Alsace, France is fascinating and beautiful. A wine valley that has changed hands between Germany and France for centuries; the people there consider themselves neither but have their own interesting mix of the best of both.
They have a mime festival with carnival processions in July, where people come from all over the country especially to take part and watch. Not many tourists, incredible food and I believe the best wine in the world.
If you don't mind the cold; the festival of Venice can't be beaten. Fun photography - many tourists though.[font=Verdana]