Riga, Latvia’s capital, is set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava. It is considered a cultural center and is best known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town.
Bergen, Norway has been given many nicknames over the years. It is well know for being the "gateway to the Fjords." Some have called it "the most beautiful city in the world." And others warn not to forget your umbrella because Bergen is "the rainiest city in Europe." While all of those things are true, Bergen has so much more to offer.
When I first decided to visit Santorini, hiking was the last thing on my mind. I chose to visit Santorini for the gorgeous whitewashed houses, blue churches and stunning sweeping views. Sure, I thought, I'll do some hiking up and down the many, many stairs that link these houses up and down the seaside cliffs, but little did I know that the ultimate hike was waiting for me in this gorgeous locale.
When I decided to explore Greece, I chose not to head straight to the picturesque Islands with the whitewashed walls and blue-domed roofs that everyone thinks of when they think of Greece. Instead, I wanted to dive back into the history classes of my youth and explore the sites of Ancient Greek mythology.
English poet, Lord Byron, described Croatia as the pearl of the Adriatic. And boy, was he right. This tiny country is made up of more than a thousand islands, 11 nature parks, 8 national parks and a long coastline on the Adriatic Sea. All of this contributes to making Croatia one of the most stunning countries I've ever seen.