When we moved to Europe, my mom prepared her bucket list of places she wanted to visit, with Rome at the top. We had heard stories of pickpockets and petty crime, but we brushed it off. Surely, it wouldn’t happen to us.
Usually not ranking too high on bucket lists, one would be remiss in skipping over this city during their European travels. It’s rich in history, traditional and remarkable landmarks one has to see to truly appreciate.
On a train from Manchester to London King’s Cross station, the idea for the Harry Potter series came to J.K. Rowling and she immediately started writing. The plots were outlined over the course of five years, and the first of seven books was published in June 1997.
Though Europe may be a small continent, the amount of unrefined and timeless places to explore are anything but. From the design of the buildings to the overall atmosphere, some European cities can only be described with one word — alluring.
Denia is about 40 minutes outside of the famous city of Valencia and is perfect for travelers seeking more of an off-the-beaten-path destination. Away from the hustle and bustle of Valencia, it allows guests to relax, while also offering a variety of places to stay, eat, drink and shop.
Traveling Europe with young children calls for a delicate balancing act worthy of a prima ballerina. Well-intentioned moms and dads understand that experiencing the sights, sounds, customs, flavors and historical significance of a different culture is a valuable educational experience.
Whether visiting a European capital, escaping to the wilderness, or balancing your bucket list with the kids’, you’ll find funky, fun and often affordable themed accommodations.
Rustic and rural refinement
My hands were shaking as I clasped the rough stone railing of the Charles Bridge and peered down at the black waters of the Vltava River rushing below. The iconic twin-spires of the Týn Church loomed against the night sky as fog edged in over the city.
I dumped the contents of my purse onto the bed. Although I should have been, I wasn’t surprised to see what tumbled out: two Skittles; an empty package of baby wipes; a deflated balloon; a set of matchbox cars; a solitary plastic dinosaur; a package of crumbled peanut butter crackers with a smeared...