Where Oh Where to Go

Where, oh where will the winds take us this time?

Hello all! Happy Tuesday to you! Today I find myself still hemming and hawing over where in Europe I’d like to go this year.

Jon and I want to stick with inexpensive options, and ones that we can fly to from East Midlands Airport, which is close by and would mean we wouldn’t have to traipse all the way down to one of the London airports. From what we’ve seen so far, flights to these following cities are insanely cheap.

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Photo credit: AegeanAir.com

Flight Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

This seaside city utterly fascinates me.  I’d love to walk around the old city walls, learn about history both past and recent, stroll through the open-air Gundulićeva poljana Market, and find some truly classy souvenirs that aren’t cheesy or tacky. And, of course, I want to go down to one of the beaches and relax to the beautiful hushing sound of the Adriatic Sea.

Plus, a bus ride to nearby Montenegro is only a couple of hours, and I could do even more exploring in just a day trip with another interesting stamp in my passport!

Prague, Czech Republic
Photo credit: cities-of-europe.com

Flight Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

I love the look of this quirky city’s red-tiled roofs and its spires. I’d like to spend time at Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge,  the art galleries, in the Miniature Museum, and at the Náplavka Farmers Market. I’d be quite happy to have a beer at Letná Gardens while I look out upon the city, and I’d HAVE to see the astronomical clock, although it’s out of commission until summer 2018 for renovations. I might like to go in early December to experience the city’s gorgeous Christmas market.

Bruges, Belgium
Photo credit: EUrail Blog

Flight Time: There’s no flight to this city, but it’s 1 hour 30 minutes to Brussells, then a train ride from there to Bruges.

Bruges is a gorgeous city in northern Belgium. It’s filled with cobbled lanes, calm canals with arched bridges, and stunning architecture. From what I’ve read about it, most of it can be seen on foot, making it a great weekend trip. I would want to take a canal cruise, indulge in Flemish food, purchase interesting flavours of Belgian chocolate, and visit Retsin’s Lucifernum.

Warsaw, Poland
Photo credit: EUrail Blog

Flight Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Poland is another place that fascinates me, mainly because my friends Ola and Maja are from there and recently went back for a family visit. They returned with beautiful souvenirs for the girls and me, plus Ola had tons of photos to show us and she explained and translated so many things. There was also the Polish Festival in Toronto last September, and I was even more intrigued (I came away with a near-constant craving for zupa ogórkowa, or sour pickle soup).  I’d love to experience more of this food and culture first-hand!

Budapest, Hungary
Photo credit: Lonely Planet

Flight Time:  2 hours 50 minutes


A grand city on the Danube, Budapest is rich with history, culture, fantastical buildings in an array of styles, and people. I’d be filling myself with delicious Hungarian cuisine, blissing out in hot springs, and exploring the Royal Palace, Parliament, and the Jewish Quarter. The city’s walking tours look fabulous and I’m sure we’d take at least one!

 

Have you been to any of these places? What are your tips, your pros and cons?

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3 comments

  1. Ola says:

    My only suggestion is that if you choose Poland, you take the train from Warsaw to Krakow. Not that Warsaw isn’t worth a visit, but Krakow is a more beautiful city in my opinion. Warsaw was almost completely destroyed in WWII and while they’ve done a good job with restorations, Krakow still has the original buildings and city walls (part of it). It has Wawel castle, one of the oldest universities in the world, and a main market square that also has a Christmas market in December. That’s where I got some gorgeous tree ornaments a few years back. And you’d be up to your eyeballs in cathedrals and basilicas if you’re into that sort of thing and even as a recovering Catholic, I absolutely am! You know how around here it seems like there’s a Starbucks on every corner and sometimes more than one? It’s like that but cathedrals.

    Still, if you go with Warsaw, I’m sure I could give you some suggestions too. 🙂

    Damn it, I thought the chapel made out of human bones was near there, but it’s 100km away. Still, check out these pictures! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_Chapel,_Czermna

    Falls down rabbit hole of Wikipedia tourism.

    • Mary says:

      OOh YES! Thank you! You’re definitely my go-to for this wealth of knowledge! It makes me even more excited to have Poland on my list.

      Cathedral Starbucks… Serving plenty of Jesus every day 😉

      That bone chapel is incredible… That’s something I’d still love to see in person!

      • Ola says:

        You could take a day trip, but I don’t know what your budget is like or how long you’re planning on staying. The train is cheap, especially with the exchange rate, but it doesn’t go all the way to that town. No shortage of stuff to see in the city itself, I’m sure you won’t run out and get bored. 🙂

        Also, don’t tell my cousin I argued for Krakow over Wrocław. 😉 She insists it’s more beautiful and the cultural centre of Poland. Actually, she might have said all Europe. She really loves it there.

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