Falling in Love with Barcelona I fell in love with Barcelona, Spain’s Catalonia region, years ago – after watching Woody Allen’s film Vicky-Christina Barcelona. Shortly after I packed my bags and moved there for the summer, getting an apartment in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. I spent months walking around the streets getting acclimated to tapas and vino and the metro system. The food, art, architecture, and the culture drew me in and
Why Iceland Should be in Your Top 5 At one point during my road trip around Iceland, I felt like this must be a different planet. The topography of Iceland would abruptly change from black sand beaches and rocky lava deserts to glacier lagoons and mountainous sheets of ice. There are shooting geysers steaming into the sky, green pastures where miniature horses nestle each other, long strands of white mountains,
Reasons you should go to Montepulciano Montepulciano is a medieval town on a hilltop in Tuscany, Italy. The town is hidden away, surrounded by robust vineyards. It is known for its Vino Nobile Tuscany’s most serious, full-bodied red wine. Coming here is like traveling back in time, apart from sporadic restorations, no major building has taken place since 1580. The population of locals is almost 15,000, and even at the
What do you need in Lisbon? Only the best hosts… I simply must brag that I had the best tour guides in all of Portugal, The Putzgrilla DJ’s Miguel Lamelas and Rui Martins. Traveling around with DJ’s has many perks: crowd vantage points, speaker proximity, groupie seniority, and endless flow of beats and beverages. Then there is the access to music festivals such as NOS Alive. Become a Foodie in
When in Rome… Yes, that old saying applies. When in Rome means anything is possible in this titan city riveting with history out of every crack. Czars, Emperors, Philosophers, new ideology, and pagan gods, walked down these streets literally and figuratively. Centuries of thriving civilization lived here educated in building aqueducts, public baths, healthcare, architecture, painting, music, sculpture, laws, and literature. Rome was a city of conquers, gladiators, and storytellers–and
What To Do In Amalfi Coast, Italy The summer months are made for European vacations, whether you’re hiking through rough terrain or soaking in the luxury of spas along coastal cities. The stretch of coastline in Southern Italy turns into an Italian paradise, and nothing says paradise quite like the pastel houses clinging to cliffs above a warm, turquoise ocean. Bronzed bodies lay on day beds, umbrellas are propped on
If I was a Leprechaun I’d Live in Malin Head Ireland is the land of mystical beings such as faeries, leprechauns, and banshees with folklore dating back to the beginning of civilization. It is also the land of whiskey, spray-painted sheep, and green landscapes encompassing little towns that seem to spring right out of the 19th century. I decided to take a road trip around the Irish country with my
How and Where to Party in Ibiza The party gods smile on the white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the tiny Balearic Island, Ibiza, off the coast of Spain. Yes, there are quiet villages and yoga retreats, but I am not going to discuss those. I am going to inform you off all the debauchery you can get yourself into. The parties, the fun, the DJ’s, the clubs, the
Located 145 miles northwest of Rome and surrounded by elegant hills, vineyards, and orchards, is the beautiful city of Florence ― Firenze, in Italian. The foundation of Florence dates back to Roman times. It survived the Gothic-Byzantine war, became the Holy Roman Empire, and birthed the Renaissance. You might say Florence has redone her hair a few times. Step into Florence today, and you’ll see a thriving city full of
What to Take in Bath Bath, England, is synonymous with Stonehenge ― an ancient, circular, stone structure that remains an engineering and architectural mystery. Believed to be a place of ancient worship, Stonehenge circle is built on the axis of the midsummer sunrise. Older than Bath, Stonehenge dates back to 3,000 BC, when it began as a circular set of earthen banks and ditches. Over the next 1,000 years, the
Edinburgh Scotland Points of Interest When I used to think of Scotland, I thought of scotch, Mel Gibson’s heroic portrayal of William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, bagpipes, and kilts. If you’ve never been to these lush green lands before, this could also be your impression. After you arrive in Edinburgh, your mind opens up, as J.K Rowling’s must have when she spent her days at The Elephant House Tea
The moment you step off the plane, you start to feel the relaxation / party vibe of the Greek Island Mykonos. Everyone who flocks to the island is here to unwind at the beach by day and party until the early morning at night. We know party islands usually get a bad rap, but Mykonos is undeniably chic and a has perfect atmosphere for however you wish to spend your
With its busy port lined with mega yachts, beautiful landscape, bustling nightlife, luxury day clubs, and great shopping, the Croatian town of Hvar is rapidly turning into one of the trendiest destinations in the Mediterranean. The city’s hillsides are coated with lush pine forests, olive groves, vineyards, fruit orchards, and lavender fields. Architecture is heavily influenced by traditional Greek, Roman, Venetian, French, and Austrian schools of architecture. Narrow stone streets
Ah, Europe! The sidewalk bistros, the lauded wine, the bountiful museums, the cobblestone streets—to visit Europe is to immerse yourself in culture at every turn. No matter where you’re headed, you’ll need a few European travel tips to navigate your way through it all.
Take in the mysterious wonder of Stonehenge in Bath, England. Or visit Florence, Italy and marvel at the Duomo. Looking for something more laid back? The whitewashed cottages of Mykonos, Greece make for a stunning view. Maybe you’d rather get lost in the bustle of Edinburgh and grab a pint at an authentic Scottish pub. No matter what type of vacation you are looking for, there is a European destination perfect for you.
From the Greek to the Roman to the British Empire, Europe has been an epicenter of power and culture since ancient times. Today, to visit Europe is to indulge all of the senses in the magnificent architecture and art, the food and the fashion, the cities and the country.
Taste the delicate sweetness of Italian gelato. Smell the salty breeze of the Mediterranean. Listen to a symphony in Vienna. Touch the luxurious textiles of Milan. You’ll never run out of amazing food or incredible sites in Europe.
My biggest European travel tip is to take some time to stop and smell the flowers, so to speak. With so many incredible things to do, it’s easy to rush from iconic landmark to must-see historical site, from dawn to dusk, without ever pausing to take in everything as a whole.
Order a coffee at a neighborhood café—but don’t order it “to go”—and enjoy the local atmosphere. Go for a morning walk with no destination and wander the streets of whatever city you’re visiting. Embrace the European tradition of long meals that carry late into the night.
Ditch your diet and taste everything you can get your hands on, from the octopus tapas in Barcelona and the sardines in Capri, to the to the flaky croissants in Nice and authentic German pretzels in Hamburg. Kick back and relax with a glass of wine, or a pint of beer—leisurely drinking is a vital part of the European experience.
Wondering what to pack for Italy? Scotland? Croatia? We’ve got you covered with our curated packing lists. Europe is known for its sophisticated style, so be sure to pack your Jimmy Choo pumps for Florence, your Burberry trench coat for Edinburgh, and a St. Lucia sarong for Hvar.
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