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.
Latest Europe travel stories
Vienna is one of my favourite cities; seeped in old-world elegance. Advent in Vienna is especially magical, with wonderful Christmas markets everywhere.
Could have been practically jacket-less in Oslo this morning, while Budapest was freezing cold. Not crisp and fresh, but seriously freezing.
Here’s a new destination, folks: Playland, or Lekeland, as it's called in the local lingo - in Drammen, Norway. Bring earplugs – the noise level is well above an average Metallica concert, with about 100 kids. Could be 200 or 300. Sounds like 1 000. All yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs. Simultaneously and continuously. I expect [...]
Here’s how I did it. Of course, why I would have only 39 minutes in Luxembourg is more interesting, if not disturbing. I’ll get back to that.
Update: this article was first published on Boots'n'all. If you just want a straight “What to see and do in Kyiv”-piece, I have condensed the most relevant info (and added more photos) in this post. If you’re interested in more of a travel narrative, with a bit of Ukrainian politics and my idle musings thrown in, carry on right here. [...]
I love walking across borders and try to do that whenever I can. It's still fun in Africa - say, between South Africa and Lesotho, or Asia, even between USA and Mexico or any place where borders still mean something. Sadly (in a nostalgic sense, that is), this is no longer the case in Europe. In the 25 countries comprising [...]
Lesson learnt: It really isn't fair to trash a place after spending only a few hours there.
About halfway between Konstanz and Schaffhausen, set amongst meadows and castles along the most beautiful stretches of the river Rhine, is Stein-am-Rhein, one of the loveliest and best kept medieval villages in Europe. I hadn't even heard about it until yesterday. Finding myself with an entire day completely open before a late flight home from Zurich, I was idly leafing [...]
Border bridge: Liechtenstein to the left, Switzerland to the right. I jump: Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland...
Liechtenstein is essentially a family firm, headed by His Serene Highness Hans Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein, who lives in Schloss Vaduz.
I quite like Zurich. It's a good city to visit - just the right size. Never mind the smell of money.
La Cité in Carcassonne, a perfectly preserved, living and breathing medieval city, perched on top of a hill. A fairy-tale! Love at first sight.