Carnival of Venice kicks off gallery

Revellers pose in front of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), during the first day of the Venice Carnival, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini   (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY)

The annual Carnival in Venice kicked off over the weekend, when thousands of masked revellers took to the streets.

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Brighton Beach boxes, England.

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The sweet smell of Grasse

Green Grasse: The hilltop town is only 30 minutes from Cannes.

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Carnival of Venice kicks off gallery

A masked reveller poses near Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini   ( ITALY  - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)

The annual Carnival in Venice kicked off over the weekend, when thousands of masked revellers took to the streets.

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Where to see the Berlin Wall gallery

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

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

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

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