From the moment you're welcomed through that lipstick-red entrance, you're in for something memorable.
It's a forgotten corner of Europe with a fabulous past.
From the Black Sea port of Odessa to the colourful farmlands along the Dnieper River, cruising Ukraine guarantees spectacle and rich historical detail, ancient and more recent.
Despite its grim story, a visit to Les Milles Camp leaves you feeling inspired rather than dispirited.
There's been plenty written about the world's tallest and oldest buildings. But what about the longest?
You'll never encounter lift queues at this Swiss ski resort.
For a Europe-jaded traveller such as myself, this is the perfect find. It is the quieter, lesser-known side of the continent.
It's a great symbol for the new Belfast: confident, modern, imaginative - but still with an eye on history.