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There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city played King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

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There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city played King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

The 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

There are few places that better capture the grand soul of maritime Old Europe than Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik. The city currently plays King's Landing in Game of Thrones, and was formerly the capital of the Maritime Republic of Ragusa, rival to Italy's Venice and Amalfi. Dubrovnik's crown jewel is the sternly lovely old town of Stari Grad, whose convents, palaces, and fountains were cut from the same lightly colored stone. —CNT Editors

Any trip to the Côte d'Azur should include an extended visit in Nice, a perfect combination of a relaxed Mediterranean resort and a modern cosmopolitan city. A climb up to Castle Hill will give you an overview of the town's crown jewels, like the Promenade des Anglais and Baie des Anges. The picture-perfect Old Town district is bustling with colorful markets and cafes in pastel pinks and yellows.

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Any trip to the Côte d'Azur should include an extended visit in Nice, a perfect combination of a relaxed Mediterranean resort and a modern cosmopolitan city. A climb up to Castle Hill will give you an overview of the town's crown jewels, like the Promenade des Anglais and Baie des Anges. The picture-perfect Old Town district is bustling with colorful markets and cafes in pastel pinks and yellows.

Frame with gold threadwork & freshwater pearls & beadwork (as designed by Irina Rudneva) ~ by Larissa Borodich.  Here, the pearl framework is on two layers of linen fabric, topped with one layer of gold-colored polyester satin - freshwater pearls & the leaves padded with three layers of satin stitch; also gold cord, gold purl, pearl purl, and rhinestones. (2nd of three pins)

Gold Threads and Pearl Embroidery

Frame with gold threadwork & freshwater pearls & beadwork (as designed by Irina Rudneva) ~ by Larissa Borodich. Here, the pearl framework is on two layers of linen fabric, topped with one layer of gold-colored polyester satin - freshwater pearls & the leaves padded with three layers of satin stitch; also gold cord, gold purl, pearl purl, and rhinestones. (2nd of three pins)

The Wittelsbach Diamond ($ 16.4 Million) is also known as Der Blue Wittelsbacher is 35.56 carat (7.11 g) blue diamond with VS 2 clarity that has been appreciated by the nobility of Europe for centuries. It has become part of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. Color and clarity has been compared with the Hope Diamond.

The Wittelsbach Diamond ($ 16.4 Million) is also known as Der Blue Wittelsbacher is 35.56 carat (7.11 g) blue diamond with VS 2 clarity that has been appreciated by the nobility of Europe for centuries. It has become part of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. Color and clarity has been compared with the Hope Diamond.

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Bavarian Royal Jewels - Wittlesbach Diamond in the Golden Fleece.  A grayish blue diamond taken to Europe in the 17th century from India, it was given in 1664 to the Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father, the King of Spain, eventually becoming a fixture of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels.

Bavarian Royal Jewels - Wittlesbach Diamond in the Golden Fleece. A grayish blue diamond taken to Europe in the 17th century from India, it was given in 1664 to the Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father, the King of Spain, eventually becoming a fixture of both the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels.

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