Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A case of wanderlust: UK and Europe destinations | Travel

I've been thinking a lot lately about spending more time in China with a view to moving to the Far East permanently (as you may have seen from numerous renovation and travel posts!) however, it's really made me think about places I haven't visited in the UK and Europe that I know I will certainly struggle with when I move. Whenever I have travelled, it's always been the Far East and I've always dismissed travelling in Europe, although now hubby is leaving Germany I feel like I've missed my shot at having that 'European base' to wander around from. So I thought I would devise a sort of bucket list of places I would love to visit over the next few years. 

Cornwall | UK

I thought I would stay close to home for this one. I have never been that far down south, and the coastlines are simply to die for. Where we live in China the nearest coastline is around six hours away by train, so you can guess we won't have that 'seaside effect' very often, if at all. I'm not a big fan of water sports so wouldn't do the whole surfing thing etc, but there are some beautiful gardens/nurseries, arts and cultural activities to see, and Tintagel Castle looks absolutely breathtaking. For that added piece of luxury on a staycation, Chic Retreats have some beautiful boutique hotels to stay at too.

Rome & The Vatican City | Italy

I'm sure this city is on most people's travel lists however, I studied Roman mythology as part of my BA Humanities degree and it made me more obsessed with the place. I love visiting destinations with a lot of history and plenty of stories to tell. For me it really is about mythology, so visiting attractions such as the Colosseum, and Pantheon would make me an extremely happy lady. However, although I myself am an atheist, I have such a high interest in religion, and I would be extremely overwhelmed to visit the Vatican City.


I must have a bit of an Italian theme going on here as next on my list is Sicily. The Tempio della Concordia is an elegant Greek temple, and one of the best preserved in the world; to be able to stand in front of this beautiful piece of architecture would be awe-inspiring. Whilst in Sicily I would love to take one of their many cooking classes, and improve my Italian cooking skills! Heading to Syracuse would be the ultimate destination, with it's stunning Greek ruins and architecture surrounded by citrus orchards, it's a piece of heaven; Chic Retreats have a plethora of boutique hotels in the area adding to the sheer luxury of this destination.

Reykjavik | Iceland 

I've been intrigued by the Northern Lights since I was a little girl, and find them simply fascinating. I would love to be able to travel with Dexter to see such beauty when he's older so he can really appreciate them. I don't really like the cold so this has sort of put me off a little bit, but there are so many amazing attractions in Reykjavik that I wouldn't like to miss because it's a little bit chilly. There are so many beautiful natural attractions to visit, such as the Nauthólsvík geothermal beach, and being able to witness the breathtaking midnight sun.

Bucharest | Romania

I know this seems like a very strange place to want to visit, but we are very lucky to have a friend who is from Bucharest and suggested we should visit and have a tour of the monasteries. As I said above, I love visiting places with religious meaning and can often be found sat in a church for hours looking at the intricate architecture, and there is so much to behold in Romania. As I love art and culture, I would definitely visit the Art Collections Museum and the History and Art Museum, as well as attending my very first opera!

*This post has been written in collaboration with Chic Retreats.


  1. Wow some amazing places =]


    1. I really can't wait to visit Iceland! Watching Fortitude has made me addicted :) x

  2. Rome, Vatican City and Sicily are amazing. I went on a school trip for history and it they are some of the most interesting places Ive been. I really want to see the Northen Lights as well but not really a fan of the cold
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

    1. I don't think I'd do too well in the cold, it flares up my ME and is bloody awful. But I think I could manage a couple of days! x

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