Friday, 19 June 2020

My Current City Break Bucket List

I had high hopes for 2020. I'm sure most of us did, but it's fair to say this year hasn't really gone the way anyone expected. When January was dragging along as it always does, I never would have thought that just two months later we'd have our lives put on hold, be in a global pandemic and be forced to stay indoors for the foreseeable. If I'd known, maybe I wouldn't have wished so many days away and would have realised just how special the little things we could do before really were. Luckily there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel now and whilst lockdown has made me appreciate so much more than before, I'll be glad when this is a thing of the past. One of the things I've struggled with the most over the last few months is the fact that pretty much all of the exciting plans we had for Spring & Summer had just gone in an instant. 
collage - Trevi Fountain Rome, Main Square Krakow, Budapest, Colesseum Rome, Prague
Of course there's bigger things to worry about than holidays and everyone's circumstances are different but we're still allowed to be sad about these things. Due to my anxiety, I'm someone who needs things to look forward to. I can get very negative, very quickly so I'm forever planning things for the future, something to aim for and look forward to. This year George and I really wanted to travel a bit more. By that I don't mean go backpacking or anything, I'm not that adventurous but we wanted to tick off some of the places on our city break bucket list. We also wanted to see a number of shows in London (when I am ever not planning a trip to see a musical?) and we also had a few trips to other cities in the UK planned. Whilst all of those things can be re-scheduled, I struggled at first to accept that for time being those things were no longer happening. As the weeks go on and more and more restrictions are eased, we're starting to get back out there again and as I've said in a few posts recently, I'm hopeful we might be able to claw back some of these trips by the end of the year but I'm just taking each week as it comes for now. Talking about travel is something that makes me really happy at the moment and planning for future trips, whenever they might be is something that has really kept me going so today I wanted to share some of the places on my current city break bucket list. 

Amsterdam

The first place I had to mention and the place we should be heading in a matter of weeks is Amsterdam. This is a city we've wanted to visit for years and it was a contender for our honeymoon before we decided on Paris instead. We had planned to go for our anniversary in July and as that date is getting closer and closer, the sadder I'm starting to feel about it being cancelled. I just got so invested in planning this trip but I know we'll get there eventually. I think it would be beautiful in Autumn and I'm kind of pinning my hopes on that at the moment, it helps me get through the day okay, but if that's not possible then hopefully next Spring will be do-able. I want to eat allll the crepes, go to the Anne Frank Museum, visit the markets - just take in the city and see all it has to offer. I just want a few days in a pretty city, away from normal life for a while.
Amsterdam
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Prague

Whilst there are other cities we'll probably aim to visit beforehand, Prague is definitely on my city break bucket list. Every photo I have ever seen of it just looks stunning, regardless of the time of year. It's known for it's Old Town Square and it's Gothic style churches and buildings so I think it would be a real sightseeing trip. Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and the Dancing House are just a few of the places I want to see whilst there.
Prague
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Budapest 

Budapest has been pretty high on my bucket list for a few years now. A place I'd love to visit in the Summer one year maybe for an extended weekend break. I don't actually know loads about the city but it's one of those places I'd love to just figure out as we go and see what we find. A few places I've seen online though that are a must are - The Hungarian Parliament Building which looks insanely beautiful from the other side of the Danube for the full view, Heroes' Square, Margaret Island and the Danube Promenade.

Krakow

The more I think about our possible trip to Krakow at Christmas, the more excited I get. Maybe I've got my head in the clouds thinking that travel will be a possibility in the not too distant future but I've got everything crossed that that's going to be the case. I'm not giving up on 2020 just yet. Krakow has been on my travel bucket list for so many years and I was insanely jealous when George got to visit with work a few years ago. We've always said that we'd go back together one year and I'm really hoping 2020 can still be the year that we get there. I love visiting Christmas markets but so far we've not got abroad for any so I'd love for Krakow to be the first one I get to go to in a different country. It looks magical. I'm also really keen to go on the Auschwitz tour too. I've mentioned in many book reviews that Auschwitz is something I'm always wanting to learn more about and given I've read so many books about it, I feel like it's something I need to see for myself one day. We have so much planned for our trip so let's just hope we get there some time soon.
Krakow

Rome

I've never been to Italy and it's always somewhere I'm lusting over in the Summer months. I just want to sit in a cute restaurant with a glass of prosecco and a big bowl of pasta taking in the views. Venice is also somewhere I'd love to go one day but I find myself drawn to Rome every time I start looking for a holiday. Maybe it's the amount of times I've watched the Lizzie McGuire movie! Of course the Colosseum is one of the main attractions to visit but I'd also like to see the Pantheon at night, St. Peter's Basilica, the Spanish Steps and obviously I'm going to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain (Is that still allowed? I think it is!).
Rome
So, that's the 5 main cities on my current city break bucket list. I could go on for ages, I definitely want to visit places like Barcelona, Stockholm, Vienna and Dublin too. We'd also love to head back to Paris one day too as we loved it so much yet it still feels like there's so much we didn't see.

Where are you hoping to head first when travel is allowed again? Have you visited any of these cities and have any recommendations?

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22 comments

Serena Reidy said...

Rome, Amsterdam and Prague are three of my favourite cities - I hope you get to visit them soon! I'd love to go to Budapest and Ljubljana as soon as it's safe to travel again!

Riana Ang-Canning said...

Such a great list! I've been to all but Krakow and can recommend them all highly. We lived in Prague for about 10 months and I studied abroad in Amsterdam for 5 months, so let me know if you need any tips! Hope you can go when it's safe to do so!

Nic said...

Thanks for sharing your bucket list of places you want to visit, I do hope that you get to visit them next year :)

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Julia said...

Like you, I dream about travelling again! All the cities you've picked are great, I really want to see Amsterdam too. Budapest is definitely an awesome place that you should visit when you can, it's beautiful! And Rome too of course, it's been so badly hit (in terms of tourism) with the virus... And it's the best city ever.
My boyfriend and I bit the bullet and booked ourselves a trip to Sicily in July - as long as it's done safely, I feel like it's ok so start travelling again. Hope your trip to Amsterdam works out!
Take care! x

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Tiffany Timms said...

Ooh yay! I'm so excited to visit them all. I hope you get to plan a trip soon! xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Ah fab, I'll definitely keep you in mind! I'm so desperate to go to Amsterdam, I was so excited xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you, me too xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I'd love to go to Rome, I really hope when it's safe to do so, people go back to Italy. I'm sure it will pick up again. I really hope you get to go on your trip in July! I'm feeling hopeful at the moment & seeing quite a few people just booking and hoping for the best so I'm really tempted to just book something for September time in the hope it will happen! Fingers crossed for you xx

Sarah Trademark said...

I really want to go to Barcelona next year! xx

Kelly~Diane said...

These are some really great places to visit. Rome and Amsterdam are on my bucket list too.

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Sophie said...

Rome is one of my favourite places ever, I'm sure you'll love it when you finally get to go. Not being able to get to go on my holiday in April was one of the things that got to me the most about lockdown as I'd been looking forward to it for a while so I totally get where you're coming from. I'd really like to visit Prague too x

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Tiffany Timms said...

Barcelona looks like such an amazing place xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Hope you get to visit them both too xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I always feel silly saying how down it's made me feel when I know some people have had it so much worse during lockdown but it is the thing that's really affected me. Hopefully we'll all get to go on our trips some point soon! xx

Regine Karpel said...

Amsterdam is on my list too.
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