Tiny whitewashed villages perch on the hilltops, with narrow winding streets where every house has window boxes crammed with colourful flowers, adding touches of vitality to these sleepy hamlets little changed since the days of Christopher Columbus.
Photographs you may have seen of St. Mark's Square, Basilica & the Grand Canal have simply been telling the extraordinary truth: Venice is a stunning city. You cannot walk for more than a few minutes without stopping to see something which demands admiration.
Although most of us may be aware of Norway's remarkably spectacular fjords, few appreciate that this country on the edge of Europe offers so very much more. Sophisticated and cosmopolitan Oslo, is superbly located at the head of its own fjord and seems surrounded by water.