Europe Travel Carnival 1 December 2008

Welcome to the December 2008 edition of the Europe Travel Carnival, where my aim is select great posts to inform, inspire and entertain readers who love travel in Europe.


In How can I be sore THERE!? posted at Wide Awake in Wonderland, we read about Vanessa Wolf’s caving adventures in the Budapest Caves. There are around 200 caves located under Budapest formed by the springs which feed the thermal baths in the city.

Budapest Caves

Budapest Caves

GrrlScientist writes about London’s Regents Park posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “This photo essay contains descriptive text, my Regent’s Park bird list, a nursery rhyme, and lots of gorgeous images.” Regents Park certainly seems to be popular with bird watchers as I found loads of bird photos when searching for “Regents Park” on Flickr.

Regents Park

Christopher Cook presents Tickets To The Alhambra: posted at -noambit -Travel Europ, saying, “Anyone headed to Granada Spain is going to do two things; eat free tapas with their beer purchase and visit the Alhambra. In this article I outline how to go about purchasing tickets for this awe inspiring collection of palaces as well as how to arrive at the hilltop Fortress.” We visited Granada many years ago when I was pregnant and it was a wonderful city.

Alhambra, Granada


Khan predicts that most of the tourist who visit Venice will end up getting lost in The Streets of Venice posted at European Travel Blog. It’s a small price to pay for wandering around this beautiful city. Yes Venice is full of tourists but I’d still rate it as a must see European city.

Memory of Venice


Mark presents Underground Fantasy (Skocjan Caves, Slovenia) posted at Travel Wonders of the World. That’s a coincidence to have two posts about caves in the same Carnival. The Skocjan Caves in Slovenia do look amazing.

Skocjan Caves, Slovenia

Hairy Swede presents Alla Helgons Dag and a Urinary Emergency in Sweden posted at A Swedish American in Sweden, Here’s another coincidence Anna Etmanska of the Europe a la Carte blogging tean wrote about the Skogskyrkogarden cemetery, burial site of Greta Garbo, where she also had great trouble locating the toilet facilities. I’m always relieved to hear about other travellers having issues with finding toilets, it reassures me that I’m not the only person who finds this all an annoying distraction.

Skogkyrkogarden Cememtery, Stockholm

Sue presents Sicily Travel posted at AtlasSue. Sicily is another one of the destinations I’ve been wanting to visit for ages but it’s not very easy or cheap to reach from either Scotland or north east England.

Golfo di Macari S Vito lo Capo. Tranpani, Sicily

Jul describes her trip to Zurich with melted cheese and chocolate high on the list of attractions in Toasting Obama in Zurich posted at This non-American Life.

Cheese Fondue

Restaurants and Food

In My Top 10 London Restaurant Recommendations posted at londonelicious: a london restaurant blog, there are recommendations for “food the people” style of London restaurants.

London South Bank by night

London South Bank by night

In Croatia: Safe Haven for Celliacs from the Gluten Free World Traveller the Alaskan Goddess was happily surprised at how easy it was to request that food be prepared to her requirements when she visited Rovinj in Croatia.

Rovinj, Croatia

Travel Tips

Christopher Cook presents Audio Tours posted at -noambit -Travel Europe- where to go, saying, “Instead of lugging heavy guidebooks around, and following a crowd of people chasing after some lady holding up an umbrella why not see the sights at your own pace and spend a lot less. Audio tours that can be downloaded directly to your MP3 player are a great new way to travel light, on your own time frame and save money. This article will tell you how they work as well as provide a list of reputable companies providing such tours.” Now I tried an audio tour at the Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum near Edinburgh and couldn’t get it to work. Continuing the Scottish theme, when I was searching Flickr to find a photo for this submission the photo below taken at Stirling Castle attracted my attention because it looked as though the young people were enjoying themselves. I lived in the Stirling area in central Scotland for 19 years.

Audio Tour, Stirling Castel

Sasha reviews the new ebook “Travelling Europe” written by Craig and Linda Martin of Indie Travel Podcast in If you want to start travelling Europe, you know what to do posted at Yankee in a New World.

Quai de Seine, Paris

Quai de Seine, Paris

Other topics

Cynthia Caughey presents How it all began posted at Adventures of an American Woman in the French Alps. Now being of a romantic disposition I loved reading about how Cynthia discovered l’amour travelling in France and how it ended up in her decamping from the States to live in France. Who says holiday romances don’t last?

Le Mont Ventoux

I hope that you’ve enjoyed your Carnival trip around Europe. If you’d like to submit to the January edition of the Europe Travel Carnival, published on 5 January 2009, the submission deadline is 29 December 2008. Any submission should be directly related to travel in Europe.