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If you want to take in some culture this summer, sit out in a café in a lovely piazza watching the world go by and then dine in a local restaurant on local specialities there are plenty of options that will allow you to do so far away from the mass tourism that can swamp some of Europe’s most famous cities. Why not look into visiting one (or several) of the following options:

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There are likely many tourist attractions that you plan to visit during your European vacation, but in thinking strictly about historical events or popular places you could miss out on some amazing architecture, interior design, and furnishings. As you go from site to site, pay attention to the décor and interior design trends of the period in question. The antique furniture found in these locations will give you some clues as to when events took place, or the last time that a castle or manor had been updated. French and English furniture trends have followed closely with rulership, and French furniture styles are defined by royal tastes. Features of antique European furniture can tell you a lot about how people lived in those times. You will be able to see drastic improvements in furniture manufacture as the industrial revolution took hold. You will also be able to see how artisans carved furniture in their time, giving you valuable insight into what was important to people of that era. Not sure what to look for as you browse Europe? Here are some of the most popular destinations and the furniture you will find there. Take note of anything that catches your fancy, as you might be able to find similar furniture when you return home.

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