Collected by Victoria Sterling
still missing Andorra and San Marino but Europe was my first destination and when I am old(er) and gray(er) it will undoubtedly be my last as well.
Karlovo nám. 2097/10, 120 00 Praha-Nové Město, Czechia
One of the best things about Prague is the fact that there is excellent public transportation - a metro, buses and even trams. There are still many of the older ones around, which look great gliding past the 19th & 18th century buildings. Get to...
Jurgaičiai 81439, Lithuania
Although not religious I admit to saying a prayer when I visit sacred sites around the world. It is a way of paying respect to the culture and beliefs of others. The Hill of Crosses located outside Šiauliai in Lithuania is a well known pilgrimage...
Halytskyi District, Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, 79000
When we travel we often stop to buy local produce. This roadside fruit vendor offered the most luscious berries including wild strawberries the smallest tastiest ones. We negotiated a price and went on our way. It was hard not to snack before we...
we were exploring the village of Vrboska on Hvar Island (the main attractions: lovely canals and wine tasting of excellent local wines) when we passed this gentlemen outside his shop. we stopped to talk and he showed us the net he had just...
57B Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
While the art of puppetry is common throughout much of Asia, Vietnam has the unique discipline of water puppetry. These puppets are carved from wood and then lacquered to protect them from the water. The stage for a show is a pool of water, with...
rynek Starego Miasta, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
The Old Town center in Warsaw has been completely reconstructed and is now a UNESCO World heritage site. The square houses open air cafes and art galleries during the day. When evening comes, go for dinner and stay for the "show"—there are always...
The Mall, FRN1478, Floriana, Malta
The bus system that ran around the island of Malta operated using vintage buses from all over the world. They were individually decorated and named (all orange and yellow so as to be recognized as the local bus service). You could take them...
Perched on the banks of the Salzach River, Salzburg’s grande dame drips with old-world charm and Austrian tradition. The interiors brim with antiques, crystal chandeliers, fine art, and a traditional style that feels transportive,...
Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Bled (and the lake by the same moniker) is the most Fairytale-esque town I've ever experienced. The people are almost jarringly friendly by American standards, the island church is as beautiful as it is quaint, and the castle perched on the cliffs...
Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy
The train runs from town to town along the Cinque Terre in Italy and of course you can hike between the five villages that run along this stunning coast line but the third way is the one with the best view. Go by boat! Even if you walk or take the...
This two horsepower delivery method may be old fashioned but it is still used to deliver the Stiegel in Salzburg Austria. Steps away from the beautiful cathedral "underneath" the hill top castle we came across the beer delivery while we explored...
Place du Tertre, 75018 Paris, France
The Place du Tertre was made famous by Amelie Poulain a fictional film character who delighted millions about a decade ago. Her home was the neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris. An art market held on the Place du Tertre attracts folks to the area...
Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK
When the sunset casts a golden hue to the famous Tower Bridge, with the reflection of the river Thames, it's like a knight changed into his shiny golden armor. Congrats to London's 2012 Summer Olympic Game Opening Day.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This former royal palace is one of the largest museums in the world, and its art collection is considered one of the most comprehensive. It contains around 400,000 works, although—mercifully, perhaps—not all are on display at any one...
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France
walking along the Seine, stopping at the stalls of the bouquinistes, locking a "love-lock" on the pont du carrousel. Paris for lovers. Paris for loners - well - it really is the same minus the lock- LOL... our lone trumpeter was playing along the...
Estrada do Cabo da Roca s/n, 2705-001 Colares, Portugal
the western most point of continental Europe lies west and a bit north of Lisbon Portugal. A lighthouse and lovely park overlook the sea from cliff top. Like many similar spots (Nordkapp and the Cape of Good Hope come to mind) everyone wants their...
2300 Tomar, Portugal
Tomar Portugal is an amazing place to visit. Within this small town is a beautiful castle built by the Knights Templar, a jewish quarter with the oldest synagogue in Portugal (museum as well) and one of the funkiest museums ever visited- the...
16 Avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris, France
we had just finished a fabulous meal at the Clos des Gourmets at 16 Avenue Rapp in Paris. The service had been top notch. Each and every course had been perfectly executed- a rarity even at the most high end of restaurants. We were headed down the...
8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Sainte Chapelle is a true Gothic masterpiece located on Île de la Cité. Sainte Chapelle was founded by King Louis IX as a chapel for the royal palace. Sainte Chapelle houses a small chapel downstairs that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The...
Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
The Centre Pompidou, France's national museum of modern art, led the way for steel and glass buildings in the 1970s. Now the museum leads the way in modern art with its extraordinary collection, currently the world's second largest....
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
The Grand Canal is the no-brainer must-do Venice experience, and the best way to explore the city's main thoroughfare is on a vaporetto, or water bus. For a great introduction to the area, ride the vaporetto from the railway station, at the edge...
Maasboulevard 95, 6211 JW Maastricht, Netherlands
we had gone to Maastricht on the train and when we had barely made it to the street along the market square it started to pour - not a shower mind you - more like the Noah's Ark kind of rain - we ducked into a bar thinking we could wait it out but...
Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Exploring Amsterdam aboard a canal boat is an iconic way to see the sights, with myriad tours and cruises plying the 65 miles of waterways that lattice the city. From many spots you can join simple, hour-long cruises with narrators describing...
Ul. Ćirila Ivekovića 4, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
Croatia’s cool seaside city of Zadar is known for its showstopping sunsets. Architect Nikola Bašić has created two spectacles that harness the local natural beauty. The Sea Organ is a musical instrument fashioned from pipes and holes...
Via Villa dei Misteri, 3, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy
we just couldn't help the knock-knock jokes when we got off the local train in Pompei. This beauty of a stand was just outside the park entrance. The area is known for citrus fruit. Aside from the obvious choice of touring Pompei, there is much to...
A full moon and atmospheric cloud cover made the view of old town Kotor in Montenegro extra special. The walls are lit up on certain nights and the coincidence of the moonlight and the beautiful lighting of the old town made for a favorite photo....
3 Lion St, Rye TN31 7LB, UK
just like the game we used to play as children. simon met a pieman going to a fair..... we tasted the wares at this tea shop in the village of Rye in England and found it to be "veddy" much the English tea room. wonderful scones and cakes and...
Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000, Split, Croatia
The focal point of Split, this 1,700-year-old Roman palace is nestled on the Adriatic seafront and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Roman Emperor Diocletian built the palace as his seaside retirement home, and across the centuries...
Trg Petra Zoranića 3, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
We were on a small ship docked in Zadar and decided on lunch in the old town while in port. We just walked around looking at menus, when we came across this place right near the walls of the old part of the city (it had once been an island but is...
Alemdar Mh., Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Everywhere we go in the world, it seems we find places where former president Bill Clinton ate. In Istanbul it was no different. The Pudding Shop offers quick eats for hungry visitors to the Sultanahmet District. Stop here for all sorts of...
1000 Brussels, Belgium
The Grand Place in Brussels is the magnificent main square in Brussels. The square is the main tourist attraction in Brussels and is surrounded by numerous cafes and shops. Most of the buildings were constructed in the late 17th century, although...
years of Venetian influence have helped create the amazing gem of walled Dubrovnik in Croatia. we were touring the palace/historic administrative center and were prohibited from photography - but I wanted a sense of the history and culture and...
we had taken the morning off and slept late- when we walked along the waterfront where our boat was docked, many cafes were nearly empty with just a few locals having a late morning coffee, I saw this one lone chair in front of the door to a house...
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