For the Love of Blank is Featuring the talented Travel Blogger Marie Nieves of High Style Life. She has written a post about the Best Romantic Destinations for Newlyweds in Europe. We have asked her a few questions to introduce herself….
What is Your Blog’s name and what is it about?
I write for the travel section of a blog called High Style Life. High Style Life stands out among the thousands of other lifestyle blogs because of its highly personal approach and our wish to meet the particular needs of our readers. We pride ourselves on the community we have created and are trying to make the internet a better, brighter, more informative place, one article at a time.
What was your inspiration to start blogging?
When I was just starting out on my professional path, I tried to take the conventional 9 to 5 route, but quickly found that it just doesn’t work for me. Today I proudly live the life of a digital nomad, and blogging came as the perfect career choice which allowed me to make a living doing two things I love the most – roaming the planet and writing about it.
What is your best piece of advice to anyone trying to start their own blog?
As corny as it may sound – believe in yourself and don’t give up. It’ll take you a while to gather an audience, but quality always stands out sooner or later. Listen to feedback, and learn from your mistakes.
What is your favorite social media and why?
Pinterest, because a single photograph can capture a moment better than a thousand words.
What’s your biggest kitchen fail?
I’m actually quite good at cooking savoury dishes, but baking is definitely not my forte. I think my biggest miss was probably custard, which turned out more like egg drop soup than dessert.
What’s your favorite food?
I might have gazed lovingly into a plate of sashimi the way some people do at their firstborn.
If you had to stay put in one city anywhere in the world for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?
I’m not sure I could do it, but if I had to try I would probably go for either Florence or London. Both have fascinating history and awe-inspiring architecture. The weather is nicer in Florence, of course, and no one has turned the little joys of everyday life into an art form quite like the Italians. On the other hand, nothing beats British humor.
Best Romantic Destinations for Newlyweds in Europe
Written by Marie Nieves
There’s no better time to travel and get to know the world than in the newlywed phase. These trips can be equal parts romantic, adventurous and even relaxing. In fact, they can be anything you want them to be. After all, you’ve finally found the ideal traveling companion, and you are both bursting with excitement to spend some quality time alone. The perfect trip together can be a wonderfully symbolic way to mark the beginning of your life journey as a married couple. Here are some of our favorite destinations in Europe.
Wander in France and Germany
When you say France, most travelers instantly think of Paris, but the City of Love is far from the only worthy destination in Europe’s favorite country. If you’d rather explore some other trails, we highly recommend the magical Black Forest tours. The fairytale setting adds an air of mystery and romance while you weave through the woods and towns on the border between France and Germany. The setting of the legendary Sound of Music, this area is known for its many castles and picturesque towns.
Enjoy life in Italy
Italy, and Rome in particular, can be overcome by tourists, especially during the summer months. It would be insane to go to the peninsula without seeing Venice, which is truly one of the most amazing places on the planet, but go against the grain and visit in January. Don’t fool yourself: it will still be crowded, but more manageably so. The mists that commonly hang over the canals in the winter months lend the city an otherworldly quality of mystery.
Be merry in Ireland
As a contrast to continental destinations, the Emerald Island is the place to go if you’re looking for a dynamic and bohemian honeymoon. The lush green landscapes are ideal for hiking and exploration. The cities, most notably Dublin, with their cobbled streets, historic buildings and lively pubs, are an intoxicating mix of literature, legends, and real life. Honor Ireland’s rich storytelling tradition by visiting some of the many homes of James Joyce, and seeing the world famous Book of Kells.
Love passionately in Spain
The passion of a newly married couple is perfectly matched with the people who do everything with passion. The capital, Madrid, is grand, but Barcelona is truly unmissable. The heady combination of Spanish wines and delicious cuisine, golden beaches, and a general joie de vivre set against the city’s quirky architecture defined by Antoni Gaudí’s creations will make you wish you could stay forever.
Immerse yourself in history in Belgium
If for nothing else, it would be worth it to go to Belgium for all that delectable chocolate, waffles and fries (mistakenly named French instead of Belgian). But when you find yourself enjoying these treats in what is accurately known as Venice of the North – the medieval city of Bruges, it all turns into a transcendent experience that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. The entire historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the best places in Europe to see beautifully preserved authentic medieval architecture. The canals that crisscross the city are the reason for comparisons to Venice, and also an inextricable part of the city’s charm and unique vibe.
The Old World is full of amazing holiday spots, and it’s difficult to choose just one. If you have the time and money, a tour of the continent is a once in a lifetime experience. Bear in mind that the summer months are the most popular with tourists, and it can get crowded wherever you go, so it might be a good idea to aim for the slightly cooler and more laidback spring or fall.