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EUROPE : Explore Solo for a Lifetime Experience

[caption id="attachment_217" align="alignleft" width="370"] Picture Courtesy: Muslim Heritage[/caption]   ?Traveling?it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.? ? Ibn Battuta The Travels of Ibn Battutah   Travel solves a plethora of self-improvement goals and hence I decided summer solo backpacking trip through Europe and is one of the most memorable experiences people have in their life. From beautiful Paris to smoke-filled coffee shops in Amsterdam, to Scenic Rome, to the beaches of Ibiza, there?s so much to see on the continent, holds wonderful beaches, historical architecture, amazing wine and wonderful people. Every country I visited is incredibly different than the next.   [caption id="attachment_221" align="alignright" width="370"] Picture Courtesy: Writer[/caption]  


Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveler?s taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying at red light district, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city. The Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are the city's prime nightlife spots. The Dutch love traveling by bike, as well as a means of transport as a hobby and exercise. You can go for a day cruise or a night cruise, there?s the sightseeing cruise, The Anne Frank House is where Anne Frank and her family hid during the German occupation in World War II and get a first-hand look at the brewing process and journey through the history of Heineken beer and the Heineken family.

  [caption id="attachment_222" align="alignleft" width="370"] Picture Courtesy: Pinterest[/caption]   Paris: City of Light and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, L'Oréal. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll find that every exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine. Enticing patisseries, bakeries and cheese shops) with colorful street markets are perfect for putting together a picnic to take to the city?s beautiful parks and gardens. The city has the second highest number of Michelin restaurants in the world and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, and Lido making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually. [caption id="attachment_223" align="aligncenter" width="916"] Picture Courtesy: Pinterest[/caption] Ibiza: Take Off to Ibiza as it offers a number of thrilling sea adventures, from boat trips on the Jet Boat 360 (which jumps and rides the waves at high speeds, kind of like a roller coaster at sea), to the Jet Pack, a gravity-defying experience that allows you to walk on water. You can also try other water sports, such as parasailing, jet skiing, or scuba diving. San Antonio has hundreds of bars, restaurants, and shops. You can meander through the narrow streets of Ibiza Old Town to visit the Castle. Most yachts want to have a berthing slip in Marina Ibiza just to go have dinner at Lio where you?ll likely find celebrities. The energy is vibrant on this Balearic Island. [caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="916"] Picture Courtesy: Pinterest[/caption] Gaudi: Gaudi is etched into the soul of Barcelona, from the rugged, sandy peaks of the Sagrada Familia to the explosion of vibrant mosaics at Park Güell will provide a tangible insight into the architect's vision. The local gastronomy is a delicious fusion of internationally inspired dishes, Mediterranean flavors, and revolutionary Catalan techniques. La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. A tree-lined pedestrian mall, it stretches for 1.2 kilometers connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the center can be crowded, especially during the height of the tourist season. Its popularity with tourists has affected the character of the street, with a move to pavement cafes. Pay a visit to Malaga, where you can soak up the artist's genius in the house in which he was born. Don't miss the museum either. The brainchild of the man himself is housed in a gorgeously restored 16th-century palace. [caption id="attachment_226" align="alignright" width="370"] Picture Courtesy: Writer[/caption]   Florence: Florence has renaissance and neoclassical architecture and has amazing museums a short walk away with world-class artistic treasures. In Academia Gallery, Highlights are Michelangelo's David and the unfinished Slaves.  No flash photography is allowed inside. Gucci Museum is equipped with a café, restaurant, bookstore, and a Gucci store filled with vintage items for sale. With 109 acres within its walls, the Vatican is easily traveled by foot; however, most of this area is inaccessible to tourists. The most popular areas open to tourists are the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums. If you're heading up Monte Mario, wear comfortable shoes - it's quite a climb! [caption id="attachment_227" align="aligncenter" width="916"] Picture Courtesy: Writer[/caption] Rome: Rome with wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe's and the world's most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world. Europe draws a lot of solo travelers because of the reasons we?ve pointed out before: It?s compact, easy to get around, it?s famous all over the world for its amazing art, cathedrals, food, and a mix of cultures. It?s also generally an easy place to travel through and has a great hostel culture and when I travel alone, meet as many people as possible to learn about other cultures and traditions. Travel not only makes you comfortable talking to strangers, it makes you better at it too. Assorted intriguing conversations and philosophies are now a part of my life experiences. Travel is vital for people to tell better stories.
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