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I thought it would be fun to kick off 2018 with some of my travel bucket lists. While I’ve been to a lot of places, I have a list a mile long of all the spots I still want to see. To kick things off, here are my Top 5 European cities that I’d like to visit!
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
Okay, so Cinque Terre is not so much a city as a series of villages, but I am dying to go here. I would love to rent a little house overlooking the water and sit outside each morning with a cup of coffee and a good book. If I accidentally went hiking and saw some spectacular views, that wouldn’t be so bad either.
2. Brussels, Belgium
Is it crazy to visit a city simply because you want to eat everything in sight? Sure Brussels is the unofficial capital of the European Union, and it has a few famous art museums. But I’m really going for the fries, waffles and chocolate. Oh, and the beer. Belgian beer is my absolute favorite, and I would love to visit Cantillon Brewery. It’s the last traditional lambic brewery in Brussels, and I anticipate I’d leave with a heavy suitcase filled with beer (if my trip to Amsterdam was any indication).
3. Zurich, Switzerland
Here’s another place that knows a thing or two about chocolate. I’d love to visit Zurich and spend a day wandering around Old Town, taking in the historical architecture. It seems a little bit like a bigger, more metropolitan version of Amsterdam, which I think could be really fun. Zurich also has a strong café culture, and hanging out with a leisurely cup of coffee during a day of meandering is one of my favorite things to do in any city.
4. Kraków, Poland
I haven’t explored much of Eastern Europe at all (although I did hit up Budapest and Prague on a backpacking trip a few years ago), but I would really like to visit Poland sometime soon. My great-grandparents emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, and I think it would be very cool to see where they were from. I’ve heard great things about Kraków in particular. It’s one of the oldest cities in Poland, and its Old Town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bonus: my grandfather taught me how to say “apple” when I was a kid, so I’ve pretty much overcome the language barrier already.
5. Marseille, France
I absolutely adore Paris, to the point where I sometimes forget that France is a big country with lots of places to see. I love to explore more in the south of France, including Marseille. Not only does it look beautiful, but I might actually stand a chance understanding French there. My Parisian grammar teacher in my study abroad program frequently chided me for pronouncing all of the syllables in words and would say, “If you want to say all of the letters, go to Marseille!” Apparently they speak more slowly and enunciate their words, which is good news for someone whose French is comme ci, comme ça.
More travel bucket lists to come! What’s are some of your dream destinations for 2018?