I love travelling. My favourite places would have to be the Pyrenees, Slovenia and Lisbon.
I've also been to Budapest, which I didn't like that much (it was the middle of August and 39 degrees C, but it wasn't the weather so much as the smog and the grime), Vienna which is pretty cool in a fin-de-siecle kind of way, Salzburg (ditto), Prague, which is beautiful but infested with tourists these days, Krakow, which I really liked but didn't see much of (I'm going there again in April), Bruges (same as Prague), Paris, which I really didn't like despite loving the rest of France, for some reason, Berlin which is too modern for my tastes to be honest, and the Faroe Islands, which I went to because I fancied going somewhere hardly anyone ever does, and they are stunningly beautiful if you can put up with the weather.
I went on a walking holiday in the Pyrenees five years ago now (that's scary), to be up in the high meadows with just vultures for company, surrounded by serrated peaks and glacial lakes buried in the folds of the mountains... that's living.
My favourite holiday was one I took last summer with my mate from my old school. I met him in Budapest and we interrailed through Austria into Slovenia, where I had to fly home. Slovenia is a wonderful country, really going places. Ljubljana is small but really interesting, the old town is tiny compared to Prague or Krakow but the rest of it is so lively anyway it doesn't matter. Wonderful city. Lake Bled just might be the most scenic place in Europe, and of course it is crawling with tourists, but there is a very good reason why.
I would strongly recommend Lisbon to anyone as a cheap city-break destination. There isn't another national capital like it, a chaotic, eccentric mess of a city. The old medieval quarter beneath the castle is extraordinary, narrow streets like a maze, tiny hole-in-the-wall bars and shops, old trams and funiculars rattling up and down the steep hills... yeah, awesome place. Favourite city.
Photos? some of my favourites here; Lake Bled from the Osojinica hill, a tram in the old quarter of Lisbon, the Praca do Commercao in Lisbon, and a storm passing over the town of Torshavn and the island of Nolsoy in the Faroes.
I get way too enthusiatic talking about this kind of thing.
Somebody has to...
Last edited by Chubb; 04-03-2008 at 10:28 AM.