So a friend recently asked me if they should visit the Greek Island of Santorini OR Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It may have been one of the only recorded times in my life when I was actually speechless. For a moment. The cogs were just ticking. There was a lot to think about. Italy vs Greece. Beach against beach. Fresh sardines for lunch or would you prefer grilled octopus. And don't even get me started on the views?!?!?! Sunset over the caldera or THAT Positano beach? It actually might be impossible to choose.Read More
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Have you ever discovered a magical little beach which was such a hidden surprise that you couldn't wipe the grin off your face?
This beach in Hvar was one of those magical places for me. We were staying in this cute little sobe (private room in a Croatian family home) on the island of Hvar and when we arrived the owner took us for a walk behind the property to the "beach". She spoke limited English and we hadn't mastered any local language and to be honest we were a little skeptical.
But we grinned for days after finding this stunning beach! And we relished the trek down the hill every day.
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
I love a good bucket list! They are inspiring and dreamy while at the same time incredibly frustrating because they only seem to grow! Is it just me or do you also seem to add another 10 items to your bucket list for every one you tick off. My bucket list is ever-evolving and ever-growing but honestly, that's the way I like it!
So while Elissa is managing to tick some European highlights off her bucket list this month, I've stumbled upon a great list called The short haul bucket list: 30 places in Europe you must see before you die
It's worth having a look through the photo gallery the Daily Telegraph Travel team has compiled, but I've summarised it here for you with some photos of places I've been lucky enough to visit:
- Var, Provence, France
- Gaudí’s Barcelona, Spain
- Sistine Chapel, Italy
- Acropolis, Greece
- Pamukkale, Turkey
- Semana Santa, Spain
- Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
- Matterhorn, Switzerland
- Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
- The Atlantic Road, Norway
- Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
- Northern Lights, Scandinavia or Iceland
- Sainte Chapelle, Paris
- Red Square, Moscow, Russia
- Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
- Charles Bridge, Czech Republic
- Brandenberg Gate, Germany
- Tuscany, Italy
- Lake Bled, Slovenia
- Colosseum, Italy
- Ephesus, Turkey
- Eiffel Tower, France
- Alhambra, Spain
- Venice, Italy
- The black beaches of Iceland
- Pantheon, Italy
- Mezquita de Cordoba, Spain
- Versailles, France
- The Hermitage, St Petersburg
- Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy
My list still some fairly significant dints in it but it still needs a bit of work! With these widely published bucket lists, you always notice a few landmarks that leave you a bit stumped...the Sainte Chapelle in Paris...It looks amazing! How did I miss it?!?!?! The Sistine Chapel of course will have to stay locked in my memory - strictly no photos allowed! And then there are always some places that you will swear should have made it onto the list. Cappadocia in Turkey? The Cinque Terre in Italy???? The islands of Croatia???? But of course - lists can't be endless...or can they?!?!
Are any of your favourite places in Europe missing? Or any hot spots you are just dying to visit? While Elissa is gallivanting the European countryside living out her bucket list, come and dream with me!