Europe

All posts related to travels in Europe.

London is a huge city with endless things do, people to meet, and food to eat. I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited four times now (with another trip planned for this summer), and in those times, have ventured outside central London. I have a few friends that live in the city, and because of that, I’ve gotten a taste of local London. Now I’m sharing all these fun places with you in the alternative guide to London. Click to read how to experience London as a local!

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While the title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, the content most certainly isn’t (mostly). London was the first city I ever visited in Europe, and I explored it thoroughly – following step-by-step recommendations from my guidebook. I was the epitome of a bad tourist. Not because I saw the tourist sites. But because all I did was run from landmark to landmark, never really taking the time to appreciate local London.

I’ve been to London four times now, so I’m confident when I say these are the cool and tourist attractions that are staples for a first-time visit to London! And for those of you that want more off-the-beaten path recommendations…well, those are coming in another post. Click to discover how to be a tourist in London!

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Despite a strong ambivalence toward organized tours, I found myself with a limited amount of time to see as much as I could in Cappadocia, Turkey. It was winter time and quite cold, so walking and the limited public transport were out of the question. Luckily, a friend and I got a good deal on a two-day private tour and even managed to stay in a cave hotel.

This collection of photos is a guide to all the cool things I saw while visiting Cappadocia in the winter of 2015. The city is absolutely incredible…no wonder the entire thing has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site! Read on to see all there is in this beautiful city. Warning: may incite wanderlust.

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One of my favorite parts about traveling is getting lost in the sea of new flavors that inevitably comes with sampling new food. Food says so much about culture and history and is the best way to explore cities and countries.

Prior to visiting Turkey, my knowledge of Turkish cuisine was limited to Turkish coffee and döner kebabs. On my trip, I discovered plenty of exciting new dishes and flavors that delighted my palate.

If you’re looking for a guide on what to eat on your next trip to Turkey (or to your neighborhood Turkish restaurant), you’ve come to the right place! Without further ado, check out the foodie guide to Turkish cuisine!

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I almost never travel during the winter because, frankly, I can’t handle the cold. When my friend and I initially planned our trip to Istanbul, we assumed it would be a balmy 50 degrees (Fahrenheit). Unfortunately, we managed to catch a week-long snowstorm, but we still made the most of our trip! Istanbul is centered between Europe and Asia and has an amazingly rich culture to match its strategic location. Read more to discover all the fun places and beautiful monuments this cosmopolitan city has to offer!

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With exactly two days in London before the end of my Euro trip, Nancy and my other British friends made sure I experienced London as a local. Read more to discover what I ate and what I saw outside of the typical tourist route.

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Lisbon is a charming city with its perfect weather, cobblestone streets, and wooden trams. With a mix of modern and tradition visible in all aspects from the buildings to the music, it’s a worthy addition to any European travel itinerary. See how I spent a few days in this delightful city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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While Amsterdam is a city well-known for its biking culture, coffee shops, and crazy nightlife, the city I experienced was completely different. Since I was fortunate enough to see it with a local, the Amsterdam I experienced was charming and friendly. Dotted with trendy cafes, a smorgasbord of ethnic foods, and beautiful colored houses, Amsterdam is rich in history and culture when you explore past the well-worn tourist paths. See how I spent a few days in this delightful city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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Despite its reputation as an “ugly” city only visited by businessmen and women, Bilbao retains a small-town charm beneath the hustle and bustle. It offers plenty to do and see in terms of culture and art and is a foodie city in its own right. See how I spent a few days in this cosmopolitan and diverse city, complete with where to go, what to eat, and where to stay, all while on a budget.

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