At times I would consider myself as a well travelled person. As a child I lived in Africa, and we saw so many incredible places there. Being part French most of my summer holidays were spent in France and its fair to say, I have made my way a fair bit around there too. Not only that but I have worked abroad over in Iceland and Croatia, which was an incredible experience. On top of that I have also been to Italy, Spain and travelled around Morocco. So I do not think I have done too badly hey!
However sometimes I feel a complete novice when checking out travel bloggers or those who spent years travelling the world. Yes sure I probably had the opportunity to do that too, but for some reason or another my path did not go that way. Having said that there is still so much of the world I want to see. Out of the 7 continents I have only touched 2. Within those 2 alone there is still so much more to see. One Summer I aim to inter-rail around Europe and tick some things off my list. For now though here is my ultimate European travel wishlist.
WHATS ON MY EUROPEAN TRAVEL WISHLIST
For as long as I can remember I have forever wanted to see The Northern Lights. This may be down to Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman. However it is something that has never left my head of things I must do in my life. I have been lucky to catch green glimpses in the Northern skies of Scotland and The Lake District. However nothing can compare to the real thing. My dream is to head out there, cosy down in a thermal glass igloo on the edge of the National Park. This is said to be one of the best spots to witness this spectacular phenomenon. I mean cuddles up in your own bed with hot chocolates, wrapped in fur blankets starring at the show the sky has to offer… perfect. Not only that the main hotel offers a steam house and an ice bar. Not to mention the surrounding of the stunning National Park, so a nature trail is also on the cards. There is so much more to do in Finland…. like obviously go find Santa in Lapland, husky dog rides, snow sports, water sports, and you must visit the cultural attractions of Helsinki.
(Photo taken from http://inhabitat.com)
Really who can look at Santorini and not want to go?The beautiful whitewashed houses with distinct blue tops synchronising with the stunning ocean it sits on and the sunny skies it lies peacefully beneath. Nestled on the rugged landscape that was once destroyed by volcanic eruption. Santorini is not only beautiful buts its preserved history. There are so many incredible things to do from dipping your toes in at the Red or Black Sand beach, taking in the incredible views from a cable car, or the Akrotiri lighthouse. You can climb up active volcanoes, explore the island on quad bikes and watch a movie from the open air cinema. Best yet witness the most incredible sunsets whilst dining on the cliff edge. Tell me this is not on your list now?!
Yes home for the rich and famous. The money is baling in this independent state situation on the edge of French Mediterranean. Million dollar yachts line the turquoise seas, whilst the lights of casinos and impeccable restaurants line the coastline. Not to mention the traffic of super cars that glisten as they make their way through the state that hosts the most prestigious Grand Prix motor race. I am not really the one obsessed with money and grandeur, but hey it would be nice just to get a taste of this lifestyle. You can also check out the palace, the exotic gardens and the oceanic museum.
Now this has never been a country on the top of my list. Don’t get me wrong its a beautiful place however places like Slovenia, Hungry, Poland and Czech Republic have never been high on the list. Maybe I was saving it for an inter-railing tour. Anyways this has nothing to do with it anymore, because as soon as my eyes caught a glimpse of the stunning Lake Bled. The medival castle perched in the middle of the eery still lake surrounded by beautiful sceneray is just so enticing and I was drawn in. The greatest bit is this is only a small site to see. There is the national park where you can raft along the turquoise blue river. The spectacular subterranian caves to explore and counteless other outdoor activities.
My papa has just returned from Corisca and said it was definitely a place I must try and visit. In fact when compiling my list he told me I should choose Corsica over Sardinia and I trust his opinion. To be fair even though the island is part of France it still holds a strong Italian culture. Considering I LOVE both these countries it sounds like the place for me! Every single view from the island looks simply breath taking and just full of natural beauty. From the sandy white beaches, to strolling through the nature reserve, and splashing in the gorges of Restonica. As well as being the birth place of Napoleon Bonepart this is an island enriched in history.
SO there you have it. These are the next places that I have to visit in Europe and I can not wait to explore them, photograph them, write about them and bask in their beauty.
Are any of these places on your wishlist? If not what is?