Top 5 Best Cities to Visit by David, Delve into Europe

Welcome back to our Guest Post Blog Series, Another inspirational Blogger to be introduced today! By merely looking at the name of his Blog “Delve into Europe” you can directly utter that Europe is his fortitude. His name is David and he will share with us his Top 5 Best Cities to Visit.

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Not only European destinations but as well as other cities in the world. David is a Professional Photographer and Writer. He made his Blog in order to share itineraries, travel guides and to help other travelers on how to conveniently travel around Europe.

One of his best asset as a Blogger is the fact that he is a professional Photographer that helps a lot with his Blog. Everyone wants to see breathtaking photos in each city that people wants to visit.

David’s Blog has a bunch of useful information for novice travelers especially to those who don’t have any experience traveling other countries yet or first timers. His Travel Guides are advantageous to get to visit the place without any stress.

Let’s find more about David’s Top 5 Best Cities to Visit. I’m definitely excited to read all his experiences!

London, United Kingdom

london

London is one of the great world cities, and if there ever had to be a capital of the world, it would be my nomination. It’s one of the most diverse cities in the world (the only two I think compare are New York and Paris), incredibly rich culturally and with more sights than many countries can boast.

My wife Faye lived there for over ten years and I have visited a few hundred times, and we still have long wish lists of places we’d like to visit and things to do.

Wherever you go in London, you’ll find so many things to see and do. Turn right at Trafalgar Square and you’ll eventually come to the City of London, with sites from St Paul’s Cathedral to the spectacular skyline with the Gherkin, Walkie-Talkie and Cheese-Grater skyscrapers,

Soon after these you reach the Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge, with the tallest building in Europe, the Shard, just across the river Thames.

This is barely scratching the surface. It’s also one of the best cities to visit in the world for entertainment, especially the famous West End shows, theatre, cinema, and music. An amazing city, we can’t wait to go back.

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The list of must-see sights is endless – so if you only have a few days or a week, you need to prioritize. For a taste of the city’s history, walk from Parliament Square, past Big Ben (currently clad in scaffolding), up Whitehall past the home of the Prime Minister on Downing Street, and up to Trafalgar Square, with Nelson’s Column and the National Gallery, one of the world’s finest art museums.

From here, turn left through Admiralty Arch and for your first view of Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London residence, and catch some centuries-old ceremonial at the Changing of the Guard, either outside the Palace or at Horseguards Parade, just behind Whitehall, before returning to Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey, a church with an incredibly rich history stretching back over 1,000 years.

Read more of David’s London adventure here

Rouen, Normandy, France

rouen France

Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy, the region to the north-west of Paris, and it’s one of France’s most beautiful, but overlooked, cities. It was the first overseas city I stayed in when I was twelve years old, and I’ve visited a few times since, and always seem to discover more each time.

Seeing the medieval heart of Rouen for the first time was unforgettable, and having visited many more old cities around France since then, for me it’s still one of the most beautiful.

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The obvious starting point is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the west front of which was painted 28 times by the Impressionist artist Claude Monet. The cathedral looks most impressive in the late afternoon light.

One of the series he painted is in the nearby Musee des Beaux Arts. Which has one of the best collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Much of medieval Rouen remains, with several streets and squares full of prettily painted half-timbered houses. The Rue du Gros Horloge (Street of the Great Clock) is a highlight, with its gorgeous medieval clock above both sides of an archway.

Nearby, the churches of St. Ouen and St Maclou are both stunning Gothic buildings, and the Aitre St Maclou, a mass grave of plague victims surrounded by a courtyard of medieval houses with a frieze of macabre carvings.

The Place du Vieux Marche (Old Market Square) was the centre of medieval Rouen, and it’s still surrounded by old timber-framed houses, many now restaurants and cafes. The modern church dedicated to Joan of Arc is built in the shape of an upturned boat.

It Contains some amazing stained glass salvaged from a church destroyed by bombing in 1944.  Nearby, a new attraction, the historical Jeanne d’Arc, is a fascinating immersive experience, taking you back to the trial of the national heroine.

St. Davids, Wales, United Kingdom

St. Davids, Wales, United Kingdom

St. Davids is unlike any other city I’ve ever visited. It’s the size of a large village, hidden away in the far south-western corner of Wales, surrounded by farm fields, rocky hills and some of the most spectacular coastline in western Europe. The nightlife consists of one pub.

St Davids is a city by virtue of its cathedral, the grandest church in all of Wales. Which is hidden away in a hollow below the city. It is the Welsh equivalent to Canterbury, where St David (Dewi Sant in Welsh), the country’s patron saint, founded a monastery in the 6th century AD.

The cathedral is magnificent, an absolute must-see, one of the most atmospheric ancient churches I have ever visited.

Many visitors to St. Davids come for the beaches (Caerfai Bay and Whitesands Bay are among the best on the Pembrokeshire coast) and coastal path walks. These are wonderful at any time of year. But especially so during spring and late summer when the coastal flowers are in bloom.

The area around St Non’s Bay, just to the west of Caerfai, is particularly beautiful.

Boat trips also run across to nearby Ramsey Island. An amazing haven of wildlife just across a narrow channel from the mainland. The coast around St Davids can also be explored by sea kayak or by coasteering, traversing rocks and cliffs and occasionally diving into the sea for the cameras!

Fremantle, Western Australia

fremantle beach

We recently visited Fremantle, the port city across the Swan River from its bigger neighbour Perth, and absolutely loved it. Perth is the most remote major city in the world, tucked away in the south-west corner of Australia.

But Fremantle, despite this isolation, is a thriving melting-pot of cultures from all over the world. All bonded together by an ethos of independence and creativity that makes it really stand out.

Fremantle, known locally as Freo, looks out over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It has several great beaches either side of the port, including Bathers Beach. They’re popular with families, and also surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers.

Fremantle was founded in 1829, the area having previously been part of the lands of the indigenous Wandjuk people. Its short history is a very rich one.  The streets of the city are stunning, lined with grand old port buildings including many with the typical Australian long verandah fronts.

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Two museums give a fascinating insight into Fremantle’s history. The WA Maritime Museum and its sister, the WA Shipwreck Galleries. The Maritime Museum has a great collection of boats from an America’s Cup-winning yacht to a military submarine.

While the Shipwreck Galleries tell the amazing stories of shipwrecks along the Western Australian coast. Including Dutch explorers in the early 17th century. From the 1850s to the 1880s. Fremantle also served as a penal colony for the British, and the Prison their convicts built is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fremantle has so many great cafes, and one section of main street South Terrace is called the Cappuccino Strip. It also has the fantastic Fremantle Markets, open on Fridays and weekends. With over 150 stalls selling everything from food to arts and crafts, which are a huge draw for visitors.

Esfahan, Iran

Esfahan, Iran

Esfahan is a city in central Iran, and somewhere I’d wanted to visit ever since chancing upon pictures of it in a Marks & Spencer coffee table book when I was nine years old. I always remembered the vision of these incredible mosques and minarets.

All intricately decorated with hand-painted mosaic tiles, and for many years it was near the top of my bucket list of places to see.

It was emphatically worth it, one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. The main square, Naqsh-e-Jahan, has enough sights to detain you for days. At one end is the stupendous Imam Mosque. The one I had seen in that book years before, its vast entrances (known as eivans), facades, minarets.

And main dome one of the most outstanding examples of Islamic art and architecture in the world. The Sheikh Lotfollah mosque halfway down the square is much smaller, but also spectacular.

Esfahan is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with Naqsh-e-Jahan and the Imam Mosque comprising one. The Friday Mosque another and the Chehel Sotun Palace and Gardens the third.

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The Persian garden was conceived as a paradise on earth, and the one at Chehel Sotun is gorgeous. A wonderful haven of peace and tranquillity. Esfahan is also well-known for its series of bridges along the Zayandeh river, and two of them, the Khaju and Sio-Se Pol, are must-sees – long bridges lined with arches and alcoves, among the most beautiful I’ve seen.

Many people I’ve met have thought of Iran as a difficult place to travel. But I found it very easy, particularly because of the warmth of so many people I met, who are so willing to offer their help and, indeed, hospitality.

Guest Blogger

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I would like to thank again David for sharing us his Top 5 Best Cities to visit!

These are an incredible list! Personally, you just brought me to these wonderful places. I would love to pack my bags now and visit each one of them.

That terrific photo from London, the magical beach of Fremantle, the atmospheric ancient church of Wales and of course that Mosque of Iran. You have these precious experiences to share with us!

Continue to inspire others and more success!

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Are you Interested to share your Top 5 Favorite Cities with us? send an email to lexieanimetravel@gmail.com for more information.

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