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This post was edited by Perfumecity at 2017-11-13 13:09|
(By Rachel Delia Benaim via Weather)
In an age of increased globalization, where the skyscraper overtakes the cottage, wouldn't it be nice to step into a real life fairy tale every once in a while?
Thanks to these hidden gems around Europe, you can. There are a variety of idyllic towns-- some of them strangely identical to ones depicted and described in classical fairy tales-- still scattered around the continent, seemingly untouched by time.
Visiting these towns, it’s pretty easy to see where fairy tale genre trailblazers Charles Perrault got some of their descriptions: Perrault’s Beauty and the Beast is set in a place just like the quaint small towns like Eguisheim in Alsace, France. Cinque Terre and other small towns in Italy are utterly reminiscent of Geppetto's reality, too. Plus, there’s Mittenwald, Germany, which resembles every town in every Grimm’s story ever: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty...the list goes on and on.
Get whisked away into these fairy tale dreamlands in the real world, and experience how these towns have evolved over time to blend their historical and Romantic pasts with the ever changing present.
1. Bruges, Belgium (Photo credit: Wolfgang Staudt/ Flickr)
Bruges, the "Venice of the north," is a perfectly preserved medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its fairy tale like feel, rich chocolate, and plethora of good beer.