Nothing speaks more to the notion of serenity and quaintness than rural Europe. Think Lord of the Rings-style English villages, with relics dating back to a pre-industrial age, thatched-roof cottages, windmills, and market squares. Yes, these places still do exist, and they are what give modern Europe its rustic charm. And what’s more, Europe’s rich cultural diversity provides the modern traveler with a veritable mix of locations and cultures to select from -- all replete with forts, castles, and local delicacies. Here are 15 of the most picturesque villages that are worth going out of your way to visit when you’re in Europe. Or maybe you should just quit your job, go and never come back. Just promise to send us a postcard?