“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”

Some of my most fondest memories are those from traveling around Europe. The architecture, the history, and the European culture are so fascinating. During my 2 month European adventure, I took note of my favorites places visited. If you find yourself tracing around Europe, put theses spots on your must see list.

Hyde Park, London

London has such a fun vibe. Of course the city of London itself is amazing. There are so many places to go and see. Hyde Park is one of a kind though. I felt like I took a step back in time. Hundreds of people were picnicking on the grass and drinking wine and snacking on cheese. Children were playing tag, tourists paddling boats on the lake, and crazy teens practicing their blading skills for all of us to watch. It was the definition of a perfect afternoon.

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Ghent, Belgium

Ghent is one of those places I didn’t have on my radar but I am so happy to have stumbled upon it. You can tour historic castles and museums but also wander around the city and find a million things to do. I adored the cobblestone streets and sitting outside a tiny coffee shop enjoying my afternoon tea. The nightlife is something too. Get a local to take you so some hidden pubs. Most have bands playing and unique drinks to try.

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Paris, France

It’s Paris, duh! You have to go! Definitely visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre just to say you did. Those sights are spectacular too. Picnicking on the grass staring at the Eiffel Tower is one of those things I’ll never forget. But the absolute best Paris activity was making my way to the Seine river and posting up on the stone barrier dividing the boat traffic. Joined by friends at sunset, we drank wine, ate cheese, and watched the boats float by waving to all the passengers. I felt like I was in an old movie. These things just don’t happen in Orange County. Easily one of the best European memories made. Don’t forget to put the Palace of Versailles on your list too.

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Schonbrunn Palace, Austria

I have always wanted to know what it would feel like to be a princess, and know I can honestly say I think I would have loved it. 😉 The Schonbrunn Palace was gorgeous. The courtyard was spectacular with the most beautiful gardens. I just walked around for hours, falling in love with this place more with every step. This is definitely one of the best photo op locations.

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Budapest, Hungary

Now get ready for some funk. Budapest was the “coolest” and most trendy place I’ve been. The culture there was so different than the rest of where I traveled in Europe. Budapest had a sort of grunge vibe but mixed with art and history. Buildings that were once half torn down have turned into restaurants, little alleyways turned into pubs, what the locals call “Ruin Pubs,”  and the night time lights are something to see. The palace across the river lights up the whole sky and is truly the highlight of the city. If you are craving a little bit of funk and a lot of fun, put Budapest on your list… Ooo and grab a Kurtos while you are there. The most delicious Hungarian treat!

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Tuntenhausen, Germany

Never in my life have a seen a perfect little town like Tuntenhausen. This tiny little German town is just a short train ride from Munich. Imagine rolling green fields, farms on every corner, and cute stone cottages with flower boxes on every window. It is so quaint and peaceful yet nearby cities are easily accessible by bus. Take a step out of the city and visit Tuntenhausen for a truly unique experience.

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These places left an impression on my heart, I hope they do the same for you.

XOXO, Mary