What I love the most about traveling in Europe is the history. Growing up in the United States our oldest structures are only almost 250 years old. If you take a walk down a cobblestone street in most European cities you will be walking on the same street as kings and queens, of medieval knights, of famous artists and musicians. You may find yourself walking in the same footsteps of thousands of Jews on their last walk to a concentration camp... Or sit at the same cafe where Harry Potter was born by... Or you may find yourself gazing through the same stained glass church windows as your ancestors 100 years ago. Europe is full of castles and beautiful mountains with snowy tops, with winding roads and alleyways with hidden gems, with adorable cottages, and . You will hear accents and languages of all kinds. And then the wine... Oh the wine... especially in Barcelona. I still have so many adventures left to take in Europe so enjoy the start of my European Adventures!
Jason and I went to Norway in December 2015. We wanted to find somewhere to go that would get us into the Holiday spirit so Norway seemed like a logical choice. The main draw for us to Norway was the opportunity to go snorkeling with Orca whales in Tromso. It's the only place in the world that you and legally and humanely swim with these whales. It was beyond amazing. On this adventure we also chased the Northern Lights, learned to Dog Sled, ice fish, and snow ski. We also went regular skiing and enjoyed walking through all the holiday festivities ! Norway is way on the top of my list of favorite places in the world.
On a road trip through Europe in July 2015, I spent 48 hours in Prague which is not even close to enough time. The city is centered around the Old Town Square where you can find the beautiful Prague Astronomical Clock. It is the third oldest clock in the world. Every hour the clock puts on a show to hundreds of travelers in the street. You can climb up to the top of the tower to get an amazing view of the city. I recommend doing this as soon as it opens to beat the crowds.
The whole time I was in Budapest I couldn't help but singing George Ezra's...'My house in Budapest.. my hidden treasure chest...' Budapest is truly a hidden treasure chest with a lot of pivotal moments in history. Some of the highlights of Budapest are of course the Bath Houses and the hidden bars. I searched for one that I had heard of that was in an old car factory but never found it.