The most asked question I get every time I come back home from Europe:
"What's your favorite European destination?"
This is no easy question to answer! For someone who has traveled extensively to Europe for the past 20 years - there's never just one favorite! And of course, the list of favorites continually changes every time I go back. I have many, many more faves! But I've listed the best of the best below from the Western to Southern regions of Europe. For now.
Special thanks to Go Euro for making it uber easy to plan a Eurotrip these days! Finding the best route or the cheapest mode of transportation has never been easier. Or more straightforward. Def a lifesaver!
1. VENICE, ITALY
I've been completely and whole-heartedly blown away by everything in Venice. This centuries old city, majestically perched on water in all it's pastel glory, is quite the visual wonderment. Utterly romantic and insanely Old World Renaissance idyllic at every turn, you really can't take a bad photo here. And all that charm exists on 118 small islands connected by 400 bridges. 400! No cars. Just water ... everywhere! Hard to believe people actually live here!
2. MONT ST. MICHEL, FRANCE
This abbey island commune, surrounded by high tide waters and, in turn, curiously surrounded by exposed sand at low tide, is probably one of the more magical places I have ever seen in Europe. Til this day I'm still not even sure if it's real. And I've stayed there for 4 days! But I assure you that everyday I was there, I awoke giddy and eager to see this dreamy motif off the coast of Normandy.
3. KINDERDIJK, NETHERLANDS
An hour drive south of Amsterdam will find yourself in the countryside with the most picturesque clad of iconic windmills. All 19 of them. As far as the eye could see. It's a massive place to explore and one can easily spend an entire morning windmill hopping. It's zen, peaceful, and remote. Perfect place to find that inner balance with a furry four-legged friend.
4. DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely loved the photogenic waterfalls in Croatia! Some of the finest I've seen on my world travels. But there's something about touristy Old Town Dubrovnik that I find exotic. It's unlike any other European Old Town that I've been to. Pristine white marble streets, orange rooftops, Baroque facades. All surrounded by the stunning Adriatic Sea with amazing views inside, outside and above the city. Picturesque any way you look at it! I can see why 'Pearl of the Adriatic' is a deserving title for this gorgeous Balkan city!
5. CINQUE TERRE, ITALY
Colorful pastel buildings huddled together and artfully situated on rocky hillsides overlooking the Ligurian Sea. They definitely look exactly like they do in those postcards. Almost too pretty to be real. But it is very real. And there are five of these very real picturesque villages carved into the rugged landscape. Such a visual treat to hike to all five and take in the unique panoramic vista that town offers.