Before Columbus, many maps of the world showed Jerusalem as the center of the world. Jerusalem's tiny historic core, a dense and complex old town, is contained within a mighty two-mile-long Ottoman wall.
When parents tell me they're going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I'm sometimes tempted to answer, "To Grandma and Grandpa's on your way to the airport." It's easy to make the case against taking the kids along.
With each trip I take, I make it a point to bring home cultural souvenirs -- gold nuggets of experiences I'll remember all my life. Whenever I'm in Turkey, I make it a point to see a whirling dervish.
They say that for every church in Rome, there's a bank in Milan. Even though I've been coming to Milan for a long time, I still stumble onto great new sights every time I visit.
We have New York, but England has old York, one of the country's top tourist destinations outside of London.
These days "budget European travel" includes point-to-point flights within Europe. Because you can make hops just about anywhere on the Continent for roughly $100 a flight, people think about itineraries differently.