Best Places to Visit in Europe
Paris has it all, which is why it’s as close to a must-see as there is in Europe. Food, history, art, culture, and beauty around every corner. A highlight for me is doing a bike tour around the city.
The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. The gentle River the Seine rambles through the city, flanked by stately museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo- and Neoclassic-design architecture, further enhanced by cascading trees and glowing streetlamps. Peppering the Seine’s cobbled walks and graceful bridges are impossibly chic Parisians, probably on their way to the market, cafe, or cinema.
Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine, and an atmosphere all its own, Paris is also a city of “many splendors,” as Ernest Hemingway recalled in his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.” Visit the beloved Musée d’Orsay, shop the biggest designers on the Champs Élysées or hit the boutiques in Le Marais, take in the view atop the Eiffel Tower, or even plan a day trip to Versailles Palace. But don’t miss out on the simple pleasure of meandering the marvelous arrondissements (districts), or snacking on street crepes either.
This little city, tucked amid the Tuscan hills, casts a long shadow through history. The wellspring of the Renaissance, Firenze (or Florence) sheltered the powerful Medici family and inspired artists like Michelangelo (David) and Brunelleschi (the Duomo). If it weren’t for the fashionable Italians and chic shops liningVia Tornabuoni, you might think you had traveled back in time to the 14th century. But Renaissance art is not the only reason to come: You also visit Florence for its gorgeous sunsets, it’s Italian cooking, and its romantic charm.
Breathtaking rocky fjords, majestic glaciers, and quiet, colorful towns make Greenland one of the best places to visit in 2019 – at least for lovers of the Arctic Circle and once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
A massive icy island between Iceland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland is as enthralling as it is remote. Though geographically part of North America, it is actually an autonomous constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, with a unique and fascinating Inuit culture all of its own.
There are no roads between towns, which means getting around is neither easy nor cheap. However, with a bit of planning or the help of a local travel agency, your trip to the world’s largest non-continental island will be memorable for all the right reasons.
Depending on the season, visitors can cruise among icebergs under the midnight sun, kayak through icefields, explore the barren Greenland Ice Sheet (which covers 80% of its surface) on a dog sled, and spot incredible wildlife – from arctic foxes and wolves to whales and polar bears – in the planet’s largest national park (Northeast Greenland National Park). Greenland also boasts fantastic opportunities for hiking, heli-skiing, whale-watching, and Aurora Borealis viewing.
It’s hard to not love Barcelona. First, the Sagrada Familia might just be our favorite attraction in all of Europe. Then you have its excellent beach. Then you have plenty of excellent food and bars. And the city is beautiful. Ohh, and Barcelona has some fo the best nightlife and clubs in the world.
When visiting this great city, one must at least see one of the great masterpieces of GAUDI: the SAGRADA FAMILIA, CASA BATLLÓ, or PARC GÜELL. But the football fans will go directly to visit the CAMP NOU, or to assist an FC BARCELONA MATCH. Others will prefer to stroll in the historic districts of the city. For families with children, the ZOO, POBLE ESPANYOL, or the AQUARIUM are preferred.
With its classical ruins and grand baroque churches, the Eternal City needs no introduction, but that doesn’t mean an old dog can’t learn new tricks. The Rooms of Rome sets a new bar in boutique accommodation, with interiors by starchitect Jean Nouvel inside a 17th-century palazzo (from £75), while The Plum Guide (think a super-luxe Airbnb) lets you book a stay in the city’s most stylish private pads. You can taste your way around Testaccio, the district where Cucina Romana (aka Roman cuisine) was born, on the latest evening, walking tour from Eating Italy. And once you’ve had your fill of ancient temples and marble statues, check out the newly opened museum of early 20th-century art, Palazzo Merulana.