if you like beautiful beaches, hillside towns and spectacular hiking, the Amalfi Coast has several dazzling places not to be missed. The views are heavenly and the food... well, you're in Italy so what more is there to say?
Amsterdam is a lovely, European city built on charming canals, old houses and filled with cyclists. It is also home to three world-class museums, as well as many small and interesting ones to explore. So there is plenty to do if you just want to wander around and enjoy great art.
Greece has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I'm not quite sure why it took me so long to get there but I'm glad I finally had the opportunity. Not only does Athens have so much history but it is colourful, lively and everywhere you look there are antiquities.
The pastoral Austrian Alps are like walking through the movie set of the Sound of Music - with rolling mountains, lush green grass, trees, pristine lakes and magnificent trails. We hiked by old rail roads, wooden chalets, along river banks and through private farms. It is truly breathtaking and so serene.
Barcelona is such a unique and beautiful city with a Mediterranean vibe. There is so much history, art, excellent museums, interesting architecture and of course the sandy beach and boardwalk. And if you're a foodie, it's heaven.
Berlin, the capital city of Germany, dates back to the 13th century but it is a new city in so many ways. After the turbulent events of the 20th century, Berlin is trying to rebuild in a positive way while honouring the events of the Holocaust and the Cold War. It is an emerging centre of art and has been attracting young people from all over the world.
My husband has been dreaming (and salivating) about going to Bologna for years. Known as the Fat City for good reason, it is home to bolognese sauce, tortellini, parmesan cheese, parma ham (due to its close proximity to the town of Parma), mortadella and of course good wines abound. Need I say more?
Cinque Terre is a stretch of beach consisting of five small towns along the Italian Riviera. These traffic-free towns are tucked into the rugged hills overlooking the turquoise water. Cliffs and grape vines line the terraces of the walking trails that you can take from town to town. And of course, the food is delicious.
My husband and I aren't "sit on the beach" type of people. We like to hike, learn history and see interesting towns. Crete sounded like it would fit the bill. It is a large island with two main towns and lots of small villages. There is great hiking and nature as well.
While Dubrovnik may have become popular due to the filming of Game of Thrones, this ancient city on the southern coast of the Adriatic in Croatia is steeped in history. The charming Old Town is encircled with a massive stone wall. The city is well-preserved with historical sites, residences and many shops and restaurants.
Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home to some of the worlds greatest Renaissance art and architecture. We spent four days exploring this ancient city and enjoying delicious, regional cuisine.
When planning our trip to Croatia my husband and I knew we wanted to stay on one of its beautiful islands. We chose the island of Korcula and we were so glad we did. Korcula has a beautifully preserved Old Town, the views of the turquoise waters are breathtaking and there are nice hikes and cycling routes. I highly recommend Korcula.
Unlike Warsaw and other parts of Poland, Krakow was not destroyed during World War ll and is therefore a beautiful, vibrant city, rivalling most European cities, with most of its old architecture in tact. At the same time, there is much to learn about the sad history of the Jewish community in this city.
Lisbon is a gem. It is a bustling European city which is just the right size to explore in a few days. Its charm lies in the hills that are scattered throughout the city. Restaurants and cafes line the inclines and hill tops. With friendly people who speak English well, it should be on everyone's go-to list.
There's always so much to see and do in London, it never gets tiring. Although we like to explore and experience new things on each trip, there are some things that we enjoy doing over again. November may not seem like the ideal time to visit London but the weather was actually quite mild and dry.
It doesn't matter how many times I've been to London there are always new things to do and explore. It's one of those cities that is never boring. The summer is so lovely in London as the city really comes alive. The parks are lush and blossoming, the monuments sparkle and the streets are very crowded!
I love Spain - the language and culture are so vibrant. Each part of Spain is very unique. Madrid is often over-looked. Barcelona seems to get all the hype but we really loved Madrid with its majestic streets, busy squares, world-class art museums and delicious food. I highly recommend it.
Naples seems to have a bad reputation for being rough. We did not find this at all and were so happy we spent a few days in this lively and authentic Italian city. It has one of the largest historic centres in Europe - made up of narrow streets and alleys The locals are warm and friendly and the food... best Neapolitan pizza and ragu sauce I've ever had!
The City of Lights - Paris is one of those cities that you can visit over and over again. The grand boulevards, the romantic architecture, the delicious food and the incredible museums and monuments will always take my breath away. This itinerary can be helpful both for first-timers and return visitors.
My husband and I love good food and wine so the Langhe area in Piedmont felt like a perfect area for a walking trip. It's not as busy as Tuscany and you can't beat the Barolo and Barbaresco wines of the region. The region is so picturesque - we walked through vineyards and hazelnut groves. It was absolutely dreamy.
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and has turned into a popular tourist destination. The city is bisected by the Vltava River - with the Old Town on the south and the beautiful castle on the north.
The beautiful towns of Provence in the south of France, including St-Remy-de-Provence, Avignon, Les Baux de Provence and Arles, offer a perfect combination of charming villages, historical towns, delicious food, colourful markets and a variety of hiking terrains.
Italy's capital is a 3,000 year old vibrant city. It is home to Vatican City, as well as the ancient Forum and Colosseum. There is so much to see and do in the city you could just wander for days through its piazzas. Following our visit in Rome, we travelled in the beautiful countryside, exploring and taking cooking classes.
Salzburg is a picturesque Austrian town with a castle, a charming river and the lush green Alps to the north. It is the birthplace of Mozart and in August there is a wonderful, classical music festival with events throughout the town.
Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a compact city with a very unique Old Town - including Moorish and European . The Miljacka River flows through the centre and it is encircled by the Dinaric Alps. It is steeped in history. On this trip we also visited Mostar.
The southern towns of Spain are like little jewels with cobblestone alleys that we loved exploring. They have so much history, it's fascinating. We stayed in Seville as our home base and went on day trips to Cordoba and Granada.
Tuscany, in central Italy, is known for its beautiful landscapes, eucalyptus trees, vineyards and mountains. Siena is a mid-sized hill town which offers lots of things to do, as well as many delicious restaurants. It is a perfect base for exploring Tuscany.
Split is a lovely town along the Adriatic in Croatia with lots of history. It's small enough that you can have a nice visit in just a couple of days. The Old Town has lots of winding alleys and interesting historical sites and the waterfront promenade is lively - filled with restaurants and cafés.
Turin is one of Italy's hidden gems. For some reason many tourists skip Turin while heading for the bigger and more popular cities. It is truly a shame because Turin is a wonderful and elegant city with so much to offer. As the first capital of Italy and the original home of the Savoy family, it is filled with grand palaces, museums, art and lots of history.
Venice is such a unique city - with canals, narrow alleyways, small bridges and beautiful architecture. What I loved most is that it's completely pedestrian! I had heard that you don't need more than two days in Venice, but in my experience there are so many great art galleries, as well as concerts and operas, that you could stay busy for several more days.
Vienna sits between the lush hills of Vienna Woods and the Danube Canal. The city is easy to navigate. Its main attractions are inside the Ringstrasse, which is a ring road surrounding the Old Town. The city is filled with excellent museums, art galleries and lush palaces to visit.
Warsaw pretty much got destroyed by the Germans during World War ll. The communists rebuilt it in typical grey architecture of the communist era. Over the last few years the government has been rebuilding certain parts of the city and has done a nice job including monuments and memorials to the Holocaust.