Over the past sixteen years, I’ve traveled all over Europe, but I’ve still seen only 11 of the 44 countries in Europe. And of those 11, I’ve seen only a small fraction of what those have to offer. I know that no matter how many times I travel to Europe in my life, there will still be places that I wish to go. Here are just five of the places I’ve had on my mind recently.
There’s a hostel in a castle in Bacharach that I want to stay in. Any excuse to stay in a castle and I’m game. It’s been on my list for so many years I can’t even remember when this idea first popped into my head.
Since then I’ve learned more about Bacharach, which is a small town on the Rhine River that was once the capital of Germany. When I finally go, I’d like to take walking tours of the town, hike in the hills, and drink Reisling.
High up in the Swiss Alps, the tiny town of Gimmelwald is home to only 120 people built on a cliff. This town resisted becoming just another typical Swiss resort town by having the area declared an avalanche zone; getting a building permit for a resort is now impossible and the town remains small and proud. This is a place that I’d like to see in both summer and winter.
Llubljana has been named one of the greenest and most livable cities in Europe. Coming from Pittsburgh, I feel a natural affinity for those monikers. I sense that I might feel right at home in Slovenia’s capital city. Castles, cathedrals, markets, and restaurants serving local seafood and apple strudel would keep me happy for weeks.
Prague, Czech Republic
It seems like everyone has been to Prague, but I still haven’t made it there. I think I’m finally ready to start planning a trip. I was to go to Prague several years ago to get my TEFL certificate and begin teaching English overseas. I had all the money saved up and a date in mind. Then, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s and chose a medication that keeps me Stateside every 8 weeks for IV infusions. If I had known that it was nearly impossible to get Remicade overseas, I would have chosen a different medication. After years of research I’m still at a loss and recently met someone in the National Guard who is not allowed to take Remicade because it’s too difficult to administer as he travels for work. It’s not the nail in the coffin of my TEFL dreams by any stretch, I’m still researching how to make expat life on Remicade work, but I do think it’s finally time to plan a trip to Prague just for fun. I’m not sure what I’m hoping to find there, but I’m ready to go. It’s going to be a solo trip.
This island has called to me since I was a little girl. I want to swim in the crystal clear water, take a sail boat out into the ocean, eat pasta with seafood and glasses of wine. This is a destination that I’m not entirely sure why it’s on my list or what to expect. I just want to go exploring. I adore Italy so there’s always a new Italian locale on my Europe list.
What cities are on your European bucket list? Tell me in the comments below!