Now, we all know that Europe is pretty much a castle-lovers dream. From stunning German palaces to imposing Polish castles, there is bound to be a castle to transport you to your own personal fairytale. But how about staying in a castle? If that's something on your bucket list then keep reading - because that's exactly what we did on our weekend in Walbrzych!
While not one of the most well known Polish cities, Wroclaw is definitely a city you shouldn't miss! The biggest city in Western Poland, Wroclaw is located in the region of Lower Silesia and throughout history has been part of Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Nazi Germany. It's best known for its beautiful colourful facades in the main square but there's so much more than that - here is my round up of the best things to do in Wroclaw, Poland!
What do you think of when you think of the city of Bath? Most people think of the Roman baths, beautiful Pulteney bridge and the Royal Crescent. Many people would think of Jane Austen and the Georgian architecture of the city. However, there is much more to Bath that this - after five years of living in the city I feel I can say that, with 100% certainty, there is something in Bath for everyone! If you are looking for the less 'run of the mill' activities and instead the more unusual things to do in Bath, then look no further. From brewery tours to stand-up paddleboarding on the River Avon, you are sure to find something to enjoy!
Istanbul - a major city in Turkey with a long and eventful history. Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, this city that straddles both Europe and Asia has stood the tests of time and is now home to over 15 million people. With a history dating back to 600 BCE, there are many incredible sights to see in Istanbul. From the world-famous Hagia Sophia to the lesser known Suleymaniye Mosque and from colourful Balat to the incredible views from Swissotel The Bosphorus, there is definitely something for everyone in Istanbul. Here you can find my round-up of the most instagrammable places in Istanbul - prepare to be stunned!
Budapest is a great city. Even better for those who don't like the "limits" of just one destination - it's a great place to start an Interrail trip. I travelled through Budapest when I interrailed around Europe two years ago and really enjoyed the city. From my current home in La Ceiba, Honduras, I'll be giving advice on how to do Budapest on a budget!
The resounding question that I've been asked when I said I had just got back from Sweden was, "oh, did you go to Stockholm?"No! (Although I have been to Stockholm before.) There is more to Sweden than just Stockholm and Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, is definitely a place that deserves more visitors!Gothenburg, or Göteborg (yur-te-borry) in Swedish, is a city of delicious food, buzzing café culture and a love of microbreweries and craft beer. While not as "glamorous" as it's big sister Stockholm, the industrial port city of Gothenburg is definitely a place that a visitor to Sweden shouldn't miss.
Yogyakarta, or the Special Region of Yogyakarta, is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is usually pronounced 'Jogjakarta' and is also known as Jogja or Jogjakarta (so if you want to be cool, just call it Jogja).It is the only place in the Republic of Indonesia where a royal family still has some administrative power, rather than just being a cultural figurehead (hence why it is a 'Special Region'), since Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX helped overthrow the Dutch colonialists during the fight for independence in 1945.There is so much to see and do in Yogyakarta, and it is a city you definitely can't miss when you visit Indonesia!A huge thank you to the Indonesian Tourism board for hosting me on the amazing Trip of Wonders, highlighting some of the best cultural wonders around Indonesia.
Riga, a capital city that many have never heard of. Latvia, a country that many people can't place on a map. And yet there are so many things to do in Riga and so many reasons why Riga should be your next city break! I travelled to Riga in collaboration with airBaltic to find out exactly why you should visit the small Baltic city - believe me, it's definitely worth a visit!Disclaimer: My flights to and from Riga were sponsored by airBaltic. However, as always, all opinions are my own (and probably weird and wacky and a little odd, as normal).