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    If love is no sin, then peaceful activity is no crime. Neither of these harms anyone else and they do not encroach upon another person's freedom or pursuit of happiness. Basic human right to happiness should not be an issue for courts to decide. If one's only contention in life concerns itself with who someone else lives with, how shallow and empty one
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  1. I want to visit Europe but not sure where to start?


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    2. Ann


      What do you want to see? Ruins....Italy. Museums...Paris and be willing to wait in lines during the summer... Or if you want to see beautiful country with wine the Chianti or Tuscan regions in Italy are beautiful and the food and wine are fabulous. Beer drinker....I recommend skipping Germany and going to Belgium. Westvleteren 12 is recognized as one of the best beers in the world, and other Belgian beers are great. I think France and Italy are Europe's leaders in the culinary arts and each region takes pride in a their specialty. Plus keep in account how much you want to spend. The Euro is usually higher than the dollar and that can take a bite out of the budget. It all depends on what you enjoy seeing and doing.

    3. Ellinas


      Remember that Europe is not a single entity; the countries and the experiences they offer can be very different.

      Personally, I would recommend Italian cuisine and Greek archaeology.  Greek food is simple enough and very tasty, but is very much styled along the lines of the eastern med and has some distinct non European aspects to it.  Try Spain if you want to see some fiestas in full swing.  If you like fairytale scenery, take a look at Lake Bled in Slovenia - I spent a very pleasant holiday there some years ago.  I've not been there but am told Croatia is also picturesque but choose your destination - I gather there is some rather obvious poverty off the beaten track.  Bulgaria does some good wines, if that's your thing.

      My favourite lake in Italy (so far) is Garda, where I've stayed at the northern side in Malcesine (cobbled streets, Scaliger castle).  Maggiore is also worth a visit though - I stayed in the area near the Borromean islands.  On either lake, you can easily hop onto a ferry to visit other towns around the shore, and Maggiore offers the option to visit the northern end into Switzerland either by train or ferry.

      If you are into more recent history combined with some scenery, southern Poland is a good place to start from to explore Auschwitz-Berkenau.  Be aware however - that trip is a litany of sheer horror.  It's the only time I've seen a museum guide fighting to hold back tears.  If you want to stay in a city, Krakow is worth a visit.  If you prefer a small town with easy access to plenty of walking, look at Zakopane.

      If you really want to try something different and fancy a cruise type holiday- how about the Norwegian fjords?

    4. Ann


      Good advice Ellinas. The Italian lakes have a lot to offer. Isola Bella was worth the trip alone for me. One can definitely lose track of time on the Greek islands and when I was young, went to the running of the bulls in Pamplona. I never participated in the run (it's madness) but the Spanish know how to throw a party if you want that kind of thing. It's easier now a days, to research and figure out where you want to go. I've not been to many eastern cities or countries in Europe, but hear only good things about the area. So many places, and neat things to do. Follow your heart on where you want to go, then do tons of research. I like Rick Steves travel books and youtube channel. He gives solid advice for first timers in Euroland;)