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Just what inspired a small French town, full of historic medieval structures, to keep up appearances?

Just what inspired a small French town, full of historic medieval structures, to keep up appearances?

A castle reborn Belcastel, France - © Martin / Adobe Stock

If our friends here ride far enough…

If our friends here ride far enough…

They’ll start seeing more of this The Ozarks, Missouri - © Beth Watson / Moment / Getty Images

Can’t get enough of the views? The cliffside glass sidewalk may be perfect for you.

Can’t get enough of the views? The cliffside glass sidewalk may be perfect for you.

Just try not to jump up and down Tianmen Mountain, China - © AaronChoi / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Imagine these barren hills flush with springtime blooms.

Imagine these barren hills flush with springtime blooms.

No need to dream, here they are Wheeler County, Oregon - © Caia Images / Aurora Photos

To stand out in a land of spiky giants, you've got to be at the pinnacle of the picturesque.

To stand out in a land of spiky giants, you

This awesome group seems made for the camera eye Cadini di Misurina, Italy - © Olimpio Fantuz / SIME / eStock Photo

Much of the city just beyond the walls of this magnificent ornate structure…

Much of the city just beyond the walls of this magnificent ornate structure…

Can match it in decorative panache Antwerp, Belgium - © RelaxFoto.de / iStock / Getty Images

If winter can transform this small corner of Bavaria into something magical…

If winter can transform this small corner of Bavaria into something magical…

Look what it can do for the entire region Schlehdorf, Germany - © Cyril Gosselin Moment / Getty Images

Across the glassy lochs, through the sweeping glens, atop the jagged peaks, and around the craggy castles…

Across the glassy lochs, through the sweeping glens, atop the jagged peaks, and around the craggy castles…

You’ll hit the highlights of the Highlands Loch Leven, Scotland - © Sebastian Wasek / SIME / eStock Photo

No, we didn’t discover this castle in France’s famed Loire Valley. Nevertheless…

No, we didn’t discover this castle in France’s famed Loire Valley. Nevertheless…

Splendid castles are just the start of this place Bojnice, Slovakia - © Zoltan Duray / 500px / Getty Images

With forested mountains in the middle, and green grasslands leading to ruggedly beautiful shorelines…

With forested mountains in the middle, and green grasslands leading to ruggedly beautiful shorelines…

This sea's second-biggest island may be tops in beauty Costa Smeralda, Sardinia - © Olimpio Fantuz / SIME / SOPA Collection / Offset

Glacier-fed lakes dot the more than 2,500 square miles of pristine wilderness that makes up…

Glacier-fed lakes dot the more than 2,500 square miles of pristine wilderness that makes up…

Canada's oldest national park Moraine Lake, Canada - © rabbit75_fot / Adobe Stock

We could try to describe this region's natural beauty with a bunch of descriptive words and phrases.

We could try to describe this region

Or we could just take a lovely shortcut Lake Lugano, Switzerland - © Christof Sonderegger / Huber Images / eStock Photo

The city of Buda and the city of Pest merged in 1873 to form Hungary's capital. Can you guess the name?

The city of Buda and the city of Pest merged in 1873 to form Hungary

We just gave away a really big hint Budapest, Hungary - © ZGPhotography / Shutterstock

Here in the heart of a vast desert, some 30,000 people once inhabited a bustling metropolis.

Here in the heart of a vast desert, some 30,000 people once inhabited a bustling metropolis.

The mark of history is seen in its rose-red stones Petra, Jordan - © Massimo Lama / easyFotostock / age fotostock

They speak French here…

They speak French here…

But this isn't France Canton of Vaud, Switzerland - © Raffi Maghdessian / Aurora Photos

With over 400 avian species here, some have called it the 'greatest bird spectacle on Earth.'

With over 400 avian species here, some have called it the

Welcome to a birdwatcher's paradise Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya - © Pierre-Yves Babelon / Moment / Getty Images

Get accurate and up-to-date statistics on public health

Get accurate and up-to-date statistics on public health

Find reliable information Northern Spanish coast - © MarioGuti / iStock / Getty Images Plus

What does this mountain overlook?

What does this mountain overlook?

Some of these, of course Mont Orohena, Tahiti - © Konstik / iStock / Getty Images Plus

The In Culture podcast brought to you by Microsoft, explores the intersection of culture and technology

The In Culture podcast brought to you by Microsoft, explores the intersection of culture and technology

Listen to the first episode right now Manhattan, New York - © Henglein and Steets / Image Source / Offset

French history comes alive with help from HoloLens 2

French history comes alive with help from HoloLens 2

Learn more Mont Saint-Michel, France - © Christian Offenberg / EyeEm / Getty Images