I’ve got big plans. Huge ones in fact, and they started back in 2016 when I decided that enough was enough, I wanted to see more of the world. These plans include seeing as many places as Europe as I can manage before I fall pregnant, and our travel plans change with the changing nature of our family.
For now, I’m trying to see Europe one city-break at a time and am slowly but surely feeling the European magic that is on my doorstep with lots of weekend city breaks. If I could travel every weekend I could, and if travelling every weekend were a reality, these would be the first five places I would visit.
Firmly at the top of my bucket list is Riga, Latvia’s unsung capital city. I’ve wanted to visit Riga for some time now, largely because every picture I see looks like everything I want a European capital to look like. With gothic spires dominating the landscape, cobbled streets and pretty coloured buildings, the Baltic’s largest capital is somewhere I’d love to wander for a weekend.
I thought I was over my obsession, but one of my favourite UK bloggers Erica recently visited, and as well as being absolutely GLUED to her instagram for her entire trip, her Riga blog post has got me wishing and hoping and almost booking. The colour, the architecture and the goulash is calling me hard right now, so go and check out Erica’s post and see if you fall for Riga too.
I’ve been dreaming of Tallinn for a while now. The fusion of modern and medieval intrigues me, and when I look at pictures I’m not convinced I’ve really seen anywhere like it. Which is why I want to go! I want to be inside this fairy-tale city, inside its ancient city walls and walking its streets imagining what it was like all those years ago.
Reading On The Luce’s post about visiting Tallinn in the snow has given me food for thought about when I might visit! Although I’m a little bit done with freezing cold European city breaks, the medieval buildings look so pretty and charming dusted with snow that it is hard to resist.
I feel like Copenhagen is the city break that has alluded me for many years. I’ve had such an opportunity to go, considering that Mr Sparrow is keen, but for some reason we’ve always prioritised other places in Europe. I think this is because of its reputation for being expensive (Oslo nearly broke us financially!), but I cannot help but think with a little careful planning, this waterfront bliss could be mine.
I’m desperate to stroll, to hang out in cool bars and to see Christiana with my own eyes. I’ve been super inspired by other travel bloggers who have all visited Copenhagen including Sophie Cliff and Amy Liz, and we’ve even covered it over on the blog I co-edit, Unsorry Magazine.
Whilst Copenhagen is unlikely to be on the cards this year, I’m trying to get the pennies together for a March 2018 break which would including Copenhagen, Malmo and Stockholm. If anyone has done anything similar, please leave comments below!
After falling extremely hard for Lisbon, moving to Portugal is all I think about. In lieu of that, I’d quite like to visit Portugal’s other popular city break destination, Porto. It’s river setting, Portuguese food, hillside culture and epic views have got me extremely excited, and that is before we talk about the Port!
Brilliant blogger Beverley from Pack Your Passport went on an amazing solo trip to Porto, and everything about her post screams COME AND VISIT ME RIGHT NOW. So many of my city break choices have been full of cold and bleak weather, but with Porto you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding some sun, which makes me want to visit more.
Mr Sparrow and I have talked about Croatia a lot recently, largely as a summer holiday destination – a quick European jaunt to a beach (which isn’t Cyprus, because we always end up there in a pinch) with maybe some culture and castles and whatnot thrown in. We’ve been discussing Split, but to be honest, whether its a summer holiday or not I’ve got to get myself to Dubrovnik, and soon.
Being surrounded by marble streets, baroque buildings and the deep blue Adriatic sea certainly has its plus points, but for me I think walking the city walls and forts would provide me with endless pleasure and happiness. And those views! Beautiful.
Where do you want to visit in Europe? Why not check out my Europe city break posts to see if I’ve visited somewhere on your list?