5 Cities in Europe I want to visit are: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Krakow and Moscow. These are all beautiful cities that I still haven’t visited. There are many others which I’d like to explore one day but Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Krakow and Moscow are on the top of my travel list.
Who wouldn’t want to explore the city on canals? As many of you I have read Anne Frank’s diary too as a kid so I’d like to visit Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. There are so many wonderful sights in the Dutch capital but it’s important to choose a time of the year when this beautiful city isn’t overrun with tourists (post covid-19 tourism will probably change that). If you have explored Amsterdam, give me a couple of suggestions of what to see/do in Amsterdam besides the obvious choices.
I’ve always wanted to visit Copenhagen because it has many interesting sights. I liked Oslo and Stockholm so I’m sure I’d fall in love with this Scandinavian beauty too. Erin from Oregon girl around the world blog posts beautiful photos of Copenhagen on her Instagram stories every day as she chooses another neighborhood of her town for her daily walks/cycles. Her Instagram stories and feed show common Copenhagen, not the usual tourist hotpots and these regular Copenhagen streets look so pretty to me.
What’s on your bucket list? Everyone has different dreams and desires so every list will be unique. But one thing I’m sure of is there are dozens of things to do in Europe that are on many people’s bucket lists.
Here are 7 interesting things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting Europe.
#1. See the Northern Lights
The aurora borealis is a spectacular natural light display that may only be viewed from locations inside or near to the Arctic Circle. These polar lights are caused when solar wind disturbs the Earth’s magnetosphere.
Many people are fascinated by these light patterns in the sky, and photographs of this phenomenon have become popular. You can photograph this beautiful display if you grab your camera and travel to the northern areas of Iceland or Norway.
Tromsø is a city in the far north of Norway that lies inside the Arctic Circle. That means that every winter the city experiences 48 continuous days of night. During this time, the countryside surrounding Tromsø is an excellent location from which to observe and photograph those eerie lights in the night sky.
Image by Amund Bråthen from Pixabay
What to do in San Marino? This tiny country with its stunning capital San Marino City has plenty to offer, from medieval architecture to beautiful views and quirky museums. Read on to find out what you can do in San Marino City.
We decided to visit San Marino with our baby boy in May 2018. I was uncomfortable with the idea of flying with a six month old baby so a road trip was the best solution for us. On the way to San Marino we made a pit stop in Imola to see the castle and the F1 racecourse and on our way back we admired the Roman past of Rimini. We spent three nights and two full days in San Marino City. It was a wonderful weekend trip and a great experience as our first proper family trip.
we really loved our weekend break in San Marino
There are no border controls or passport checks between Italy and the independent micro-state of San Marino. One second you’re driving in Italy and another you’ve passed under a pedestrian bridge which marks the entrance to the Republic of San Marino. In the distance you can see the three towers high up on Monte Titano where San Marino City is situated. Luckily, it was a warm May evening and we got beautiful views of San Marino City as we were driving uphill. I booked a hotel right in the historical center of San Marino City which was perfect for sightseeing with the baby.
We managed to visit all the major sights in San Marino City and I also took the cable car down to Borgo Maggiore (one of the nine settlements or castelli which constitute the Republic of San Marino). It’s easy to visit all the listed tourist attractions below with the baby but you need to have a baby carrier with you to be able to explore the towers (can’t be done with a stroller). Remember, San Marino City is situated on the Mount Titano (739m) so there’s a lot of uphill/downhill walking throughout the historical city center.
Since it’s almost the holiday season I’ve partnered up with GPSmyCity for a Christmas giveaway. I’m sure you’re already quite familiar with this indispensable travel tool. Some of my blog posts have been turned into travel article apps which you can download for free from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. You can use them offline wherever you are. If you want the map and the GPS navigation you pay a small fee for an upgrade. You can also get a subscription and get access to numerous travel articles for the same destination. In this giveaway you can get my travel article apps Sunday in Trieste and Christmas markets in Vienna.
I love Christmas markets. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited all the Christmas markets in Vienna over the past few years. Last year I ticked off the last item on my Christmas markets in Vienna list: Altes AKH Christmas Market – the Christmas Village Former General Hospital (also known as the Christmas market at the Campus of the University of Vienna). Altes AKH Christmas market isn’t exactly in the heart of Vienna which is why you won’t find that many tourists there. However, that doesn’t mean that it is far from the city center. On the contrary, it took me less than 15 minutes on foot from the main Christmas market in front of the City Hall to this charming Christmas market in the courtyard of the University of Vienna. I visited it in the early afternoon on a Saturday so there weren’t that many people around yet. I’m sure it gets more crowded later in the afternoon and in the evening.
Expectations, expectations, expectations.. can make or break a holiday. I usually have great expectations of life in general so naturally when it comes to travel sometimes I get disappointed because of my unrealistic or unsubstantiated expectations. However, sometimes a place exceeds all of my expectations and I have an amazing time on my trip. In the past few years a couple of places have turned out to be pleasant surprises and only one fell short of my expectations.
I had high hopes of a chocoholic heaven (Brussels) but in the end I had mixed feelings about the capital of the EU. It’s not you Brussels, it’s me. I’m sure some people will like you more than I did.