It is said that coastal Europe was the birthplace of modern civilization, including democracy, science, art, and wine. It is true that the â€œOld Worldâ€ boasts thousands of years of history. If you lay in the sun on the beaches of Spain and Italy, study the historical sights of Greece and Jerusalem, or enjoy the beauty of Santorini and the Greek Islands, the memories will last a lifetime. There is no other place in the world like Rome, with its historic Colosseum and Pantheon, or Vatican City, home of the Pope and St. Peterâ€™s basilica. Anyone who loves unique architectural design ought to visit Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudiâ€™s most distinguished work. Wine lovers will want to take time in the prestigious wine regions of Chianti in Italy, Port in Portugal, and Provence in France. Walk along the beautiful waterways in Venice. Anyone traveling along Croatiaâ€™s Adriatic coast will want to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik, with its ancient walls surrounding the city still largely intact. A visit to the â€œOld Worldâ€ countries in Europe for more vacation will surely prompt you to brush up on your history.