Prague ang favorite city ko in Europe. Cheap, but really very pretty and romantic. When I was looking at photos, parang may natural filter siya because of the terracotta rooftops, gothic, and baroque architecture. It feels very surreal and cinematic any where you go. It’s very photogenic, walang pangit na anggulo kumbaga.
Vienna too, maybe because of the Before Sunrise series. But I also found myself walking miles and miles for days because of its medieval alleys and imperial squares. The rich history and culture is evident in the architecture. Vienna‘s sights are opulent, elegant and sophisticated.
Italy is probably the country with the most beautiful cities. I used to take fast train rides, go city-hopping and do day trips there. It was very therapeutic. Skiing in the Alps, visiting magnificent villas, heritage sites, ruins, and temples, slurping creamy gelato while daydreaming and strolling, reading and people-watching in family-owned, cozy al fresco cafes. I found the people to be more welcoming, say compared to the French. La dolce vita.
Paris is romantic but I found it dirty and smelly nga. Nakaka-turn off. Parang amoy ihi ng aso everywhere. Medyo intimidating (maybe even uptight) ang mga tao. Same with London, bland ang food except pastries. I prefer the idyllic French countryside – less populated and polluted, cleaner, serene, prettier, parang paintings ang scenery. I want to explore more of it in future travels rather than stay in Paris.
I also fell in love with Bavaria in Germany. Ewan if it’s always like that but when I visited, it was drizzling and the weather was gloomy. I felt as if I was a character in the Grimms fairy tales. Perfect for car road trips — picturesque towns with cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses, mysterious monasteries, romantic landscapes, palaces, castles, castles, and more castles.
On the other hand, Berlin has its own distinct flair - modern, artistic, and sensitive. They have learned history’s lessons well. Maybe I romanticize my travels a lot, but I found the graffiti in Berlin’s walls, subways, buildings, and bridges edgy, creative, rebellious, beautiful. Amsterdam also has the same effect on me. Pretty too, cozy, safe, and carefree.
Lost a camera in Barcelona (madami pickpockets so I don’t know if nanakawan or naiwan) so medyo affected ang impression but otherwise, the city is very beautiful too. Magnificent churches, tons of cultural museums, and shempre, Gaudi. The city is situated between mountain and sea. The food is much more flavorful than in the rest of Europe.
I usually just walk in most of my trips because Europe is generally walkable. But everything is convenient in terms of public transportation. I utilized budget airlines (RyanAir, WizzAir - when I went to Budapest), trains, buses, car apps, rental cars. This is where I usually travel alone. I miss Europe.