Growing up as a child with no permanent residence provided continuous adventure that was so much fun for me. Back in the days when I was younger (and fitter), anything and everything were achievable, whether it be mountain climbing, a long hike to the farm, playing on the beach, swimming in the river, and fishing under the starry night sky. My love for adventure has brought me to many different countries later in life. Here are the cities in Europe that I find suitable for older adventurers like me.
Zürich, Lucerne (Switzerland)
Zürich is one of my favorite cities for its spectacular landscapes, mountains, and lakes, including the Swiss Alps within easy access stress-free travel by rail, road, and waterway. And if you love chocolates, you have come to the right place!
While in Zürich, don’t forget to try out these fun activities: Fondue Tram, Zürichsee Gastro, Mountain Resort hike followed by dinner in Üetliberg, or an afternoon boat ride and picnic by the lake before sunset.
If you have time to spare, take a day trip by train to Lucerne. The view on the way there is worth the 50-min one way trip, a total of less than two hours journey including your trip back to Zürich. Cross The Kapellbrücke to get to the Old Swiss Home Village, where the famous Lion Monument is a few steps away, beside The Gletschergarten Museum.
The city I will never forget for its arts, palace, museums and opera house, food to die for (freshly baked croissant, pork cold cuts, you name it!), Christmas market stalls that sell different delicacies, beverages, and food stuff; some areas are a stroll away, you will always find fun things to do, anytime of the day, or at night. I love their dried fruits, camomile, and ginger teas! Definitely a place to see and explore.
In Vienna, I have fallen in love with their artwork that are on display in famous Palaces and Museums, namely; Schönbrunn Palace, The Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Belvedere Palace Museum where you get two palaces in one: the Orangery and the Palace Stables. The Orangery safeguards the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including The Kiss. The Museum Hundertwasser – Vienna’s first “green museum” is not to be missed. It is one of my favorite places in Vienna. Last but not least is mumok (“MUseum MOderner Kunst) – the largest museum in Central Europe for art since modernism.
Rome, Naples, Salerno – Amalfi Coast, Umbria (Italy)
These places have their own distinct appeal to speak of. Known for their arts, cultures, museums, shopping, vineyards, breathtakingly beautiful landscape and seascape, food and wine.
In the city of Rome, there are many licensed walking tour guides you can book online who work for tips, and the renowned Eating Italy Food Tours will guarantee that you will not miss Italy’s mouth-watering Buffalo Mozzarella and homemade authentic Gelato. For the physically challenged, there is a regular Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus to take you around the city’s famous landmarks. I was in awe on how they transform The Pantheon Square into a banquet setup at night for people who love to meet up and dine after work, giving the place a totally different look.
A separate road trip outside of the city of Rome to the Provinces of Naples, Salerno, and the Umbrian Region, guarantees a totally different traveling experience that only the countryside can offer. The photos I took were not enough to share the beauty of these places with you. You have to go and experience it yourself.
Out of curiosity, we queued at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele to get a seat inside this small pizza restaurant in Naples, made famous by Julia Roberts’ movie “Eat, Pray, Love” to get a taste of my friend’s favorite pizza margherita. If you are a pizza enthusiast, this is worth a try. And, if you happen to be in Positano, don’t ever miss the buffet lunch at Fattoria La Tagliata. The food that they serve are daily harvests that come directly from their farm. We had to book our table in advance.
While in Umbria, we stayed overnight in Orvieto. Bordering Tuscany, this region is called the country’s green heart, and is also known for vineyards and winery.
The city is adorned by the magnificent Eiffel Tower. Lit at night, this wrought iron lattice is a beautiful edifice that catches everyone’s attention both at daytime and nighttime. Famously known as the city of love, this place is also a popular destination for its fashion, arts, museums, verdant gardens, parks, and wine. Most iconic places in Paris are walking distance from city hotels. Just put on your comfy walking shoes, and voilà, you’re good to go! Yes, they speak English, and based on my experience, a lot of local people are helpful and friendly as well.
Places worth visiting are: Librairie des Jardins and Parks for a relaxing stroll, The Louvre (Musée du Louvre) which is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Place Charles de Gaulle, Notre Dame, Palais de Justice, and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre where a soccer ball artist perform impressive stunts on the pole. Sweet-tooth travelers usually line up on a long queue at Pierre Hermé for the best French macaroons in the city. Another place worth visiting is Deneuville chocolats Françai. A hearty meal awaits you in cafes and restaurants nestled alongside the Fruits & Flower Market around the city any time you feel hungry.
London (United Kingdom)
If you fancy classic English movies about kings and queens, this is the place to visit. It is also known for its arts, culture, museums, palaces, river cruises, and theatres. The Changing of Guards at the Buckingham Palace exhibits British Pageantry that is delightful to watch. You will be impressed to observe how the guards on duty can keep their position steady without moving and blinking an eye for so long.
Beatles avid fans? Head straight to Downtown Abbey for an Instagram-worthy selfie! After all, they were famous in our yesteryear! Happy?
Needless to say, wherever you choose to go, take your camera with you.