I love to visit cities. The buzz, the hype, the plethora of dining and drinking options, the endless list of attractions to visit and cafés to while away the hours in - what's not to love!
But when it comes to putting down roots and calling a place "home" I'm a small to medium town girl for sure! There is something beautiful about the simplicity of knowing your way around a place in a depth that you never could in a city. Knowing each street, each shop, each restaurant and café (even if the options are limited) every good picnic spot and and secret spot. Even all the people! There's a feeling of intimacy that comes from living in a small town that big cities just can't match.
And when travelling, the small towns are often the hidden gems of an adventure. You are more likely to meet locals and get great tips in a small town. And you're more likely to stumble upon hidden secrets that don't make the guide books.
While Elissa continues to swan around Europe, I've come across this great blog which list 12 idyllic small towns that remind us of the simple life.
The photos are visually stunning! Check out this gem of Popeye Village in Malta! Malta is high on my Europe hit-list and this photo is sending me to Wanderlust heaven!
There is plenty of great alternative European inspiration here. So check it out at RYOT