After the most amazing ten months visiting countries from all different corners of the globe, now that I’m home indefinitely, I find myself wondering where I will venture to next.
Of course, having an American boyfriend means that it’s highly likely that I will end up in the US of A again sometime soon; however, the travel bug that now resides in me no matter how hard I try to fight it wants me to go to new places and experience new things. (It’s a stubborn little fella!)
I was with my friend Vanessa last weekend and she just turned to me and went: “So, Katie – where are you off to next?” It definitely got me thinking a little bit.
In the last three years, I have been fortunate enough to explore New Zealand, Australia, USA, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam, UAE, Singapore and Indonesia. Then, a little closer to home, I have visited Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands. How ironic is it though that I live so close to so many amazing European cities (that would only take one to two hours on a plane to get to) and I haven’t yet been to any of them?
I suppose you could argue that I’m only 26, and I have plenty more time before I’m old and grey, but I’m determined to do most of my exploring while I’m still young - before my body potentially gives up on me! Here are the top three European cities on my travel bucket list.
1) Paris, France.
Every blogger and their dog seem to have been to Paris recently. It’s making me super jealous as Paris just looks so dreamy in all the photos and Insta posts. One of my main wishes is to find a little café opposite the Eiffel Tower where I can sip on milky lattes and nibble on pastries that melt in my mouth whilst writing in my travel notebook - all the live long day. (Yes, please!)
I also want to do all the touristy things like visit Notre Dame, take photos of Arc De Triomphe, wander around The Louvre art museum and spend an afternoon shopping down the Champs-Elysees.
Then there’s Disneyland Paris, which is also a must do, especially for a massive Disney geek like myself! It may take anything up to 40 minutes to get there just outside the centre of Paris, but I’ll be able to use T2 Transport for all my taxi and shuttle needs during my stay in the city. (Check them out here.) Not only can they run you to and from Disneyland, but they offer fast and convenient transportation services to and from the airport. Sorted!
2) Prague, Czech Republic.
The ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ just looks absolutely awe-inspiring on the photos. Not as touristic as some of the other European cities, Prague seems a bit like a hidden gem in the heart of the European mainland – which is precisely why I want to go!
I can’t wait to walk around Old Town Square and see the 600-year-old astronomical clock. There’s also the Charles Bridge and Castle District which are both supposed to be extremely pretty.
The whole city appears to be full of history and medieval architecture and I’m so excited to eventually feast on it with my own eyes!
3) Budapest, Hungary.
The company I last worked for full-time, that produced menswear tailoring, had a factory in Budapest. Various members of staff used to get to visit the city on a regular basis – and oh how I used to wish I could be one of them. It never happened, therefore I have to make sure I visit Hungary’s capital on my own terms in the near future!
Budapest just seems like one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities ever. I love the fact that you have the Buda district, which is mountainous, and then there’s Pest, which couldn’t be more different because it’s flat as a pancake. And both are connected by the Chain Bridge, which is the iconic stone bridge made in the 1800’s!
Like both Paris and Prague, the city is full of history and stunning architecture. I’d really love to go to Old Town and Trinity Square, where Matthias Church lives, as well as the turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion which apparently offer amazing views. There’s also the Buda Castle and Szechenyi thermal baths that I want to check out.
Budapest, hopefully I’ll be coming for ya soon!
In all honesty, I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to visit these cities any time in the near future, as I’m too busy focusing on my freelance writing business. However, you never know, as these cities would all be perfect for a weekend city mini-break in between heavy periods of work!
I’m certainly hoping to cover them off in the next couple of years. But, which one should I visit first? Decisions, decisions!