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My European Bucket List



Getting across the pond costs a small fortune these days, which is why once you're there, you should make the most of all the relatively cheap intra-continental European travel options. With 28 weekends burning a hole in my calendar, it is tough to decide where to go and what to do! I have already talked about the new places I'd like to visit this year, but I also have a bucket list of sorts - things I have always wanted to do or see. I figured 10 was a good goal for this winter and spring. 

1) Attend Carnivale in Venice (complete with mask of course)

I have never been in Italy during Carnivale (February) so I am very excited to have the opportunity to go. The history, the fireworks, the parades, the masks, the costumes... I could go on and on. Believed to date from the 12th century, the Venetian Carnivale became an important part of Venetian culture, and many argue that through the anonymity of the mask, Venetians used Carnivale as a means to invert rigid social hierarchies (and have a lot of fun).

2) Wear a dirndl in Munich for Springfest (and I definitely be rocking this hairstyle)
Springfest (Fruhlingsfest) is the Spring version of Octoberfest. Obviously Octoberfest would be on my bucket list if I was going to be there in October, but I will have to settle for Springfest. I can't wait  to wear a dirndl (apparently lots of people - a.k.a. tourists - do this) and drink Bavarian beer (obviously).

3) Bike through Amsterdam
Since Amsterdam is the most bike-friendly capital city in the world, biking through Amsterdam is a must! I will probably play it safe and take a professional guided tour. I want to make sure I abide by the rules of the road... also safety in numbers (I fear I am not a great biker)!

4) Finally take a good picture in front of the Eiffel Tower
I've been to Paris multiple times, but I have yet to capture the perfect Eiffel Tower pic (with me in it). I need to follow my own advice and take more pictures of myself this time around. Fortunately, I will have a willing partner in crime, Nicole. And we will be referencing this great article by one of my favorite bloggers - Paris in Four Months - which gives you the best views of Paris's iconic tower.

5) Visit J.Crew in Paris (#nojudgement)
Ok seriously, don't judge me. I really want to do this. One, because by the time it opens in March I will need a J.Crew fix, and two, because I am really curious how they will style things differently to suit Parisian tastes, or if they will carry different items altogether. I like to think of it as fashion research.

6) Climb Castle Hill in Prague
What can I say I love climbing things, and I really love climbing old things! At the top of Prague's Castle Hill is the largest ancient castle in the world, need I say more?

7) Take the overnight train to Vienna
If there is one thing I love more than climbing things when I travel, it is taking the overnight train. No airport stress, no layovers, no delays (most of the time), and you get to sleep lying down! I have only taken the overnight train from Paris to Venice, so Vienna is next on my list.

8) Fly to Paris, just for the day
My friend Anna and I have joked about buying some of those insanely cheap one-day offers that European carriers often offer. They are so cheap that if it turns out we can't go, we just won't. For twenty euros I am definitely down for strolling the Champs Elysees for an afternoon! Paris is worth playing hooky for a day.

9) Go canyoning in Switzerland
Switzerland this summer surprised me, I had no idea how much fun it was! It was a tough decision this summer whether to go canyoning or paragliding, and we ended up going paragliding. I don't regret that decision, it was incredible, but now I am excited to go canyoning!

10) Kiss the Blarney Stone
When Nicole insisted we add Ireland to our spring trip itinerary, I wasn't super excited. Not that I don't want to go to Ireland, it just isn't on the top of my list. But the more I researched the more excited I became. As corny (and super-touristy) as it is, I really want to kiss the Blarney Stone! Legend says that if you kiss this 15h-century stone you will be granted the gift of gab and never run out of things to say.


What's on your European bucket list? 

And feel free to suggest things I might have missed!

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  1. I am in love with this list! Can't wait for you to go! :)

    xo
    Caitlin

    www.teachinspirechange.com

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    1. Thanks Caitlin, me too! Hopefully I can do them all!

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  2. OMG! I seriously love your blog! I am always looking to read creative post by other bloggers, but sometimes fall short, yours always inspires me! I hear that the pastry tours in Paris are to die for! I need to make me a list like this! <3

    XO,
    Carmen Renee
    www.simplycarmenrenee.cim

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    1. Hi Carmen and thank you! I love this idea of a pastry tour. Definitely looking into that one!

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  3. Oh I hope you get to achieve everything on this list, what an amazing adventure you will have!
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  4. Ashley,
    I just discovered your blog this past week while doing my "research" for study abroad and packing on Pinterest and I have not been able to stop reading everything! From your travel posts to the DIY/decorating projects to your perfectly patterned OOTD - i'm hooked on it all!!
    As I will be spending the next semester abroad in Paris this post stood out the most as every single one of these cities was on my travel bucket list! So thank you for all the ideas of things to do when I hopefully make it to these incredible places! I wish you the best of luck with your travels and hope that you (and I) get a chance to cross every single one of these of our list!
    -Ana B.

    P.s. i'm working on getting my study abroad blog up and running before i leave in a week so I welcome any and all tips and suggestions and advice!

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    1. Hi Ana! So sorry for my delayed response. How exciting, Paris! Maybe we will even cross paths? I am happy you found my blog and are enjoying it. You should definitely start a blog to chronicle your adventures, and please email me the link when you do, I'd love to see it!

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  5. As an Irish person I can tell you that the Blarney Stone is probably a little overrated, there are however lots of other beautiful spots all over ireland worth checking out

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    1. Hi Katie, I definitely believe you, but I have this thing for castles and legends and I think I just have to be a ridiculous tourist this one time! Don't worry, we have also booked a tour of the Giant's Causeway! I promise to appreciate the beauty of Ireland and not just do cheesy tourist things ;)

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