Travel Bucket List - European Edition

If you made me choose a word to describe my feelings lately, it would be simple.... Wanderlust. Ever since my trip to Ireland last year I find myself day dreaming about my next big (or small) adventure. Wishing it were possible to travel the world, write about it and capture incredible imagery. For now I will dream about that but until then I will do my best to check off the list of places to experience in THIS lifetime. Here is my first, in what I imagine will be a series of Travel Bucket List posts, broken down by region but let's start with Europe! If you've been to any of the following places please share your must visit spots. Cheers to more adventuring friends! 

1. Italy

As long as I can remember I have dreamt of exploring Italy; eating and drinking my way through Tuscany, floating in the canals of Venice and taking in the views of Cinque Terre. I can embrace my inner Julia Roberts in Eat. Pray. Love and be unable to put on my jeans by the end of the Italian adventure, this is exactly what leggings were made for!

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italyl

Cinque Terre, Italyl

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

2. Amsterdam

After two of my cousins moved to Amsterdam and with all the direct flights being offered, Amsterdam quickly moved up on my list of European cities! Give me a bike to explore the colorful city, the Anne Frank house and a few coffee shops to sit alongside the canals while reading a book - I'll be the happiest lady in all the land. Did I mention there is a cheese museum? Roxanne and Elise - I'm coming for you! :) 

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3. Portugal

One of the most recommended places in Europe has been Portugal and after looking it I can see why everyone raves about it. Flipping through a few of the must do things in Portugal has me ready to book a ticket right now. An excursion to the Duoro Valley,  Peneda-Gerês National Park, the seaside town of Nazaré.  Most importantly I'd lose myself in the Azores, made up of 9 volcanic islands, where hiking is endless on "The Green Island", the tallest mountain on Pico and the Ribeira Grande Waterfall in Flores. 

Duoro Valley, Portugal 

Duoro Valley, Portugal 

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4. France

Something I discovered while adventuring around Ireland was my love for small towns, their charm, personality, colorful buildings along with the people who live there.  Perusing the interwebs I found an article that showcasing 13 Charming Small Towns in France, take me away to ALL OF THEM! 

Doesn't this look like something out of Beauty and the Beast?

Doesn't this look like something out of Beauty and the Beast?

Eguisheim, France

Eguisheim, France

5. Greece

Most people immediately think of the coastline of Santorini when you mention Greece, I immediately think of the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling pants where they ride donkeys up to the top. Obviously I envision myself falling off said donkey, it would happen friends.... let's be real. Although I hear it's quite expensive in the city of Santorini and the Mykonos, my goal would be to explore the less touristy parts of Greece; the small oceanside cities, endless beaches and so much more. 

Santorini, Greece