It's been a looong time since I properly wrote a blogpost. Lately I have been focusing on making videos on YouTube to get the hang of it and then decide wether I'd rather primarily write or film. I will probably do both in the future too, but since I am studying and working at the sae time, I can't be as active on both, as you can probably imagine.
I spent the last three weeks traveling around Europe, and oh my, it was an adventure. My boyfriend and I toured in Southern France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary. If you want to see more about our trip, you can watch the videos that will be up on my YouTube channel (Saved By Sunshine, part 1 is already up), but I thought I would gather here some of my favourite places from this trip. Hopefully this will inspire you to see these amazing places too :)
1. Carcassonne, France
While staying in France, we visited the Carcassonne castle. This place might be familiar to you from the popular board game of the same name, and this is where the game gets its name. Carcassonne is a typical town in the South-East of France, but up a hill from the center, there is a huuuge medieval fortress inside the walls of which you can explore old, narrow stone streets and the castle. Unfortunately we went to the fortress in the evening and the castle was already closed from the public, but we could still walk around the streets. I have visited a lot
of castles all around Europe, and frankly, I'm getting quite tired of them because even if each has its own history, they are all pretty similar to the eye of a normal tourist, who is not really passionate about history. Still, I can say that Carcassonne is definitely worth the detour. The fortress is huge and still in really good shape, there is life, concerts, festivals, restaurants and shops inside the stone walls, and still the historical milieu gives the place a particular feel. Of course, there are quite a lot of tourists, but there are also still people living there. So, if you're anywhere in the area, Carcassonne is a really nice stop for a day or even just a few hours.
2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
If you're traveling in Croatia, make sure to visit Plitvice. In this huuuge national park, you can see 16 lakes connected to one another through a total of up to 92 waterfalls, as well as caves and beautiful forests. The water in the lakes is so blue and clear, that you can see the fishes in the water even from a distance. Unfortunately, there are a lot of tourists, so you will most probably have to walk most of the time in line with other people, but still, this is one of the most beautiful I have ever visited, so I would recommend going there but be prepared to have to walk with other people instead of peacefully having a walk alone with Nature.
There are some hotels in the area, so you can spend the night in Plitvice and have two days to visit the park, but you can also make it a day trip. We took a bus there in the morning from Split and came back the same evening. Overall we had about 7 hours to walk around, and we visited most of the important sights of the park (even if that was probably only a small part of the whole national park), which was perfect for us. So take good shoes, water and some food with you, and you're all set.
3. Teraca Vidilica, Split, Croatia
Split, like many cities built around the Mediterranean sea, is built partly uphill. Which means that you have many great spots to admire the city from above. One of these places in Teraca Vidilica, which our Airbnb host recommended. It's a cafe and restaurant that overlooks the city, the perfect breakfast spot with a stunning view. It's also located close to the entrance of a forest/park, where you could go after brekkie for a morning stroll in the shadow of trees to escape the heat...
4. Galerija 11/7/95, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
If there is one museum you should go to in Sarajevo, pick the 11/7/95 Gallery. This museum is small is size but has a huge amount of both audio and visual material explaning the genocide of Srebrenica in July 1995. Even though it focuses only on one of the acts of horror that have happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina especially during the nineties, it gives you a very real feel of what the situation, the atmosphere and the events were at that time in general too. As a warning, I can only say that this gallery will make you feel emotional, shocked, and angry. So don't plan on doing anything fun right after, you'll probably need some time to digest it all.
5. Coffee bar Cube, Budapest, Hungary
Ah, Budapest! This city definitely made me think of Paris, with its beautiful, decorated buildings, big boulevard-like streets surrounded by trees. As a coffee shop lover, I immediately noticed all the pretty, cozy-looking cafes all over the city, and I decided next time I would come to Budapest only for a "cafe crawl". This time I didn't see many of them, but here is one recommendation of a place to go for breakfast or coffee if in Budapest: when looking for a place for coffee one morning, we stumbled upon a really nice cafe, a little remote from the center, called Cube. The ceiling was really high, giving the small cubical room a sense of bigger space, the design was simple and quite minimalistic, mostly black, white, brick and light wood. They serve plant-milk for coffee if you ask for it, and in addition to coffee drinks, they has juice, cakes, wraps, and other kinds of light lunches and snacks. We sat there for coffee, which was brought in really nice cream-coloured cups, and man, that coffee was something I've never tasted before. They use light roasted coffee that tastes absolutely unique. It was strong but soft at the same time, with a very strong citrus flavour. I am not a huge coffee expert even if I love coffee, but anyone tasting this coffee would notice how distinct the flavour is. Do I go on a bit too much about that coffee? Naaah. If you want to try a really different coffee from what you usually have, Cube is the place to go.