It’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Brian and I have spent the last two years at Christmas time in Europe- once in Germany and once in Hungary- and it’s become a bit of a tradition for us. This year we are in Mexico and it is warm and sunny, a big divergence from the last few years for sure.
We love spending the holidays in Europe for two reasons. First of all, we love visiting the Christmas Markets. From Paris to Budapest we’ve wandered the winter streets, drinking mulled wine, buying crafts and getting into the holiday spirit. The second reason we love spending the holidays in Europe is because Europe is so romantic!
I recently found an interesting article by Emerald Waterway that named some of the most romantic places in Europe and I was happy to see that Brian and I have visited two of the three places. The first place on the list was Budapest. Brian and I actually went to the Christmas markets in Budapest, though we haven’t yet gone on the picturesque Danube river cruises described in the article, but Budapest was one of our favorite cities, even in the dead of winter.
Prague, another one of our favorite European cities.
We’ve also been lucky enough to spend time in one of the other cities named, Bruges, Belgium, which I can personally attest to being one of the most beautiful and amazing cities that I have ever seen. The stunning old architecture around the town square is a must-see for anyone who loves the old world charm of Europe. We visited Bruges over the Thanksgiving holiday (celebrated in America but not in Europe, of course) and I will never forget sitting down to our Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant that overlooked the square awash in Christmas lights. There was a massive Christmas tree erected in the center of town and an ice skating rink too. It was definitely the most romantic Thanksgiving we’ve ever had together.
The third and final destination named was the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. We haven’t had the opportunity to travel to Vienna yet but when we do this museum is going to be a must-visit attraction for us. The Museum boasts world famous artwork and beautifully landscaped grounds that are said to be the perfect place to come for a romantic picnic lunch. And if I’ve learned anything about Europe it’s that the most romantic meal one can have while traveling in Europe are picnic lunches with amazing cheeses, baguettes and bottles of wine.
Brian and I have had the good fortune to travel to many places in the world but we’ve never been anywhere that’s as romantic as Europe. There’s something about the quaint towns, medieval history and great wine that make us want to walk a little closer and snuggle a little bit more. Europe and romance go hand in hand.