My European Bucket List

For some reason ever since I was a little girl I was obsessed with the Eiffel Tower and Paris. So I have always dreamed of seeing it in person as well as the rest of Europe. There is something about those cobblestone streets, the architecture, and all the history that is so appealing to me.

Here are a few of the things I am dying to see across the Atlantic.















For those of you who have been to Europe, what was your favorite place? Is Europe everything it has cracked up to be?


11 thoughts on “My European Bucket List

  1. Love your post! Great list. I hope you get to all of them! You have to add Prague – maybe that could be your castle – went there over the Christmas holidays – it is amazing! I would love to see it in summer – I imagine it could be quite different, but at Christmas – incredible! Happy trails…hope you fulfill your bucket list, and then some!

  2. Thank you so much Anita! I hope I get to them all too. I will definitely look into Prague.

    I just checked out your blog and I am so inspired! I love that you packed up everything and went for it!

    Safe travels!

  3. I’ve only been to two countries in Europe so I don’t have all that much experience here, but what I’ve seen of it has been amazing. We share quite a few things on our bucket lists 🙂 You should try and get to Scandinavia! I mean, I might be a bit biased since I’m living in Norway for the next six months, but Norway is beautiful. Go north and you can see the Northern Lights in the winter, go west and you can see the fjords, go anywhere else and you’ll find mountains and gorgeous landscapes. If you snowboard or ski Norway will be paradise. You might also consider going to Stockholm–it’s a lovely city. Very clean and lots of interesting things to see like Gamla Stan, the Royal Palace, and Drottningholms Slott, just to name a few. Just be warned that Scandinavia is quite pricey compared to the rest of Europe (especially Oslo, yeesh) and it’s a bit chilly in the winter 🙂 Good luck crossing things off your bucket list!

  4. Wow Jennifer thank you very much for all the great tips and the very thoughtful post!! I am dying to see the Northern LIghts!

    What are you doing in Norway? Six months sounds amazing! Wow I never really looked into Norway but from how you are describing it, it sounds great. I do love the mountains.

    Thanks also for the heads up that Scandinavia is expensive, good information to know.

    Good luck to you as well crossing off items on your bucket list!

  5. I haven’t been to very many of the places on your list… I’ve had LOTS of pasta in Italy, I’ve been to Naples and around Italy a fair bit, but Greece I know very well – I started visiting in 1999 and in 2009 I moved here permanently! It really is more amazing than one could imagine. Right now things are rough with the crisis, but that will eventually pass and it definitely doesn’t change the country for a visit. I consider Greece the most beautiful place in the world but of course I haven’t been to the whole world 😉 Other places in Europe that I’ve been are Bulgaria (didn’t really like it) and Cyprus (very beautiful). I want to travel more in Western Europe (Switzerland, Spain, and France are on my list). My husband (who is Greek) has traveled far more than I – Europeans are so lucky… – and has been to at least 10 or 12 countries in Europe. His favorites are Austria and Bosnia (who would have thought?) 😛 Anyway, great list, and I’m sure you’ll love them all!

  6. Congrats on making the move to Italy! That is so exciting.

    Why didn’t you like Bulgaria if you don’t mind my asking?

    That is one of the things I love about Europe that everything is so close together, it seems so easy to get around.

    I will have to look into Bosnia, I haven’t heard much about it yet.

    Thank you for the very thoughtful comment! Enjoy your time in Italy! Eat some delicious pasta for me!

  7. I only lived in Italy for half a year but I live in Greece now – between the two, I prefer Greece, but Italy is wonderful too. Bulgaria… it has a lot, and I do mean a lot, of these sort of gray somber enormous old apartment buildings that all look the same, they are falling apart, lots of windows missing, rust everywhere, whole cities made up of these. There are some nice areas for sure – I loved Plovdiv and parts of the Black Sea Coast are nice, and Sofia, the capital has some nice sections. But most of the rest of what I saw was very dreary. It seemed like there must have been an enormous amount of building earlier in the 20th century but then they just stopped. And now (well I was there in 2007) they were building up the Black Sea Coast like there was no tomorrow – tons of new apartment complexes going up practically ON the beach itself, it looked like no zoning or concern for the overall look of things. I don’t know… it felt very abandoned in many ways. My husband raves about the natural beauty of Bosnia…

  8. I am so inspired by people like you who love where they live. I love Chicago but I don’t want to live here my whole life. I want to explore and would love to live somewhere else for awhile. I don’t know if I could make the move to Europe but I definitely want to visit.

    That’s interesting to hear about Bulgaria. Thanks for the info.

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