By Becky Mahan, Editor When one envisions “the beach,” images of white sand, waving palm trees and crystal clear azure waters probably come to mind, along with a sweet tropical drink (probably garnished with fruit), and maybe even a hot cabana boy. But beaches come in all shapes and sizes, my friends. Europe’s beaches are known more for their rocky shores, rent-a-cabanas, and even, gasp!, nude-friendly environments. Here are the best ones, according to Trip.com users: #1: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve – United Kingdom Photo: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve by: treehouse1977 flickr – Courtesy: Trip.com This nationally protected reserve is filled with miles of safe, golden beaches, sand dunes, cafes and equipment rentals for a fun family outing at the shore. You can also take the ferry across the water to Sandbanks to see the rich and famous — and their luxurious homes. Beautiful beach and coastline with a great beach café to stop and have a drink and a bite to eat. – Lisa C. #2:
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Being the center of Catholicism, it’s no surprise that Italy is home to many of the world’s most beautiful churches. Here, we’ve handpicked our favorite ten Italian churches, from landmarks like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Milan Duomo, to lesser-known beauties in Sicily and Umbria that are worth a pilgrimage.