Have a ‘Fika’ in Sigtuna, Sweden’s First City

I remember this day very vividly from last spring. It felt like I had literally spent my day in a hundred post cards – the kind of feeling you get when you are in a place too pretty to be true.

via K&K’s Visit to Sigtuna, Sweden’s First City – Kronicles of K80 & Krissy

Fika: A concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. [source: Wikepedia]

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Počitelj – History resting on the banks of Neretva river

Built in a natural amphitheatre along the Neretva river, this old Ottoman town is one of the best preserved examples in the region. On top of the hill lies a fortress which you can climb up to the top for fantastic views of the town and surrounding area.

via Mostar and Around – Once Upon A Backpack

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The old city of Dordrecht celebrates its history

If you are looking to venture a city this summer, consider the old township of Dordrecht! Its rich history is still reflected in its medieval houses, merchant mansions, harbor quarters with warehouses, museums and churches. Dordrecht has almost 1,000 monuments to justify this.

via VISIT DORDRECHT | I Becoming Dutch

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Girona – Catalan gem with a French feel

It’s often overlooked as people head to the nearby beaches of Costa Brava. Which is a shame, as I think its well worth stopping to explore what Girona has to offer. It’s a charming city brimming with history and culture and has a little bit of a French feel. Not really surprising seeing as Girona is just 140km from the Spain/France border.

via Exploring the city of Girona – Seeking the Spanish Sun

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Cobh has got a story to tell

From Waterford we took a bus into Cork City and immediately hopped on a train (about a 20 minute train ride) out to Cobh (pronounced live “cove”). Cobh is a small port town, formerly known as Queenstown, and famously known as the last port of call for the…

via Exploring Cobh, Ireland – The Road Less Traveled

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Portrait of the vibrant city of Porto

Porto (a.k.a. Oporto) is a fascinating and vibrant city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife. There is a lot to see and do in Porto and the city will appeal to a wide range of different visitors.

via Portrait of Porto! – Ultimatetravel

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Heddal Stave Church is a massive masterpiece

Heddal Stave Church is one of the most visited stave churches in Norway, located just next to the E138 in Notodden in Telemark county. The church is the largest of the remaining stave churches, reaching 20 meters in length and 26 meters in height, and was built in the beginning of the 13th century.

via Heddal Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway – Sousa & Neshaug Photography

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Bouillon, rural pearl in The Ardennes

An oasis in the heavily forested area of rural Belgium, Bouillon sits proudly on the edge of the river Semois. You won’t have to drive far into the town before catching a glimpse of the magical Bouillon Castle, which has presided over the streets below since the Middle Ages.

via IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE! FAMILY ADVENTURES IN WALLONIA – P&O Ferries Blog

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50 shades of pastel in Porvoo

Bright sunshine had returned as I came out of the cathedral, so I spent some more time wandering the cobbled lanes of the old town with their wood-panelled houses painted in pastel shades of yellow, pink, blue, green and grey.

via Porvoo – AD’s World Travel Blog

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Historical Dutch homes at Zaanse Schans

Located in Northern Holland, Zaanse Schans was created by architect Jaap Schipper who wanted to promote the industrial history of a typical Zaans residential area so he did so by importing windmills and historical Dutch homes. As soon as I entered Zaanse Schans I was instantly captivated with the quaint and picturesque neighbourhood.

via Amsterdam Travel Style Diary: Zaanse Schans

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