“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page…”
If you caught my last post on 10 Quirky Restaurants I want to dine in, you’ll know that I’m passionate about ticking things off my bucket list. In this post, I’m addressing my wanderlust with 10 European cities I’m keen to visit. Rephrase – DESPERATE! I live in one of the most beautiful continents in the world, yet I’ve only seen a fraction of it. Travelling around Europe can be as cheap as a night out (yes really, just ask Vicky Flip Flop) so I’ve been asking myself why I haven’t seen more of the cities that are essentially on my doorstep. Well I’m hoping to change that. In an ideal world I will visit all of them, but I a) have a job and b) said job does not pay me 4 salaries per month. Therefore I will start with these 10, then work on the others later… Europe you CANNOT stop me!
It’s stated as one of the most overlooked cities in Europe, so I’m here to give it some loving! Talliinn looks absolutely stunning… And I mean STUNNING. From it’s towering castles to it’s old cobbles streets, Tallinn has a touch of medieval about it. It looks like something out of a film (you know that country they fly to in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Yeah that) and their rows of colourful houses are just perfect to fit in with my Instagram feed. So basically I need to go for business reasons #BloggerProblems.
Stockholm is worth going just for the archipelago – a cluster of 30,000 islands just 20 minutes away from the city. Each islet has its own character, with many being unhibited. You’d definitely need longer than a weekend here just to get around them! Back on land, you can enjoy Scandinavian cuisine, art and entertainment. I’m a lover of museums (particualarly when they’re free) and Stockholm is full to the brim of them. Hopefully I’ll be venturing there in 2017!
This one doesn’t really need an introduction. The idyllic St. Tropez sits in the South of France and is the playground of celebrities and international socialites. Not that I fit into either of those categories, but hey ho. Known for its stunning harbours and beaches, this is probably one to visit if all you plan on doing is sipping a cocktail in the sun with a book. That has me all over it. If you did fancy getting some exercise, there are plenty of museums, vineyards and historical monuments to discover.
There’s really only one time of year that you can visit Cologne… And that’s around Christmas for a traditional German market. With no less than 8 markets in the city, you’ll need a few days here to work your way around them (and work off all the Bratwurst!). I’ll be spending a few days here in December so will definitely be checking out all of the markets, plus a visit to their spectacular cathedral… and it would be rude to leave without picking up some local chocolatey delicacies from their Museum of Chocolate.
Continuing the German theme, Berlin also deserves a flying visit. Known for its wild nightlife (Berghain club, I’m looking at you) Berlin is a popular destination for hen and stag dos, or just a short party breakaway. To walk off your hangover the tour along the Berlin Wall traces the route where the famous wall once stood. Mixing alcohol with a spot of history? That’s a bit of me.
We’ve all heard of the Northern Lights in Reykjavik, but I know of hardly anyone who’s actually been to see them. Of course the only way to view them is to lie down under the stars and view them through the glass roof of an igloo embedded in the snow (we’ve all seen them on Facebook). The Northern Lights really are something majestic, and I wouldn’t mind a bathe in their natural hot springs, so one day Reykjaviik… One day.
One of the most romantic cities in the world, (and boasting some of the world’s best food), there’s no way that Rome wasn’t going to make it onto my list. I’m fascinated by the culture and the art, as well as experiencing an authentic Italian coffee. The Colosseum is calling my name…
Just a stone’s throw from England, it really saddens me that I’ve yet to experience the wonders of Ireland, and in particular, Dublin. Popular for shopping (and of course drinking), Dublin is host to a range of tours such as the Dublin Ghost Tour… Which I shall be avoiding at all costs. You’ll find me on the Titanic tour instead!
Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations among my friends, and to be honest I never really understood why until quite recently. It’s one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. Dubrovnik old town, with it’s marbled streets and forts, is what’s missing from my Instagram feed. I’m not one for heights, but taking a cable car to see the city in all its glory sounds like a must-do. Plus it’s only 4 minutes long. I think I can handle that.
Last but not least, we have the magnificent Zurich. Vibrant and wealthy, you’ll want to visit the Fraumunster (their cathedral) and then balance it out with a day session at the Frau Gerolds Garten – an adults playground laden with various alcoholic bars set in a stunning backdrop of fairy lights and shipping containers.
Hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to visit all of these cities over the course of my lifetime, along with a few others. Piggy bank at the ready! How many of these have you already visited? Which others would you recommend?