Where Do I Want to Go?

*NOTE* as you peruse this list, feel free to add suggestions!! Many of the places I’ve been, I went there solely because someone else told me to go.  So, list your favourite place, a place you’ve always wanted to go, or your hometown, and who knows, maybe I’ll add it to the list and stop by one day!

ARMENIA (Euraisa…often considered Europe, and certainly has a shared history!)

  • Sanahin Monastery
  • Geghard Monastery
  • Haghpat Monastery
  • Yerevan
  • Mt Aragats + Khor Virap Monastery
  • Echmiadzin
  • Fortress of Akhtala
  • Jermuk Falls

AUSTRIA

  • Hallstatt
  • Graz
  • Erlebnisburg Castle
  • Innsbruck, round 2
  • Schallaburg Castle
  • Vienna, round 3 (to finally see Klimpt’s The Kiss)
  • Vienna’s Hundertwasserhaus!
  • Melk Abbey
  • Hohenwerfen Castle
  • Grüner See underwater park

BELGIUM

  • Brugges
  • Ghent 
  • Antwerp
  • Namur
  • Mechelen
  • Dinat & Chateau de Lavaux-Sainte-Anne

BOSNIA

  • Mostar

BULGARIA

  • Rila Monastery
  • Sofia
  • Carpathian Mountains
  • Plovdiv
  • Rhodopes Mountains

CROATIA

  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Krka National Park
  • Trogir
  • Hvar
  • Brac
  • Bisevo
  • Sipan
  • Korčula
  • Istria, Rovinij, Pula

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Sedlec Ossuary
  • Kutná Hora
  • Karlstejn Castle
  • Český Krumlov
  • Brno
  • Ostrava
  • Křivoklát Castle
  • Mělník
  •  Chateau Hluboká nad Vltavou
  • National Park Šumava

DENMARK

  • Copenhagen
  • Elsinore – Kronborg Castle
  • Barnholm – Hammershus Castle
  • Fredericksburg Castle
  • Aarhaus
  • Odense
  • Faroe Islands
  • Aalborg
  • Viking runes (scattered throughout…)
  • Ribe

ENGLAND

  • Lake District (see comments below)
  • Warwick Castle
  • Cornwall – Plymouth, Penzance, Lizard, etc…
  • Gloucester
  • Canterbury
  • Hadrian’s Wall
  • York (city)
  • Bodiam Castle
  • Coventry
  • Brighton
  • Cliffs of Dover
  • Jurassic Coastal trail, Round 2
  • Chester
  • Lyme Regis
  • Cotswolds, Round 2 (walking in The Cotswolds)
  • Southampton
  • Winchester
  • New Forest!!
  • Chatsworth Manor (Pemberley!)
  • Peak District
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Exeter
  • Exmoor NP, Dartmoor NP
  • Cheddar & nearby

ESTONIA

  • Parnu
  • Tartu
  • Kuressaare + Castle
  • Narva (Russian border)
  • Viljandi
  • Koluvere Castle
  • Narva – overlooking Russia’s Ivangorod Fortress (Ivanograd)

FINLAND

  • Helsinki
  • World’s biggest snow castle, Kemi

FRANCE (I lived here for 3.5 years)

  • Nice
  • Cannes
  • French Alps
  • Vienne
  • Corsica
  • Nantes
  • Paris round 2!
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Bayeux (tapestry)
  • Perouges
  • Bordeaux
  • Dijon
  • Avignan
  • Haut-Koenigsburg Castle, Alsace
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Chateau de Peryrepertuse
  • Ruins of Arenes de Nimes
  • Loire Valley  Round 2: Other Lore Chateaux ; Round 3: Bike the Loire Valley! – Chateau de Chaumont, maisons troglodytes, Chateau d’Amboise…
  • Bretagne (Brittany) villages – Vitre, Dinan, Becheral (books!), Mont Saint Michel, Saint Malo, Rennes, La Roche des Fées dolman
  • Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse
  • Strasbourg round 2 (At Christmas time…)
  • Beaujolais Region (wine tasting…)
  • Facteur cheval Palais Ideal
  • Château de Joux (near Swiss)
  • Burgundy Castle, France
  • cliffs of Cassis, Les Calanques , Chateau d’If
  • Lavender fields in Provence, Nimes, Arles, Eze
  • Annecy round 2
  • Auvergne: Chateau de Val (Bort les Orgues),
    • St Nectaire, Chapelle St Michel d’Aiguilhe, Le Puy en Velay church, Volcanoes, Puy de Dome
    • Chateau de Ravel, Château de Grangent, Château de Mauzan, Château de Buron, Château de Busseol, Chateau de Montmorin, Château de Tournoel
    • Grotte de Jonas, Collonges-la-Rouge
  • Clermont Ferrand 
  • Marseille 
  • Pyrenées: Rennes-Les-Bains, Rennes-Le-Chateau, Foix, Ariege, Montsegur, more in Midi Pyrenées/Languedoc Rousillon?
  • Hike some of the GRs in Pyrenees
  • Queryas National Park
  • Rocadamour
  • Saint-Priest-la-Roche – Chateau de la Roche (between Lyon/Clermont)
  • Alsace: Eguisheim, Colmar
  • La Roche des Fees

GEORGIA

  • Uplistsikhe cave town
  • Tbilisi
  • David Gareji monastery
  • Vardzia
  • Kazbegi
  • Mestia

GERMANY

  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Hohenzollern Castle
  • Burghausen Castle
  • Cologne + Cathedral
  • Hanover
  • Dresden, round 2
  • Munich, round 2 Schloss Blutenburg (how did I miss this??)
  • Hamburg
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber village
  • Lubeck
  • Schloss Eltz
  • Rakotzbrücke – Gablenz (Saxony)
  • Saxon Switzerland National Park (no where near Switzerland…)
  • Görlitz – Polish border town
  • Bamberg – Bavaria
  • Lake Schrecksee in the Bavarian Alps
  • Lichtenstein Castle in Baden-Württemberg
  • Mosel Valley medieval villages (from Eifel – Hunsrück Mountains)
  • Tüchersfeld village in Bavaria
  • Hiking in the Partnach Gorge (south of Munich)
  • Tubingen
  • Cochen Castle
  • Marksburg Castle
  • Schwerin

GREECE

  • Meteora
  • Crete
  • Places on the coast and in Greek Islands (clearly I have done tons of research here…)
  • Akrotiri
  • Santorini

GREENLAND

  • Nuuq
  • Uumanaaq
  • Coastline ferry (north-south)

HUNGARY

  • Visegrad Castle
  • Budapest, round 2

ICELAND

  • the Secret Lagoon
  • Reykajavik, round 2
  • Geysir and Strokkur in the Haukadalur valley
  • the waterfall Gullfoss
  • Þingvellir
  • Þingvallavatn Lake
  • Akureyri
  • Vik

IRELAND

  • Galway
  • Wicklow Mountains
  • Glendalough Monastery & valley
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Kilkenny
  • Limerick
  • Connemara NP
  • Hiking in the Burren NP – Mullaghmore
  • Skellig Michel, Ivereagh Peninsula, Blasket Islands
  • Aran Islands
  • Neolithic sites: Carrowmore, Carrowkeel, Deagh…
  • Loop End
  • Waterford, Lismore Castle (Northanger Abbey!)
  • Wexford
  • Ennis
  • Sligo, Benbulbin Mountain
  • Mayo: Ballycroy NP, Achill Island, Nephin Beg, Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick
  • Co. Cavan (where my Irish ancestors came from)
  • Meath, the Hill of Tara, Kells, Newgrange, Loughcrew
  • Glenveagh NP, Slieve League cliffs, Donegal, Malin Head (N point), Mizen Head (S point)
  • Baltimore, Kinsale/area: Cape Clear, Sherkin Island
  • Scattery Island, Inishmurray Island, Clare Island, Inishkea Island
  • Beara Peninsula
  • Hag of Beara’s house; Lisheen House; Darty Mountains; Ox Mountains – Sligo
  • Grainan Aileagh fort Donegal
  • Roscommon – Ballintubber Castle, Rindoon
  • Wicklow, Glendalough, Seefin Hill

 

ITALY

  • Orvieto
  • Sicily (island): Ragusa, Caltagirone, Siracusa, Enna (village), Akragas Temples, Selinunte, Erice (mediavel village), Segesta Temple
  • Palermo – Convento dei Cappuccini (catacombs), the cathedral at Montreale
  • Mt Etna
  • Aeolian islands (options: Vulano, Panarea, Stromboli, Salina)
  • Cinque Terre
  • Torino
  • Sacra San Michele
  • Fenis Castello
  • Aosta & Valley
  • Castello di Sammezzano & Peacock Room
  • Procida
  • Craco
  • Matera
  • Sardaigna (island) 
  • Venice round 2! Next time, enjoy less-crowded Venice: Dorsoduro, Castello, Giudecca & Lido
  • Tuscany & Tuscan villages
  • Rome, round 2
  • Sirmione
  • Umbria & villages: Narni, Spello, Assisi, Spoletto….
  • Villages of Lago Como
  • Puglia villages
  • Genoa
  • Bergamo
  • Aragonese Castle – Ischia
  • San Gimignano
  • Calabria region
  • Baiae + underwater archeology

LATVIA

  • Cesis
  • Riga, round 2
  • Longer trek in Gauja River Valley National Park

LIECHTENSTEIN

  • Vaduz + Vaduz castle + Schalun Castle
  • Balzers + Gutenberg castle
  • Schaan

LITHUANIA

  • šiauliai (Hill of Crosses)

LUXEMBOURG

  • Luxembourg City
  • Bock Casemates in Lux. City
  • Château de Vianden
  • Echternach
  • Esch-sur-Sûre
  • La Rochette
  • Chateau de Beaufort

MACEDONIA

  • Lake Ohrid & Monastery
  • Skopje
  • Bitola
  • Štip
  • Kokino megalithic site
  • Stone town of Kuklica
  • Parks such as Mavrovo & Galičica

MALTA

  • Valeta
  • Gozo
  • Ġgantija temples
  • Victoria/Rabat city

MONTENEGRO

  • Budva

NETHERLANDS

  • Amsterdam
  • Utrecht
  • Leiden
  • Kasteel de Haar (Castle)
  • Tulip gardens
  • Leeuwarden (Friesland)
  • Delf
  • Geithoorn
  • Dordrecht

NORTHERN IRELAND

  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Causeway Coastal Route
  • Londonderry/Derry
  • Mourne Mountains + Slieve Donard
  • Dunluce Castle (Narnia!)
  • Carlingford town & Fjord (also Narnia!)
  • Portballintree
  • Ballintoy Harbour (aka Pyke!)
  • Bushmills + Bushmills Distillery
  • Glens of Antrim
  • The Sperrins
  • Boa Island
  • White & Devenish islands
  • Cuilcagh and Marble Arch Caves

NORWAY

  • Svalbard Isles (below)
  • Tromsø
  • Pulpit Rock
  • Stavanger
  • Svolværgeita
  • Mt Besseggen
  • Jotunheimen
  • Ålesund
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Trondheim
  • Trolltunga
  • Heddel Stave church
  • Borgund Stave Church (plus other stave churches…)

POLAND

  • Mazury Lakes/Suwalki
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Krakow round 2
  • Sopot’s Crooked House
  • The Upside-down house
  • Crooked Forest
  • Zamość
  • Gniezno
  • Bialowieza NP to see the wild bison
  • Southern Poland: Zywiec, Nowy Targ, Pornin, Niedzica Zamek
  • Ogrodzeniec
  • Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki

PORTUGAL

  • Lisbon
  • Porto + The Livraria Lello Art Nouveau bookstore
  • Sintra Castle – Quinta da Regaleira
  • Algarve
  • Óbidos
  • Guimarães
  • Braga
  • Faro
  • Albufeira
  • the Douro Valley vineyards
  • Azores Islands
  • Evora
  • Monsanto rock houses
  • Marvão village
  • Penada Grenes Natural Park

ROMANIA

  • Biertan Castle
  • Bran Castle (Brasov)
  • Trappold Castle
  • Fagaras Castle
  • Rasnov Castle
  • Hunedoara, Corvinesti Castle (Corvin Castle – Hundoara)
  • Sighisoara
  • Craiova
  • Bucharest
  • Sibiu
  • Carpathian Mountains
  • Snagov Monastery
  • Tragoviste + Castle
  • Peles Castle, Sinaia village
  • Marmures Mountains
  • Viscri Fortified Church
  • Transfargasen Highway
  • Poenari Castle (Real Dracula’s Castle)
  • Moldovita Monastery
  • Suceviţa Monastery

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg 
  • Moscow 
  • Kizhi Pogost wooden church
  • Orda Cave
  • The Columns of Lena
  • Kazan

SCOTLAND

  • Inverness
  • the Highlands
  • Fingal’s Cave
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Outer Hebrides
  • St. Kilda Island
  • Knoydart Peninsula
  • Orkney Island
  • Isle of Skye
  • Ben Nevis
  • Invergarry Castle
  • Oban
  • Fort William
  • Fort Augustus

SLOVAKIA

  • Bojnice Castle
  • Kosice
  • Trenchan Castle
  • Spišská Kapitula, Slovakia
  • Spiš Castle
  • Banská Štiavnica

SLOVENIA

  • Ljubljana
  • Triglavski National Park
  • Lake Bled
  • Kostanjevica
  • Lake Bohinj
  • Predjama Castle

SPAIN

  • Toledo
  • Grenada
  • Bilbao & Basque country
  • Sevilla
  • Cadiz
  • Pyrenees
  • Santiago del Compostela + trail
  • Salamanca
  • return to the Andalusia region for more pueblos blancos! 
  • Santoña
  • Ronda, round 2
  • Madrid, round 2,  round 3
  • Marbella
  • Alcázar of Segovia Castle
  • Albarracín
  • Santander
  • Girona
  • San Sebastion
  • Avila
  • Cuenca
  • Alhambra
  • Cordoba
  • Ceuta
  • Castillo de Almansa
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca & Formentera)
  • Setenil de las Bodegas (village in rock, Cadiz region)

SWEDEN

  • Malmo
  • Gothenburg
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Uppsala
  • Visby Island
  • ..?

SWITZERLAND

  • Geneva
  • Château de Chillon
  • Lausanne 
  • Lucerne region, Round 2
  • Zurich

SVALBARD

  • Longyearbyen
  • Spitsbergen isles

TURKEY

  • Istanbul (the airport!)
  • Rock tombs in Myra, Lycia, Turkey
  • Cappadocia rocks
  • Efesus – Roman Ruins

UKRAINE

  • L’viv
  • Tunnel of Love
  • Swallow’s Nest Castle (located in Crimea; this may be Russia right now…)

WALES

  • Conway Castle
  • Snowdonia NP

 

12 thoughts on “Where Do I Want to Go?

    • Hey thanks for the suggestions! I was hoping people would post suggestions. Yes, I almost went to Helsinki by ferry two months ago when I was in Tallinn but opted for a bike-ride along the Baltic Sea that was a more relaxing (and far cheaper…) option while travelling around several European countries for a month!

  1. Impressive list! I notice the Lake District is on there – my home! Let me know if you’re coming over here and I’d be happy to recommend some places, both well-traversed and off the beaten track.
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    • I’ve gone past it on the train a few times coming/going from England to Scotland, but never actually made it there. I’d love suggestions though! I don’t know much about the Lake District besides the fact that it’s beautiful! I’m moving to France at the end of the summer and I plan on spending plenty of time in the UK again, seeing as it’s so close!

      • How exciting! Do you speak much French? If not, I guess you’ll pick it up really quickly living there.
        It depends what season you’re planning to come over here, and how you’re planning to travel, but the Lake District is full of great places to visit. What sort of things are you interested in? History? Nature? Literature? Outdoor sports? Food?
        Of course, there are a lot of spectacular walks you can do for free, ranging from the difficult full-day hikes up Helvellyn, to a casual stroll along the lake shore.
        I’d recommend looking up some sort of ‘top ten in the Lake District’, to see the sort of thing that everybody does / sees here, then maybe doing a few of those, and mixing them with some less well-seen sights. You seem like quite an off-the-beaten-track person!
        If you’re over in this direction, Shap Abbey is beautiful and not very well known (though it only takes between 30 minutes and an hour to look round, so only if you’re in that area anyway). Buttermere is beautiful, and far less busy than other lakes like Windermere, though there isn’t much to do on a rainy day. Grasmere is good for the literary stuff and for gingerbread.
        If you want any more suggestions closer to the time, I’d be happy to oblige!
        But as a warning: if you come in the height of summer, it will be heaving with tourists. The best time to come is a week or two before schools break up, or a week or two after they go back.
        Also – thanks for following my blog! 🙂

  2. I’d recommend Antwerp in Belgium – massive cathedral, lovely main square and loads of bars in which to sample the Belgian beers.

    Can I ask what the interest is on coventry? I live there and think it’s a dump!

    • I’ve actually been looking at taking a trip to Belgium this fall…all depends on prices and schedules! As for Coventry…I tend to make my travel lists based on word-of-mouth and photographs I randomly come across by accidents. Somebody at sometime told me to go, so onto the list it went! I love the UK. I go there a lot. Chances are, whether it really is a dump or not, well, I’ll still probably end up there some day, for some reason or other…

  3. When in Georgia, do not forget Kazbegi … your listed places are all out of the High Caucasus meanwhile Georgia offer great changes to see these magnificent mountains … I also would like to thank you for your magnificent blog!

    • Okay thanks for the suggestion!! It’s been added 🙂 I’ve never been to the Caucasus but I have a few friends who lived in Georgia (and one who is from Armenia)… the places here are per their suggestions 🙂

  4. Very thorough list! I have been to some of the countries (and places) above. I was in Georgia recently but not in any of the places you mentioned 🙂 It is very beautiful and much different from mainland Europe. I would recommend you to go to Mestia or/and Kazbegi, if you make it there sometime soon.

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