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Fascinating Places – Europe

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Little kid and animal encounter in Edinburgh Zoo in June 2011. Perfect timing of my friend Roel, who took the picture

Little kid and animal encounter in Edinburgh Zoo in June 2011. Perfect timing of my friend Roel, who took the picture

Here are a few gorgeous European cities which I visited and enjoyed very much. These are the cities of Paris, Edinburgh, Prague, Cologne, Vianden and London!

Paris

I’ve visited Disneyland twice, but the city Paris itself only once. I spent almost a week there with my Journalism class for our project abroad. I hardly speak a word of French, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Especially going to Montmartre at night with two classmates of mine, who knew their way around the French capital city, was an evening I shall cherish for the rest of my life. Beware of the slightly annoying flower salesmen though! They’re relentless!

Montmartre, Paris by night

Montmartre, Paris by night

The infamous Moulin Rouge in Paris

The infamous Moulin Rouge in Paris

Vague picture of the Nôtre Dame in Paris

Vague picture of the Nôtre Dame in Paris

Edinburgh

I visited this city twice in the summer of 2011. First with a friend of mine, and the second time with my family. The Edinburgh Zoo is a great place to spend the afternoon, as long as the weather is dry! The Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace are two of my other favourite places in the Scottish city. There are loads of fantastic restaurants and bars at the Royal Mile. One of the best in my opinion is Garfunkel’s. Good food, good service, reasonable prices.

Alleys in Edinburgh make me happy (June 2011) It looks a bit like a Harry Potter filming location

Alleys in Edinburgh make me happy (June 2011) It looks a bit like a Harry Potter filming location

"The 'A' of Africa!" Trip to the Edinburgh Zoo in June 2011

“The ‘A’ of Africa!” Trip to the Edinburgh Zoo in June 2011

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, remains of the cathedral in the garden

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, remains of the cathedral in the garden

Prague

A city I also visited twice so far. Loads of old and majestic buildings, which makes the city a top location for not only architects but also everyone who enjoys historical sights. Near Prague Castle are a few gorgeous restaurants where you can eat outside when the weather is dry. The views are spectacular. Also, sit down on the square at the castle and just enjoy the change of the guards and the hundreds of tourists who walk around there. If you’re lucky, you can hear what one of the many guides of tourist groups are saying, that way you get a free history lesson!

Strahov Monastery Library in Prague

Strahov Monastery Library in Prague

View of Prague

View of Prague

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Cologne

My favourite city in Germany. The cathedral (Dom in German) is incredibly large and worth a visit. There are a few nice and clean shopping streets as well as bakeries on every street corner. Germans are well-known for their love of food and pastry. And I must say, there’s nothing like German food! Speaking of which, you can visit the chocolate museum, it’s great or so I hear. Have to go there myself one of these days…for some reason I keep postponing it!

Amazing statue in Cologne

Amazing statue in Cologne

The love locks on the bridge in Cologne

The love locks on the bridge in Cologne

The famous bridge with the love locks chained to itin Cologne, and the beautiful 'Dom' in the background

The famous bridge with the love locks chained to it, in Cologne. In the background the beautiful ‘Dom’

Vianden, Luxembourg

An amazing village. It has a castle on top of a mountain, a river, picturesque streets and cafés and gorgeous views everywhere! One thing though, when I was there with my family for a day, we noticed that almost all waiters and waitresses were very grumpy! No idea why, we were friendly and the weather was nice!

Luxembourg - the city of Vianden

Luxembourg – the city of Vianden

Another picture of the beautiful city of Vianden in the small country of Luxembourg

Another picture of the beautiful city of Vianden in the small country of Luxembourg

London

A city I have visited numerous times, but I never get bored of St. James’ Park in front of Buckingham Palace and a restaurant called Le Pain Quotidien near the London Eye. It has organic, healthy and scrumptious food! London is a place you should visit in November or December when the Christmas lights are on! It’s extra lovely around those days!

Big Ben by night

Big Ben by night

St. Paul Cathedral, picture taken from inside the Café Rouge

St. Paul’s Cathedral, picture taken from inside the Café Rouge

Which European cities do you like best?

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Author: MissMavrodaphne

My name is Veronique and I’m a journalist/copywriter from the Netherlands with a fascination for all kinds of subjects. From my greatest passions: interviewing and writing, to random things like the British Secret Service and storm chasing…

4 thoughts on “Fascinating Places – Europe

  1. I think London definitely belongs to my favorite cities. Hamburg is great, too. And Munich 🙂

    • That’s a coincidence! I’m going to visit Munich in December and Hamburg is on my list for next year hopefully! 🙂

      Any places within those cities you can recommend?

      • You should go to the biergarten’s in Munich and also to the allianz stadium 🙂 in Hamburg there isn’t much sights to see but you should see the musical lion king if you haven’t already. In the area called sternenschanze there are also lots os students bars.

      • Ooh, those are great tips! I’ll let you know how it was when I come back from München around the holidays! 🙂

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