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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Jurmala, Latvia( Jurmala City Council Archives )
Ever heard of the Jurmala Riviera? It's a 20-mile chain of beaches on the Gulf of Riga not far from the Latvian capital and touts its mud and mineral water. It was once favored by Communist Party officials, including Leonid Brezhnev and Nikita Khrushchev. It's hit on hard times but is now coming back; prices are low and many spots fly blue flags, the ecological seal of approval granted by the not-for-profit Blue Flag Program of Denmark.
-- Susan Spano
Pictured: Aizkraukles Bank.