Belfries & Begijnhoven (Belgium). 'When Unesco took a look at Belgium’s magnificent range of medieval architecture, the choice was clearly too overwhelming. So instead a whole range was selected. This includes 33 historic belfries – church-like clock towers that were originally built in the Middle Ages. Also included were around 20 beautiful begijnhoven, charming enclosed urban villages that were a form of ‘convent-lite’.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/belgium
'It’s Advent so pull on your woollies, grab a mug of mulled wine and a wedge of festive gingerbread and set out to discover southern Germany’s fabled Yuletide markets. Nuremberg, Munich and Freiburg hold the biggest markets.
Lincoln cathedral has to be one of my favourite English Cathedrals - from its extraordinary western facade, to its crooked towers to its wonderful chapter house. Photo taken from Lincoln Castle, 13 November
Golden Horn Bay (Russia). 'No longer a remote satellite of Moscow, Vladivostok is Asia’s rising star; Golden Horn Bay is its heart and soul. Take it in from one of the city’s myriad viewpoints or join the frenzy of activity on the bay with a ferry cruise. Check out the impressive new suspension bridge spanning the bay. Suddenly those San Francisco comparisons don’t seem quite so preposterous.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/russian-far-east/vladivostok
Tuva (Russia). 'Throat-singers zing and burp under upturned eaves, nomads’ yurts pimple the dust-bare grasslands, a hoard of Scythian gold gleams in the National Museum and a clipped Turkic tongue stutters on the dusty streets – this is Tuva, a republic isolated from the rest of Russia by the Yergaki Mountains (at least until the new railway is built), where Slavic influence has all but faded.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/siberia/tuva
Moscow River Boat Tours (Russia). 'Avoid traffic jams, feel the breeze on your face and get a new perspective on the city’s most famous sights when you see them from one of the ferry boats that ply the Moscow River.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/moscow