Lisbon is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe: In addition to the historic center, the Castelo overlooking the city and great museum in Belem, you also enjoy wonderful daytrips to Sintra or the beach. I had planned to visit the famous Estoril, but after some research decided to give the “new favorite” Cascais a try – and I’m … Continue reading
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is steeped in history, it’s easy to explore the old town on foot, you can discover it’s Art Noveaux buildings or learn about modern history! And you can have great food like at Domini Canes while staying at nice hotels like the Radisson Blu Ridzene or Radisson Blu Daugava and it’s inexpensive when compared to other European capitals.
If you have a few days in Lisbon, I recommend you include a day-trip to Sintra, only 45 minutes from the city in the mountains, with two fantastic palaces, an old fortress and a chance for some nice hiking! The beautiful setting has inspired a few writers in the past and attracts lots of visitor today to spend a day … Continue reading
Arco da Rua Augusta
Lisbon is one of the most underrated capitals in Europe. This largest Portuguese city has an interesting history, beautiful architecture and fun dining and nightlife to offer, all without the prices you pay in Paris or London! Read more why you should consider going here!
Berlin‘s mayor famously called the German capital city “poor, but sexy” – and it might be much cheaper to visit than Paris, London or Rome – but Berlin is just as rich in history as the other European capitals and much has been restored since the fall of the wall in 1989! It’s worth a visit!
I explored the Baltic States on my Baltic Explorer trip and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was such a wonderful surprise. The old town had been lovingly restored with the towering walls and castle, churches and cobblestone streets. If you want to see “old Europe” – this is a great alternative from the busy capitals in Western Europe!
Krakow in Poland has a proud history and the Castle above the city is a great place to explore it. Find out more about Krakow, the Royal Castle, or if you don’t have much time, the Perfect Day Itinerary for this enchanting town! And if you are staying at the Radisson Blu Krakow, you can take a leisurely walk through the park to get to the castle!
The Algarve coast in the very South of Portugal is a popular beach destination and Albufeira is near the center of it, close to the main airport in Faro and with plenty of sun, sand and see for a beach getaway. The little town on the cliff above the beach offers plenty of accommodation, bars and restaurants, making it a … Continue reading
Paris will always be the city of love for me – and what better way to enjoy than sitting in a cafe along the streets of the city, side-by-side watching the crowds and enjoying a hot coffee and buttery croissant?
Read about more reasons to love Paris in my review of The City of Love!
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More than 5 Million passengers use Faro airport every year to travel to the beautiful Algarve coast in Portugal – and usually bypass the city of Faro. That’s a pity, because Faro has a beautiful old town, quirky street art and great food! Read my Snapshot: Faro you should stop over in Faro before heading to the beaches of the … Continue reading