After being back home in Canada for about 5 months, me and Yann decided to plan one big trip around Europe before the big move, to visit family, friends and visit some places we haven’t been to, but dreamed of going, such as southern Spain and Morocco, which we’ll be going to next week!
It was sad leaving Europe especially since it had been my home for the past three years, but at the same time, we’re stoked about starting the next chapter of our lives in the Big Apple!
For our southern Spain road trip, we decided to rent a car, opting for convience and freedom rather than figuring out all the bus and train times of all the places we wanted to visit.
While I’ve previously been to Barcelona, many consider the city to be Catalan than Spanish, so I guess you could say this trip was my “first” authentic Spanish experience…and it definitely didn’t disappoint!
Santorini is one of the most popular islands in Greece, and without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. With beautiful and unique beaches, amazing scenery, ancient cities, great restaurants, friendly people and even an active volcano, there is really no where in the world quite like it! It’s truly a postcard perfect place.
Since it’s so popular with tourists and a huge destination place amongst cruise ships, us going in November was actually the perfect time to go. It was warm enough to lie on the beach, and no crowds meant being able to enjoy off-season prices and not having to wait in lines for anything. It was similar to our Venice trip in January where it really felt like we had the place to ourselves!
As a small island, there is actually quite a lot of small villages located there, with Fira being the largest and its capital. It’s a really pretty place with white cobblestone streets lined with shops.
Although naturally then we think about fairytales and castles we think of Germany – the birth country of Brothers Grimm and many our beloved tales – Italy should also be worth remembering. All spread through this South European country you can find many beautiful and charming castles which were built during different eras.
So, on your next vacations to Italy, consider visiting these castles and get one of a kind chance to enjoy spectacular beauty, amazing architecture, and a fairytale-like environment in the most picturesque settings! Don’t forget to plan your trip a bit earlier as well, and also, embrace various opportunities to travel cheaper (like these JetBlue coupons). Now is the best time to travel the world, and you know it!
On the hilltop town of Assisi in the Central part of Italy, you can find our first beautiful castle which dates back to the year 1100! This one of the oldest castles in Italy amazes with its slightly pink bricks and the fact, that it was so professionally built a thousand of years ago! The town of Assisi is also famous. The city is known for being the birthplace of Saint Francis; therefore, you can find many places marking this event as well as the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi too. So, this small city might get crowded sometimes, and if you want to escape these crows – consider visiting both town and Rocca Maggiore on weekdays, because there are significantly fewer people on those days there.
After Meteora, it was off to Athens! I was super excited during the entire train ride there since it’s high up on my list of places to see in Europe. After all those years of school learning about Ancient Greece and Greek art, it’s hard not to be excited about going somewhere so fascinating and with so much history.
It’s interesting seeing Athens for the first time, because it’s ancient and modern at the same time. There’s the iconic Acropolis and all of the ancient ruins, but there’s also tons of trendy restaurants, bars and shops (some areas were even downright hipster).
It’s a city that mixes the new and old that’s not uncommon in European capitals, but it felt extra special in Athens. After all, the city is known as the cradle of western civilization and in modern times, it’s known as the historical capital of Europe.