Picturesque Weekend Breaks

noun: wanderlust
 a strong desire to travel
We should all have a bucket list with places to see in this wonderful journey that we call “life”. When you can’t afford a full holiday because of the money or work, don’t allow that to get in your way as we still have the weekends !
Weekends are there for us to unwind, relax and disconnect from reality for a short period of time. Exactly that’s why sometimes we need to go somewhere to recharge our batteries.
Lately I’ve been thinking more about traveling, as the time keeps passing, and I realised the only thing that we keep are our memories and good times along the way.
I have made a selection of my top picturesque destinations, perfect for a weekend break or more if you can afford.
1. Paris – France

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France is located in the north, on the river Seine and has the well deserved reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, bursting with history  and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.

Whether you want to take a romantic walk on Champs-Élysées with your dear one or have a glass of wine with some delicious macaroons in front of Eiffell Tower, Paris is the perfect romantic city break ! While you’re there, don’t forget to visit Disneyland, especially if you have kids or if you want to please your inner child.

11 Nov 2014, Paris, France --- Love Locks on a bridge in Paris, the city of Love. It is a Padlock which is usually lock to a bridge to symbolize the love of couples. The locks wear names or initials of the sweethearts and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. --- Image by © Gonzales Photo/Michael Hornbogen/Corbis



2. Amsterdam – Netherlands

Amsterdam is most known for its canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age and of course for the controversial legalised weed.

Well, Amsterdam is perfect if you are looking for fun and the vibrant nightlife without any interdiction. I guess everyone is familiar with what Amsterdam has to offer. Besides that, Amsterdam is the place where you can find Van Gogh’s masterpieces, ride a bike instead of taking the bus or get a different view by taking a boat ride along its picturesque canals.studying-abroad-amsterdam-summer-bridges





3. Berlin – Germany

Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural center, dates back to the 13th century. Divided during the Cold War, today it’s known for its art scene, nightlife and modern architecture.

Berlin is perfect for those of you interested in the history of wars or culture as this city has plenty to offer.

I have been in Germany a few times but never had the chance to visit Berlin. In my opinion, Germany is the most clean and organised country I have ever seen or heard of.

As far as I know, the nightlife is also a strong point if you are looking for fun and let’s not forget that Germany is the country of beer so make sure you taste plenty of it.





4. London – England

London is the capital of England and is set on the River Thames, a 21st-century city with history going back to Roman times. The main point of interest is the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower. Across the river Thames we find London Eye observation wheel which provides panoramic views of the entire city.

London is one of the most visited cities in the world and definitely my favourite city of them all ! Besides it has everything to offer, it also has that special vibe that makes you want to come back again and again…

“Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
― Samuel Johnson





5. Sirmione (Lake Garda) – Italy

Actually, this will be my next destination very soon. Why did I chose this city over the most famous Rome or Venice ? Well, I can’t lie, I have found a great offer and also this city is right across the biggest lake in Italy, which is Lake Garda. It is a popular holiday location and is located in northern Italy, about half-way between Brescia and Verona, and between Venice and Milan. Glaciers formed this alpine region at the end of the last Ice Age.

This is the perfect picturesque city surrounded by water, near a big mountain with lots of interesting things to do, lots of delicious italian food to try and home made wine to taste.

Sirmione is really close to Venice and very easy to travel, only two hours away by train. It also has beaches where you can swim and sunbathe if the weather is appropriate. Sirmione on Lake Garda has been loved for its thermal baths. The presence of water made this area around Lake Garda a tourist destination as early as the 1st century A.D. when the Romans settled here. 

I will provide a proper feedback about this location upon my return, very soon.





6. Dublin – Ireland

Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its medieval buildings include 13th-century Dublin Castle and imposing St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Ireland is famous for the multitude of pubs and big pints but is also a cultural city full of wonderful landscapes worth visiting.

What I also found interesting is the Long Room which houses about 200,000 of the library’s oldest volumes if you are a book lover.

Let’s have a Guinness together, shall we ?





7. Barcelona – Spain

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, Catalan cuisine, buzzing bars where you can listen some Jazz music or dance salsa.

Barcelona is the city where people take naps in their breaks, in the middle of the day and don’t sleep nights to the vibrant atmosphere this city brings.

Let’s not forget about the golden beaches across the Mediterranean sea which can give you unforgettable sunsets and an enviable tan.





8. York – England

York is a walled city in northeast England that was founded by the ancient Romans.

A must see is the Railway Museum, York Castle Museum and York’s Chocolate story where you’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

If you love castles, museums and historic cities, York is the perfect destination for you !





9. Zakynthos – Greece

Zakynthos is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea and a well-known summer resort.

For this destination you will need more than a weekend if you really want to enjoy the sun and the sea, but it’s also great as a weekend escape if you can’t stay more.

The main point is the famous shipwreck on the Navagio beach and surely we can’t ignore the crystal clear turquoise sea and the blue caves, which you can see with a boat trip.

Partying it’s also great in Greece as most of them are on the beach. Zante is a really good idea when you go with some friends and dance around the fire as the sun goes down..






10. Istanbul – Turkey

Istanbul is a city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

What to see here ? Well if you are a shopping addict like me :)), The Grand Bazaar might be just for you. This massive covered market is basically the world’s first shopping mall; it takes up a whole city quarter, can you imagine that ?

Another point of interest can be the Spice Bazaar where you can find all kinds of spices, herbs, nuts and lokum (Turkish delight). If you want more than just to buy stuff you can visit The blue mosque which is one of the finest achievements of Ottoman architecture.

The last point I want to make is the food and yet the traditional food as we all know, the famous Kebab and let’s not forget about the famous dessert Baklava.

So whether you want to eat, visit or go shopping, Turkey is a perfect weekend break !








I hope this post will make you get some plane tickets very soon !


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