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A - Z of Europe's Hot Spots . . . . . . An Alternative Guide

Updated on December 23, 2012
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As a travel enthusiast of many years, I have put together my A-Z of places I have been to or places I believe to be worthy of a visit in Europe.

The “usual suspects” list of must see places I am leaving for another day, as we are all aware that giants such as Paris, London and Rome attract the masses like bees to honey!


My hot spot list of where to see in Europe will guide you from the shores of Greenland to the remote villages in Turkey, with another 24 stops in between so fasten your seatbelts we’re about to take off!!


ANTALYA - (Turkey)

Duden Waterfall - Antalya
Duden Waterfall - Antalya | Source
Antayla
Antayla | Source

Antalya

Situated on the south western coast in the Mediterranean Gulf, Antalya has grown considerably in popularity over the past 10 years, even surpassing New York in 2011 In International Arrivals numbers, making it the third most visited city in the world. With the Taurus Mountain Range running parallel as a backdrop, this stunning location offers something for everyone. Antalya is twined with 10 cities worldwide and two interestingly are with Austin, Texas (USA) and Nuremburg, Bavaria (Germany).


BLACK FORREST - (Germany)

Cuckoo . . .Cuckoo . . .- Black Forrest
Cuckoo . . .Cuckoo . . .- Black Forrest | Source
Aussicht - Black Forrest
Aussicht - Black Forrest | Source

The Black Forrest

This area in south western Germany is a large wooded wonder of firs, conifers, mountains and no less than 8 rivers which covers a rectangular shape of 200 km in length (120 miles) and 60 km (37 miles) breadth.

With lovely old towns, mountain retreats, lakeside towns and many activities for the fitness brigade such as mountain biking, walking trails and cross country skiing available, The Black Forrest is the must see spot in Germany.

For some nostalgia, this area is home to the world famous cuckoo clocks and clockmakers in this region were world renowned for their precision work. For the foodie lovers, The Black Forrest Gateau is not to be missed!!


CUDILLERO - (Spain)

Cudillero Houses
Cudillero Houses | Source
Cudillero
Cudillero | Source

Cudillero

Far away from the maddening crowds of the better known “Costas” of southern Spain, is the charming hillside fishing village of Cudillero.

A car is essential in this region of Asturia and if you are planning on visiting northern Spain, it is the best way of finding gems like Cudillero. The houses are more like an artist’s palette of soft translucent watercolours that blend easily with the landscape.

Here you will be able to get lost in time, watch the old fishermen cast their nets and enjoy some the best seafood ever. Like many places open to tourists, steer clear of the main eateries in the square as if you go off the square you will be charged as much as 50% less.


DUBROVNIK - (Croatia)

Aerial shot of Dubrovnik
Aerial shot of Dubrovnik | Source
Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik | Source

Dubrovnik

The Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik is now classed as a world heritage site with UNESCO and is credited as being one of the top 10 medieval walled cities of the world. The walls run a length of approximately 2 km (1.2 miles) around the city. With an International airport but interestingly no train system, Dubrovnik is a great starting point to explore the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Part of the former country Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik is steeped in history and culture which the people have opened up for the world to share.


EGUISHEIM - (France)

Stunning Eguisheim
Stunning Eguisheim | Source
Typical street in Eguisheim
Typical street in Eguisheim | Source

Eguisheim

In the North Eastern Alsace Region of France this village is part of the “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The most beautiful villages of France) association. Part of the Alsace Wine Route, this is the area for all wine lover’s to explore with gusto! Visit the vineyards, meet the winegrower’s, taste their wines, meander the cobblestone streets of this beautiful village and share in the culinary award winning delights of this region. A good variety of accommodation is available from hotels to campsites, whatever you choose you will not be disappointed.


FLORENCE - (Italy)

Florence by night
Florence by night | Source
Hills above Florence
Hills above Florence | Source

Florence

As an Artist it would have been remiss of me not to include this place that holds a special place in my heart. Another world heritage site, Florence has been called “One of the world’s most beautiful cities” by Forbes. Renaissance Art, History, Culture, Architectural masterpieces, Design, Fashion . . . . . . They are all in abundance here and Florence is like a melting pot of all that is wonderful about Italy in my opinion. Florence is twined with 30 cities worldwide and includes Edinburgh (Scotland), Providence (USA) and Philadelphia (USA).


GOWER PENINSULA - (Wales)

Rhossili Beach Gower Peninsula
Rhossili Beach Gower Peninsula | Source
Gower Peninsula
Gower Peninsula | Source

Gower Peninsula

In South Wales, this area was the first place in Britain to be deemed “An area of outstanding natural beauty” (ANOB) and has celebrated 56 years as an ANOB. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Bristol Sea, Gower Peninsula offers stunning beaches, dramatic Cliffside walks, backdrops of hills, valleys, dunes, caves and marshes offering incredible havens for wildlife and fauna in the area. Rugged, Wild and untamed the area is powerfully hypnotic and will draw you in.


HVAR - (Croatia)

Hvar Port
Hvar Port | Source
Lavender fields on Hvar
Lavender fields on Hvar | Source

Hvar

If island life beckons you then why not try Hvar, a small (68 km long) Croatian island off the Dalmatian coast. The island has four main towns in Hvar town, Stari Grad, Jelsa and Sucuraj and most visitors will arrive from the mainland through Stari Grad on ferry boats.

The island has a history of lavender cultivation for aromatic oils and soaps and is known as the “Island of Lavender”. In the summer months Hvar harbour is lit up with stunning yachts from all over the world and you can dance all night in one of the all night discos in this lively party town.


ISTANBUL - (Turkey)

Sofia Palace - Istanbul
Sofia Palace - Istanbul | Source
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Istanbul

Where east meets west, Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Istanbul was formerly called Constantinople, after the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great who rebuilt the city on seven hills like that of Rome. A former European City of Culture (2010), the largest city in Turkey is full of spectacular sights

awash with deep rooted culture, heritage and history from Europe and Asia blended together.

With a population of approximately 14 million, it’s hard to find a quiet spot but for me it doesn’t seem to matter as you get swept along with places such as The Topkapi Palace, The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (The Blue Mosque) and The Grand Bazaar.

If you are planning a trip to fabulous Istanbul, this is one place you need to do some research on before going as there is so much going on, you need to have a plan of action to get the most out of your trip. You will not be disappointed!


JOENSUU - (Finland)

Lakeside - Joensuu
Lakeside - Joensuu | Source
Joensuu
Joensuu | Source

Joensuu

The second largest city in eastern Finland, Joensuu is reachable by trains, planes and automobiles. Home to the University of Eastern Finland (approx 13,000 students) it is one of the largest in Finland and welcomes over 700 International students yearly. In a country known as The Land of a Thousand Lakes, the Midnight Sun and The Northern Lights, Finland offers a different experience to central European countries. If Ice, snow and Reindeer float your boat, then Joensuu is a good place to be.


KINSALE - (Ireland)

Typical Irish Pub - Kinsale
Typical Irish Pub - Kinsale | Source
Kinsale by the sea
Kinsale by the sea | Source

Kinsale

My favourite spot in Ireland, Kinsale in the southern county of Cork is my perfect retreat for a long weekend or as a base for touring West Cork. For me, out of season (October – March) is the best time to go, to avoid the crowds! Known as the Gourmet Capital, there is a great mix of cafes, restaurants and pubs all serving wonderful cuisines. My preference is a great pub, wind howling outside and a roaring log fire as a backdrop to a homemade delicious menu washed down with a Guinness or two. The tiny narrow streets are full of wonderful Irish craft of many varieties and Kinsale is also a town that promotes Fair Trade products. If you prefer activities there are numerous to choose from including Whale and Dolphin watching, Pottery classes, Golf, Deep Sea Angling, Scuba Diving and Sailing to name a few.


LA OROTAVA - (Tenerife)

La Orotava Valley
La Orotava Valley | Source
La Orotava
La Orotava | Source

La Orotava

Under the municipality of Spain, La Orotava is situated on the north west coast on the island of Tenerife (a stone’s throw from Morocco in north Africa). An aristocratic town that bears the name of the valley it lies within, the old town has wonderful Renaissance buildings, an abundance of churches, monasteries and convents, stylish restaurants and shops and exquisite gardens for all to enjoy. La Orotava is one of those “off the beaten track” destinations worth choosing over the more well known resorts in the south of this volcanic island, which include Playa del Las Americas and Los Cristianos.

MARTINA FRANCA - (Italy)

Martina Franca
Martina Franca | Source
the modern trullo dwelling
the modern trullo dwelling | Source

Martina Franca

Another favourite of mine, Martina Franca we found by accident exploring this beautiful region of Puglia, and fell under its spell immediately. Situated at the “top of the heel” in southern Italy, this town has a stunning “old city” that is surrounded by old stone walls and baroque gates which lead you into Piazza di Roma where the old men can be seen walking up and down, catching up with friends and more walking up and down! Beautiful old churches and buildings blend with modern classic design led shops here. The area specific dwellings known as Trulli are a regular sight here and if you get a chance, worth staying in for a unique experience.


NICE - (France)

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Nice | Source
Promenade Des Anglais - Nice
Promenade Des Anglais - Nice | Source

Nice

Located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean, Nice is the second largest French city along the “French Riviera” after Marseille and is a Mecca for sun worshippers in the summer months with its many beautiful beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. As it has a mild temperature all year round, Nice is a perfect place to visit off season and spend time walking the 6 km “promenade”, visit neighbouring villages or even wander into Cannes or Monaco for a change of scenery.


OSTEND - (Belgium)

Fountain in the pond - Ostend
Fountain in the pond - Ostend | Source
Ostend Cathedral
Ostend Cathedral | Source

Ostend

Known as “The City by The Sea”, Ostend is now a very cosmopolitan city located on the coast of Belgium, on the North Sea close to the shores England. With a harbour, yacht-basin and over 5 miles of sandy beaches, there is a surprisingly large amount on offer here for the traveller.

One of the highlights is the famous Christmas Market for all those interested in combining a break and Christmas gift buying in a different country. Another lesser known plus here is the gastronomy on offer.

With ample restaurants and bistros for all budgets and tastes, the local specialities are seafood related and include Shrimp Croquettes and Dover Sole.


POSITANO - (Italy)

Positano
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Positano
Positano | Source

Postcard Positano

Nestled into the cliffs along the breathtaking, world famous Amalfi Coast (south of Sorrento), One of the most photogenic towns, it is also one of the most expensive in this region. As this is a traffic free zone due to it’s incredibly narrow streets, all transport must park up outside the city and walk in. The houses and streets look almost vertical and sheer and many are accessed by staircases only! A must here is hire a rigid bottomed inflatable boat (approx €50 per hr) and enjoy the incredible views here. Driving the Amalfi Coast (approx 50 km) is not for the faint hearted so there are plenty of bus services available from many locations.


QAQORTOQ - (Greenland)

Scenic Qaqortoq
Scenic Qaqortoq | Source
Qaqortoq
Qaqortoq | Source


With a population of approximately 4,000, Qaqortoq is south Greenland’s largest town and has the reputation of being one of the most charming and beautiful in the country. The buildings here are dramatic in colour as opposed to soft and set against even more dramatic landscapes, makes it a very unique place. You would think perhaps that you may be bored here but there are plenty of interesting things to see and trips to avail of. One not to be missed, in my opinion, is the hot springs on the nearby island of Uunatorq. Here you can lie in a natural waterhole of 38 degrees hot bubbling water whilst watching icebergs drift by!! Obvious activities in Qaqortoq include Fishing, Kayaking, and Hiking but if your interests lie within the Arts, they have no less than 31 amazing sculptures around the town and in the rocks.


ROVINJ - (Croatia)

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Rovinj | Source
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On the western side of the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia, Rovinj is a great example of a town that has not given way to major development within its historic centre. Italian influence is evident everywhere and it’s no surprise therefore, that Italian is widely spoken, there are bilingual road signs and even an Italian high school here. Tiny cobblestoned streets full with craft shops sit alongside dwellings with the famous chimneys of Rovinj. Plenty to see and do or just sit by the harbour or piazza have an espresso or two and just watch the world go by.


SANTORINI - (Greece)

Amoudi
Amoudi | Source
Sunset over Santorini
Sunset over Santorini | Source

Santorini

A tiny Greek island in the South Aegean Sea, Santorini is the largest of 6 islands that were originally one island. A huge volcanic eruption caused a caldera (crater) which destroyed the earlier settlements and today is a water filled lagoon. Santorini is said to have the best sunsets in the world, is one of only two European places with a hot desert climate and due to the volcanic ash, has black, red or white sand beaches. There are plenty of small villages and towns to experience and to get the opportunity to stay on the edge of a volcano is something not to be missed. For more information on Santorini check out my hub Santorini or Heaven.


TAVIRA - (Portugal)

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Tavira

Located on The Algarve, in the south, Tavira is approx 35 km east of Faro when all the most popular and well known resorts are to the west! A true find, Tavira is a small town full of character. With no less than 5 beaches in the area, Tavira island is also definitely worth visiting as it not only has what many consider the best beach in The Algarve, it also is home to wonderful flamingos and birds. The island is located south of the city and may only be reached by boat. In the town there are great restaurants and shops and even better, will not break the bank or budgets!


UTRECHT - (The Netherlands)

Lunchtime for the troops - Utrecht
Lunchtime for the troops - Utrecht | Source
New Year's Day - Utrecht
New Year's Day - Utrecht | Source

Utrecht

A vibrant, bustling city that is the 4th largest in The Netherlands, Utrecht has charm in bucket loads. As the canals meander the city it is hard to not be impressed by the stunning architecture old and new. A big university city (the largest in the country) the predominant age group is 20-30 years old here. Due to its central location, Utrecht has a fantastic transport system linking all parts of the country and is therefore well worth a trip to see if based elsewhere in The Netherlands. A hip, happening and lively city that is all set to be Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018 so make sure you give it a look see!


VEJER DE LA FRONTERA - (Spain)

Off the beaten track - Vejer De La Frontera
Off the beaten track - Vejer De La Frontera | Source
sunset at vejer de la frontera
sunset at vejer de la frontera | Source

Vejer De La Frontera

Situated 200m above sea level in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia, this small whitewashed village sits squeezes between sierra mountains and the sea, as it overlooks The Straits of Gibraltar. Moorish influence and characteristics are evident here as it was occupied by The Moors up until 1250. Although not a beach town, you have no less than 7 good beaches nearby, the furthest being 22 km away. Walking enthusiasts should head to one of the many Nature Reserves where different types of trails are available through different landscapes.


WROCLAW - (Poland)

St John the Baptist's Cathedral
St John the Baptist's Cathedral | Source
Wroclaw City
Wroclaw City | Source

Wroclaw

Located in Western Poland on the River Oder, Wroclaw is the largest city in this region. Like other Polish Cities, Wroclaw is steeped in history and change and well worth a visit to. It is well served with a variety of transportation options, and well placed to be European Capital of Culture in 2016, which is fantastic for the country that joined the European Union in 2004. It is a city that is fast becoming the new “Krakow” in Poland, with an abundance of interesting things to see and do here for all ages.


XANTHI - (Greece)

View of Xanthi
View of Xanthi | Source
Xanthi
Xanthi | Source

Xanthi

A town on the Greek mainland in the north east, it is 715 km from Athens but only 405 km from Istanbul, Turkey. The town that has been instrumental in identifying the need for a development programme to help in the restoration, protection and upgrading of its Old Town, and has subsequently received an award for the works carried out. A great time to visit is when they host their famous carnival which runs for 15 days during Mardi Gras and plays host to visitors from all over Greece and beyond.


YALOVA - (Turkey)

 The Baths at Termal
The Baths at Termal | Source
Yalova Market
Yalova Market | Source

Yalova

Another town that has grown in popularity with visitors since I was first there 18 years ago, Yalova is in the northwest of Turkey on the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. A city that was devastated in 1999 by an earthquake, where many lives and buildings were lost has slowly started to recover and many new buildings now have replaced the rubble. Access here can be by ferry from Istanbul and Izmit along with buses and trains and the thermal baths at Termal should not be missed. If you want to experience a more authentic Turkey, eat where the locals go and have a go at speaking some Turkish then do give Yalova a visit.


ZURICH - (Switzerland)

On the Lake - Zurich
On the Lake - Zurich | Source
Zurich
Zurich | Source

Zurich

Once deemed to have “The best quality of life” and to be “The wealthiest city in Europe”, Zurich is in central Switzerland and is the largest city in the country. Set in the picturesque setting of Lake Zurich, wooded hills and The Alps it is of breathtaking beauty. The main language spoken is German followed by Italian and French and you will find many Swiss who will have all three and English. Zurich is home to a number of celebrities including Tina Turner and local Tennis ace Roger Federer, and distinguished giants James Joyce and Albert Einstein.


I hope you have enjoyed this alternative trip around Europe and I have given you some food for thought and an insight into some very unique and special places. On behalf of Captain HQ I would like to thank you all for choosing to fly with us today and look forward to seeing you on board again in the near future!!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 21 months ago from Essex, UK

      A nice varied selection of destinations Suzie, each illustrated by photographs, and a list like this must give readers a few more ideas of places to go on holiday, because there's something here for everyone. Many are regions, villages and even cities I was not aware of including my favourite - judged solely on the photo which accompanies it - the very picturesque Cudillero. I shall bear some of these in mind when planning future holidays!

      I hope all is well with you Suzie. My very best wishes, Alun

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...this was quite a tour Suzie! I have been to the Black Forest area in Germany and have visited Switzerland and Spain...but not the places you mentioned. As to the rest...would love to see all of those spots someday, but it is not likely. So keep sharing your expertise and experiences with us and I for one will happily buckle up and come along for the ride. Tweeting and wanted to share but for some reason it is not going through. Will try again some other time.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      A wonderful mix of alternatives! I like the fact you've chosen places like Utrecht in the Netherlands and Ostend in Belgium. I enjoyed the images and the write ups offered temptations galore!

      Voted up and shared.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi dwachira,

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Yes, I loved the village of Cudillero and the wonderful artists palette of colour there. So many people know the south of Spain, the Costas in particular so I wanted to pick somewhere different to show another side to Spain. Appreciate your votes dwachira!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I would love to visit the hillside fishing village of Cudillero in Spain, the photo of the village is awesome and i like the artistic blending of colors used for the painting. Great article, voted up and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers Bill!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's weird....anyway, Bev's name is kingmaxler...thank you my dear!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks so much! I have to admit it was a biggie to do!! I said when I did it never again! LOL I did enjoy it though, putting all the places in order and deciding what to include was difficult being a typical woman, decision making can be tedious!! Ha! Cheers Bill, by the way tried looking for your mail but it was not showing on your profile or hubs, wanted Bev's hubpages name, love to read her work!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was one ambitious hub! Talk about putting effort into a hub...you have raised the bar quite high for the rest of us with this one. Lovely work; that site in Finland was gorgeous, as were all the other pictures. Thank you for a great tour of places I have never seen. Loved it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinaya,

      Thanks for taking this tour! The world is a big place and I am delighted you got to see some of my favourite places Europe has to offer. Your own country of Nepal really interests me to see and love your work on it! Appreciate your comments as always! Have a lovely weekend!:-)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Suzie,

      I have never been away from Asia. When I get to read a travel article like this I understand what I'm missing in life.

      Thanks for this wonderful virtual tour.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks QudsiaP1, Glad this hub gave you a nice start to your day, appreciate your visit and comments! Have a good day!:)

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      It is early morning here and in a moment or two I will be getting ready; so these images were like a great morning boast to start a wonderful day. Thank you. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much Lesley, weather here pretty dull too! Positano is gorgeous I agree, having been there a few years ago. We hired a speed boat for an hour and it was a great way of seeing the coastline of Amalfi also. Loved the whole area! Glad you enjoyed the hub and saw some familiar places, hard to pick places when so many wonderful places in Europe! Appreciate your support, votes and for sharing - many thanks Lesley :)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      A fabulous hub Suzie, it's such a dull, dreary day here - just the day to visit these wonderful places!

      I have visited the Black Forest in Germany and have been to Positano in the Amalfi Coast, both beautiful!

      I have enjoyed reading your descriptions and the photos are stunning, Love the photo of the waterfall!

      Thank you, voting up and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Wow, thanks rajan I am delighted you found this article interesting and have bookmarked, voted up and sharing - I much appreciate your support and comments! It was a hard one to just pick one for each letter, believe me! Europe has many gems worthy of visiting. Many thanks again!:)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Suzie, this hub is a visual delight. I haven't visited Europe as yet but given the choice and the chance I'd like to visit these first.

      Great pictures and write up.

      Bookmarking it.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

      Shared it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      cheers for your comments lovedoctor926 (what a great name!), Croatia is truly gorgeous, ideal for touring around in a car as you get to see so much more.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much! Kracow in Poland is great too if you are visiting there? Have a great trip, wonderful country and people!

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      brenda12lynette 5 years ago from Utah

      The pictures were amazing!! I'll be going to Poland this summer, but unfortunately our itinerary is pretty set so I won't be able to fit in Wroclaw. Maybe next time! Voted up.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Wow! These images are stunning! Croatia is beautiful! vote up awesome! thanks for the tour.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi sandrabusby, thanks very much for commenting, glad you enjoyed the different contrasts in scenery and places.:-)

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Some really lovely images.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Appreciate that Angela, thanks so much and glad you enjoyed :-)!!!!!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Absolutely beautiful! I am happy to share this!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Deborah, wow thanks so much!! Definitely envious of you living in so many fabulous countries of Europe. Turkey is one of my most visited for sure and a place everyone should visit! Delighted i was able to bring back good memories for you, maybe you will get the travel bug again!!! Appreciate your lovely comments!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow THIS IS A GREAT HUB.. I have lived in TURKEY, vacationed in GREECE , lived in Spain and Germany.. I loved it all...THANKS for taking me back .. great memories and your pictures are wonderful..voted up and sharing

      debbie

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Appreciate your comments DS, Whilst some are well known there was a touch of "loved them so much just could not leave out"!! Santorini and Antalya both are well worth seeing. Antalya, if you enjoy a bit of adrenalin pumping activity, you can white water raft in the mountains near there which is an excellent day out!! Santorini is quite a piece of history and so beautiful. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for all your votes!!

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      You have shown us some truly beautiful places, I love that you have taken us off the beaten path of tourist spots. Those places lose interest after hearing about them a few thousand times lol. I especially liked Santorini and Antalya but they are all breathtaking. voted up, beautiful and awesome. Sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi BraidedZero, Thrilled you enjoyed it, it was a long one but fun to do and a bit different!! Hard to choose when so many wonderful countries and cultures. Definitely put europe on your radar for to do list! Thanks again for sharing your comments!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      I'm thrilled you enjoyed it that much . . . Thanks a million, as we say!!So envious of your daughter, there are fabulous places all over europe, that was a peak at some so I hope it helps her a wee bit!! Cheers again!

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      What a beautifully designed and put together hub. I haven't had the chance to visit Europe yet but it is definitely at the top of my list. I loved every single place you had on here. Voted up!

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      freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

      I had to save this hub to favourites (first time ever!) as it will be so helpful with planning our trip, I have seen quite a few places in Europe but this makes me want to jump on the plane now . I will pass the link on to my daughter who lands in Paris today for 6 months backpacking in Europe !!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much for your comments livingabroad, appreciate it! Yes, love Gower Peninsula,was introduced to it from a friend in Swansea I met in Prague, a number of years back. What a beautiful place, love the whole area.Lucky you having it on your doorstep, when not soaking up the rays and island life in Koh Samui!!!!

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Wow Suzie HQ you have been to so many places that I'm very envious of! I'm glad to see that you have included the gower peninsula in Wales, to your list. This is near my home and I love it their! It actually is naturally outstanding! Look forward to more of your hubs. Voted up and awesome!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Oceansider, thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave your comments! Very much appreciated! So many great places in the world to see and experience, I'm delighted you took the trip with me!! Zurich and Finland are both beautiful and im thrilled it came across in the photos for you.Thanks so much again!!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      I loved looking at all of the beautiful photos and reading about each town or city. My favorite photos were of Zurich and of Finland.

      Thanks Suzie HQ! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks so much MJ for your lovely comments, i really appreciate them. I know what you mean about the cuckoo clock, its so amazing i had to include the photo!

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      mjkearn 5 years ago

      Hi Suzie HQ,

      awesome, amazing, fabulous hub. You've set the standard high and I can't wait for your next hub. Voted up, awesome and beautiful. You have some absolutely stunning photos and I have to say the cuckoo clock house in the "Black Forest-Germany" is my favourite and I want to live in it. Thanks so much for sharing and keep up the great work,

      MJ.