I hesitate to call a place perfect, but in terms of convenience, balance, and comfort, the little hamlet of Howth is darn near perfect.
All in Europe
Geneva is a pricey city, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty of utterly delightful and FREE sites and events to stay busy.
Do you visit churches when you travel? In Geneva, it’s almost impossible not to.
Ireland tends to steal a lot of the spotlight when it comes to tourism; however, Northern Ireland is an exquisitely fascinating travel destination of its own right. Don't let confusion or intimidation keep you from considering it - there are so many reasons you need to #DiscoverNI.
Approximately five seconds of Bern's fascinating history.
Though many of these interns would describe their experiences as priceless, an equal number reflect on being shocked by the price tag involved in living and working in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Below, I’ve offered a variety of tips to help you get the most out of your internship and your budget.
Believe it or not, it is possible to visit the Eternal City without eternally rubbing elbows with other sweaty tourists. It just takes a little extra creativity.
I had come to Anzio to discover the story of my grandfather. I left knowing a little more about both of us.
Museums aren't necessarily the only place in Rome where art abounds
Don't take a gondola (unless you really want to shell out a couple hundred euro to sit in a tourist-mobile). Don't ask anyone if they've had the plague recently. Don't wear a masquerade mask to lunch. Don't try to hold a conversation in Italian if the only words you actually know are "spaghetti" and "ciao bella." Come on, guys.
In today’s world, travel can be scary – even more so if you’re a solo female traveler. Be smart, be informed, be precautious, be nervous – but go anyway.
Soak it in. Bring back what you learn. Grow in ways you didn’t think you could. Demand the world acknowledge you as a full human being despite any differences you may have from the status quo. Live up to the bravery you find inside you.
We stood staring for several long minutes, trying to catch our breath – a joke in the oxygen-thin air. The contrast of white and green hurt our eyes, the shock of cold air hurt our overworked lungs. We tracked the melting glacial ice from the mountaintops down into the swollen valley streams, trying to comprehend the great distance we had covered on foot.
Lessons learned? Honestly, you can prepare as much as you want (and as a cautious, nerdy traveler I highly recommend it) but sometimes you can still literally end up in the wrong country. It may not be the hike you planned, but it can still be lovely.
You might be thinking at this point, why would I want to visit a city just to see some stinkin' bridges? And macabre bridges at that? I don't know, ok, I just have a thing for bridges. Am I really the only one?
Why do you need to visit Gruyeres?
Cheese. Buddha. Castles. Aliens. One of these has got to appeal to you.
Knowing very little German, I still managed to grunt and point eloquently enough to pick out a small apple cake, some elderberries, and a hunk of gooey cheese and a baguette. I sat by the river to eat my humble lunch, letting my feet enjoy the rest while I people-watched and enjoyed the still-heating sun.
Every surface is covered in intricate paintings or woodwork. All the shelves are clearly hand-built. There was a giant old-school globe, a slightly disturbing picture of a dead Jesus, and even more disturbing (and inexplicable…and cool), an Egyptian mummy.
The weather had been conveniently clear up until now, but as I watched the steamy day slide away into dusk, fat rain droplets started falling. I let them leave their fingerprints on my journal as I stared up at Sasso in the sunset, daydreaming about what life must have been like back in the days of castles.
In this country of considerable wealth, living in a rural area seemed to be more normal, less stigmatized than in the United States. And that was a bit jarring. Ultimately it seems our wealth is more spread out, and more unequally distributed amongst our populace, making for those pockets and swaths of economically impoverished areas that I rarely saw in Switzerland.