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Among the fifty-two London churches Sir Christopher Wren created from 1670 to 1711, the greatest was St. Paul's Cathedral.

Antibes, on the eastern French Riviera, was founded by the Greeks in the fourth century B.C. After World War II, Pablo Picasso left Paris to live near the Mediterranean. He worked for six months in the Grimaldi castle where he painted La Joi De Vivre. It is now a museum that holds many of Picasso's paintings and pottery. Antibes also hosts one of the largest antique shows in Europe each spring.

Before 1918, Slovenia belonged to Austria-Hungary; from 1918 to 1991, it was part of Yugoslavia. It declared its independence on June 25, 1991.

Built during the fourteenth century, Amsterdam's red-light district is an attractive part of the city with charming architecture. The area originally was filled with houses of ill repute and myriad distilleries. The distilleries are gone, but the oldest of professions flourishes. Prostitutes display themselves in windows under red neon lights.

Bulgaria's national anthem was written by Tzvetan Radoslavov (1863-1931). The original words and music were composed by Radoslavov while he was still a student in 1885 and on his way to fight in the Serbo-Bulgarian War. The song quickly became popular. It was arranged as the National Anthem, replacing the previous Republican Anthem in 1964. Both words and music have been revised many times since 1885. At present, the anthem has no title.

Dining while rolling down the elegant shopping street of the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland, by streetcar is a common pleasure in the city. The Gastrotram is a favorite of locals.

Finland has the greatest number of islands in the world: 179,584.

Finland is smaller than the state of California.

For centuries, Spain's fishing fleet has been and still is one of the world's largest.

For those who are eager to peek inside Europe's only active volcano, a shuttle takes tourists close to the top of Mount Vesuvius. After that, it is a thirty-minute hike to the lip of the crater. Mount Vesuvius erupted about seventy-nine years after Christ. The flourishing city of Pompeii was obliterated, buried under a 31-foot wave of hot mud and volcanic ash. The lunar-like top of the volcano stands at a dizzying 4,000 feet.

France is the largest Western European country. Its area is slightly less than twice the size of Colorado.

Frankfurt, Germany, spends more per year on the arts than any other city in Europe.

Gold was first known to be used as jewelry in parts of Central and Eastern Europe in 4000 B.C.

Greece's national anthem has 158 verses.

Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm are the Channel Islands that lie between England and France.

Helsinki is, after Reykjavik, Iceland, the world's northernmost capital city.

In the city of Reykjavik, Iceland, one can see the stars eighteen hours a day during the heart of the winter. During the summer, sunlight is visible 24 hours a day.

Located 137 miles north of Rome, San Marino is the oldest and one of the smallest republics in the world.

Lombard Street is London's equivalent of New York's Wall Street.

Lutetia was the ancient name of Paris, France.

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