Breathtaking Lisbon

Being both the capital and the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon bears the distinct honor. It characterizes extravagant architecture, appealing cobblestoned streets and the type of breathtaking scenes that produce lasting memories on a holiday. With the modish atmosphere featured in its many eateries and bars, hip shops, these blessings mix unusually well. It is precisely what makes this classic capital a truly remarkable place to visit by this cultural fusion between the old and the new.

Start your exploration of Lisbon in the district of Baxia, situated in the heart of the city but don’t forget to bring a trusty map in hand. Take a walk around the scenic Praça do Comércio Square via the pedestrian Rua Augusta, and then pave your way east to the Alfama district – arguably the most charming area to visit for its winding streets making it the oldest.

Including the 12th century Sé Catedral (the oldest building in Lisbon), the Tile Museum and the unique façade of Casa dos Bicos (House of Spikes), one of the few remaining structures following a devastating earthquake in 1755, are the attractions of interests.

Enter the legendary 6th century Castelo de Sao Jorge (St. George’s Castle), bragging some of the best views in town right after exploring the area at your leisure. Step in at Restô do Chapitô, a relaxed eatery serving international cuisine at reasonable prices for a quick bite to eat.

Jump on the famous Tram 28, to the main shopping district known as Chiado once you’ve had your fill of historic sites with snaps for a souvenir. Visit the whimsical A Vida Portuguesa, a short distance from the stylish retail stores along Rua Garret, a shop specializes in vintage Portuguese products. Along with a mixture of knick-knacks all featuring retro packaging, here you can purchase a fine collection of kitchen and bath products.

Take a break at the Santini ice cream parlor, serving the best artisan ice cream in the country and was established in 1949. The shop is usually full-packed with locals and curious visitors throughout the day, and the interior is decorated in nostalgic red and white stripes, colorful 50’s inspired posters and comfortable booths. For the finale of your exploration of the area, take a ride to the tip of the Santa Justa Elevator, a favored local landmark built in 1902.

To the longest, most fashionable avenue in Lisbon, the Avenida da Liberdade, is a must visit and reach by walking north and make a stop at the regal Dona Maria II National Theater in Rossio Square. The visit is worthy for its cobblestoned streets, full of lovely garden belvederes, as well as high-end shops and art nouveau edifices.

Begin the morning, and end your trip to the sinfully delicious signature pastry pastel de nata at Pastéis de Belém, a legendary bakery established in 1837.

Beautiful Ireland

Galway begins out as one of those simple fishing towns before gradually morphing into a center of commerce and tourism like many of Ireland’s quaint cities. In the year 1232, Galway became a walled town right after the area was captured by the Anglo-Normans led by Richard De Burgo, and it’s this that presents it a niche that no other city in Ireland can brag.

It makes Galway a perfect place for a summer holiday for this blend of culture, history, working-class fishing roots and, of course, some of the finest seafood in the world. With beautiful beaches and its long winding promenade, the Galway Travelodge hotel makes this go-to seaside destination -– an affordable, attractive candidate this summer.

If travelers want one anyway, then the Galway Arts Festival – Ireland’s leading arts’ festival – is a perfect one not only that all this means travelers don’t need an excuse to visit Galway. This festival holds together street performance, music, dancing, literary/children’s events and art exhibitions, first conducted in 1978. Recently played artists like David Byrne, Blondie, David Gray, Walker Evans, Brodsky String Quartet, Stephen Isserlis and Philip Glass expressing the sheer caliber of the artists on show.

Galway moves to buck that direction, while countless fishing towns aren’t known for their nightlife. Previously, though, and this might be the most difficult options of all, travelers are going to desire to sample some of Galway’s finest restaurants. A great all-rounder, The Quay Street Kitchen, with traditional Irish food, a brilliant wine list and healthier options for those who may have to devour a touch too much Guinness.

It’s also a must that travelers explore what’s in store outside the city and tour the beautiful countryside that wraps the city of Galway. One shouldn’t restrict the city-country as promoted rather take a look at what you might discover.

 

Stopping By England

A range of hills in southwestern England, not far off from Oxford, is the Cotswolds and the area is one of the country’s most desired holiday destinations. For its landscape of rolling green hills and lakes and to stay in the picturesque villages that can be found throughout the region the reason visitors come to stop by.

Most tourists visit villages Northleach, Cheltenham, Cirencester, and Chipping Campden. These places attract tourists for their buildings are made from local limestone wherein they can enjoy a variety of tea shops and bed and breakfasts.

When visiting the area, don’t miss the Broadway Tower.  Built on a hilltop, this 18th-century castle is more than 1,000 feet above sea level and is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. As travelers can see as many as 16 different counties from the tower, the views are fantastic and breathtaking!

One of the largest towns in the area is Cirencester and is the so-called “Capital of the Cotswolds.” Majority of the city’s buildings date back to the 18th century although it has a long history dating back to the Roman era, and was a vital trading center throughout the Middle Ages. Nonetheless, the town is worth to visit. One of the best part when visiting is its Market Place, which is packed with marketeer every day of the week.

The village of Northleach not far from Cirencester,  is another popular destination. The significant attraction is the village’s Market Place just like Cirencester, which dates back to the wool trade of the Medieval Period. The town’s buildings have its history on its own because it dates back to that period as well, and are very quaint.

Chipping Campden is another village whose medieval identity can be easily seen. The town has a small High Street that is lined with historic homes and small shops and can be seen at the northern end of the hills. Built upon an older outdoor trading post and in lieu of a Market Place, the village has a Market Hall that dates back to the 17th century.

Ultimately, the village of Cheltenham is another big draw. The town is ideal for tourists, as it’s a bustling place with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and hotels and its local spring had made the town Britain’s most popular spa destination.

Visitors may want to experience visiting off-peak for some peace and quiet or getting out and exploring the local countryside a bit more because the high-season usually sees these villages swamped with tourists. The Log House Holidays company rents out log cabins with hot tubs to visitors, most of which are set on pleasant lakes in the countryside. For a few hundred miles from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath, one may otherwise hit the Cotswold Way trail that stretches across the region.

The Vibrant Stockholm

With a landscape like no other, this magnificent place gives the Swedish capital a mystical and fascinating beauty. Stockholm has started to transform into a dynamic and lively city with all the bars, restaurants, and shopping places that seem to pop out everywhere.

A number of well-dressed patrons usually enjoy the cocktails and music at the scenic island of Djurgården. Locals and tourists alike can have fun exploring the city for happy vibes. The food and drinks are definitely full of bursting flavors. If you ever get the chance to visit Stockholm, make sure that you try their local food. There’s no better way to discover a city than trying out their delicacy.

In one of the most popular restaurants in the city, Och Himlen Därtill (And Heaven Beyond,) the exquisite panoramic 360-degree view of the city is enough to make your visit worthwhile. Imagine looking at a very picturesque view while feasting on sumptuous food, and sparkling wine! This is definitely something that you don’t want to miss.

Both committed and impulsive shoppers are in luck in Stockholm, because most shops are open on Sundays, unlike in many other European cities. If you want to shop for premium brands, then you are definitely getting the time of your life here. You can spend some afternoons shopping if you feel like picking up new stuff.

You can also stroll in the beautiful parks if you want to get some exercise while admiring the beautiful surroundings. Long walks in the park, and picnics are fun and laid back activities that you can definitely do in Stockholm.

There are so many beautiful spots in Stockholm that travelers and wanderers need to discover and explore. You can do some research before embarking on a journey to one of Europe’s finest cities. Go ahead and plan your next trip.