Europe is where history has been sown into the lands of previously-warring monarchies, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of survivors bringing age-old traditional recipes into the 21st century. Nations devastated by the brutalities of twisted dictators have rebuilt their cities now replete with warm hospitality from innovative chefs, acute entrepreneurs and proud historians.
With its impressive Interrail connections, it’s quite easy to tick off five European cities in as little as a week. But to truly enjoy these historic cities, we would recommend staying at least a few days in each place to begin to soak up its quirks and uniqueness.
Miradouros and port wine await you in Portugal, a never-ending supply of pasta and gelato in Italy will generously expand your waistline and the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea will twinkle at you mischievously from Croatia’s shoreline. Sample the best almond croissant in Paris, nibble on homestyle gozleme in historic Istanbul and cycle along the canals and gingerbread houses of Amsterdam.
From the Italian Riviera to the remote fishing islands of Lofoten in Norway, Europe is a glorious fusion of where the past meets the present; a cultural melting pot that is not all stereotypes but filled with diverse landscapes, gastronomic delights and cutting-edge design.
Allez-y! It’s time to show you Europe.