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Norway, this country is so similar to Sweden but also different at the same time (logical? yes I know!)
I visited Norway twice, the first time was during the celebration of the 17th of May. It is a pretty BIG deal there, it is the national day to celebrate their independence, but I would say it is much more than a NATIONAL DAY, it is the day where everyone gather together and celebrate the fact of being a norwegian. If you want to know more about the history of this day, you can go there.
First of all, they have special customs, girls have dresses and it all depends where your family comes from, it is amazing to see every dress like that.
Then, you start the day with a “champagne breakfast” (Well, go big or go home), you do some games/talks… 11am, it’s time to parade and go into Oslo city! You better not want to lose your friend, because almost everyone is dressed the same! And that’s what you will do all day.. walk into the city, eat and discover so many beautiful aspects of this day!
Here is some pictures of Oslo:
We went for a couple of days in Rijeka. We live close to an airport and they have different flights to Europe, and one to Rijeka.
Accomodation: We were staying at the Botel Marina in Rijeka
Day 1. we arrived during the afternoon, we rented a car and went straight to a small city called Krk on the island of KRK. It was wonderful and super warm. The really good point about our travel was that it was during april and we did not have so much turists! We spent the night in the boat. The room was ok, it was unsual to sleep in the boat!
Day 2. We went to Plitvice park! Super impressive
Day 3. Zagreb
Day 4. Rijeka
Day 5. Krk island and come back to Sweden
Recommandations: I would recommend you to NOT book the same hotel. You should do a road trip around Croatia and change cities. Of course, if your goal is to relax then stay to one hotel close to the beach Rijeka is really industrial city! You should probably find a nice hotel on the Krk island
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I come from the western part of France, close to Nantes and the atlantic ocean where I grew up.
The western part of France is divided in different regions and you have so many wonderful things to visit.
I will try to summarize it in one article.
- Nantes: Biggest city, I am not a huge fan of Nantes. It’s alright, but it is maybe because I am used to it. You have to visit:
Centre/Place Graslin/Chateau des ducs de bretagne: take a walk in the center and you will discover so many beautiful things!
L’ile de Nantes (by night it is so much better): it’s an rea with many nices cafés/bars to visit! I would recommend to go in the summer and take a beer at “la cantine du voyage” it is a really really cool place!
Les machines de l’ile: A GIANT elephant that is walking, it is really interesting > https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/
- La baule/Saint Nazaire/Guérande/La côte sauvage
This is really where I come from, I grew up there! It is so beautiful, it is in front of the oceans, you have so many beautifuls walks to do!
Go discover “Les salines du guérande” it is where they produce “le sel de guerande” (salt famous in France). Guerande is also a medieval city, it is pretty cool to have a look at the center!
La baule is pretty touristic, go to the beach and to the casino for a night!
In St Nazaire, you may discover the harbor with all the boats! We have a big construction harbor for cruises boat, so it is pretty impressive! (the queen mary was built there)
“La côte sauvage” is all the cities near by the sea, take a car and do a daily trip to visit it! It is so cozy, especially in the summer but it is also really touristic.
It is about 1h30 to drive there from Nantes or La baule, it is another big city, much more beautiful than Nantes according to me. It has some history and so beautiful buildings. Go to the city center and walk there, you will discover so many nice things!