In Europe, 76 destinations off the beaten path
Looking beyond Rome, Paris or London? Consider Europe's lesser-known destinations, such as Monschau, Germany, a town so quaint you can hardly believe it isn't a theme park or San Marino, one of Europe's oldest and smallest countries (drive through it slowly).
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Vilnius, Lithuania( Beverly Beyette )
The Town Hall of Vilnius, an 18th century classic building with six Doric columns, is now where public celebrations are held. It sits at the southern end of pedestrian-friendly Pilies Street, the busiest Old Town artery, with its souvenir shops and restaurants.
Look up when walking north on Pilies and you see an octagonal red tower, most of what remains of the city's 15th century castle. Walk slowly and you'll discover hidden courtyards.
Napoleon slept in Vilnius, in what is now the presidential palace, during his army's ill-fated march on Moscow in 1812, and stabled his horses in the Gothic 16th century St. Anne's Church that, it's said, he wished he could transplant to Paris.
-- Beverly Beyette
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Pictured: Pilies Street in Old Vilnius.