Friday, July 21, 2017

The Quintessential European Bucket List

Hello Friends!

I don't know about you all, but lately I have been having some serious wanderlust. I've been looking (read stalking) some different instas for travel. I'm dying to go back to Europe. I actually found this really cool website that you can set a budget, travel date, and "home base" and it gives you all sorts of options for places to visit. I'm looking at seeing if there's somewhere cool to go over my spring break. I've also been using Hopper to check out flights.

I love a cliche. Especially while traveling. When I think of Europe I think about sipping an aperol spritz in the summer sunshine, riding a donkey through the Grecian hills, or eating warm, flaky croissants. Europe is full of cliches and I am so ready for it. I want to be a part of all the wonderful times that there are to be had.

Ride on a gondola in Venice

Venice is known for its beautiful canals, water, and singing gondoliers. Of course, there are many different things to do in Venice, but this is a must do. I know as a first time visitor myself, this is the primary goal I have. For a quintessential Venetian experience, we must hit up the gondolas, later we will switch over to the water taxis or the local ferry network. 

Try Waffles & Frites in Belgium

There are many reasons to visit Belgium, but the Belgian Waffles are top 10. Along with the beer, Belgium has a few claims to fame worth taste testing. There is no better way to start your morning than with waffles and to spend you day with some frites.

Ride a bike through Amsterdam

This city is known for biking. I believe there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam. Definitely need to hop on a bike and see the city from the streets, meandering through small alleyways and through neighborhoods.

Eat Churros in Spain

There is nothing more amazing than hot chocolate and churros in Spain? These are amazing deep fried goodies. You must try the dulce de leche. Truly you cannot stay away from these. 

Visit a castle or twenty

Castles on castles on castles on castles. Taking tours, or just exploring on your own there is a magicalness of castles that will never wear off. All the stories and myths of the people that lived there are fascinating. Europe is the mecca for all the amazing castles (you can also explore churches). 

A Walking Guide to Prague | World of Wanderlust

Explore Prague

Prague is one of the hidden gems of Europe. The Czech capital brings together many eras, ideas, and architecture. There's gothic influence, medieval marvels, and the Old Town.

Eat Gelato in Italy

This is a MUST DO!!!! There is no gelato flavor that must go untasted. Between the pasta and the street side pizza, gelato is a must eat. No matter where you find yourself in the country, it is a time honored tradition. Some gelato and a nice espresso. 

Get Artsy in Vienna

I have never been to Vienna. It is one of the prettiest cities in the world. One of the major highlights of this city is the expansive art collections. You can't miss the Belvedere or Hundertwasserhaus.


Realise how cool Budapest is

Europe is super cool! But Budapest is a whole new kind of cool. There is a lot of "under the radar" appeal to this capital city. Definitely have to try the thermal waters and eat some goulash. There's a lot of fun outdoor activities to try out. 

Go to Poland

Poland is definitely an underrated location. It is a must visit Eastern European destination. It has an impeccable ability to capture, freeze, and honor its history. There is so much rich history, especially some of the larger concentration camps from WWII. Warsaw provides a realistic glimpse into communism in Eastern Europe. 

Complain about the price of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a fun place to visit, but it is also ranked among the most expensive cities to visit in Europe. You'll just have to live by the "less is more" mantra. Bike around the city, and make sure to visit the Tivoli gardens. 

Go yachting in Croatia

Yachting throughout the summer time is almost like a right of passage. The "yacht week" and seasonal yacht trips throughout the season are combined with the beauty of Croatia. It is affordable and luxe! One of the many things to do in Croatia.

Attend Oktoberfest

This has been on my bucket list for ages! Beginning in mid-September, Munich is the place to be. I definitely want to dress in lederhosen and dive into the experience.

Stand in the Red Square

St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square, Moscow is iconic. It is symbolic of the Russian capital and cannot be missed. Another big one for my bucket list. 

Row a boat on a lake

This is another quintessential experience in Europe. It can be done anywhere, but why not try it in a more unknown local. Slovenia has some beautiful lakes. Make a lunch trip out of it. Hallstatt in Austria is also a must try.

Rent a vespa in Italy

Absolute must do. This is pretty much the most Italian thing you will ever do. Stop along the coast, grab a pizza, gelato, or espresso and head for the open road!

Bike ride from Vineyard to Vineyard in France

The countryside of France has wonderful things to offer. Wine country. This is a great way to spend a cool summer day.

Take photos of someone's laundry (at least once)

This is definitely a cool European novelty! 

Stay in a French Chateau

This is something we did as a family. It is so perfectly French. Hanging out on the countryside with a bottle of wine, some food, and let the sunsets turn to sunrises. There is so much relaxing to be had. 

Feel Lucky in Ireland

Kissing the Blarney Stone, finding a 4-leaf clover, etc. there are many things the Irish Countryside can offer. There are many castles peppered along the way. 

Catch the Hogwarts Express

THIS IS REAL!!!! I NEED IT in my life. You can actually ride the Hogwarts Express. Jump on board in the Scottish Highlands. 

Visit the real Hogwarts Great Hall

Within the UK (but unfortunately not at the other end of your train journey) is Hogwarts itself. There are many Harry Potter filming locations in the UK. This is the most realistic, locate in Christ College, Oxford. 

Eat nutella on everything!!

Crepes, crepes, crepes, crepes. 

Play with Reindeer in Lapland

Finland isn't usually on people's Eurotrip plans, but there's no reason it shouldn't be. It can be like a real life Chronicles of Narnia with reindeer or truding through the snow. 

Ski in Switzerland

Hands down some of the best skiing in the world. If the price puts you off, consider cheaper alternatives like Austria or Poland. Between the hot chocolate and the ski conditions you really can't find a better place. 

Paris in Spring

Visit Paris in the Spring

My sister went to Paris this past spring and it was amazing. It is not too cold, not too hot. Just perfect for exploring or sitting by the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to take 12000 pictures. 

Eat Pizza in Naples

Naples is the birthplace of pizza. You cannot be in Italy and not try the food they're famous for. 

Eat all the French Pastries

From macarons to mille feuille. There's a whole world of pastry to discover. 

Florence | World of Wanderlust

Step back in time in Florence

The cathedrals, art, and architecture will bring you back in time. As if the entire city has frozen in time and allowed you to visit. There are many places to visit in your time in Florence. 

Flam Norway | World of Wanderlust

Burn through your savings in Norway

Norway is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. Norway is gorgeous and wonderful for outdoorsy adventure seekers. From Hiking to Kayaking and everything in between. This is definitely an outdoor paradise. 

Island hop in Greece

I am dying to do this! So many of my friends have done this recently and I'm dying to go. From Mykonos to Santorini there are endless islands to explore. Start talking to the locals and find all the small, cool finds. 

Where would you want to visit?