Recently, a close family member announced her decision to move to Florence for a year to study. Immediately, the wheels of wanderlust in our mind were spinning as we started to ‘research’ the place and what one could visit over there. During the course of this, we came across an interesting list of the top 20 cities in Europe compiled by Condé Nast Traveler as part of their recent Reader’s Choice Poll of 2016. In the second of the two part series, we pick our favourites from that list and what we’re digging about each of these cities. Read here to see the places we covered in the first part.
Sun drenched beaches along the Mediterranean, the Tapas bars, an active ‘party culture’ and architectural remains, some of which date back to 2000 years ago, make this a popular tourist spot.
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Despite being a modern, global city, Budapest is one city where the Past Is not forgotten. Whether it is the bullet holes or shrapnel pockmarks in buildings that date back to World War II & the 1956 uprising or the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the city preserves several poignant reminders of its war torn history. Today, Budapest is rated as one of the most idyllic cities to live in Europe with one of the highest livability scores in Central & Eastern Europe as per EIU’s quality of life or ‘where-to-be-born’ index. If you are still looking for reasons to visit this gem of a place, you don’t have to look too far. With 15 million gallons of water bubbling through daily, Budapest has the distinction of having the world’s largest thermal water cave system thereby, earning it the misnomer of being a city of Spas. Infact, the baths also belong to different periods thereby showing differences in architectural styles. Other things to try in Budapest include tram rides, sticky apricot jam and fruit brandy.
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Well, of course, one can’t go to Turkey and then not try a Turkish Bath and Massage but once you’re done with those, there are experiences aplenty in this city. From enjoying some Turkish hospitality, hobnobbing with Locals at one of the coffee houses while sipping on Turkish coffee, enjoying the succulent Kebabs & freshly caught fish, to swimming in the Sea of Marmar, there is something for everyone here.
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Colourful houses, cycling through the city and a general sense of congeniality all around are just some of the things we found endearing in Amsterdam. Other things of interest here include taking a pedalo ride through the waterways, catching a beer at the Heineken factory, Anne Frank’s house where the family’s living quarters and memorabilia in Anne’s room have been remarkably well preserved and the sensitively showcased. One can also try one of the many coffeehouses and experiment with the space brownies here or shop for Tulips.
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Characterized by cobblestone paths and canals, Bruges is one of the few cities where most of the old city has been preserved. A small city, Bruges is one of those cities where we found close to 80%, if not more of the city on foot walking between places. Personally, we loved it for its size and ‘quaint-ness.’ What we also stocked up on here were fine crochet work lace doilies and bookmarks (Belgians are specialists in lace making as well as chocolates), chocolates from Godiva and other Chocolatiers, Hot chocolate, Waffles & Fries and out of this world wheat beer from the local De Halve Maan brewery.
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