From the Mediterranean coast to the beaches of Normandy, Europe is a chronicle of Western ingenuity. Explore more locations throughout Europe and other continents in the new book Timeless Journeys.
Built on a plateau in the foothills fronting Spain’s Sierra Nevada, the palace city of the Alhambra was endowed with wondrous works of engineering and covered with elaborate Moorish decoration.
Rome and the Colosseum, Italy
The Colosseum is one of the world’s most instantly identifiable edifices—a symbol of the Roman Empire at the peak of its power and, some would say, its decadence.
Acropolis and Agora, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens is the hilltop site of the famous temple complex built by the empire that invented democracy. Nearby, the Agora preserves the ground of the ancient marketplace where some of the greatest thinkers developed their philosophies.
Visiting Normandy’s windy beaches and memorials to the D-Day invasion is a moving and deeply humbling experience. This French province is also home to the monastery Mont-St.-Michel, which teeters on a rocky isle in the middle of a bay surrounded by powerful tides.