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22 August 2016

Bordeaux, Rome & Vienna: 3 must-see European cities


Europe is one of the most popular continents for tourists in the world and it’s not hard to see why. You could throw a dart at a map of Europe and be certain that it will land on a place brim-full of exciting art, history and culture. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Europe then it’s natural to feel spoiled for choice! There are so many excellent places to choose. To narrow down your search, here are three wonderful cities to visit that are definitely a must-see.



Bordeaux

When most people think of visiting France, naturally the first place that pops into their mind is Paris. While Paris is an amazing city and I highly recommend visiting that too- it can get extremely crowded, especially in the height of tourism season.
Last Summer I travelled France from the top to the bottom and one of my favourite cities to visit was Bordeaux.
It's a port city in southwestern France with a beautiful harbour and gorgeous historical Gothic-style architecture. It even won the European Best Destination Award in 2015.
Bordeaux is an incredibly vibrant, cosmopolitan and dynamic city, and is a delight to walk around with so many interesting and beautiful sights to see.
The shopping is excellent and you are guaranteed for an authentic taste of France with plenty of delicious fresh food on offer.
Another major intrigue is its world-famous wine, and you’re sure to have a great time visiting the myriad vineyards scattered around the surrounding countryside.
Visit qualityvillas.com to check out some lovely accommodation in the Bordeaux area. I wished I was able to stay longer and cannot wait to go back!






Rome

I have so much love for Rome (and not just because I got engaged there!), it's definitely one of my favourite European capitals, but like Paris I would try to avoid visiting in the Summer months to avoid being stuck in a line for most of your stay!
In the next couple of weeks I will be writing an in-depth travel guide for Rome, so stay tuned for that! I have already written one so far on Berlin which you can find here:
Berlin on a budget | Travel guide.
Rome is a city everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. While some of it is extremely modern, you’ll never go to another city that brings the past to life quite like Rome. Emperors, revolutionaries, artists and common citizens have been leaving their mark on this fascinating metropolis since before the birth of Christ, and you won’t be able to help soaking in all the magnificent history.
The Colosseum, the Roman Forum and many other ruins from ancient Rome are dotted throughout the city, hugging the sublime art and architecture of the Vatican.
As well as all of the historical intrigue, the fantastic Italian cuisine is indescribably fantastic. Their pizza, pastas, gelato and espresso are without a doubt the best in the world.
To ensure you get the most out of your stay in Rome a great idea is to visit omniakit.org and get a handy multi-pass card which is inclusive of many attractions, tours and transport.






Vienna

Like Bordeaux, Vienna is a grossly underrated European city. For centuries, this city served as a capital for the Habsburg dynasty of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
While this great empire is now extinct, the influence they’ve had on Vienna is hard to ignore.
Dozens of the greatest western artists in history spent significant parts of their careers here, including Mozart, Strauss and Gustav Klimt.
There are many walking tours that will show you where some of these geniuses lived and worked, along with the sites of some of the most significant events in European history.
I stayed in Vienna for 4 nights last year and really enjoyed it. I did the Hop on Hop off tour which also included a walking tour and a river cruise.
The city is full of beautiful architecture such as the gothic Stephansdom, the magnificent Michaelerkirche and the famous Opera House.
There are many great things to do and see here and I particularly enjoyed visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and seeing the pandas at Vienna Zoo- the oldest zoo in the world.
Don't forget to try the delicious Wurst (sausage), Schnitzel, the Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and the famous Sachertorte cake!
The artistic legacy of the city is still going strong and you’ll also be able to find many contemporary art exhibitions and bohemian music venues. For more information you can find Vienna travel tips and articles at lonelyplanet.com.




These are just three examples of the many fantastic European cities to visit, but are definitely a must-see in my opinion!
Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments what your top must-see cities are.


*This post was a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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22 August 2016

Bordeaux, Rome & Vienna: 3 must-see European cities


Europe is one of the most popular continents for tourists in the world and it’s not hard to see why. You could throw a dart at a map of Europe and be certain that it will land on a place brim-full of exciting art, history and culture. If you’re thinking of planning a trip to Europe then it’s natural to feel spoiled for choice! There are so many excellent places to choose. To narrow down your search, here are three wonderful cities to visit that are definitely a must-see.



Bordeaux

When most people think of visiting France, naturally the first place that pops into their mind is Paris. While Paris is an amazing city and I highly recommend visiting that too- it can get extremely crowded, especially in the height of tourism season.
Last Summer I travelled France from the top to the bottom and one of my favourite cities to visit was Bordeaux.
It's a port city in southwestern France with a beautiful harbour and gorgeous historical Gothic-style architecture. It even won the European Best Destination Award in 2015.
Bordeaux is an incredibly vibrant, cosmopolitan and dynamic city, and is a delight to walk around with so many interesting and beautiful sights to see.
The shopping is excellent and you are guaranteed for an authentic taste of France with plenty of delicious fresh food on offer.
Another major intrigue is its world-famous wine, and you’re sure to have a great time visiting the myriad vineyards scattered around the surrounding countryside.
Visit qualityvillas.com to check out some lovely accommodation in the Bordeaux area. I wished I was able to stay longer and cannot wait to go back!






Rome

I have so much love for Rome (and not just because I got engaged there!), it's definitely one of my favourite European capitals, but like Paris I would try to avoid visiting in the Summer months to avoid being stuck in a line for most of your stay!
In the next couple of weeks I will be writing an in-depth travel guide for Rome, so stay tuned for that! I have already written one so far on Berlin which you can find here:
Berlin on a budget | Travel guide.
Rome is a city everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. While some of it is extremely modern, you’ll never go to another city that brings the past to life quite like Rome. Emperors, revolutionaries, artists and common citizens have been leaving their mark on this fascinating metropolis since before the birth of Christ, and you won’t be able to help soaking in all the magnificent history.
The Colosseum, the Roman Forum and many other ruins from ancient Rome are dotted throughout the city, hugging the sublime art and architecture of the Vatican.
As well as all of the historical intrigue, the fantastic Italian cuisine is indescribably fantastic. Their pizza, pastas, gelato and espresso are without a doubt the best in the world.
To ensure you get the most out of your stay in Rome a great idea is to visit omniakit.org and get a handy multi-pass card which is inclusive of many attractions, tours and transport.






Vienna

Like Bordeaux, Vienna is a grossly underrated European city. For centuries, this city served as a capital for the Habsburg dynasty of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
While this great empire is now extinct, the influence they’ve had on Vienna is hard to ignore.
Dozens of the greatest western artists in history spent significant parts of their careers here, including Mozart, Strauss and Gustav Klimt.
There are many walking tours that will show you where some of these geniuses lived and worked, along with the sites of some of the most significant events in European history.
I stayed in Vienna for 4 nights last year and really enjoyed it. I did the Hop on Hop off tour which also included a walking tour and a river cruise.
The city is full of beautiful architecture such as the gothic Stephansdom, the magnificent Michaelerkirche and the famous Opera House.
There are many great things to do and see here and I particularly enjoyed visiting the Schönbrunn Palace and seeing the pandas at Vienna Zoo- the oldest zoo in the world.
Don't forget to try the delicious Wurst (sausage), Schnitzel, the Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and the famous Sachertorte cake!
The artistic legacy of the city is still going strong and you’ll also be able to find many contemporary art exhibitions and bohemian music venues. For more information you can find Vienna travel tips and articles at lonelyplanet.com.




These are just three examples of the many fantastic European cities to visit, but are definitely a must-see in my opinion!
Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments what your top must-see cities are.


*This post was a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.

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