Travel Europe: Hidden nooks among the crannies of winding sidestreets
EUROPE, August 17, 2019 — One of the great joys of travel is the sense of discovery. Side streets such as the closes of Edinburgh, Scotland are perfect examples of hidden treasures that can be found just a few steps away from tourist laden paths thriving with humanity.
Side streets are those lovely quaint, narrow streets filled with beautiful facades and balconies covered with flowers and vines. Most often they are accessible only to pedestrians where they beckon to be revealed as a reward for the curiosity of wanderlust.
Here then are some of Europe’s delightful “nooks” that are tucked amid a multitude of “crannies.” There are hundreds, if not thousands more. All it takes is a little bit of foot power and an inquisitive spirit to round out a holiday like few other activities.
You won’t be disappointed because the rewards are worth every second you take to indulge yourself.
Alberobello is a town in the province of Bari, Puglia in Italy, a region which only now is coming into its own as a tourism destination. It is famous for its Trulli, the traditional dry-stone dwellings found only in the Itria valley. Alberobello boasts the largest collection of original these buildings, many of which are still occupied. Consequently, the village has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Antibes is a resort town on the Mediterranean in the Côte d’Azur in southeastern France between Cannes and Nice. The Old Town section of Antibes has to be one of the most relaxed locations along the French Riviera filled with trees that line many art shops, boutiques and local residences to make it an ideal place for a stroll.
Cunda Island, Turkey:
Cunda Island is a typical Aegean resort that is connected to Lale Island and then to the mainland by a bridge and causeway built in the late 1960s. It is the first and oldest surviving bridge in Turkey that connects lands separated by a strait. The main landmark of Cunda Island is the Taksiarchis Church, a large, former Greek Orthodox cathedral that was abandoned and dilapidated but has now been restored.
Nestled in Alsace in northeastern France, Eguisheim is an ideal place to wander through narrow streets filled with colorful houses and captivating ramparts. The village also enjoys the benefit of being situated along the Alsace “Wine Route” that passes the village and, as a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The Most beautiful villages of France”), it is understandably a popular tourist destination
“White street” is located in Frigiliana, Spain, a small Andalusian town made up of steep cobblestone alleyways winding past white houses resplendent with flowers.
Giverny is a village in the Eure department in northern France that is best known as the site of the house and gardens of the world-famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s.
Monet was also a world-class horticulturalist whose lily pond and Japanese bridge became focal points of inspiration for his work later in his life. (Monet’s Gardens: The light and inspiration of an artistic genius)
Jerez’s economy has traditionally been centered on the wine industry, especially the worldwide distribution of sherry. On this street in Jerez in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, trees are pinned back against the walls, with clean trunks, allowing a canopy to form over the lane. Located in the old part of the city, the narrow pedestrian walkway is also part of a local winery.
A tiny village in East Anglia, Lavenham is about 70 miles northeast of London. The former wool merchant’s town fascinates visitors with its tilted buildings that appear to lean against each other to hold themselves up. It was at The Swan Hotel in Lavenham that Jane Taylor wrote Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in the early 19th century.
Lavenham is also believed to be the inspiration for the English rhyme “There was a crooked man and he went a crooked mile” which was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in 1842
Situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff, Orvieto is a city in the Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy that is among the most dramatic in Europe. Rising above the almost-vertical faces of the petrified soft volcanic ash, the cliffs merge into defensive walls that were constructed from the same stone material. Orvieto is a beautiful city that is “chock-a-block” with charming narrow streets.
Venice Canal, Italy:
Celebrated for its art and architecture, Venice is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. With an average of 50,000 visitors a day, it is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. When we think of side streets, we don’t of think of the canals of Venice, but her liquid routes are the primary means of access in a town where beauty is a synonym for itself. People who have not been there should know that believe it or not, Venice is also one of the great walking cities in the world.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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