Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved to travel. There’s nothing that compares to the thrill of discovering new places, meeting new people, falling in love with different cultures and eating local dishes from all over the world!
I’ve done a fair bit a traveling this past year and so I thought it might be a good idea to do a post on my favourite places of 2015. However, this proved to be difficult as everywhere I’ve been ticked all the boxes.
But I forced myself to select my top-ten destinations that I would gladly recommend:
This was my first visit to Geneva and I particularly liked the combination of the picturesque scenery and the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Also, there are so many beautiful towns like Montreux and Nyon not far away… as well as historic gems such as the Château de Chillon which is a must-see.
What can one say about the Eternal City, it speaks for itself (it’s really clever like that). It would have been slightly more enjoyable had it not drizzled during most of my visit. However, even the rain can’t ruin this beautiful city.
It was another first time with significantly better weather. Tenerife is perfect for both lazing in the sun on one of the many black sand beaches, and hiking in the beautiful natural parks. Don’t miss a trip to the volcanic “El Tiede”.
I visited Nice in August when it was insufferably hot. But thankfully, we could take advantage of the cooling fountains and the beautiful waterfall although we did have to climb up Castle Hill to get to it. However, it’s well worth the effort as you get a spectacular view over the old town and the Riviera.
This was another first after I crawled out from under my rock. In addition to a well-deserved reputation for fashion, Milan is also an architectural jewel and a foodies’ paradise. The Cathedral and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II are must-sees.
- Lake Como
Lake Como is one of the most renowned Italian lakes and is about an hour’s drive from Milan. But the breath- taking scenery is definitely worth the stop. Make sure to visit the historical centre of Como as well as the beautiful town of Bellagio.
After failing to train enough for what would have been my first half-marathon, I decided to console myself with some “pastel de nata” (the traditional custard tart). On the rare occasions where I wasn’t indulging in a local delicacy, I visited the Tower of Belém, the old town, St George’s Castle and Sintra.
I have always had this inexplicable fascination with Scotland. From the moment I landed until the second I left, I was constantly amazed with how beautiful and gothic this city was. I did all the touristy things one could possibly come up with such as the visit of the castle, a night-time ghost tour and I even had lunch at The Elephant House (where J.K Rowling wrote Harry Potter).
London is like a second home to me. I can’t imagine living too far away from this beautiful and vibrant city. Have a look at my previous post on London: Live like a local : London and I will definitely be seeing a lot more of this amazing city next year !
This was my third time going to this beautiful city and it was just as magical as the first. So much so that I decided to stay a year! The atmosphere is beyond surreal and the food is amazing with so many cutting-edge coffee shops. And the pubs aren’t bad either…
For every New Year, I make it one of my goals to go somewhere I’ve never been before. But with so many breath-taking places to choose from, it’s proven to be very difficult to select just one. I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful New Year.