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Next weekend — Dec. 29-31Glasgow, Scotland: 66.98 pounds round tripFly Easyjet from London Stansted to Glasgow.

The grid-designed streets of Glasgow are made for pedestrian travel, so grab a street map from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board and begin your weekend break in Scotland.

Begin in the medieval area, dominated by Glasgow’s cathedral. The most complete of Scotland’s cathedrals, this unusual double church is dedicated to Glasgow’s patron saint, St. Mungo. Another attraction of this area is the Merchant City, where you can find elegant designer boutiques among the preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings.

The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park is an easy walk from there. The collection is home to thousands of items, including ancient Egyptian and Roman artifacts and Chinese bronze statues and jade. The pink, sandstone and stainless steel building also houses medieval tapestries, stained glass windows and Rodin sculptures. There is also an impressive collection of French impressionist paintings.

You may need a full day to explore the cluster of museums in Glasgow’s West End. The Hunterian Gallery houses William Hunter’s collection of paintings together with prints and drawings by Rembrandt and Rodin. The gallery also houses a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s town house, which once stood nearby. The rooms contain Mackintosh’s distinctive art nouveau chairs, tables, beds and cupboards.

Other museums to visit include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Hunterian Museum housing Hunter’s antiquarian collection and the Museum of Transport.

Next month — Jan. 26-28Brno, Czech Republic: 61.36 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Brno-Turany.

Start in Brno’s Old Town, where you will find many of the city’s popular attractions. The Old Town Hall, once the seat of the government, now houses a collection of armor, coins and photos. The hall’s tower offers tourist an interesting view of the city below. The Brno Tourist Information Centre also is housed here.

Before leaving the Old Town Hall, examine two of the city’s unique attractions, the Brno Dragon and the Wagon Wheel. The dragon hanging from the ceiling is actually an alligator given to the city in 1608. The Wagon Wheel, according to local lore, appeared after a carpenter wagered with locals that he could chop down a tree, fashion a wheel from it and roll it 25 miles to Brno in a single day. Well, he did it, but townspeople decided he must have been helped by the devil and they refused to ever buy his work again.

Perched atop a hill overlooking the city is the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Among the decorations inside the church are a 14th-century statue of Madonna and child, a late Gothic pieta, Baroque altars and a rostrum. On most days it is also possible to visit the crypt, jewel chamber and towers.

Climb the hill beyond the park behind the cathedral to Spillberk Castle, built in the 13th century as a seat for a country lord. The castle’s role has seen many changes — from fortress, to formidable prison to the home of the Brno City Museum.

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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