A Continent For All Seasons

Over the years I have enjoyed so much of Europe from the spectacular wild islands off the north west of Scotland to the warm Mediterranean seas spanning from Spain to Turkey.

The different seasons open up opportunities for visitors with the winter months providing some of the best skiing and winter sports holidays in both the Dolomites and the Alps. In Winter there are also many wonderful cities and towns featuring bustling and atmospheric Christmas markets. Then there is Scandinavia which despite the steep prices offers a blend of magical cities and wild wintry wilderness.

Spring and Autumn days are ideal for city breaks with destinations like Prague, Dubrovnik, Barcelona and Berlin great options amongst so many.

During the summer months sun worshippers are drawn to the sandy beaches along the length and breadth of the Mediterannean with traditional favourites like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Croatia attracting huge numbers of visitors.

How can you not love this part of the world… the history, food, culture, people and from my perspective, its proximity to home makes Europe a continent for all seasons.

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European Travel

With the dawn of low-cost airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet 2, the majority of Europe is now just a short hop and a skip to reach whether for a holiday, short break or an adventure. Not only that but with this competition it means that prices are generally pretty low.

Travelling by train is also easy if a little more expensive at times and less efficient in places. The saying always used to be let the train take the strain and sure enough this is such an enjoyable way in which to discover this beautiful and diverse continent.

Buses and trams in all the major cities is a cost effective way to travel short distances and with the world now focused on eco friendly alternatives to cars this should only increase as time goes by.

During my first steps into Europe in the 1970’s I always recall seeing hitchhikers and this remains quite a popular way to get about for some on the continent. Its not for everyone though. The website Hitchwiki is a great place to source tips and information if you budgets mean you wish to try hitchhiking out !

Wildlife

Just like the choice of countries you also have a variety of wildlife.

In the East there is the incredibly rich Danube delta and Carpathian mountains where bear still roam.

The warm waters of the med provide an abundance of marine life in particular the Adriatic coast where the famous explorer, author and researcher Jacques Cousteau helped to pioneer marine conservation.

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Europe Travel Blogs

The Islands of the Azores

Azores

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria Bulgaria Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Sofia Time Difference Local Time +2 Hours Currency Bulgarian Lev Flight Time 3 hrs 15 from London Visa No – FCO

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatia

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France

France France Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Paris Time Difference Local Time -1 Hour Currency Euros Flight Time 1 hr 20 from London Visa No – FCO Advice

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Germany

Germany Germany Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Berlin Time Difference Local Time +1 Hour Currency Euros Flight Time 1 hr 20 from London Visa No – FCO Advice

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iceland, lighthouse, coast

Iceland

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Venice, Italy, Europe

Italy

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Sveti Jurat, Montenegro

Montenegro

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Russia

Russia Russia Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Moscow Time Difference Local Time +3 Hour Currency Russian Ruble Flight Time 3 hr 50 from London Visa Yes Language Russian

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia

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Spain

Spain Spain Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Madrid Time Difference Local Time +1 Hour Currency Euros Flight Time 1 hr 20 from London Visa No – FCO Advice

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Svalbard and Jan Mayen

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Sweden

Sweden Sweden Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Stockholm Time Difference Local Time + 1 Hours Currency Swedish Krona Flight Time 2 hrs 15 from London Visa No –

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Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey

Turkey Turkey Travel Blogs >> Flag Continent Europe Capital Ankara Time Difference Local Time + 3 Hours Currency Turkish Lira Flight Time 4 hrs from London Visa No – FCO

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United Kingdom

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Bookstore

If you are planning a trip to Europe then you may be thinking about some reading to inspire you. Here are some suggestions that might just get you in the mood to motivate, learn and plan for those adventures ahead:

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