Europe2022-01-21T22:12:30+00:00

Discover the age-old continent through these Europe travel stories, its curious, unsung places as well as its more familiar spots.

You may notice a few countries that may not traditionally be considered European. Europe’s borders are never easy to define. So I’ve decided to go by the old definition I learned in school: In the east, Europe ends at the Ural Mountains. That means the Caucasian countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – are part of Europe, according to Sophie’s World. This is probably also according to the countries themselves: all three are members of the Council of Europe and cooperate with the European Union with a view to future membership. Also, all three countries participate in the Eurovision Song Contest; can’t argue with that.

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Isles

Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Cyprus
Denmark

Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Holy See (Vatican)
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova

Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway

Poland
Portugal

Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain

Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine

Latest Europe travel stories

Conwy Castle and Cat (Day out Liverpool)

This instalment in the Cats of the World-series is from Northern Wales, from Conwy, home of the fortified Conwy Castle - one of King Edward's four imposing (and very cool) castles here in Gwynedd. Conwy Castle... ... and Conwy Cat This little tiger reminded me of Henry VIII - he strolled lazily around and allowed us to play with him. [...]

Sodd

Jennifer Lo Prete, host of this week's Blogsherpa Travel Carnival, challenged us LP bloggers to write a post about unusual foreign food finds. Immediately, I thought of all the peculiar foods I saw when I lived in the USA. Spray cheese - how weird is that? Or powdered eggs? Strange combinations of food is a category all on its own: [...]

By |4 June 2010|Food and drink, Norway|

The Accidental Local

Many years ago, a few days before New Years, I saw an ad for inexpensive tickets to Gran Canaria. On an impulse, I bought two and took my young daughter along, assuming - somewhat foolishly - I'd sort out lodgings once there. It turned out to be anything but easy. We got in a taxi and knocked on the door of every inn along Playa [...]

Let women jump: Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Gender Debate

Earlier this week, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, one of Oslo's best known attractions, reopened. The old ski jump from 1892 was torn down in 2008 to make room for a new, improved hill to be ready for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

PhotoFriday: Svalbard seal slipping off an ice floe

Oslo is crisp and sunny today; - 10° C, so not very cold. About the same a bit north of here on Svalbard. Should you want to visit this stunning otherworldly Arctic archipelago, it's only a few hours flying from Oslo.

By |12 February 2010|Islands, Quirky corners, Svalbard, Travel with children|

My three best kept travel secrets

My three best kept travel secrets: the fairytale village of Portmeirion in Wales, Kjøsterudjuvet Gorge in Drammen, Norway and Pension Nossek in Vienna.My three best kept travel secrets: the fairytale village of Portmeirion in Wales, Kjøsterudjuvet Gorge in Drammen, Norway and Pension Nossek in Vienna.

By |8 February 2010|Austria, hotels & lodgings, Lists, Norway, Wales|

Davos, host village of the World Economic Forum

Davos, these days host of the annual World Economic Forum for the 40th time. Normally, competition has been a major focus of the WEF. I'm happy to see that global cooperation and transformation is on the WEF agenda this year.

Oslo celebrates Christmas

National Geographic's Intelligent Traveler is hosting a holiday series called My City Celebrates. Again, I was inspired, so without further ado, here's how Oslo celebrates Christmas. Cool photo of Frogner Park, photo credit: cris - as used in the Nat Geo feature Oslo Celebrates When I need a dose of holiday cheer, I always take in a concert with Sølvguttene [...]

By |15 December 2009|Lists, Norway, Seasonal, current, Travel writing|

Oslo or Copenhagen – where will Obama be?

Oslo and Copenhagen are both in the headlines these days; Oslo for being the venue of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony on 10 December, and Copenhagen for hosting the United Nations Climate Conference 09 on 7 - 18 December. Oslo and Copenhagen Oslo's Frogner Park and Copenhagen's Tivoli The question is, where will Obama be? In Oslo to [...]

By |22 November 2009|Denmark, Idle musings, Norway, Seasonal, current|

I Heart Oslo

National Geographic's Intelligent Travel hosts the series I Heart My City. Time to show off Oslo a bit. It's not all about expensive beer, ya know! You'll find links to most of the sights in my Nat Geo article. I Heart Oslo Fabulous photo of Oslo Opera House by Nebbdyret/flickr's Creative Commons (as used in the Nat Geo article) The [...]

By |10 November 2009|Lists, Norway, Travel writing|
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