St. Petersburg Times
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May 13, 2001

Brugge: Centuries of charm A colorful past as an ancient gateway to trade makes this Belgian city a treasure whether you call it Brugge (Flemish) or Bruges (French). Story

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A Portuguese perspective
A visit to Porto raises one's sights. Not only do the hilly vistas enchant the eye; the kindness of the residents and civility of their culture inspire visitors' vows to emulate them.

Your trip may be 1,000 clicks away
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European tourist offices
For information, event calendars, maps and lists of accommodations in European countries, contact these national tourist offices; save this for future reference (all Internet addresses begin with the prefix http://).

Cruising down the River Douro
From aboard the Douro Princess, life on the river becomes a pageant of Portuguese history and culture, with lots of chances for passengers to stop and join the show.

These guides focus on low-cost lodging
Someone out there cares about you. That is, those of you who prefer to plan your own budget travels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France and Spain.

Chartres: The French Acropolis
The magnificent medieval cathedral is the best, but not the only, reason to visit Chartres. The beautiful town is home to stained glass masters, other churches and a treasure of a fine arts museum.

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Featured Vacation Spot: Baltimore
Baltimore Travelers looking for a smaller city that has lots of unique and interesting attractions should not miss Baltimore. This city has it all: great local cuisine, a beautiful waterfront, and lots of great sites for the whole family to visit. From crab cakes to the Edgar Allen Poe House to the new Camden Yards and Fort McHenry of "Star Spangled Banner" fame, Baltimore has both history and fun for all. More
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