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Top 20 European Destinations

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Out of all the continents, Europe is the one that I have travelled the most (living in Scotland helps!  What doesn’t help is the fact I have to take at least 2 planes to get anywhere…).  I’ve decided to make a list of my Top 20 European Destinations.  Some of these I’ve been to, some I’m desperate to visit but I hope you enjoy my list!

Just a head’s up, this list isn’t in order of how much I like the destinations, as they’re too amazing to put in order!

                                                                                                       20. Dubrovnik, Croatia                                                                            telegraph.co.uk

If you wanna pretend you’re in Game of Thrones (although, you’ll probably end up killed off like the rest of the characters…), then this is the destination for you!  Dubrovnik is a beautiful, old town, full of amazing history and museums.

Picture 02619. Saas-Fee, Switzerland

I need to go back here.  Saas-Fee is amazing for skiing.  Only electric cars are allowed in the town, which is full of cute buildings and amazing shops (and hot chocolate!)

                                                                                                                18. Monaco                                                                                              hotel-r.net

The world’s second smallest country (after the Vatican), Monaco is one of the glitziest places in the world and I badly want to visit it.  It’s very expensive, though!

                                                                                                          17. Barcelona, Spain                                                 timeout.com

I’m desperate to visit Barcelona and see the Sagrada Familia, get lost in the alleys, and enjoy everything Gaudi!

DSC_025216. Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most beautiful places I’ve visited, Prague is full of amazing architecture, history and everything is so cheap!  And you need to try a trdelnik – they’re so good!

                                                                                                      15. Amsterdam, Netherlands                                                           digital.fespa.com

Full of brilliant museums, Amsterdam is also famous for its biking, culture and history.

Edinburgh114. Edinburgh, Scotland

I lived here for 4 years, so Edinburgh will always have a special place in my heart.  Make sure you visit the many museums and the castle (and palace!).  And you must get lost in the small back streets! (The above photo is the street I lived on – isn’t it gorgeous?!)

                                                                                                       13. Budapest, Hungary                                                                            lvs.luxury

Budapest is probably up there for culture and architecture.  And I’ve heard it’s a good place to travel to if you’re on a budget.

DSC_073212. Verona, Italy

I love Verona.  It’s so small, cute, rustic and full of history – and it’s so easy to get away from the crowds as well!

                                                                                                     11. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic                                               czechtourism.com

Another small, cute town, Cesky Krumlov reminds me of The Grand Budapest Hotel (one of my favourite films!)

                                                                                                             10. Athens, Greece                                                                   lonelyplanet.com

I love anything to do with Ancient Greece, so what better place than Athens?

                                                                                                             9. Lisbon, Portugal                                                           worldwanderista.com

Lisbon is up there as one of the places I’m probably going to visit soon (fingers crossed!).  This beautiful city is full of amazing culture, great food, and gorgeous, tiny streets.

                                                                                                                8. Colmar, France                                                              thousandwonders.net

Probably the cutest town in France – how can you resist all of those gorgeous, brightly coloured houses!  And they’re next to a river!  Can’t go wrong there 🙂

                                                                                                             7. Ronda, Spain                                                                    malagatogo.com

I badly want to visit this cliffside village – imagine the views!  And the history of the place is amazing.

Picture 0046. Paris, France

The romantic City of Lights, there’s so much to do in Paris – amazing nightlife, culture and food, to name a few!

                                                                                                          5. Dordogne Region, France                                                       leseyzies-tourist.info

So many castles!  I need to go here!

                                                                                                         4. Santorini, Greece                                                                                   foundtheworld.com

You’ll recognise the pictures – the gorgeous, white buildings with blue roofs.  I’ve also heard the sunsets are amazing.

DSC_00053. Venice, Italy

I love Venice.  It’s so unique and unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before.  It’s impossible to walk over a bridge and not take a photo of the canals.

                                                                                                            2. Seville, Spain                                telegraph.co.uk

As well as the history and the amazing architecture, Seville is also famous for tapas, flamenco and sangria.

DSC_00681. Cinque Terre, Italy

Five gorgeous, small towns by the coast.  Hike or catch the train between each town.  Be prepared, though – there’s not a flat area anywhere.  It’s all hills or stairs.

Ibiza 2015

My first ever all-inclusive holiday!  I’ve never been on one of these before (although, I have been on a half-board holiday).  I went with two friends (and it happened to coincide with my 25th birthday, which we hadn’t planned but it worked out 😀 ) and we managed to book a really nice, cheap place through Thomson (it worked out at around £400 each for the four days that we were there).

So, because I seem to think I need to take the kitchen sink with me, I packed my suitcase chock full of stuff that I wouldn’t even use.  At least half of my outfits weren’t taken out of my suitcase.  I was away for four days and I packed three (three!) pairs of sandals.  Why would I do that??

Anyway, since I seem to be so disaster-prone, I was sick on the plane on the way there.  I don’t know why this is suddenly happening to me.  First Prague, now Ibiza.  I’ve never been sick travelling before, so I really hope that this isn’t going to be a regular thing.  It was horrible – the toilet was busy, so I actually had to use a sick bag (ugh…).  Thankfully, the only good thing to come out of it was that one of the friends I was travelling with hadn’t even realised that I’d been sick until my other friend and I were talking about it at the hotel.  So, that means I was quiet right?  I wasn’t that passenger…was I?

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Moving on!  After that incident, I felt fine!  So, we arrived at the airport, grabbed our suitcases and boarded the bus.  Luckily, we were the first stop and, even though we were about five minutes from the airport, the planes flying overhead barely made any noise.

Once we’d checked in, sorted ourselves out and got our towels from reception, we headed to the pool.

And that was pretty much how we spent the next four days (I told you guys, I’m not a very experienced traveller).  In the evenings, we did go exploring, which was lovely.  We walked up to Ibiza Castle.  It was really nice, even though my body thought the steps were really confusing.  They were super wide and on quite a slope.  My friends had fun watching me trying not to fall over backwards.

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I know Ibiza is meant to be a party island and my friends and I aren’t the biggest party-goers but we were excited to experience it.  However, we’d booked it in October and we didn’t realise until we arrived that all of the clubs were closed.  We managed to make it to one closing party – in an Irish bar – so that was something.  It’s gives me a reason to go back!

All in all, it was a very good 25th birthday 🙂

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