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Next weekend — Dec. 8-10Trieste, Italy: 29.81 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Trieste.

Tourists can start their visit in the oldest part of the city up the Capitoline Hill, where most of the city’s interesting museums and monuments can be found. Stop by the Arco di Riccardo, a Roman arch built in 33 AD in honor of Emperor Augustus.

From here tourists can walk about 10 minutes up the hill to the Catterdrale di San Giusto to explore this cathedral whose exterior contains fragments of Roman tombs and temples. Inside, delight in the 13th-century mosaics and frescoes and the wooden ceiling studded with stars.

Just above the cathedral sits the Castello di San Giusto, a castle built by the Venetians in the 15th century. It now houses exhibits on weaponry and armor, Flemish tapestries and period furnishings.

The oldest place of worship in Trieste is the San Silvestro dating from the 11th century and said to have been erected on the site where two local martyrs once lived.

Enjoy an espresso at one of the many cafes that line the streets. During December, visitors will find that many of the cafes have live music and are surrounded by traditional Christmas market stalls. During this holiday period, the city’s many churches will host a full calendar of live music and holiday events. A large exhibition of original nativity scenes can be seen at Palazzo Vivante.

Next month — Jan. 5-7Aalborg, Denmark: 58 pounds round tripFly Sterling from London Gatwick to Aalborg.

The shipping city of Aalborg is a great base with its many hotels and restaurants for visitors to the northern Jutland area. Many attractions can be found near Aalborg, so rent a car and grab a map from the local tourism board office.

Two miles north of Aalborg, tourists can visit the remains of the Norresundby Viking settlement. It is the site of more than 700 cremation graves and contains more than 150 Viking boats and ships that were ceremonially burned as part of the cremations. The adjacent Lindholm Hoje Museum contains archaeological finds from the excavation.

Another 20 miles north from there is the Flauenskjold, a Renaissance-era castle. The interior of the castle is decorated with sculptures, Louis XVI furniture and paintings by Goya and Rubens. Take special notice of the beautifully adorned banquet hall and grand salon.

The Aalborg Zoologisk Have is the second largest zoo in Scandinavia and only two miles south of Aalborg. Some 800 animal specimens from all over the world wander freely in surroundings designed to echo an open African range. During January and February, it is recommended to arrive right as the zoo opens at 10 a.m. since it closes early at 2 p.m.

Before leaving Aalborg, tourists should take the elevator or stairs to the top of the Aalborgarnet, a tower 328 feet above sea level, for a perfect view of the city below.

Airfare prices include estimated taxes and are courtesy of the Web site www.skyscanner.net. Prices were verified as of Monday afternoon when Stars and Stripes UK went to press. Deals are not guaranteed to be available; restrictions may apply.


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