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Much more to European history than museums

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.

The Grand Place, Brussels’ main square, is a beautiful blend of historic guild houses, public open space, and an ever-changing people scene.

The Grand Place, Brussels’ main square, is a beautiful blend of historic guild houses, public open space, and an ever-changing people scene.

Europeans love to dress up the settings of everyday life, from their piazzas to their back lanes — and they’ve been doing it for centuries. Climbing the Acropolis, communing with the druids at Stonehenge, strolling the Croatian shore in the shadow of Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Split, tracing the intricate carvings on Trajan’s Column in Rome — the remnants of Europe’s distant past are everywhere you look.

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Travel, Pages 55 on 02/17/2013

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