Are you keen to begin or resume travelling the world, but unsure where to start or venture to next? There are, indeed, thousands of beautiful places, and this beauty comes in various forms. From the eternal glow of New York City to cloud-defying mountain peaks, deciding on a trip can be tough. Today, however, I am going to share with you five amazing places situated in Europe. You probably haven’t visited them, but you definitely should. Don’t be alarmed if, half way down, you feel an urge to begin booking your plane tickets!
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Adjoining the town of Bled, this serene Slovenian lake rests within the Julian Alps of the country’s northwestern region. If you are searching for a unique, picturesque location to relax in, the lake’s tranquil surface and surrounding forests will surely offer some peace and perhaps even evoke a fairy tale nostalgia. For the photographers out there, Castle Bled, perching above the lake on the north shore, is certainly worth your attention. At twilight, the castle’s reflection shimmers with a refulgent orange tinge.
Basilica Cistern, Istanbul. Turkey
Brimming with architectural wonders and fascinating nature, Turkey is visited and loved by many tourists. If you visit this ancient country searching for somewhere to widen your eyes and stand on end your neck hairs, seek out the Basilica Cistern. What is amazing about this place is not simply the history of it, but the fact that all of the basilica is under water! The Turkish language calls it Yerebatan Sarayi, which literally translates to “Sunken Palace”.
Ancient texts indicate that this basilica housed gardens. These gardens were surrounded by a colonnade and face the Hagia Sophia – another historical religious place in Istanbul.
Enlarged cisterns provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings. It continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace and into modern times, too. If you are looking for a spectacular view in the center of the city, then visit this basilica.
Curonian Spit, Lithuania
Lithuania, of eastern Europe, is up next. Personally, I enjoy Lithuania’s great views, its natural tranquility and the slow pace with which nature seems to shift. The Curonian Spit is a ninety-eight-kilometre long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. European author Thomas Mann held a summer house here; Jean-Paul Sartre, the famous French Philosopher, visited the Spit only to fall in love with the area’s beauty. According to travel guides, summer is the ideal time to witness the Spit’s beauty.
Another small but amazing city, this time in Belgium and named Bruges, should spike your attention, too. The historic city center is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Beautiful Bruges, along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North. This city also has a significant economic importance thanks to its port and was once the chief commercial city in the world! Filmmakers love it too – just look for the film ‘In Bruges’ to descry some of the city’s wonder.
Finally, the last place for you to visit in Europe should be the amazing white city named Split, situated in Croatia. Gifted with amazing surrounding nature, this city lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centered on the Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian. Here you can find many historical sites, see amazing ancient buildings and enjoy great weather all year long. Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and comfortable shoes because you are going to see – and do – a lot in this Croatian phenomenon.
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Photo one by Edward Wexler at English Wikipedia – Public Domain
Photo two by Dpnuevo at Wikipedia Commons – Public Domain
Photo three by Hans Hillewaert at Wikipedia Commons – Public Domain
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