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The Cinque Terre are suitable for a day trip out of Florence or Lucca. In normal times (hoping they return) they are packed with tourists and it helps to be half mountain goat.

You might try a drive out of Paris down the Loire Valley to the coast. Another nice route is to start from Brussels and then follow the coast of France to Normandy. Properly seeing Normandy by car can take a couple of weeks. Then driving to PAris by way of Geverney. Also Bordeaux is a lovely city a bit off the beaten path if you head in that direction.

Further away, I can recommend driving through South Africa along the Garden Route (and some parallel paths). The roads are wonderful, the guest houses inexpensive and clean and we never ate a bad meal anywhere in the county.

Another possibility is to fly around Argentina on a tourist rate using Aerolineas Argentina from town to town - renting a car at each stop and staying for about a week in each location. The country has climate zones varying from the Amazon in the north to the chill of Patagonia in the south (and everything in-between). If you are a carnivore, this is the place for you.

Moving a bit further, there are few places as fascinating as Japan. Either by train or by ship (such as the now-infamous, Diamond Princess), it is easy to get around and see this fascinating country - where every small town is unique.


Jeff
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