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Next weekend — Nov. 3-5Leipzig, Germany: 34.34 pounds round trip

Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Altenburg.

The city of Leipzig is a short, 30-minute journey by train from Altenburg.

Visiting Leipzig is a history lesson taught by music and art. A great place to start your exploration of the city is the Augustusplatz, the biggest city square in Germany at 47,851 square yards.

Here you will find the Leipzig Gewnhaus concert hall, home to the city orchestra. According to Leipzig’s tourist service, the well-known acoustics of the hall permit a tone to resonate for a full two seconds. On the opposite side of the square, one can visit the Opera House, where an opera choir, children’s choir and ballet school are based.

From here, take a stroll to St. Thomas Church, where Johann Sebastian Bach played the organ and was choirmaster to the church’s famous St. Thomas Boy’s Choir for 27 years. Bach’s grave can be found in the church’s choir room. A small exhibit of old instruments also can be found inside the church. Opposite the church stands the Bach family home, now a museum devoted to the composer’s life and work.

From here, you can head to the Grassimuseum, housing three separate museums celebrating the arts. The Museum of Arts and Crafts showcases the local tradition of handicrafts such as beautiful porcelain and fine tapestry art. Arts and crafts from various eras and continents can be viewed at the Ethnological Museum and the Musical Instruments Museum presents musical instruments including the world’s oldest clavichord.

Next month — Dec. 2-4Palermo, Italy: 46.92 pounds round trip

Fly Ryanair from London Stansted to Palermo.

With an overabundance of vehicles, a bit of a pollution problem, and many pickpockets, Palermo, on the Italian island of Sicily, may not be the easiest place to visit. But those who endure find much to appreciate.

Vacationers pressed for time should start at the Palace of the Normans. Visitors will first be directed to the Palatine Chapel built in 1130 and adorned with mesmerizing Byzantine mosaics depicting the story of the Bible. The Royal Apartments above can be explored on most days; however, on occasion they are closed to the public as the palace is still the seat of the regional government. Decorated with many spectacular candelabras, the Hall of Mirrors should not be missed.

The next stop on the itinerary ought to be the Catacombs of the Capuchins under the Capuchins Monastery. Visitors can wander through the catacombs among at least 8,000 mummified bodies, many dating from the 16th century. Visitors should keep in mind that although many of the corpses are still in remarkably preserved condition, others have seen the ravages of time.

Visit the Regional Archaeological Museum with artifacts from prehistoric times to the Roman era. The museum is spread out through several buildings with collections including finds from the Phoenician, Punic, Greek and Roman periods.

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