Europe - gouvontravel

Welcome to Europe!

 

There simply is no way to tour Europe and not be awestruck by its scenic beauty, epic history and dazzling artistic and culinary diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Paris

The city of romance begins with the iconic Eiffel Tower, certainly the most emblematic of Paris with it's larger than life engineering that towers over the stunning city. Marvel at the sumptuous palace that was once the home of France's Kings, the Louvre is now a marvelous museum of fine art. Visitors enter the museum in the courtyard of the palace at the glass pyramid. The Arc de Triomphe is one of the greatest arches in history, it features a viewing platform from where you have great views of La Defense, the Champs-Elysées and the Sacré-Coeur.  A grand architectural masterpiece is the Pantheon, where famous French citizens are buried.

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Lovely London

The Coca-Cola London Eye is a major feature of London's skyline, get the best views from its 32 capsules, each weighing 10 tonnes and holding up to 25 people. Be with your favorite celebs at Madame Tussauds, you'll come face-to-face with some of the world's most famous faces from royals to the brightest stars. Take a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders around the 900-year old Tower of London, one of the world's most famous buildings. Rise high above London and see the city's iconic skyline from a unique perspective, with views stretching up to 40 miles (64km).

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Awesome Amalfi Coast

Stroll through the bustling port of Sorrento,  a popular stop for cruise lines exploring Italy's southern coast of Campania. Step into the tiny fishing village of Marina Grande and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time, still connected to the historic center of Sorrento by an old zigzagging stone staircase. Explore the rich culture of Ravello, a tiny village with only about 2,500 permanent residents, a cultural immersion that belie its size. A picturesque sight to see is the Amalfi Cathedral, this Ninth-century Roman Catholic church is one of Italy's  top religious attractions.

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Relish in Rome

As one of the oldest city, Rome takes you back to the tract of history. Check out how the wealthy lived at the Villa Farnesina, a villa located in the Trastevere district. With direct links to mythology, Palatine Hill is one of the seven hills of Rome. A grand sight to behold in it’s glory back in the day now it may be ruins of what it once was but it is still the place where Rome was founded.

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Brilliant Barcelona

One of Europe's most unconventional churches is the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia that dominates its surroundings with its 18 spindly towers soaring high above all other monuments. Get to the heart of Barcelona's social life that is found on La Rambla, a broad, tree-shaded avenue that divides the Old Town into two parts. A wonderland of colorful, cheerful, and full of whimsy splendor is this  surrealistic park called Parc Güell: Gaudí's Surrealist Park. Revel in the exceptional avant-garde buildings of the Quadrat d'Or (Quadrant of Gold), an area of the Eixample district renowned for its Modernist architecture.

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Picturesque Prague

With numerous varieties of beer up to date, Prague is more than just a destination for art and party goers. The Clementinum is one of the largest collections of historic buildings in Europe, home to the National Library of the Czech Republic. Get your camera ready to explore the historic center of Prague, the Old Town is where you'll find the splendid Old Town Square. Animal lovers will be thrilled at the superb Prague Zoo, one of the top attractions in the city and it also ranks among the world's top 10 zoological parks.

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Best of Berlin

Be in with the royals at Berlin's oldest and largest Prussian estate, the late 17th-century Charlottenburg Palace and Park was for decades the most important place of residence for German royalty. A cultural splendor is the Unesco heritage Museum Island that comprises five conveniently adjacent museums, all located on an accessible “island” along the river Spree. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get ready to pack a picnic for a day of tranquility and head over to Grunewald, Berlin’s largest forested area, to the south-west of Charlottenburg and easily accessible via S-bahn.

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Interesting Istanbul

A gift that won the adoration of many is Sultan Ahmet I's grand architectural gift to his capital was the beautiful mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque. Get ready for a surprise at the Basilica Cistern, this huge, palace-like underground hall, supported by 336 columns in 12 rows, once stored the imperial water supply for the Byzantine emperors. Not far from Topkapı Palace is the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, this important museum complex brings together a staggering array of artifacts from Turkey and throughout the Middle East. Sitting high on the hill above Sultanahmet district, the Süleymaniye Mosque is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Istanbul.

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Victory in Venice

Take a trip down the long (12-kilometer) strip of sand that separates the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea that was Europe's first real beach resort, and in its heyday, at the turn of the 20th century, was Europe's most fashionable watering hole for royalty and the day's celebs. An intimate place to relax and wander is St. Mark's square, loved as Venice's living room, the place everybody gathers, strolls, drinks coffee, stops to chat, meets friends and tour guides, or just passes through on the way to work or play. A breath stopping sight is Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and Bridge of Sighs, with its size and the finesse of its architecture.

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Awesome Amsterdam

An indulgence of art is the Rijksmuseum, founded in 1809 to house the country's huge collection of rare art and antiquities. You've heard of her diary? On the Prinsengracht, the Anne Frank Museum is dedicated to the all-too-short life of one of the world's best-known Holocaust victims. Don't be hasty and miss the Begijnhof, it is one of those rare tranquil inner-city spots that many tourists simply don't notice as they hustle from attraction-to-attraction. Discover the Amsterdam Museum, consisting of a number of spacious courtyards where visitors can learn about the constantly changing role of Amsterdam in the country and in the world.

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Cultural Heritage

Europe’s almost unmanageable wealth of attractions is its biggest single draw: the birthplace of democracy in Athens, the Renaissance art of Florence, the graceful canals of Venice, the Napoleonic splendour of Paris, and the multilayered historical and cultural canvas of London. Less obvious but no less impressive attractions include Moorish palaces in Andalucía, the fascinating East-meets-West brew of İstanbul in Turkey, the majesty of meticulously restored imperial palaces in Russia's former capital St Petersburg and the ongoing project of Gaudí's La Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

 

Glorious Scenery

There's a huge diversity of natural scenery: rugged Scottish Highlands with glens and lochs; Norway's fabulous fjords, seemingly chipped to jagged perfection by giants; the vine-raked valleys of the Loire; and the steppe-like plains of central Spain. If you're looking for beaches, a circuit of the Mediterranean's northern coast reveals one gem after another. Or strike out to lesser known, yet beautiful coastal regions such as the Baltic and Black Seas. Mountain lovers should head to the Alps: they march across central Europe taking in France, Switzerland, Austria, northern Italy and tiny Liechtenstein.

 

Raise a Glass

Europe has some of the best nightlife in the world. Globally famous DJs keep the party going in London, Berlin and Paris, all of which also offer top-class entertainment, especially theatre and live music. Other key locations for high-energy nightlife include Moscow, Belgrade, Budapest and Madrid, while those hankering for something cosier can add Dublin's pubs or Vienna's cafes to their itinerary. Continue to party on the continent's streets at a multiplicity of festivals and celebrations, from city parades attended by hundreds of thousands to intimate concerts in an ancient amphitheatre.

 

Magnificent Menus

Once you've ticked off the great museums, panoramic vistas and energetic nightlife, what's left? A chance to indulge in a culinary adventure to beat all others, that's what! Who wouldn't want to snack on pizza in Naples, souvlaki in Santorini or even haggis in Scotland? But did you also know that Britain has some of the best Indian restaurants in the world; that Turkey's doner kebab is a key part of contemporary German food culture; and that in the Netherlands you can gorge on an Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table)? Once again Europe's diversity and global reach is its trump card.

 

Source: Lonely Planet

 

 

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