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A town is a settlement which is bigger than a village but smaller than a city. Many people move from city to town or villages, as the life in the city becomes more & more stressful. Line up here are 66 places (small cities, towns & villages) in Europe, lovely & charming.
if you're wondering where to go for your holidays ...
Welcome to The Erotic Bible to Europe, a complete erotic guide through the Continent. This site gathers all the erotic places you can imagine; nudist beaches, sexy shows, fetish boutiques and designers, burlesque trends… everything from kinky to chic!  
This interactive website allows you to discover new erotic places and browse through your favourites. You may also share, comment and rate all the places.
I’ve been asked many times to make a map of the finest Parisian pâtisseries, so here it is! It’s the product of having eaten over 400 different pastries, combined with scores of chocolates, confections and viennoiseries. All the addresses, store hours, phone numbers, and site links are below, plus I’ve listed-out the highlights from each shop. Could anything be more convenient for plotting a pastry binge in Paris? I’ve also ranked the shops in order of the probability that they will blow your mind – even though the first four shops listed tie for first place. Just know that every one featured here is so exceptional that ranking them was like choosing a favorite child; they’re all amazing in their own way.
Robot Flâneur
Robot Flâneur is an explorer for Google Street View. Select a city to start exploring.  
 
Follow the instructions or just go full screen for an urban screensaver of your choice.
The Delhi Walla
Your gateway to alternate Delhi, the city of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Arundhati Roy  
 
The Delhi Walla is Delhi's most idiosyncratic and eccentric website, and reflects a real love of this great but under-loved and underrated city.
Moving anytime soon? If you enjoy living, you may want to consult a natural disaster map. The United States is full of places to live that are both high and low risk—they just might not be where you think they are.  
 
The New York Times has put together a natural disaster map that shows which areas are most hazardous to live. The worst? Dallas, Texas. At the bottom? Corvallis, Oregon. That doesn't mean you necessarily want to pack up and move to Corvallis, but there are several other areas with lower risk.
Travel Without Baggage
Can you seriously travel with no luggage at all?  
 
Yes you can.  
 
I've done it. Traveling with no bags is gloriously liberating. You move fast, close to the ground, spontenously. You feel unleashed, undefined by your possessions. It is just you and the world. I am convinced that with less stuff to manage you think different. You learn lots, fast.  
 
I've done a few very short trips this way, and once I took a month-long journey in Sri Lanka without baggage. I would not want to travel this way all the time, but once you go with none, it is much easier to go with very little. It's one of the oldest truism in the world: the less you travel with, the more you take back.  
 
There are four modes of no-baggage travel these days:  
 
Tales of a Luggage-Less Traveler
Dubai on Empty
Its skyline erupting from the desert in just two decades, Dubai is a cautionary tale about what money can’t buy: a culture of its own.  
 
"Here in one long panorama is the Dantean vision of modern Dubai—the Arabs huddled in a glass dome, looking like creatures from a Star Trek episode in their sepulchral winding-sheet dishdashas. Next to them are the stands for Westerners, mostly British, loud and drunk, dressed in their tarty party gear. The girls, raucous and provocative, have fat thighs that wobble in tiny frocks. Cantilevered bosoms lurch. The boys, spiky and gelled, glassy-eyed and leering. In the last enclosure, the Asians, packed in with families and picnics, excited to be out of the Portakabin dormitories and the boredom and the homesickness of Internet cafés. In front of them all are the ranks of wired-up security guards, making sure the layers of this mutually dismissive society don’t pollute each other. After the horses have run, Elton John will perform."
A massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit northeast Japan on Friday, causing dozens of deaths, more than 80 fires, and a 10-meter (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline. Homes were swept away and damage is extensive. As more images of this historic event become available, they will be added.
If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists. If you have time, the President of Stanford will throw in a tour, and then you can drive by Intel or some Clean Tech firm for a photo op standing in front of an impressive looking piece of equipment.  
 
The “official dignitary” tour of Silicon Valley is like taking the jungle cruise at Disneyland and saying you’ve been to Africa. Because you and your entourage don’t know the difference between large innovative companies who once were startups (Google, Facebook, et al) and a real startup, you never really get to see what makes the valley tick.  
 
If you didn’t come in your own 747, here’s a guide to what to see in the valley (which for the sake of this post, extends from Santa Clara to San Francisco.) This post offers things to see/do for two types of visitors: I’m just visiting and want a “tourist experience” (i.e. a drive by the Facebook / Google / Zynga / Apple building) or “I want to work in the valley” visitor who wants to understand what’s going on inside those buildings.  
 
I’m leaving out all the traditional stops that you can get from the guidebooks.
A beautiful encounter between the traditional world and contemporary art. The streets of Vercorin, a small ski town in Switzerland, were painted by design legends Lang Baumann. Vercorin was hosting a fair in the town and wanted to bring in a design team to create something outrageous. They called on Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the creative duo that make up the Lang Baumann to transform their streets. The painted streets were intended to be a powerful juxtaposition against the old world feel of the charming town, and the design team succeeded at that!
Take me to Midtown!  
 
That’s what most New York City taxi riders were saying one Tuesday afternoon, a new data visualization by Zoe Fraade-Blanar shows in vivid colors.  
 
Fraade-Blanar mapped pick-up and drop-off locations by NYC neighborhood, based on taxi-trip data from the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.  
 
The graphic represents one hour of rides — the 4 p.m. hour, well known to New Yorkers as the most difficult time to catch cabs.  
 
The colorful wheel shows the neighborhoods where riders managed to nab taxis that day in March 2009, and where they went. Look at it closely, and follow the neighborhood’s color to the cab’s destination neighborhood. White bands along the neighborhood arcs indicate the destinations; so the turquoise line crossing the circle are trips from Midtown to Gramercy.
Africa to Australia
This interactive documentary tells the stories of African immigrants and refugees living in Australia and their struggles and successes in shaping - and being shaped by - Australian society.
Virtual Venice
Take a walk through the city of Venice, Italy, in street level view. Or make a boat tour through its canals. This virtual map provides a 360 degree panoramic tour in Venice city centre and its islands. You can also 'walk' in the Venice museums and churches, art exhibitions, historical shops, hotels and restaurants.