delphi?
As for Brugge, no doubt but if you go there add a trip to Genf. The Castle is simply an enchanted place.
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Old Aug 15th, 2009, 04:44 AM
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Brugge, Belgium Yes
Èze, France No
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Germany Yes
Bath, Great Britain Yes
Mykonos Town, Greece No
Lucca, Italy Yes
Delft, Netherlands Yes
Sintra, Portugal Yes
Mürren, Switzerland No

Weird list, I wouldn't include Bath, Delft, Sintra.

Where is Auxerre, Bescancon, Oxford, Bilbao, Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Chablis etc
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Old Aug 15th, 2009, 04:48 AM
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You have to also think about time of day
St Gimigiano is great at 10 at night and 8 in the morning but once the buses turn up it is not
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Old Aug 15th, 2009, 05:16 AM
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Having just returned from the Alentejo region of Portugal, I have to say that there is a very high concentration of picturesque towns there:

Evora
Estremoz
Evoramonte
Marvao
Castelo de Vide
Monsaraz
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Old Aug 15th, 2009, 05:27 AM
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old town tallinn and cesky krumlov -similar in some regards but very photogenic
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Old Aug 16th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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Eze deserves its place on the list for the view over Cap Ferrat.
Erice in Sicily runs it close.
Lucca hardly rates as particularly picturesque; would suggest Monteriggioni in its place.
Dubrovnik - because my wife says so.
Mykonos - my wife again.
Bath is special but check out Cheltenham when in the area.
Cambridge is the daddy of university towns.
Venice - no contest
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 05:39 AM
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I've seen them all but Eze, France. Still, the most beautiful sight I have ever experienced is Bled, Slovenia!! A MUST.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 06:09 AM
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I have been through Eze and Lucca. Both looked nice.

I vote for Venice and CT northern Italy and Nerano in southern Italy.

Aigues Mortes in France
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 07:07 AM
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Bruges Brussels,Gordes France, everywhere in Tuscany
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 10:53 AM
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Love Èze, France. Would add Innsbruck, Austria; Assisi, Italy and Siena, Italy if you don't mind the steep streets =0).

Beautiful church to visit if you ever find yourself in Innsbruck: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/a...-hofkirche.htm
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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Almost forgot Lucerne, Switzerland. The Löwendenkmal is a must see, and the lake is lovely to walk around. Also, you can take a cablecar ride up Mt. Pilatus for an amazing view.
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Old Aug 18th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Brugge, Belgium ~ on the "to go to someday list"
Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, Germany ~ been there twice, definitely deserves to be "on the list"
Bath, Great Britain ~ headed there in 6 weeks
Mürren, Switzerland ~ great setting, thought Gimmelwald had more charm

I would add
Lower Slaughter, England
Soglio, Switzerland
Guarda, Switzerland

Oh my! I googled pictures of Bled Slovenia!!!!! It must go onto my "to go to someday list"

I guess most of my favorites are more villages than towns.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:38 PM
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Of your list, I've only been to Rothenburg, and do agree with its inclusion. However, I'd definitely have to add Lindau on Lake Constance, and Stein am Rhine to the list. As for Greece, I'm very surprised not to see Oia on Santorini included... sunset over the caldera... aaahhh...

I'm so enjoying everyone's replies - More trips to plan!
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Sundborn, Sweden
Bergen, Norway
Geiranger, Norway
Trondheim, Norway
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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Well, I have been to ALL of them, and many more which have been mentioned.
I tend to think of picturesque as relating to villages, and would like to mention just one that I visited recently, which I do not think has been posted.
It is BUREN, in the Netherlands. Have a look at it, if you can.

Well, OK just one more "new" one: Lans, near Innsbruck,

Then of course, Thin is so right: Sintra is a romantic dream, or at least it was in 1984, again in 1985, and seemed just as good in 2005.

Viana do Costelo was my favorite in 1985.

Riquewihr was delightful in 1982.

I'm hoping these beauties can stay as picturesque as they are in memory.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 06:34 PM
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Forgot to say, for Americans, Martin van Buren's ancestors came from Buren, in the Netherlands, and I'd never even heard of it til our friend took us there for a day's outing in June, 09!
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 10:32 AM
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Szentendre, Hungary
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Old Aug 26th, 2009, 06:50 AM
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Very inspiring thread. So many places to see, so little time.
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