The brilliance of Brighton

Brighton Beach boxes, England.

It's easy to see why this cheeky British seaside resort lures thousands of visitors every year.

Tourist numbers drop in Paris

TOURIST NUMBERS DROP: French soldiers at the Eiffel Tower after the Paris shootings.

Grey skies over a half-empty Eiffel Tower. Only a handful of tourists were taking photos, and one or two having portraits sketched by resident artists.

Bungy jumping, sans rope, in Spain

OFF THE EDGE: Canyoning in Cuenca.

A medieval hamlet built into a towering cliff face proves a new dare-devil pursuit.

The ultimate Catholic gilt trip

Basilica di Santa Prassede.

Grisly stories come attached to some of Rome's most saintly attractions. Here's the top ten.

Brutal, brave and elegant

STRIKING BLOW: A young novice bullfighter.

The first blow from the bull caught his upper inside thigh, punching a golf ball-sized hole through the trousers, revealing his underwear.

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Brutal, brave and elegant

STRIKING BLOW: A young novice bullfighter.

The first blow from the bull caught his upper inside thigh, punching a golf ball-sized hole through the trousers, revealing his underwear.

A winter wonderland video

Every December, Paris' Le Grand Palais turns into a gigantic ice-skating rink.

Paris loses its love-locks

'Empire of the dead'

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The ultimate Catholic gilt trip

Basilica di Santa Prassede.

Grisly stories come attached to some of Rome's most saintly attractions. Here's the top ten.

A Lake Como connection

Getting off the beaten path can help you discover what Italy is all about.

Italy's Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spewing lava as it erupts on the southern island of Sicily.

5 things to do in Sicily

A trip around this ancient land can be particularly rewarding for those in search of free things to do.

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Where to see the Berlin Wall gallery

Tourists stand in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 16, 2009.

Sunday marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989.

Tales from Oktoberfest gallery

This year, it became clear that I'm too old to camp - or at the very least, to camp at Oktoberfest.

Germany celebrated 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall by throwing a huge open-air street party at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

25 years since Berlin Wall's fall video

Germany threw a huge open-air street party at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

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