Carnival of Europe #8 – December Edition



We’re very happy to be hosting this month’s Carnival of Europe, a wandering festival of great Euro-themed posts by independent bloggers. We know that these candid travel perspectives are precisely what so many of you most appreciate, and we hope you find new resources and inspiration from the passionate and hardworking contributors below.

The December edition takes us from Christmas markets in Munich to coffee tasting in Rome to searching for Greta Garbo’s final resting place outside of Stockholm … and more. Enjoy!


Smitten by Seville Michael and Marlys of Easy Hiker contributed the fantastic photo of Spain’s Seville, above. They visited one of Europe’s most hypnotic cities on a weekend trip, and came back with a full post on history, architecture, and – yes, tapas!

Bastille Day in Carcasonne Shanna from There and Back Again takes us along (literally – she’s blogging throughout!) on an all-day picnic before the nighttime fireworks, sharing tips the whole time (including step-by-step instructions, a map, and video).

Funfair in Nantes, France If you’re longing for summer already, this colorful photo tour of a traditional amusement-park-like fair in Nantes will keep you in the mood. Brought to us by Zhu from Correr es mi Destino.

Walking the Vigo Prom Karen from Europe a la Carte presents a dusk-and-dawn photo tour of the promenade in Vigo, a port city in Galicia, Spain.

Day trip from Split to Trogir, Croatia As readers of this blog know, I had a less-than-optimal time when I visited Croatia last year, and Andrea from Rear View Mirror mentions one of my biggest frustrations in this post. But she also provides a way around it, and introduces a charming, UNESCO-listed village at the same time.

Searching for Garbo We love this enigmatic title! On top of that, we’re preparing to visit Stockholm for New Year’s Eve, so were especially interested to read along as Anne Sophie of Sophie’s World searched for an icon’s final resting place just south of the Swedish capital.

Easting Italy Food Tours‘ star guide and coffee fanatic Luna” lays it all out for us in this guide to ordering and drinking Italian coffee. It’s not as easy as you might think, but thanks to this post you’ll never (again) have to feel awkward doing it.

Laurel at Monkeys and Mountains brings us her Favorite 3 Christmas Markets in Munich. It’s written by a local about one of Europe’s favorite traditions, and proves there are plenty of great times to visit Munich outside of October.

Weekend in Antwerp Did you know Diane von Furstenberg was from Belgium? As we learn in this post from MoTravels, in Antwerp there is art, architecture, and culinary delights … but then there’s fashion.

Europe’s Most Unusual Campsites John at The AdvenTourist says it best: this post is about “5 weird and wonderful campsites which take the experience of camping to a completely new level.” Two of them are located in Germany, my current home, and I had never even heard of them.


That’s it for this month! January’s carnival will be hosted by Andrea from Rear View Mirror, and you can contact her through her site if you’re interested in hosting an upcoming edition. If you would like to contribute a post for the January edition, submit your entry here.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting Jenna! This is a brilliant writeup and I look forward to reading all the submissions. 🙂

  2. So happy to have been featured! I can’t wait to read over all of the other awesome submissions and feed my inner travel addict.

  3. @Shanna – Reading through all of them was the best part of hosting. Sometimes I get so busy it seems like I don’t even have time to read about what I most love, but then this opportunity came along. I loved how interactive your post was! Thanks for contributing.

  4. @Andrea – Thanks for introducing me to this great carnival. I’m hooked!

  5. Thank you for hosting this great selection of blogs. I never knew about this and I love it! So many interesting writers and perspectives. Thank’s to you, Jenna, and all the enthusiastic writers!

  6. Thanks for hosting the carnival and inviting me along.

  7. @Monique – My pleasure!

  8. Thanks!
    So many fab places in Europe represented in this selection 🙂

  9. Agreed! Yours among them 🙂

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