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Top 5: Places in Europe

Top 5: Places in Europe

If you guys have been following me for a little bit you all know how much I ADORE Europe. I mean really, what’s not to love?? It is the perfect combination of relaxing, fashion, food and fun. The cuisine is to die for, the people dress well, siestas, and not starting your night until 12 am is just a different way of life!

So I thought I’d do a top 5 on my favourite places that I have been and hope I can spark the travel bug in you too…

 

5. ITALY

Venice is gorgeous. Being on the water is always my favourite and this city had it all; good food, history, water, and of course wine. On the other hand, when I visited Rome it was honestly nothing special. My best friend and I only had a day or two here, and quite frankly we were a little bored of it. I mean, we did go to the Vatican which was cool, but we didn’t have enough time to really explore much else. I’m betting that if we took the time to really explore and then also head down to the south of Italy together I would be whistling a different tune, but Rome was kind of meh. BUT the food was obviously incredible; banana gelato and prosciutto pizza are probably my favourite.

Bikes in Amsterdam

Bikes in Amsterdam

4. NETHERLANDS

Specifically, Amsterdam. Haven’t actually gone and explored anywhere else. This one makes this list because it seems like a classic, I love riding bikes, and it is a hub to get you to other parts of Europe easily! The people are great (for obvious reasons HAHA), so it’s easy to meet new people and make friends if you’re travelling solo. Obviously there are a ton of museums and districts to visit too! My favourite part is the lovely Dutch canals and riding a bike everywhere. Next time, I will definitely come in time to see the amazing tulips.

3. AUSTRIA

STUNNING. No other words. If I’m being honest I spent a mere 3 hours in this country, we were doing a drive through, but wow. It is truly breathtaking and the scenery is just unreal.

2. MALTA

Albeit very, very tiny this country was purer magic. Gorgeous water, gorgeous little city, it was mesmerizing. When I spent time here I was staying on a boat so for me this was a rather unique experience, but everything about this lovely country is amazing. I know this one isn’t really on many peoples bucket list but it should be. There are so many amazing little islets and caves around and the country itself is very clean and well kept.

Spanish Paella is to die for. Pair it with a fresh Sangria and you are good to go!

Spanish Paella is to die for. Pair it with a fresh Sangria and you are good to go!

1. SPAIN

Is this even a surprise? I mean come on guys, keep up. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent a lot of time there, or maybe I just have a thing for the country and the people and the siesta life. But this country has never disappointed. The food, the nightlife, the dining…everything is just so great. There’s also so much to explore and so many amazing little cities that you can get to, especially in the south of Spain. If you are seeing a trend, I really enjoy the “south of” anything really, especially when I can be on the Med…another trend of being by the water. The biggest thing I find with this country is all the accommodations have been great, and I have never had a bad meal either. Those are wins in my books! And come on, who doesn’t love a mid-day siesta, amirite?

HONOURABLE MENTION: MOROCCO

I know, I know! This isn’t in Europe, but I can’t not mention Morocco. It is just a spectacular city with so much to do and see. Stay tuned for a post about that coming up! But man oh man, if you get a chance JUST GO! You won’t regret it.

The Sahara

The Sahara

 

There you have it folks, my top 5 places (that I’ve been). There is still so much to do and see, I think next on my list will have to be: France (ya, I don’t know how I haven’t been here yet), Czech Rep.,and Portugal.

Don’t forget, travel is good for the soul. Go out and leave your comfort zone. Not only will it make you more diverse but there really is something magical about being able to go and visit somewhere totally new and unknown to you. Of course, don’t forget to read my tips on being a tourist here.


- Xx; a wandering, travel loving blogger

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