Carnival of Europe #2

This month’s carnival includes posts from all around Europe. Hope you enjoy!

Eiffel Tower in the Mist by Paul from Paris Inspired
Paul always has some great photos and interesting stories to tell. I love these photos of misty Paris.

Galileo Museum in Florence Italy by Average Traveller
Florence has so many fascinating museums. The Galileo Museum is a great place to visit for astronomy buffs or for anyone wanting to get away from the maddening crowds at the Uffizi.

A Budget Travel Guide to Bulgaria from Nerd Wallet
I imagine Bulgaria is generally quite budget friendly anyway but these tips will definitely come in handy when I visit Bulgaria this summer. I’d especially love to visit the Dancing Bears Park which thankfully has no dancing bears.

Isles of Scilly by Kenneth Lange
The mysterious sounding Isles of Scilly with their Mediterranean climate, white sandy beaches and friendly locals. All that in Northern Europe?

The Eighth Hill: EUR, Rome’s Modernist District from Sharing Travel Experiences
This is definitely an off the beaten path area of Rome. I particularly love the ‘Square Colosseum’.

6 of Scotland’s Top Golf Courses from The Edinburgh Travel Guide
Check this out if you want to play golf in Scotland.

Northern Italy Road Trip: Bressanone by Jul from This International Life
Road trips are great. Northern Italy is great. What’s not to love?

Copenhagen’s Vesterbro District by Nathalie from Perfect Boutique Hotel
Vesterbro looks like a really cool part of Copenhagen but then again all of Copenhagen is cool in my experience.

A Day in Colmar by Andy of Grounded Traveler
I’ve heard many great things about Colmar, it’s particularly well known for its Christmas market but you can see from Andy’s post it’s worth visiting all year round.

The Best Fish and Chips in Scotland by Shanna from There and Back Again
Living in France means no fish and chips for me and I miss it! I might have to head up to Scotland to test out some of these places.

5 Things to Know Before Visiting Rom’s Cinecittà Movie Studio by Keane Li.
What an amazing place to visit for lovers of Italian cinema, like me! La Dolce Vita and many other famous films and TV shows were shot here and this tour is something I would love to do on my next trip to Rome.

5 Things to Do in Istanbul by Ali from Ali’s Adventures
Istanbul is on my dream destination list. I’m not sure when I’ll finally get there but this list of things to do will definitely help me out although ‘Eat’ will probably be first on my list.

That’s all for this month’s carnival, I hope it inspired you a little and you’ll get out and visit some of the places in the near future!

European Night of Museums 2012

European Museum Night 2012

Each May museums in more than 40 countries around Europe open their doors to the pubic for a free night of events. This year it’s happening on the 19th May and many museums and galleries around the continent will be open until midnight or sometimes even later. You can visit the permanent collections of the museums as well as participate in special events created for the festival.

The Night of Museums was created in France 8 years ago and many of the events are held in and around Paris. The sound and light display at the Palace of Versailles is expected to be one of the most popular destinations as is the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and the Rodin Museum. Search all the events by city or museum at the official website.

Thanks to I Heart Paris for reminding me the event is coming up.

Carnival of Europe #1

Welcome to the first edition of the Carnival of Europe. I hope you enjoy these travel posts from around Europe from fellow travel bloggers.

Alexandra presents Umbria Through Instagram posted at A great selection of travel photos from the beautiful Italian region of Umbria.

Capri has been on my bucket list for years and Katrina’s post 3 ½ Things to do on Capri posted at TourAbsurd just reinforces my desire to visit the island. Katrina says, "If you only have an afternoon to visit the lovely isle of Capri, here are the three (and a half!) things you should do!"

AussieInFrance has a number of posts on visiting Croatia and the Balkans. Read her latest on Split, Mostar & Dubrovnik posted at Aussie in France.

Ken presents The Tidal Trap. A travel essay unlike your typical blog post. Posted at Kenneth Lange.

A great post if you’re travelling with kids, Jennifer Miner presents LEGOLAND Windsor in England posted at The Vacation Gals, saying, "The new Legoland resort in England is a fun vacation spot for families with younger children."

Berlin local Adam writes An ode to the Berlin Späti posted at Travels of Adam, saying, "A little bit of poetry to recognize one of my favorite landmarks in Berlin—a chain of convenience stores!" Good to know that public drinking is acceptable in Berlin!

Michael writes about Vincent Van Gogh’s life and death in Auvers Sur Oise. The Auvers Sur Oise Van Gogh Knew posted at easy hiker.

Also from Michael is an insider tip for getting off the beaten path in Paris with The Beat Hotel is a hotel in Paris only a Beatnik could love posted at Paris Movie Walks.

Shanna presents Let the Fairies Roll Your Car Uphil Spelga Dam posted at There and Back Again.

This post by Emma wasn’t written in April but it’s a fun post on visiting Paris for the day. French Fancies (How to do Paris in a day…) posted at gohemiantravellers.

That concludes this edition. Thanks to everyone for contributing. Submit your European travel posts to the next edition of the Carnival of Europe by following the guidelines here.

Carnival of Europe

To help promote travel in Europe and to provide readers with more varied content, I have started the monthly Carnival of Europe. The blog carnival will showcase current European travel posts including destination guides, travel tips, photo essays and foodie travel posts.

Carnival of Europe Guidelines

If you would like to submit a post to the carnival, fill in this quick submission form or you can email the post details to [email protected].

Please make sure your post meets the following guidelines before submitting:

  • The post must be related to travel in Europe.
  • The post must be published in the current month.
  • Only posts from independent blogs will be accepted. No corporate/commercial blogs (at my discretion).

Submissions close on the last day of the month at 12 noon Paris time (GMT+1) and the carnival post linking to all the submissions will be published on the first weekday of the following month.

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is doors. At first I thought I didn’t have many photos of doors but on closer inspection it turns out I have loads. Here are some of my favourites. Follow #FriFotos on Twitter to join in.

Hector Guimard’s Art Nouveau door at Castel Beranger in Paris.

Hector Guimard Castel Beranger

The door at St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest.

St Stephen’s Basilica

On the door of Anne Frank House, Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House Amsterdam

Front door of the Slovenian parliament, Ljubljana.

Slovenia's Parliament Ljubljana

Bratislava seen through the castle doors.

Bratislava Castle Doors

The doors where thousands were led to their deaths.

Auschwitz Gas Chamber

Albanians are a suspicious lot and like to place horseshoes above their doors for good luck.

Albanian Good Luck Charn

The end of The Doors.

Jim Morrison - Pere Lachaise


This week’s #FriFotos theme is capitals so I picked some of my favourite photos of Europe’s capitals to share. Follow #FriFotos on Twitter to join in.


Paris France


London England


Berlin Germany


Vienna Austria


Rome Italy


Ljubljana Slovenia 


Bratislava Slovakia


Prague Czech Republic


Budapest Hungary

Every Country in Europe

Places to Visit in Europe

The other day I was calculating how many countries in Europe I have visited and was disappointed to see it’s only 25. After more than 8 years living in Europe there is still so much to see.

Update: I have now been to 27 countries in Europe.

One of my travel goals is to visit every country in Europe at least once. There is no real reason for the goal, just that I think it’ll be fun to visit so many different places, to get a better understanding of the various cultures, and of course to try all the unique cuisines. 🙂

I don’t think I’ll reach that goal this year but the plan is to achieve it by 2012. Having the goal in writing should be enough to push myself to reach the more distant places I have yet to visit. I’ll update this post as I visit each new country so I can cross them off my list. 🙂

These are the 47 countries in Europe which I plan to visit.

Which countries have you visited? What are your travel goals?

Kindle Europe

If you love to read and in particular if you love to read and to travel then you’ve got to get a Kindle. I got mine a few weeks ago and I love it!

It can store up to 1500 books so you can read whatever you want whenever you want. You connect to Amazon via wifi from anywhere in the world, including in Europe (for free), and it takes 2 seconds to buy and download a new book.

What I love most is that I can just take the Kindle with me when travelling and don’t have to carry 2 or 3 heavy books. So if I want to read say a Lonely Planet guide of the destination and another book then I easily can and if I don’t like what I’m reading, I can just download another book and read that instead.

Even though the Kindle is kind of expensive, I do think it’ll work out cheaper in the long run. If you live in France, you know how ridiculously expensive English language books are. Even if you order from or the prices are really inflated. Or if you do buy from where the books are cheaper, you still have to pay for postage which adds quite a bit to the cost. So with the Kindle, the price of a book is slightly less than what you would pay for the physical book and there is no postage so, win!

Kindle Europe

They don’t sell the Kindle here in France or anywhere in Europe, you have to buy it from in the US. They ship it by international courier and customs duty is paid directly to Amazon but it’ll arrive in Europe after 2 or 3 days which is great.

The only real negative I’ve found about the Kindle is that, it seems, you can only get the American version of books which means American spelling and American grammar, which I find annoying, but you can’t have everything I suppose.

You can order your Kindle from Amazon here.

 Kindle Europe

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