Don’t get us wrong, we love la belle France. From the amazing food to luxury fashion, it is no wonder that when we think Europe, we can’t help but immediately envision the Eiffel Tower glittering at night, priceless art hanging on the walls of the Louvre, wheels of cheese and bottles of wine. Yet, while we appreciate the finery and elegance of France, we like to head off the beaten path in search of adventure and something a little difference. If you have no travel plans this coming summer – autumn, perhaps you can visit one of these 3 unique destinations with us.
Madrid, Pamplona, Zaragoza, SPAIN
Every year, we, among thousands of others, eagerly anticipate the San Fermin festival, one of the oldest festivals in Spain that is still celebrated today. Called ‘The running of the bulls’ in English, this festival takes place in Pamplona in July every year. Locals and visitors alike flock to the ancient city and flood her cobblestone streets to watch the bull run, where locals try to outrace bulls down the narrow streets. On this trip, we also head to Zaragoza, the capital of Spain’s Aragon region. The famous pilgrimage site expectedly, houses a shrine to the Virgin Mary along with multiple domes, and the city itself is an architectural wonder. A mix of Gothic and Islamic architecture adorn the streets, making every corner a photo op.
Bucharest, Maramures, Brasov, ROMANIA
We don’t know about you, but we don’t really hear of friends sharing their latest trip to Romania on social media. This picturesque, almost fairy-tale like country is rich in culture, where locals still hold on fiercely to traditions. In Maramures, the citizens have managed to carefully preserve the culture, traditions and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past, making for an eye-opening trip that few have experienced. We spend 6 days there, after which we depart for Brasov, where Gothic architecture and a harmonious mash up of traditional village charm and modern city life await. We also head to Bran’s Castle, just in case you were wondering.
Venice, Dolomites, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Rome, ITALY
Our Italian tour is one of the most popular, and with good reason! This trip opens up a whole new side of Italy that extends beyond the ruins of Rome or the (admittedly romantic) waterways of Venice. We start this trip in Venice, heading to the Dolomites mountain range where cute villages are backdropped by the magnificent mountain range, making for spectacular sunrise and sunset shots. Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s medieval villages is a cluster of 5 (cinque) fishing towns perched on the cliffside, boasting dramatic coastal scenery. Tuscany awaits with her rolling fields of green drenched in the golden autumnal sun, and it is here we’ll get to visit traditional villages, vineyards and one of Italy’s most majestic (and most photographed) villas.