The central European country of Poland is up there as one of my favourite places to travel. Central Europe draws me back again and again with its friendly people, beautiful and intriguing old towns and hearty food. Budapest, Prague and Krakow (to name just a few) are vibrant cities and will always hold a special place in my heart.
When I told my friends I was going to visit Iceland in winter, I got a few strange looks. I’m not shy in saying I hate the cold. But the idea of hiking on a glacier and possibly seeing the Northern Lights dancing in the sky lured me to brave the cold of an Icelandic winter - and it was absolutely worth it.
Living in Melbourne, food markets to me are a dime a dozen. Well… that was until I recently met London’s Borough Market on a two-week Euro holiday. I was smitten! I’m a little bit embarrassed that a few fresh juice cups, sizzling vats of chorizo-filled paella and the sight of a gazillion strawberry punnets made me so deliriously love-struck.
The gold, the gardens, the grandeur! France’s Palace of Versailles is ridiculously ridiculous. Yet it’s totally worth battling the crowds and making the 30-minute train ride from Paris, as it’s a four-course feast for the eyeballs.
When you think of Spain, I bet you think of Barcelona – the bars, the abstract architecture of Gaudi, or the beaches. Or maybe Madrid springs to mind initially with its many museums. But I bet the town of Valencia doesn’t rate a mention unless you’re talking about the annual food fight La Tomantina, which is held in the nearby town of Bunol.
Ah, Italy. The land of good food and fine fashion.
A country where slim, impeccably styled women effortlessly traverse across steep cobblestone streets in chic shift dresses and towering wedge shoes. A country where a man can style a searingly bright yellow Andy Warhol banana design T-shirt with an edgy navy blue blazer (navy blue is the wardrobe colour of the season if you're Europe bound, by the way), with a pale blue floral pocket square and a chunky oversized Panerai watch to offset the chaotically stylish combination.
The Cinque Terre in itself is a pretty amazing place. Five villages full of colourful houses precariously squashed together on jagged cliff edges, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. Steep and narrow streets make up the towns that are filled with gelatarias and cute little cafes.