I absolutely love a good city break; they’re such a brilliant way to fit travel around full time work, are always good fun and tend to be relatively affordable since they’re not too long. I’ve been lucky enough to go on some really great ones over the past few years – but there’s always somewhere else to go. It’s often the case that no sooner have I returned from (or arrived at…) my latest destination, I’m adding multiple other places to my ‘to-go’ list.
So, this is a little different for me, but I thought I would put together a little wishlist of sorts. More commonly used for clothes or shoes or make up, I know, but I’d take travel over any of those things, which may seem unexpected for someone who thinks about and buys clothes all the damn time, but there you have it. There’s no way I could put all the places I want to go into one post, so for now I’m sticking with European city breaks. Maybe I’ll do another travel ‘category’ wish list another day, maybe I won’t. Who knows. Here are the city breaks I’d love to get in over the next couple of years;
Paris: I’m about to say something mad; I’ve never been to Paris as an adult. I KNOW. I went twice as a child/teenager, but that doesn’t really count, does it? It’s not that I haven’t wanted to go since, it’s just that I’ve wanted to go to other places more, but recently Paris has been creeping back up my to-go list. Maybe it’s the iconic architecture, maybe it’s the oh-so-chic style, or maybe it’s those damn bloggers instagramming aesthetically pleasing spots, but I need myself a Paris city break and I need one soon.
Krakow: I’ve wanted to go to Krakow for so many years now and 2018 is going to be the year for it, I think. It won’t be my first visit to Poland; I went to Warsaw last year and absolutely loved it. It had such a nice feel to it and was super pretty, and the internet leads me to believe that Poland’s second city is an absolute gem too. I love me an old town, and Krakow’s looks amazing. I want to wander on cobbles, admire Gothic architecture, and, of course, I want to take the chance to visit Auschwitz.
Venice: Get me on a gondola please. I like to be close to water, so with all those canals and bridges, the capital of Italy’s Veneto region looks right up my street. There’s something I find really mysterious and intriguing about the idea of Venice, for no reason that I can put my finger on, and I get the feeling it would totally enchant me. It’s also meant to be pretty romantic, so although Rob seems to have no interest in going whatsoever, I’ll probably try to drag him there anyway.
Tallinn: When we went to Helsinki earlier in the year for a wedding, a few people went over to Tallinn on a day trip and said it was beautiful. We didn’t get time to go, but since then I’ve been looking into Estonia’s capital more and more. I’ve heard it’s one of those special places that’s both peaceful and buzzy at the same time, and I’m so in for that vibe. It also looks so stunning and photogenic – I challenge you to google image search it and not want to go immediately. If that didn’t work, search ‘tallinn old town snow’. YES PLEASE PAL.
Lisbon: I know so many people who have been to Lisbon in the past couple of years and they all seem to have loved it. I have a feeling I would too. I always look for a vantage point when I visit somewhere new, so a city built across seven hills leaves me spoilt for choice in that department, and I’m also a fan of a good tram; the older the better in my book. When I do finally go, just remind me to take spare batteries and memory cards, since I know I’ll take about a million photos of tiles and street art.
There are loads of other European cities I’d love to visit or indeed revisit, but these are the top five from my list that I haven’t yet been to, I think. Fingers crossed I can get to some of them in 2018 and will one day be writing posts about them all!
Where else do I need to add to my city break wishlist? And if you’ve been, what did you think of these destinations?