Our Travel Favorites

Hi everyone!

Since Mark & I have been to quite a few places now, we thought it was time to reminisce and share some of our travel favorites. Let us know if any of these made your list!

Last updated: July 2019

Favorite Museum

 

 

Mark: Brugges Beer Experience

  • Where: Bruges, Belgium
  • Why: You can indulge your inner beer drinker with a little beer history and included samples at the end.
  • Read our post here for more information: Happy New Beers!

Amanda: Muse le Orangerie

  • Where: Paris, France
  • Why: Admire Monet’s life-size water lily paintings up close and personal.
  • Read our post here for more information: Spring in Paris


Favorite Hostel

 

 

Mark: Hostel Riad Marrakech Rouge

  • Where: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Why: It’s located off the beaten path and yet opens into this large vibrant living space with an authentic breakfast and Moroccan tea.
  • Read our post here for more information: Marrakech Medina

Amanda: Balmers Hostel & Tent Village

  • Where: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Why: Built like a traditional Swiss Chalet, it’s said to be one of the oldest hostels in Europe. In the summer you have the option to camp at the base of the Alps in their Tent Village as well.
  • Read our post here for more information: Interlaken

 


Favorite Airbnb

 

 

Mark: Charming Room Karla Dubrovnik

  • Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Why: Not only are you right outside King’s Landing (Dubrovnik’s Old Town) but you are welcomed at this Airbnb with beers, chips, and homemade cake from the woman who owns the place. It also has a great rooftop terrace with a view of the old walls.
  • Read our post here for more information: Dubrovnik 

Amanda: Saya Wasi – Best View of Cusco

  • Where: Cusco, Peru
  • Why: It has a huge window and balcony overlooking the whole city of Cusco and the host prepares a home cooked breakfast for you each morning.
  • Read our post here for more information: Cusco


Favorite Restaurant 

 

 

Mark: Ovejas Negras

  • Where: Sevilla, Spain
  • Why: Here you have gourmet tapas at their finest. Just be sure to order the mushroom risotto!
  • Read our post here for more information: The Ultimate Guide to Sevilla

Amanda: Le Vieux Bistrot

  • Where:  Paris, France
  • Why: The most amazing cheese fondue and beef bourguignon, found in the heart of the Latin Quarter.
  • Read our post here for more information: Spring in Paris

 


Favorite Snack

 

 

Mark: Mitraillette

  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Why: A must-have in Brussels, this sandwich comes with your choice of kebab meat, veggies, french fries (inside), and countless sauces to pick from. It was described to us as the perfect drunk food by our Belgian tour guide.
  • Read our post here for more information: Belgium

Amanda: Gelato at Giolliti 

  • Where: Rome, Italy
  • Why: Giolliti offers endless flavor options and is about a 2-minute walk to the Pantheon so you can enjoy your sweet treat with a view!
  • Read our post here for more information: All Roads Lead to Rome

 


Favorite Beer

 

 

Mark: Chimay Trappist Dubbel

  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Why: The first beer ever brewed by the monks at Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey in Belgium. There are only 11 trappist breweries in the world, which makes this type of beer so unique.
  • Read our post here for more information: Happy New Beers! 

Amanda: Mort Subite

  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Why: A sour beer so sweet you forget you’re even drinking beer.
  • Read our post here for more information: Happy New Beers! 

 


Favorite Tour

 

 

Mark: Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl

  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Why: A great way to see the nightlife of Prague and have a blast meeting people from all over the world.
  • Read our post here for more information: Czech Out Prague

Amanda: Belmont Mansion

  • Where: Nashville, USA
  • Why: We had the most knowledgeable tour guide who told a vivid story about the woman who lived in the estate.
  • Read our post here for more information: Nashville

 


Favorite Brewery

 

 

Mark: Kölsch Brauhaus

  • Where: Cologne, Germany
  • Why: They’ll keep filling your glass at this brewery until you put the coaster on top of your glass.
  • Read our post here for more information: Christmas in Cologne

Amanda: Heineken Factory

  • Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Why: The Heineken Factory offers such an interactive tour, even if you don’t like beer it’s such a fun experience to learn about it’s history.
  • Read our post here for more information: Happy New Beers! 


Favorite View

 

 

Mark: Schilthorn

  • Where: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
  • Why: The Swiss Alps seem to go on forever atop Schilthorn, offering the best views of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau (some of the biggest mountains in the region).
  • Read our post here for more information: Alpine Adventures

Amanda: Piazzale Michelangelo

  • Where: Florence, Italy
  • Why: Nothing paints a prettier picture of Italy better than the red roofs of Florence and the rolling Tuscan hills in the background, especially when enjoyed with a bottle of prosecco at sunset.
  • Read our post here for more information: Florence City Guide


Favorite Religious Sight

 

 

Mark: St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Where: Vatican City, Italy
  • Why: Inside St. Peter’s you can find Michelangelo’s Pietà, one of my favorite works of art.
  • Read our post for more information: Our time with the Pope

Amanda: La Sagrada Familia

  • Where: Barcelona, Spain
  • Why: There’s nothing quite like Antoni Gaudí’s unique and modern style.
  • Read our post for more information: Barcelona City Guide


Favorite Bar

 

 

Mark: Delirium

  • Where: Brussels, Belgium
  • Why: The 2,500 different beer options says it all!
  • Read our post here for more information: Happy New Beers!

Amanda: Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub

  • Where: Budapest, Hungary
  • Why: This bar is multi-level, offers different themed bars (cocktails, beer, wine, etc.) and is decorated with everyday mismatched furniture, art, lamps. It’s half inside, half outside and is truly built from ruins.
  • Read our post here for more information: Budapest


Favorite Swim Spot

 

 

Mark: Krka National Park

  • Where: Skradin, Croatia
  • Why: Find the perfect swimming spot at the bottom of a series of cascading waterfalls.
  • Read our post here for more information: Krka National Park

Amanda: Lokrum

  • Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Why: You can find your own private swim spot on the uninhabited island of Lokrum. The water is crystal clear and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
  • Read our post here for more information: Lokrum


Favorite Beach

 

 

Mark: Zlatni Rat

  • Where: Bol, Croatia
  • Why: This famously beautiful horn-shaped beach has some of the clearest water on Brač Island off of Split.
  • Read our post here for more information: Brač Island

Amanda: Doña Santa Maria

  • Where: Lagos, Portugal
  • Why: The red and orange cliffs make this arguably one of the most picturesque beaches in Europe.
  • Read our post here for more information: Road Trip to Lagos


Favorite Castle

 

 

Mark: Neushwanstein

  • Where: Bavaria, Germany
  • Why: The view of this castle with the rolling Alps in the background is simply breathtaking! (Also – Walt Disney was inspired by this place).
  • Read our post here for more information: One Upon a Time in Bavaria

Amanda: Tower of London

  • Where: London, England
  • Why: Where else can you see a 500 carat diamond?! It’s not only home to the British crown jewels but offers some amazing views of Tower Bridge.
  • Read our post here for more information: London Town


Favorite Palace

 

 

Mark: Alcazar

  • Where: Sevilla, Spain
  • Why: The moorish architecture found in the Alcazar transports you out of Spain. On top of it’s beauty,  it doubles as the filming location for Dorne, land of the Sand Snakes, in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
  • Read our post here for more information: Real Alcazar

Amanda: Versailles

  • Where: Versailles, France
  • Why: This palace is nothing short of lavish and the gardens go on for acres. It truly represents the peak of French royalty and their luxurious lives.
  • Read our post here for more information: Versailles in Peak Season


(2nd) Favorite City

 

 

Mark: Dubrovnik, Croatia 

  • Why: Dubrovnik is where many scenes from HBO’s Game of Thrones was filmed and we enjoyed spending some of our time there reenacting scenes and pretending we were in King’s Landing. It’s also got some pretty great swim spots.
  • Read our post for more information: Dubrovnik

Amanda: Paris, France

  • Why: Paris is one of those places you can visit time and time again, and never truly run out of things to do. (Plus I always get a little teary eyed every time I see the Eiffel Tower light show).
  • Read our post for more information: Spring in Paris

*Please note that Sevilla will always be our #1 favorite city since we called it home for 2 years. To read more about Sevilla, check out this post: The Ultimate Guide to Sevilla*