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Maciamo
03-10-06, 14:04
Hard question if we have to choose only one country, easier if we can choose a few.

To innovate a bit and avoid to disadvantadge small countries, I have divided big countries and joined small, similar or less touristic countries together for this poll.

This is a multiple choice, but please limit yourself to your top 3.

Minty
03-10-06, 22:25
You have asked a very difficult question Maciamo. I cannot answer this until I complete my travel of the European continent...

I have been to most of the Western European countries but I have not been to Scandinavia, and for UK I only been to London, I never been to Eastern Europe and for Southern Europe I only been to Italy.

I am thinking of going to HK and Thailand next year but due to some family business where I would need to attend possibly in 2008 I think perhaps we should go to Scandinavia first instead. My husband has a friend from Denmark. We can just drive there.

In my trip to Malaysia that I just got back on we bumped into a couple from Denmark that appeared to be friendly.

I heard that food over there is very expensive and I am thinking of bringing foods from France and rent a motel or temporary apartment overthere where we can cook. We plan to spend one week in Scandinavia visiting Finland and Denmark.

RockLee
06-10-06, 14:39
Indeed tough. But I saw you missed an option, namely "Skandinavia" !!! I can't see Norwegia, Finland, or Sweden in the list! :o (I'll probably go to Finland next year :) )

Maciamo
06-10-06, 15:33
Indeed tough. But I saw you missed an option, namely "Skandinavia" !!! I can't see Norwegia, Finland, or Sweden in the list! :o (I'll probably go to Finland next year :) )

Scandinavia is the 3rd in the list. It includes Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. Finland is not technically part of Scandinavia, so I added it to this option.

RockLee
06-10-06, 18:51
Aight ! :) Thanks!

Kinsao
12-10-06, 11:53
Well, I can't answer the question very well because I haven't travelled much in Europe. :bluush: But I can say where I would like to go sightseeing! :p

Britain, obviously I am quite familiar with it because I live there :) ; I think it is a good place to go sightseeing because it is small, so it's easy to see various different sceneries and things all within a reasonable driving distance. :-) :car:

Ireland, I've been there a few times but would love to see more (I'm going to spend 2 weeks there next year! ^_^). The countryside is beautiful so it is good for a relaxing country holiday. Dublin is a nice city. I've never been to Belfast (but probably will, as one of my friends lives there ^^).

France, I am interested to travel and go sightseeing in all of France, north, south and central. :) My "preference" for France is influenced mainly by 3 things: the fact that I can speak French, which makes life much easier; the fact that my family (father's side) were French, so I would love to visit Calvados (origin of my family and home to a rather good drink! :liplick: ); also the fact that France is next door to England so the flights are cheap and short! :cool: I've been to Paris quite a number of times, and I really love that city. :p

Switzerland and the Swiss Alps, I'd like to visit there because I have family from there, so just a natural curiosity I guess. :)

The Balkans, specifically Latvia, because one of my good friends since childhood is Latvian, so I've always had an interest in the culture and country. :-)

Central Europe, well, simply because I have a few "internet buddies" from there (including my music-making partner! ^^) who I would like to meet really. :blush: Because to go sightseeing with someone who knows about the area, that's good because they can tell you stuff and point things out. :-) Also the culture is something I really know nothing about, so it's cool to learn about something totally new to me. :)

Maciamo
12-10-06, 14:23
The Balkans, specifically Latvia, because one of my good friends since childhood is Latvian, so I've always had an interest in the culture and country.

I suppose you meant the Baltic, as the Balkans is the area of ex-Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania.

Kinsao
13-10-06, 10:41
^ Gahhh - sorry, my mistake! :sorry: Of course, I meant the Baltic. :relief:

Duo
16-10-06, 01:32
Maciamo arranged the groups quite well and very detailed but for me there are 3 top regions in Europe that I prefer. My absolute favorite is the Mediterranean, I include in this all the Balkan countries bordering it and southern/central italy with southern France and Spain. I beleive that there is no substitute for this region, the sea culture and local villages and the food there is unsurpasable by any other region in the world, as far as i know now. The atmosphere that one lives in these areas, the sea at your doorstep, the cuisine and traditions of hundreds of years, old cottages, and the spirit of life through the ages is just very very unique.

Secondly Central and Northen Italy are my second favorite. This is a country that has a million of treasures waiting to be found. So much history and culture is just impossible not to adore life in it.

Thirdly I choose Skandinavia because it has a certain feeling of pureness that springs about when I think of it; it all seem so white and green and naturally at rest.

Minty
16-10-06, 23:50
.My absolute favorite is the Mediterranean, I include in this all the Balkan countries bordering it and southern/central italy with southern France and Spain. I beleive that there is no substitute for this region, the sea culture and local villages and the food there is unsurpasable by any other region in the world, as far as i know now. The atmosphere that one lives in these areas, the sea at your doorstep, the cuisine and traditions of hundreds of years, old cottages, and the spirit of life through the ages is just very very unique.

I think my husband would agree with you on this one, he often comments on how much he loves Mediterranean vegetables and cusines and that he prefers Mediterranean vegetables than Chinese ones. But he changed his mind about Chinese food when I brought him to Malaysia...:D

gaijinalways
01-11-06, 06:14
Difficult to answer as I also have not travelled to all those places. Out of the ones I have been to (France, Spain, Germany, Central Italy, Switzerland, England,and Scotland)

I like France for architecture, the food, the sound of the language and some of its art.

Switzerland for its natural scenery.

Central Italy for its architecture and food.

Scotland for scenery and the friendliness of most of its people.

English countryside for the natural scenery and friendliness of most of its people (my wife is crazy for England, so I have visited here the most as well as taking trips to other palces from London as a base).

Southeastern Spain for the food (especially cafe con leche - expresso with milk).

Miss Marple's nephew
20-02-09, 14:02
Without a doubt: France and Germany

Brad VanGuard
30-06-09, 23:51
Even though I've never been, I have seen pictures of the Alps. If I were to go to Europe I would go there.

way2lithuania
09-10-09, 14:36
Too sad to see that Baltics are not so popular! People, you do not know, what you miss! Great prices, delicious food, amazing nature!
Have you ever visited Nida? You will nowhere else see such and astonishing natural sand dunes!
Have you already seen Vilnius Old Town? One of the largest and one of the most beautiful in Europe, included into UNESCO World Heritage list.
What about fascinating Hill of Crosses? This is a unique masterpiece created by human located in West Lithuania, also included into UNESCO World Heritage list. People, are you only interested in warm shiny beaches and widely advertised world famous monuments that are so boring!!! :confused2: Find something new!!! :good_job: Find Lithuania :cool-v:

sawyer
11-01-10, 15:56
i would like to recommend you the most beautiful polish city - Cracow. There are lots of magical places, very romantic little restaurants, cafes, monuments (the wawel castle, huge market square, and so).
If you're looking for a hostel, you may check on aston-hostel.pl/en :)

Wilhelm
11-01-10, 17:12
Northern Spain , specially the Pyrenees. I live very close to the Pyrenees.

Cambrius (The Red)
11-01-10, 17:15
Britain, Ireland, Northern France (particularly Brittany), Portugal and Northern Spain.

Smertrius
11-01-10, 23:05
SF, NI and the Alps.

Where snowy mountains are meeting the sea like in the Alpes Maritimes.

Aria1712
17-01-10, 10:07
I'd love go for sight seeing in Belgium, Switzerland and Netherlands speciallly... Oh i love those places...

Chris
06-08-10, 09:05
In truth, it's hard to choose, as there's so much beautiful scenery in Europe.

moskiter
07-08-10, 03:28
My favourite place is northeastern Slovakia, close to the border with Poland. When I am bored I hop in my car (I live by the border) and go to admire beautiful green landscapes with hilly roads and creeks with crystal-clear water.

Nature, nature and nature... screw big cities...

moskiter
07-08-10, 03:37
BTW, according to you poll only "old" EU is worth visiting. Do you think there are no interesting places "new" EU?? Wrong! Visiting Eastern EU is much cheaper and more fun.

julia90
25-09-10, 18:33
for me it's Southern Italy; everytime i go to S.I. it's an adventure, definitely it's the best place to spend a summer.
I fell in love with this:
http://www.sbngs.it/upload/contrib/1216e7dbc9f848e7c96c9d5d5c5146f7/20090824001818.jpg
you start seeing this when you hed towards sicily calabria or apulia.

the people speak louder, with much more enphasis, the accents are so diverse from mines, the vegatavles and fruits grow better and they are more good to taste

this kind of rocks you find in Apulia (Gargano):
http://www.sinequanon.it/immagini/Puglia.Tremiti.par.naz.gargano.jpg


I also fell in love with Sardinia and Costa Smeralda (well everybody does it):
http://www.topviaggi.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/costa-smeralda.jpg
this is a famous rock in sardinia that resemble a Bear (capo Palau):
http://www.barca-vela.com/mediterraneo/palau.jpg

Sid71
10-11-10, 13:19
It is really hard to choose a specific place in Europe because each place that is mentioned has a unique set of offerings to its travelers. In my visit to Spain, I liked it a lot for its scenic beauty and good food. It has spectacular museums, monuments, architecture, beaches, churches and palaces. Amazing to freak out there.

rensen
27-01-11, 07:57
It is so hard to choose as all these cities are so different and they all have something great to show. And what exactlly is sightseeing? sighting the architecture? the landscape and nature? each and every city is different and would rank top for me to go and visit!

Grizzly
28-01-11, 20:57
Too sad to see that Baltics are not so popular! People, you do not know, what you miss! Great prices, delicious food, amazing nature!

I've seen a report about a Baltic city in Christmas (Riga or Tallin, I don't remember), and indeed, it looks very beautiful.

Garrick
06-02-11, 12:38
This is a very difficult choice.

Europe as a whole is beautiful and it is very difficult to isolate an area that is more points, and question is which the criteria take into account.

Maciamo has made a good share of countries.

Only for Greece probably can be changed because this country belongs to the Balkans and should not be together with Turkey.

But these divisions make it difficult to vote because someone could be in one or more countries but not in all.

For example, I was in Belgium but not in Holland etc. and I can not vote for the Benelux but I would voted for Belgium, and such examples has more.

julia90
It's wonderful what you have indicated Sardinia, looks amazing and worth visiting.

Carlitos
06-02-11, 20:08
It is really hard to choose a specific place in Europe because each place that is mentioned has a unique set of offerings to its travelers. In my visit to Spain, I liked it a lot for its scenic beauty and good food. It has spectacular museums, monuments, architecture, beaches, churches and palaces. Amazing to freak out there.

You know how to choose quality.

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I think Europe is wonderful to travel and meet her. :heart:

Sybilla
07-02-11, 11:30
I use to go mostly to Southern Germany/Austria becouse I study German and am interested in their culture.

I also like to visit Rome and other central Italian places and I have the advantage that I live there so I just need some hours to explore the whole area.

I went to Greece once and I'd like to go there again and I have seen a documentary about Turkey (Istanbul) and it seems an interesting place worthing a visit, so it's on my list, but from the area where I live it is not easy for me to go there, indeed I've been more often to France than to Greece (3 times and probably this summer I'll go there for the 4th vs just 1 time)

Reinaert
07-02-11, 18:08
Southern France and Northern Italy.

Where painters go.. I go. The light, the colors, the smell of the herbs.
I love nature, and photography.

Europa
12-02-11, 16:29
Hm. I think that it's France, Spain, Italy and England. But after them i think the best is Poland, Chezch Republic, Austria and Ukraine.

Carlitos
12-02-11, 16:55
Hm. I think that it's France, Spain, Italy and England. But after them i think the best is Poland, Chezch Republic, Austria and Ukraine.


I note that like Western Europe, Eastern Europe but must retain incredibly beautiful and natural landscapes.

Europa
12-02-11, 19:13
I note that like Western Europe, Eastern Europe but must retain incredibly beautiful and natural landscapes.
I think that Western Europe more beautiful ths Eastern but Eastern is very beautiful. The best countries in Eastern Europe is Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulagary,Moldova, Finland and Ukraine.

julia90
14-02-11, 23:36
julia90
It's wonderful what you have indicated Sardinia, looks amazing and worth visiting.

yes, i recommend you, and the other to spend a summer vacation there, the waters are crystal clear like you find in the caribbeans.
and the interior is wild and not massificated for turism, also most of the coasts.
the people preserve their traditions with its own cusine, dances and dialect.

Europa
16-02-11, 20:51
I think that the best place is Crimea in Ukraine. Very beautful.

Reinaert
16-02-11, 21:20
I think that the best place is Crimea in Ukraine. Very beautful.

You mean the girls :good_job:

Europa
17-02-11, 19:17
You mean the girls :good_job:
Of Course:grin::grin:

Garrick
17-02-11, 23:10
yes, i recommend you, and the other to spend a summer vacation there, the waters are crystal clear like you find in the caribbeans.
and the interior is wild and not massificated for turism, also most of the coasts.
the people preserve their traditions with its own cusine, dances and dialect.

Julia90
I watched a bit on the net these days some destinations in Sardinia, they really look impressive.

Thanks a lot for the recommendations.

Riccardo
24-03-11, 15:47
yes, i recommend you, and the other to spend a summer vacation there, the waters are crystal clear like you find in the caribbeans.
and the interior is wild and not massificated for turism, also most of the coasts.
the people preserve their traditions with its own cusine, dances and dialect.

You're totally right Julia, Sardegna is amazing...Expecially the sea! :satisfied:

Here some other sueggestions about Italy!

Bergamo:
http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Bergamo_-Lombardy_-Italy.jpg


Perugia:
http://www.cometassay.it/8th-ICAW/Img/Venue/PerugiaFontana.gif


Cinque Terre:
http://www.ilgiardinodegliangeli.it/Cinque%20terre.jpg


Tropea:
http://www.fieldfondazione.org/pescaturismo/immagini/tropea.jpg


Costiera Amalfitana:
http://www.ilcomuneinforma.it/viaggi/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/positano.jpg


Eolie:
http://ereiter.free.fr/images/panarea.jpg


Abruzzo:
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=421429052149&id=ece164a9767701bf865a9bbda5a3b44d&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.danieleditiello.com%2fd%2f150 8-3%2fMajella%2bhdr.jpg


Fregene:
http://www.corriere.it/viaggi/foto/2005/tendenze/foto%20locali/004.jpg


Anyhow, I voted for Southern France, Northern Spain and Southern Italy! :good_job:

Sid71
25-04-11, 12:56
Great pictures of Italy Riccardo. Thanks for sharing.

Riccardo
27-04-11, 15:03
Great pictures of Italy Riccardo. Thanks for sharing.

You're welcome mate! We wait for you in Italy! :good_job:

Ferreiro_
14-07-11, 16:03
My favorite country in Europe is ... I love Italy, but I felt something special in France, Paris and french riviera are amazing.

Generally I prefer the South, perhaps by the light. For example, I was in Stockholm in April, still with snow. It is a beautiful city, but not convinced me. It lacks the artistic touch of the Mediterranean cities. Maybe summer is best time to visit Scandinavia.

Carlitos
14-07-11, 16:09
My favorite country in Europe is ... I love Italy, but I felt something special in France, Paris and french riviera are amazing.


Embattled Mmmmmmmmmmmm of fair-haired for you alone, ahhhhhhhhh grrrrrrrr mmmmmmmm

:laughing:

Ferreiro_
14-07-11, 16:35
Embattled Mmmmmmmmmmmm of fair-haired for you alone, ahhhhhhhhh grrrrrrrr mmmmmmmm

:laughing:

I love the gays, they tend to be more open-minded than heterosexuals, the gay flag has the colors of all the continents, and therefore all races, but here is the exception: Carlitos, gay and racist. What a pity.

Ferreiro_
14-07-11, 16:39
He hates me because I speak of haplogroup E and T in Spain and its extra-European origin.

Cambrius (The Red)
14-07-11, 17:09
You're totally right Julia, Sardegna is amazing...Expecially the sea! :satisfied:

Here some other sueggestions about Italy!

Bergamo:
http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Bergamo_-Lombardy_-Italy.jpg


Perugia:
http://www.cometassay.it/8th-ICAW/Img/Venue/PerugiaFontana.gif


Cinque Terre:
http://www.ilgiardinodegliangeli.it/Cinque%20terre.jpg


Tropea:
http://www.fieldfondazione.org/pescaturismo/immagini/tropea.jpg


Costiera Amalfitana:
http://www.ilcomuneinforma.it/viaggi/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/positano.jpg


Eolie:
http://ereiter.free.fr/images/panarea.jpg


Abruzzo:
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=421429052149&id=ece164a9767701bf865a9bbda5a3b44d&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.danieleditiello.com%2fd%2f150 8-3%2fMajella%2bhdr.jpg


Fregene:
http://www.corriere.it/viaggi/foto/2005/tendenze/foto%20locali/004.jpg


Anyhow, I voted for Southern France, Northern Spain and Southern Italy! :good_job:

Excellent shots!

julia90
29-11-11, 00:53
I've already said that for me it's southern italy (Ho il Sud nel Cuore!!)... when i go there in summer i feel alive!.. the sun enters in my skin, the people are amazing.. sometimes lazy but thats in the atmosphere.. usually i don't do only the beach life i go visit the little towns.. i see ancient ruins, i stay in conctact with the local mentality, with the people, with the cusine

some photos
http://www.galleriaroma.it/Siracusa din/Foto/Siracusa-Piazza Pag Iniz.jpg
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http://www.peschicidoc.it/images/Peschici3.jpg
http://www.lalanternadelpopolo.it/Ostuni - Panorama.jpg
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/82/33/37/olive-groves.jpg

Canek
29-11-11, 13:49
Nice but not impressed there is much better places in latin america.

clark85
29-11-11, 21:09
Greece, Cyprus & Turkey would be my favorite. People are just slighty different to northern europe. The culturual sites go back thousands of years and there are plenty of them and the weather is great of course!

Cimmerianbloke
01-12-11, 04:38
Tough call, but I voted for Ireland, I lived there for a long time and I've never seen the same place in the same light twice, it's just part of the life there, rain, storms, sunshine... all within 20 minutes time! The south of France was my second choice, it's just about everything, the little villages and the caf├ęs, church bells ringing, farms scattered all over the horizon, food and wine you just can't compare to anywhere else. Third choice Poland, it's just beautiful, I hope it will not change too quickly.

Maciamo
07-07-16, 09:20
It's an old thread but that doesn't mean people can't still vote. It's the holiday season now, so the mood is right. Please let us know what is your favourite region for travelling in Europe.

Miss Marple's nephew
07-07-16, 09:52
Without a doubt: France and Germany
It is 7 years on since I offered this reply. There is a doubt, and my choice is now Central Europe.

firetown
09-09-16, 14:02
I have to go with Crete in Greece.

Michael Gonzalez
06-10-16, 23:16
Central Europe

abelgalois
27-12-16, 02:58
Out of the places I have been to in Europe, I'd have to say the French/Italian Riviera and the Italian Alps (Cervinia/Livigno).

PabijanBrzeski
19-06-18, 15:56
Being Polish, I recommend Poland. It is a largely undiscovered gem in Europe, brimming with history, beautiful cities and pristine nature. I recommend Southern Poland the most, as you can easily access the Tatra mountains and the beautiful cities in the regions of Malopolska, Podkarpackie, and Slask.

SunnyDay
25-07-18, 14:51
All central Europe is ideal for sightseeing (if you mean architecture)

Farstar
09-08-19, 08:08
Why not Catalonia, and East Spain?

lukah.izreal
08-09-19, 13:59
Have never been to Catalonia but my friends who visited Barcelona say that it's infested with petty thieves. You have to carry your bags or backpack in front of you or you risk to lose your money :confused2: There was even news program saying that robbers on local beaches turned into a nightmare for tourists. Policemen even delivered some clothes for tourists on the beaches whose clothes was stolen. it is beyond my comprehension :petrified:

It may sound unexpected but this autumn my choice is Chukotka :grin: It's not wise to go to Chukotka just to walk around Anadyr. A couple of days will be enough to fully explore the city. I recommend that you spend the rest of your time studying Chukotka. The region has lately been focusing on tourism in its development, and in my opinion, it turns out to be quite good. In summer, during the navigation you can get to some coastal villages by a small boat on the Anadyr River. However, from my point of view, the most optimal means of transportation is a helicopter.

Flights from the airport of Anadyr are performed quite often to all, even the most remote areas where only indigenous people live. Do not try to get there by yourself. It is better to order a tour, the rest will be done by the tour operator. We took through https://www.russiadiscovery.com/regions/chukotka/ The cost of stay in Chukotka was within 3000-4000 dollars. For two people for 2 weeks is quite a reasonable price. I'd like to go there in winter. They say you can ride in the tundra on a winter sled, which will certainly deliver a lot of positive emotions, I suppose.