My Favourite Places

Any traveller will know that when you’ve been lucky enough to have visited many different places often people love to ask where has been your favourite. I know some people absolutely hate when people ask this question, but I don’t have a problem with it. It’s kind of a natural question I’d say.

Anyway, I always answer it that I could never pick just one place, so here are a few of my favourite places I’ve visited so far…

St. Petersburg, Russia

I was absolutely blown away by the time I spent in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Russian history is utterly fascinating, and there’s something I find so intriguing about the country, culture and Russian people. I was also taken aback by the opulent and exciting architecture of some of the buildings in St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.

The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, by far my favourite building in St. Petersburg

My favourite building in St. Petersburg, and probably in the world so far, is The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. With colourful domes, drippings of gold and intricate details adorning the exterior it is also one of the weirdest looking buildings ever. The interior is almost entirely covered in tiny mosaics which is absolutely mind blowing considering the amount of time and skill must have gone into the creation of it.

The South of France

The South of France has long been a favourite of mine. The chic of Nice is a personal favourite of mine to explore and I always use it as a base when I’m in the south of France and travel to the smaller towns and villages in the area from there.

Villefranche sur Mer, The South of France

With gorgeous views like this what’s not to love?!

One of the most picturesque places on the coast is Villefranche-sur-Mer where the houses rise out of the calm water of the Mediterranean whilst colourful boats gently bob about in the water below them. It also has great restaurants, adorable boutiques and a fabulous open air market on Sundays that sells everything from handmade leather handbags to perfume from nearby Grasse, said to be the world’s capital of perfume.
The South of France and Monaco

Other great towns and villages to explore around this area are Antibes, Menton, Cagnes-sur-Mer and of course, Cannes. The train ride along this stretch of coast is also one of the most picturesque train rides I’ve been lucky enough to take so be sure to try it out if you’re in the area.

Berlin

I’ve only spent four days in Berlin so far, but they were four great days and I loved the city. It’s cool, colourful and quirky and has some ridiculously good nightlife (tried and tested!).

I also took a Segway tour around the city and enjoyed whizzing past Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Alexanderplatz and even the hotel where Michael Jackson famously dangled his baby precariously over the balcony! Segways are so much fun, if you haven’t ever ridden one you’re definitely missing out.

Berlin, Germany

It doesn’t get more colourful than this!

I’m looking forward to heading back to Berlin in two weeks when I’ll be spending more time there. I’m definitely excited to discover more of this exciting city.

Scotland

I know, it’s my country and therefore I’m completely biased, but Scotland truly is one of my ultimate favourite places in the world. Scotland has vibrant and charming cities like the capital Edinburgh, and it’s west coast counterpart Glasgow. Scotland is full of beautiful architecture and some of my favourite architecture can be found at The University of Glasgow, where I was lucky enough to study for my degree in English Literature. The main building of the university has imposing Gothic architecture and never fails to take my breath away.
The University of Glasgow, Scotland, My Favourite Places

Scotland is also blessed with some of the most stunning natural scenery I’ve ever seen. The Scottish Highlands, the isle of Skye, the countless numbers of lochs, waterfalls and open spaces in Scotland add together to make it easily one of the best places I can think of to explore for people who love the great outdoors.

Loch Lomond, Scotland, My Favourite Places

I love the reflections in this picture

 So now I’ve shared my favourite places (so far!) what are your favourite places to visit? 

10 Responses to My Favourite Places

  1. Petite Adventures

    Great choices!!
    I absolutely loved St. Petersburg – I was blown away by it’s beauty. Berlin was pretty cool too. Unfortunately I was sick by the time I arrived, so I wasn’t able to enjoy it to its full potential. Hope to go back to both soon!

    Kate xo

    • Emma Gray

      That means you’ve got a great excuse to re-visit Berlin! Woo!

  2. Kaity

    I love the south of France! I spent a summer studying there a couple years ago, and it was amazing. the entire coast is just gorgeous; like you mentioned, I love the way the houses and the little seaside towns are built up into the hills. it’s charming, and it definitely makes for some gorgeous views as you pass along the coast in a train.

    • Emma Gray

      Wow, lucky you to have spent a summer there! I’m a tad jealous haha!

  3. Kaitlin

    St. Petersburg is my favorite place in the whole world. It is the only foreign destination I have been to twice. Although, I accidentally crashed a funeral at St. Nicolas’. Whoops! I’m so excited to be visiting Berlin for the first time in March!

    • Emma Gray

      Glad to find someone else who loves St. Petersburg as much as I do! I’m sure you’ll fall for Berlin too :)

  4. Shalu Sharma

    South of France is good one. I think also Scotland is very good. I have been up to Newcastle but I do hope I can go to Scotland this year.

    • Emma Gray

      Fingers crossed you can make it to Scotland then!

  5. Christie

    I LOVE the south of France! Would go back in an instant! Also would love to see Scotland… maybe my next trip?? :)

    Keep the blogs coming!!

    • Emma Gray

      The south of France is too good not to love! And yeah, you should definitely make Scotland your next destination :D

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