This post was supposed to go live a couple weeks ago, while we were on vacation. But I didn’t have the edited photos with me. And I hesitated because it seemed a little odd that only 3 of the 5 trips that we’d chosen were actually, you know, places in Europe that we had visited as a family.
But whether our travel style was “on brand” or not, they were our favorites. So without further ado, here are our five favorite places that we visited during our second year living in Europe.*
I feel a little guilty that one of the two “no-brainers” on this list isn’t actually a place that we visited as a family. But I did spend a lot of time during and after the trip thinking about where we’d go on a family trip, so that must count for something, right? Regardless, Iceland really is as amazing as they say and if you haven’t been, I urge you to go soon. With or without kids.
Spend October at the beach? Yes, please. Actually, we never did go in the sea, but we did spend plenty of time at the pool at an awesome kids’ club AND got to eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant for my birthday. Not bad. Plus, we took a train to the cute little beach town of Sollér, which easily put this at the top of Luca’s list.
I tend to think of Stockholm as the big dog when it comes to Scandinavian travel. Unless you are going solely for nature, you will almost definitely include Stockholm in your itinerary. And with good reason. The city combines natural beauty and man-made glamour (fashion! architecture! museums!) in a way that you don’t find that often. Plus, the food is good and every person we interacted with spoke impeccable English, making the weekend extra relaxing.
Another place that Luca hasn’t experienced yet, Fernando and I went to Isla Holbox for a quick couple’s getaway while we were in Mexico between North American weddings. I could not get over how beautiful Isla Holbox is, or how much I want to go back. Not since the Maldives have I experienced such a perfectly idyllic beach. I really hope we’re able to go next summer with Luca to see the turtles hatch!
When Fernando suggested we take Luca to a MotoGP race this year, it was really easy to decide which one. Although I hadn’t been there in over ten years, I frequently described Barcelona as one of my favorite cities in Europe. And visiting it with Luca did not disappoint. The only downside is that we didn’t make it to Ferrari Land, so I guess we better start planning a trip back.
*Presented in the order that we visited, not necessarily in order of our preference. In part because they are so different, the latter might not be possible.
P.S. I just realized that I’ve only actually written about two of these! I guess I’ve got some work to do.
P.P.S. If our most recent trip—a road trip through the Norwegian fjords—is any indication, the next list is going to be truly epic!
Now it’s time to start (or finish!) planning next year! What have been your favorite places to visit? What’s on your bucket list?