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Friday, October 28, 2016

My Favourite European Cities

It's hard to believe that I'll be back in Europe in January... it's only three months away! While I'm currently enjoying living in Boston and hanging out on Charles Street, I am very excited to go back to the Old World for some good cheese and pastry again. Seriously, American needs to sort its pastry game out... also its politics, but I won't expand on that issue further.

 I think some of my friends think I'm a walking travel-book sometimes, since they have recently been asking me which cities are my favourite. So, here's the list! The cities aren't in any particular order since that would just be mean. I've got a separate post coming up on cities that are often people's favourites but aren't mine... though frankly, some of the reasons for disliking them are a bit silly. 

Geneva is not the "best looking" of the cities on the list, but it's still one of my favourites because it has so much influence on the world. The Jet d'Eau is super iconic, and the waterways are very pretty.  Despite being tiny, Geneva packs a punch on the international arena. Also, the League of Nations building (now the United Nations) is gorgeous. 

Vienna, Austria

I had quite a romantic view of Vienna since I was obsessed with Habsburg history in high school, and it more than lived up to expectations. Vienna is one of the most ornate and mind blowing cities I have ever been do. While it has all the useful technologies of a modern city, Vienna has successfully held on to its rich history. It has a rich art and food scene as well, which made it amazing to visit. If I could move to Vienna to work, I would do it in a heartbeat.

My friend Joey and I went to Budapest during the mid-term break over the summer, and I can honestly say it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It's got really interesting architecture, delicious food, and a lovely river running through the two cities (Buda and Pest). Also, its Parliament building (pictured above) almost looks fake because it's so pretty. Hungarians are very proud of their heritage, too, which helps give their capital so much personality.

...why not Venice or Rome, you ask? Venice is pretty for a day trip or maybe even an overnight. Rome almost made the list for an Italian city, but Florence's Duomo is what made me pick it over the Italian capital. Florence feels like a city that you can never stop exploring. The food is outstanding, the architecture is beautiful, and the people are surprisingly friendly. It's worth visiting Florence if you like art or architecture... which is why I visit cities in the first place!

I'm so excited to head back to Europe and have more travel adventures. This blog will naturally turn into a living abroad/travel blog while I'm away, since I try my best to keep this current with what is going on in my life. I'm already making a list of places to go! I have this idea of taking my ice skates to major cities with a rink and skating all over Europe. My skating friends think this is a cool idea, while everyone else seems to think it's a bit silly.

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