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Been There, Do This: Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo in Rome

Been There, Do This: Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo in Rome

There is nothing worse than buying groceries on an empty stomach, especially when it is lunch hour in Rome. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the vendors at Mercato di Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo gather a few blocks from Circus Maximus, selling everything from fresh produce and poultry to hot lunches on the private outdoor patio.

Been There, Do This: Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in France

Been There, Do This: Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in France

Why fight through the mobs of tourists at Versailles when you can experience Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte, a just-as-wonderful but less crowded French architectural palace, only 50 minutes outside the city? When I visited Vaux le Vicomte last summer, I was enchanted by the symmetrical building and its landscaped labyrinth-like gardens. Today, it still stands out as a highlight of my trip.

Been There, Do This: Sketch in London

Been There, Do This: Sketch in London

With just one foot in the door at Sketch, wide-eyed visitors abandon the humdrum of ordinary life. A complex of sorts, the London establishment encompasses five restaurants and bars: the Gallery, the Lecture Room & Library, the Parlour, the Glade and the East Bar. From the Lecture Room’s more relaxed vibe with eccentric art and fixtures to the sleek modernism of the East Bar, each room twinkles with a distinct and whimsical personality.

Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Been There, Do This: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

If Lauterbrunnen looks like something from “Lord of the Rings,” that's because the Swiss town — with its steep waterfall, cliff-lined valley and views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains — served as inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth sagas.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

Been There, Do This: Hainich National Park in Germany

When I was a kid, I used to have this dream where I was flying over my neighborhood, high enough to safely clear the roofs of houses, but just low enough to brush the treetops. The canopy walk at Hainich National Park, located just outside Eisenach, Germany, brought me pretty close to reliving that dream.

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

Been There, Do This: Oliviera Resort on Turkey's Kalem Island

On the fourth day sailing onboard Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, I stepped off the ship for a shore excursion that promised a leisurely morning — and boy, did it deliver. About a 30-minute drive from our port in Dikili, Turkey, and a brief boat ride along the town’s coast is Kalem Island, a privately owned islet that boasts just one property: Oliviera Resort.