MY EUROPEAN TRAVEL WISHLIST

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

FINLAND

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)

SANTORINI

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?!

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MONACO

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.

prestigious Grand Prix motor race

SLOVENIA

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.

CORSICA

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?

43 comments

  1. Vicky | The Flourishing Pantry says:

    I was lucky to see the Northern Lights when I was in Iceland, what a shame you didn’t see them when you were there. I was amazed at how fast they moved, I always thought that was sped up on the TV!! I’ve been lucky too with my work to travel to a lot of Europe, but I’ve still never managed to go to Brugges which I hear is lovely, or Berlin which is meant to be a great city break.

    • Lolamia says:

      Oh WoW I am so super jealous! I went in Summer so it never got dark and was literally working 24/7 there was time for play! Oh really I wasnt aware of that either I thought when I go they will be super slow moving hah! I have been to Belgium and LOVED it, however would love to check out Bruges in Christmas time! x

  2. Envy Fisher says:

    I went to Slovenia last year and it was so awesome! You should definitely go there, the country is so small that you can go anywhere within about an hour or so.
    The rest of my list is the same as yours actually. This summer I’ll get to go to Finland though 🙂

    x Envy

    • Lolamia says:

      Oh wow I had no idea it was that small. It does look incredible though. Oh wow I am jealous how long are you staying over there for?
      x

      • Envy Fisher says:

        It’s actually going to be just one day in Helsinki. The cheapest flight to Bangkok for me was Amsterdam-Helsinki-Bangkok, so I took the opportunity and planned a day in Finland into the schedule 🙂

        • Lolamia says:

          Ahhh well there is so much history and culture in Helsinki so it will still be a great stop off! Well if the opportunity presents itself take it! x

    • Lolamia says:

      I think they are by far two on my top list! I must get there this year. Yes its looks beautiful doesnt it and so much to do! x

  3. Jessica & James says:

    Love your list! We’re inter-railing this summer and we can’t wait – we’ve got a few o your places on our list too! Good luck with it all and if you’re in need of some inter-rail help we’re blogging our inter-rail process on our travel blog!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

    • Lolamia says:

      Yes I have read and I am mega jealous. Oh cool where you heading? Yes totally I would love to go inter railing but it looks complicated to decide which one! x

  4. Corinne & Kirsty says:

    Corsica is amazing! THat’s where I go on holiday! It is so pretty and so hot! If you get to go there, stay on the east coast and go around Porto Vecchio! I would really love to go to Slovenia and FInland! They really sounds like amazing places ! xx C&K

    • Lolamia says:

      Oh thanks for the tips. If we end up going I’ll have to give you a shout for some tour guiding :). Finland is top just to see those Northern Lights!! x

  5. Charlotte says:

    Santorini and Monaco have been on my list too! I might have to add Corisca now after reading your post, it sounds amazing! I’ve always wanted to go to Rome too and I finally get to go for my 21st later in the year, super excited! Lovely post xx

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    • Lolamia says:

      Yes they seem like two amazing places and I would love to head there this year!! Yes my dad has been a few times and swears by it! Oh I adored Rome the food is incredible and so its the architecture! x

    • Lolamia says:

      Yes quiet a few but not enough places just yet! Yes they are my top destinations! Where have you managed to travel to? x

    • Lolamia says:

      Yes those igloos look ace! Thanks! Oh once you get the bug you cant get rid of it. Oh where abouts in Italy? I loved it was sooo beautiful! x

    • Lolamia says:

      Hopefully I will have done these within the next few years fingers crossed. Aha yes sounds like a plan 🙂 I wish someone would send me there to blog haha x

    • Lolamia says:

      These are only a few. Ones I want to conquor in the next few years! Oh yes I would love to go to the cute German Villages and Oktoberfest aha x

  6. Molly says:

    I’ve been to Finland and Corsica before! Corsica was just a stop off on a Mediterranean cruise so I didn’t have much time to explore and take pictures. Finland was a skiing holiday but I did have the opportunity to take a trip up to the Arctic Circle. I’d love to visit Santorini, I’ve never been to Greece and the architecture there is so beautiful x

    • Lolamia says:

      Aww thats a shame. I have been to Iceland but didnt glimpse the Northern Lights! Santorini just looks incredible! x

  7. Rebecca says:

    Oh I loved this post!! You made me realise again how much I want to go to see the northern lights!! Also Santorini looks so beaut! You’ve got a good list here, time to get booking 😉 xx

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