The holiday season is coming soon and some people like to travel to celebrate the holidays. If you are one of those people, then keep reading. These are some charming places that I have visited during my trip to Europe and I highly recommend them. Who knows, maybe you have been thinking of going to these places with your family for awhile now? Maybe they’ll give you an idea for planning your next trip.
3 Different Spots For Your Next Travel
Portugal has been on my bucket list for a number of years. Thankfully, I got to cross that off my list and visited the country this year. I highly recommend Portugal as a country by itself as a travel destination. I can’t say quite enough about what this country has to offer. It’s got such a rich culture, filled with ancient castles, festivals, and historic sites. Renowned for their wine and port, it complements the great cuisines and pastries they have with dishes like Pastéis de Bacalhau (codfish pastries), or Pastéis de Nata (egg custard tart).
The warmer climate and affordability definitely help in making this country a must-see place. In addition, Portuguese hospitality is one of the best you can find in a foreign country. They welcome you with joy and open arms that you decide to learn more about their country. I always feel so appreciated whenever I speak to the locals, so I’m definitely visiting again. Don’t forget to catch a performance of Fado.
As I live between New York and Berlin, Germany will always remain as one of my favorite countries in Europe because of fond memories. Though they had a tragic hand in WWII, that’s what makes the Germans unique. They are extremely aware of their part in this negative part of history and have been making amends since then. It’s something other nations can take note of how they choose to honor the fallen ones due to their mistake and learn from that horrible history. Due to this reason, the Germans can seem a little bit distant and wary of strangers at first. However, once they get to know you and consider you as friends, they really stay true to the meaning of friendships.
If you are a WWII history buff, Berlin has so much to offer. From the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, in memory of the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims, to Brandenburg Gate, where the celebration took place when the wall broke down, remnants of the wall can still be found in some parts of the city like the East Side Gallery. If you are a fan of beer, then you are in the right place. German beers are considered one of the best ones as they have so many varieties, from lager, wheat, amber, and dark beer. And if you are interested in high art and culture, the Germans are known for their awesome architectural achievements and museums, such as the Museum Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Charlottenburg castle. Watch this short video if you want to see some of the sites in Berlin.
I spent some time studying in Siena, Italy so to me, Italy is the next country that I feel quite at home. I traveled a lot while I was in Italy and discovered so many cities but my favorite area is Tuscany. It covers quite a number of destinations like Florence, Siena, Pisa and Cinque Terre. I guarantee you that anyone can always find their favorite city in Italy. From great wine, food, ancient history, religious sites, to great music or fashion, what’s not to love?
If you like history, the best places to visit in Italy are Rome, Pompeii, Florence, and Venice. If you are a big fan of Italian pizza, do stop by Naples and check out L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, from Eat Pray Love. If you are an Italian wine connoisseur, take a look at this map that explains Italian wine varieties based on regions.
Whichever country you choose to go to next, I am sure your family will find things that they love. I am a strong believer in the benefits of traveling. You always get to learn something new. May it be something about yourself, the world, other culture or history, it’s always something good. So go on, book your tickets!
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