UK ¦¦ I live here!
Germany ¦¦ I visited my friend who lived in Marburg for a bit, taking in Frankfurt along the way. I also visited Munich as part of my German exchange when I was about 14; I feel the wonders of the city were a bit lost to me at that age, but I had a marvellous time nonetheless. Also whilst at school, I played the cello in our orchestra which toured around various locations including Leipzig, which I loved and where I discovered I hate rum. Berlin is top of my city break hitlist now, and I’m certain I’ll love it.
Spain ¦¦ Lovely trips to Madrid to visit a bestie, Malaga and the surrounding coast for a sunshine break with S, and a university field trip to Almeria where I learned awesome ecological field skills and got some serious sunburn.
Portugal ¦¦ A pre-university trip with a friend to her family villa in the Algarve, which contained lots of golf courses, English people, and some lovely weather but was sadly lacking in culture. I think I’d like to go back to Lisbon – the Algarve really wasn’t for me.
France ¦¦ Numerous family holidays were spent driving, camping and eating blackcurrent sorbet around France as a child. I’ve been a fair few times as an adult, as well; to Paris with S a couple of times and to the South for a friend’s wedding.
Switzerland ¦¦I have family who live near Geneva, so I’ve been a few times. They also have a chalet in Chamonix which is gorgeous although I prefer it in the summer (I’m not really a winter sports gal). I’m counting Chamonix here even though I know it’s in France because I always go in conjunction with my Swiss visits 🙂
Belgium ¦¦ I visited Belgium briefly during a school trip around the battlefields of Northern France and Belgium as part of my history studies. We visited some cemeteries, memorials, still pock-marked battlefields and heard the last post at the Menin Gate in Ypres. A very, very moving trip but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to do it.
Italy ¦¦ S and I went on our honeymoon to Umbria and Tuscany. It was absolutely stunning and the food was out of this world. I am super keen to go back, but S less so which I can’t understand. So we’re negotiating on that one.
Norway ¦¦ S and I’s first trip away together was to Oslo for NYE 2008. Awwwee. We saw real Viking ships and tried to spend as little of our student budget as possible (tricky).
Finland ¦¦ I feel a bit of a cheat saying I’ve been here, but technically I have. S and I took a day trip to Helsinki via ferry from Estonia. It was beautiful and the trip through the harbour was breathtaking. Also, reindeer is quite tasty.
Sweden ¦¦ I’ve been only for work, so I haven’t seen as much as I’d like. Although arguably, having lived and worked there for a few weeks alongside some real Swedes, I’ve probably got a better understanding of the culture than if I’d visited on holiday.
Poland ¦¦ Back to the school orchestra tour – we took in some cities in Poland too, including Gdansk. We also visited a concentration camp which was unbearably sad. Abiding memories include the lovely architecture and that everything was so. cheap. (this was 2002, I don’t think things are quite as cheap nowadays sadly).
Czech Republic ¦¦ Another orchestra tour stopover. We visited Prague and played concerts there, then roamed the streets buying incredibly cheap jewellery and gawping at the buildings. We were too young for beer…!
Hungary ¦¦ A favourite trip with S; we spent a week in Budapest for my birthday a few years ago and I fell in love with the city. It’s a gorgeous place and the baths were particularly amazing. I am very keen to go back.
Greece ¦¦ I’m reluctant to count this as it was only a family holiday when I was about 12 and useless. It was a resort holiday on one of the islands and I basically didn’t leave the hotel complex the entire time. Silly child. I’m now desperate to visit Athens and some of the islands eg Santorini, Mykonos.
Croatia ¦¦ I adored Croatia, in particular the history. We stayed in Split and I just couldn’t get over walking around an actual Roman palace. Like, that real Romans walked around. Incredible. The weather and scenery were pretty ace too.
Turkey ¦¦ Same situation as Greece. I think I was 13 this time. It’s an awkward age. I passed up the chance to go and see the ruins of Ephesus because it involved a 4h coach journey in 30+degC heat, and I was 13. I still kick myself about that decision.
Estonia ¦¦ Fairytale land; S and I visited for a few days and were just stunned by the old town. It’s incredibly beautiful.
Latvia ¦¦ Our most recent European trip, S and I spent a few days in Riga last year. It’s a lovely place, and I’d like to go to some more Baltic states soon – and travel around the countryside, rather than just sticking to the cities.
Have you seen much of Europe? Where would you like to go next – or where do you recommend I put on my list?