Where I still want to go in Europe

I spent more than four years living in London, right on Europe’s doorstep, and I’m proud to say I did a big whack of travelling in that time. I went to France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, The Czech Republic, Poland, Turkey, Croatia, Greece and all over the United Kingdom.

But I left with a few regrets.

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There are still so many places I want to travel to in Europe and a few I want to return to and see a different aspect. You could say I have unfinished business on the continent! So where would I go if I had the chance again? There are so many holiday gems to choose from.

I want to go back to the Greek Islands. Yes, I have been there. Kind of. I took a slow boat with Carmen from Athens to the magical volcanic island of Santorini in 2009 and we spent a wonderful week there.

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A scene at sunset on Santorini – why would you not want to go back there?

The fact that we made it there at all was an achievement. We had only arrived in London six months before and had to scrimp and save the meagre income we made from our terrible jobs as a telemarketer and a shoe shiner to afford the trip to just one of the thousand plus islands Greece has to offer.

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A beautiful church on the island of Santorini. The way the locals paint all the buildings blue and white makes it all the more magical

We thoroughly enjoyed Santorini though. We found a great place to stay right on the coast and sunned ourselves every day. We ate grilled seafood, drank peppery red wine and hired a scooter to roam all over the island. We skinny dipped at a beach with red volcanic sand, went on a boat trip out to the volcano and a classic little fishing village and watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. Bliss. Why wouldn’t I want to go again?

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The red sandy beach behind us is where we went skinny dipping…

If I had the chance I would spend my time island-hopping and tick off all the big name islands, like Kos, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete. A few days on each would be great. Maybe a week! There are so many different things to see on each of the islands, not to mention to delicious food each specialises in. Not to mention the ouzo!

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The Greek Islands are a photographer’s dream

My favourite memory of my time on Sanorini was sitting with Carmen on a beach on a moonless night. A massive, floodlight lit cliff towered above us to the right while the ruins of a Minoan village behind us echoed the waves lapping the shore in front. You could really sense the ancient history of the place and understand why the Greeks invented so many myths about their surroundings. The Greek Islands are a magical place; no wonder I want to go back.

What’s on the top of your list for travel in Europe?

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Dave is the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel and has been nomadic since May 2013. When he's not busily working on a novel, he can be found exploring a war museum, sailing a yacht (unfortunately not his own), or hiking up a mountain.

5 comments on “Where I still want to go in Europe”

    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      I don’t think we could ever run out of things to see and do there!

  1. Aggy Reply

    I’m ending my two years stay in Europe soon and I already know the things I will miss. Like you, I was also hypnotized by Santorini, that island is just so amazing I think visiting more than once is a must. Would also love to explore the other Greek islands, Greece is just simply stunning 🙂

    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      We want to try and get to Mykonos next time, it looks really fun 🙂

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