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5 Best European Vacation Destinations for Foodies

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5 Best European Vacation Destinations for Foodies

Did you know that 95% of travelers worldwide are food travelers? Eight of 10 travelers research food and drink before heading to their vacation destinations. And seven of 10 people select vacation destinations based on the food and beverages in these hotspots.

What are your options if you’re a foodie who wants to vacation somewhere in Europe? The good news is that there is no shortage of places where a foodie will feel very welcome.

Continue reading to learn about five of the best European places to visit if you want to try some of the best culinary masterpieces on the continent.

1. Venice, Italy

Italy is a country rich in history and culture. It’s also a great place to visit if you’re looking for culinary dishes that tantalize your tastebuds. One city that should be on your list of considerations if you want to go to Italy is Venice. You’ll find that seafood dominates the menus of many restaurants. And that’s no surprise in an area where the roads are made of water.

If you love seafood, try the polenta e schie. It’s made from seasoned shrimp — fried or boiled — served on a bed of polenta. That’s just one of the mouth-watering options you’ll find in the city.

2. Nice, France

If you touch down in Nice, France, you’ll want to try out the popular salade niçoise. It’s made from anchovies, tuna, tomatoes, eggs, olives, and other ingredients. You’ll also want to try the pissaladière. It’s the pizza that’s not a pizza. To the untrained eye, a pissaladière looks like a pizza. It’s a tart topped with anchovies, onions, and olives.

Also, try the raviolis niçois. If you loved ravioli growing up as a kid, try this elevated concoction. It’s ravioli filled with braised beef, cheese, and chard. Yum!

3. Vienna, Austria

Do you want to visit Vienna, Austria? You must try the Wiener Schnitzel if you ever do. You can’t be a foodie visiting the city and not tuck into this famous dish. While Wiener Schnitzel was traditionally made using veal, you can also get it with turkey, chicken, or pork meat. It’s served with sides like potato salad and redcurrant jelly. Try some goulash made using different kinds of meat. You’ll find this stew on the menus of many restaurants in the city.

4. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark is another city you should consider. If you travel to the city, try the Smørrebrød, a class open-face sandwich. It’s made from a slice of rye bread topped with meat, fish, vegetables, and sauce. You’ll find it in high-end restaurants in the city. You can also find falafel and shawarma on many restaurants’ menus. Flæskesteg, traditionally served during the Christmas season, is another must-try menu item. It’s roasted pork seasoned with spices, cloves, and bay leaves. The locals usually serve the popular dish with potatoes.

5. Bruges, Belgium

Waterzooi is a dish you need to dry if you visit  Bruges, Belgium. It’s a creamy stew that will hit the spot. It’s made using eggs, fish, and butter. While that might not sound like an appetizing combination of ingredients, your tastebuds will thank you. Do you like seafood? You’ve got to try some mussels and fries. You’ll have options in terms of the sauce it’s served with. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the chocolate that Belgium is world-famous for.

Lots of Options for Foodies

These are just a few recommendations if you’re a foodie who wants to visit Europe but doesn’t know where to go. You’ll find all sorts of food to make your tastebuds dance for joy.

However, when you come to Europe for the food, you’ll also experience the culture and history. And you’ll also get to see some differences between how things are in the U.S. versus how they are in Europe. Case in point: if you’re staying at a hotel, you’ll find that the bathrooms might look a little different compared to what you’re used to in North America. For instance, you’ll find that bidets are fairly common throughout Europe.

A bidet is either a standalone unit that replaces a toilet or is attached to a toilet. It’s designed to clean you up after you use the bathroom — so there’s no need to use toilet paper. After you do your business in the bathroom, you activate a faucet, and a stream of water will do what you’d usually do with toilet paper.

After spending the day or afternoon out doing what foodies do, you’ll spend lots of quality time in your hotel. You may need to rest after all the eating and sightseeing. You may even find that you really enjoy using the bidet — perhaps enough to get one for your own bathroom.

So, come to Europe for the food. But remember to enjoy all the other experiences, including things you may have never experienced before. That’s what traveling the world is all about.

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Incredibly Vibrant Neighborhoods to Visit

If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

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If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. These neighborhoods are incredible vacation destinations with brightly painted homes and just the most picturesque locations you’ll ever see. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

 

St. John’s, Canada

Check out what residents call “jellybean row” and see some beautifully colored row homes. The story on why these homes are painted so vibrantly goes all the way back to the towns origins as a fishing village. Apparently the town folks painted the neighborhood brightly so the fisherman could see the shore during the dense fog that plagues this region. So out of safety comes beauty, so cool.

 

 

Maafushi, Maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful island chain that doesn’t really need any help in the beauty category, but the little island of Maafushi is trying anyway. Nestled right next to the crystal clear waters are wonderfully painted buildings that look like candy. Imagine the views from this island. The colors here look like an Easter basket exploded and candy shrapnel is everywhere.  You won’t find neighborhoods like this in your home town.

 

 

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

This little district in Cape Town, South Africa is a huge melting pot of cultures, so it’s obvious that this place would be painted so vibrantly. Settled by Muslims this district has gone through many changes and they all can be seen in the Bo-Kaap museum. The pastel colored buildings will make any Instagram post an instant classic so visit colorful neighborhoods soon.

 

Colmer, France

Take a walk back in time, simply visit Old Town Colmer in France. The vintage looking homes are all half-timbered medieval buildings that are painted in pastel colors. Feel like you are walking through a fairy tale when you visit this wonderful town. Enjoy canal lined streets and wonderful old school charm.  These type of neighborhoods don’t come along everyday.

 

Gamcheon, South Korea

This little bastion of color has many nicknames like “The Machu Picchu of Busan or Korea’s Santorini. In 2009 the neighborhood invited artists to paint wonderful murals all over the artsy town. So now the buildings are all painted in pastel hues and are covered in elaborate murals. Come for the views and stay for the incredible amount of street art.  This town looks like god spilled a box of crayons and left them to melt in the sun, so cool.

 

Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico

The entire district lives near the poverty level but that hasn’t stopped the locals from turning their neighborhood into a giant mural. The neighborhood used to have a real negative vibe but now people are happier and tourism has brought some much needed cash flow.

 

Burano, Venice

Located just 40 minutes from Venice, Italy, sits the beautiful little town of Burano. The homes here are all brightly colored and beautifully unique. The canals are lined with some of the most vibrant color displays you will ever see with your own two eyes. Take a leisurely stroll down a canal and you can expect to see roughly twenty different colored homes, each more spectacular than the next.

If you own a home in Burano and wish to paint, you must write to the government and they will send back a list of approved colors. Its like looking directly into a box of Crayola crayons.

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Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations for 2017

Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation.

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Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation. Take a holiday less expected and maybe you will discover your happy place.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

The best and most accessible destination to really see the Northern Lights, Reykjavik is a global city ready to explode. The Icelandic city is a wonderful vacation destination and Iceland has thrown plenty of money at the tourism sector. New hotels and resorts are popping up in some of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations. Come for the intense visual landscapes and stay for the geothermal pools, spas and resorts. The Icelandic people are wonderful and some of the most welcoming in all the land.

 

Hua Hin, Thailand

Are you tired of the overcrowded beach resorts and natural beauty being destroyed by tourism? Then Hua Hin in Thailand is your perfect beach getaway. Two and a half hours away from bustling Bangkok, sits Hua Hin, the vacation home of the royal family of Thailand. If it’s good enough for the royal family, it’s good enough for you.

Filled with fancy hotels and extravagant delights, that won’t break your bank. Remember the American dollar goes very far in Thailand, so treat yourself.

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia has long been a secret destination for Europeans, as its cheap and beautiful. If you are tired of spending way too much on vacations and not getting enough satisfaction, Croatia may be for you. The cities are classically European, the food is delicious and the people are welcoming and pleasant. Enjoy some Croatian nightclubs and party for pennies on the dollar.

 

Luxury Canal Barge, France

A new trend popping up in Europe and specifically France is luxury river barges that cruise along the countryside and offer excellent deals. You can visit vineyards, breweries and regions rarely visited. These luxury cruises are made to be personal and offer luxury at an affordable price.

 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is known as the gateway to the wonders of the globe. Taiwan has long been on the shadow of China but is much freer and has fewer restrictions. Take China’s beauties with more civil liberties and you have Taiwan in a nutshell. Taiwan has plenty to offer for any traveler, so book your trip soon.

 

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is now available for Americans to visit since the travel ban was recently lifted. Take in a real new experience since Cuba has been blocked off from American travel for over 60 years. Take a trip back in time to Cuba where the cars are all from the 50s and no new technology has hit the streets for over 50 years.  

Havana is a wonderfully eclectic city that is colorful and vibrant, both in color and flavor. The architecture is incredible and timeless and the people are just happy to have more freedoms. The American dollar goes far here since they are a very poor country, so tourism is welcomed. See this city soon before it changes forever.

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Best Lake Vacations In the US

America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? 

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America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? We broke down the top lake vacations and why you should visit each one. Plan your summer vacation soon before the best destinations fill up. Find your land locked water vacation here and take a dip, you deserve it.

 

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake in Oregon is tops on this list for one reason, it’s incredible. The deepest lake in the US is perfect for scuba enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists.   Created when a volcano erupted thousands of years ago and now it’s filled with crystal clear snow run off. There is outstanding fishing as salmon run well into fall and the rainbow trout here are enormous.   Check out one of America’s natural wonders and enjoy your summer vacation at Crater Lake.

 

Lake Clark, Alaska

If you want an extreme backwoods journey, Lake Clark in Alaska is your destination. You can’t just drive up to the water as its remote location makes it difficult it reach but well worth the troubles. This is wilderness at its finest and is pure pristine Alaska. Take a trip up to the great north and experience nature in its truest form.

Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona

Get a houseboat and chill hard at the amazing Lake Powell in the border of Utah and Arizona. Spend a day at the Grand Canyon then swing over to Powell and relax on the water. Check out the numerous little canyons that offer a real private style retreat.

 

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is America’s most beautiful and picturesque lake, period. The top water destination for winter sports is Tahoe, surrounded by high mountains and top notch resorts. Although known for winter sports, the summer opens up wide for visitors to do almost any activity. From mountain biking to hiking to swimming, Tahoe has it all. The views are worth the trip alone.

 

Finger Lakes, New York

Get your wine tasting on in the historic Finger Lakes of New York. With over a hundred vineyards to choose from, This region is a wine enthusiast’s heaven. Experience the best wine the East coast has to offer and some picturesque views to enjoy your favorite glass.

 

Lake Michigan

If you want some sweet lake beaches, Lake Michigan has you covered. This body of water is massive and borders four states and has over 1,500 miles of shoreline.  You can get every kind of beach you could ever want here, just chose already! The beaches range from the city style of Chicago to the boardwalk vibes of Traverse City.

 

 

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Get your party on at Lake Havasu. The boat parties here go all night and often include scantily clad youths pounding brews and being dumb. If that sounds good to you then Havasu may be your perfect destination.  Filled with nightlife and restaurants, Havasu is your going out lake spot for sure.

 

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Get pampered at the remote Lake of the Ozarks, nestled in the Missouri backcountry. Spas line the coast and offer all the amenities of larger resorts for half the price. Save money by going to the middle of nowhere for vacation and have the time of your life.

 

 

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