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Top 20 European Countries I've Visited

  • Jan 22, 2010
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Sharrie started this great list.... in my version, I've dropped the countries I've not been to, and added Italy... :-)
1
France
France seduces you: great food, wonderful people, the pure joie de vivre. Any country that's main reputation is wine, cheese and rebellion is right up there as a bunch of guys you want to hang out with.
2
Spain
Spanish aren't far behind. They have the best - BEST - healthcare in the world, hands down. Nobody has heart attacks here because it's Spain. Barcelona and Seville rank as two of the most incredible cities anywhere.
3
Italy
Living here would drive me nuts based upon stories from friends who live here, but visits are magical. Italy is a fiasco, but the lifestyle is unique: they've made a cuisine out of tomatoes and a farce out of politics, but I've never been to a place where every clothing store looks phenomenal and every guy feels the need to flirt with every woman, no matter her age or looks.
4
Ireland
Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, though Dublin disappoints. The warmth of the people is unparalleled, and two weeks can turn into a lifetime. There are parts of Ireland that would rival Pandora (but without the blue).
5
United Kingdom (UK)
Great buildings and lots to do. Supremely expensive and the indigenous population are a nightmare. English food sucks, but you can get the best Indian food here anywhere in the world (including India). Rain will make you want to kill yourself.
6
Switzerland
Switzerland is amazing - everyone speaks four languages, loves to sky, and all the photos look great. Unfortunately, it's multi dingo on the dollars.
7
Germany
Germans are great, and the country has some remarkable places to visit. Intense, intelligent people that just can't get over the 20th century history - but I've always had a great time here.
8
Netherlands
Actually very pretty, though it's full of Brits doing drugs and hookers. *Sigh*
9
Czech Republic
Like Moscow and Paris shoved together, it's a very interesting place with a weird sense of its position. The communist museum is next to a McDonald's for God's sake. Possibly the easiest place in the world to get pick-pocketed.
10
Belgians know a good time - you just have to find it, but once you do it's a blast. Trains do run on time here, but not quite as much as Switzerland.
11
Portugal
Some really nice parts and the people are helpful and friendly. Very easy to spend a few weeks here and click into the scene.
12
Sweden
Stunningly attractive but staggeringly boring people. But once you get to know them, you realize they're open and honest and decent. "How are you?" can get you a 10-minute explanation of a urinary tract infection or even a 5 minute silence.
13
Monaco
Just insane, especially when Formula 1 racing goes through the city. Truly a place that makes you realize you didn't quite make it in life.
14
Norway
Fjords.
15
Austria
No snow on the ski-run. And I got yelled at for trying to pay my hotel bill. I'm told it's magical.
16
Denmark
Bacon, yes. Legoland, hmm ok.
17
Croatia
Croatia will be the next Italy as the dust settles.

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February 03, 2011
Only been to 5 on the list, I do agree about Germany it's a Great place to visit and it really is a shame how the 12 years of the Nazy regime dominates all discussion on German history. I bought a German History book on Amazon once and for every general history book there were hundreds of Nazy books, and the nausiating detail was astonishing, like a book about German War helmets, I would not be surprised if someone has not written extensively about German soldiers underwear. And I love UK, it's Fantastic to visit, all the marvelous houses and London has such a Nice and Civilised feel to, and even thought they may not have the greatest cusine in the world they have the best culinary tradition in the world namely Afternoon Tea !!!! ahh.. to go to Fortnum and Mason and have Afternoon Tea, that's just Heaven for me.

And your comment about Norway instantly brought one name to my mind - Slartibartfast
 
January 24, 2010
nice list!
January 26, 2010
Thx!
 
January 22, 2010
This is more like the Top 17 Euro Countries I've Visited list. Are you holding out on us? :P I love your descriptions, funny stuff!  Makes me wanna hop on a plane to Europe and take a road trip!
January 26, 2010
Lol, I meant to get to 20 and then got distracted... :-) I left out Andorra, Albania and Vatican City - all of which I've briefly been to but can't figure out how to rank!
 
January 22, 2010
I'm not quite as well travelled as you but I'm working on catchng up. I'm off to Rome at the end of February.
January 26, 2010
Have fun - Rome is a great place. Save some space in your suitcase for clothes!
January 26, 2010
Nope ... got everything all booked and ready to go. But thanks for the offer.
 
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