01 July 2008

10 Places to go to in Europe - Cool!

As the summer months come closer, the heat rises and the people scamper to get the holiday packages confirmed and jet off to a nice, cooler climate than the hot regions of the world.

Europe is not exempted from the scorching heat but compared to most countries on the other side of the planet, it is relatively cooler there.

This list is part of my monthly "10 series" and here goes in no particular order:

1. Paris, France
Ok, I'm a little biased here because I really, really love this country. August is normally a very hot month here in Dubai and what better way to cool it off is to head to France where the temperature is not as high as in the Middle East ranging from 60-80 F. Actually, it depends on where you are in France so check the weather stations if you want to visit the place from June to August. Nice attractions are the famous Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Euro Disneyland, Notre Dame, Ecole Militare, Seine River and more!

2. Oslo, Norway
My hubby just got back 3 weeks ago from his trip to Oslo, Norway. Although May was still spring season, summer there doesn't involve high temperature melting the polar ice caps! Mid-June to August is the high tourist months of Oslo but the weather can be tricky with rainfall. Those are the months where there is long hours of sunshine. Steps lead to Akershus Castle, Norsk Folkemuseum, and Viking Ships Museum.

3. Vienna, Austria
The months of July - August feel a temperature of up to 65 F; however, it can be wet and windy as well so it's advisable to bring warm clothing and umbrella if you wish to visit this place during this time. Go see the Vienna State Opera, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Clock Museum, Danube Park...

4. Zurich, Switzerland
Well, it's the land of nice chocolates and Swiss watches! The temperature is mild and averages to 65 F with long, sunny days. Places to see are the Bahnhofstrasse Street, the churches, The Old Town...and more!

5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The weather is not as balmy as London on the summer months of July to August and temperature can go to 70 F where the tulips fields are at their peak! I love tulips!!! Great places to visit are The Van Gogh Art Museum, Anne Frank house, churches, Rembrandt Tower, The Dam, open air markets and the Madurodam which is NOT in Amsterdam but since you are there, why not check it out too?

6. Prague, The Czech Republic
Weather in Prague sees the mercury range from 54-72 F during the months of June to August. Since it lies in in the transitional area between the maritime and continental climates, it's weather is characterized by hot, rainy summers and nippy, snowy winters which may still change. Top tourist attractions are The Prague Castle district, the Old Town hall, Mozart/Music museum and more.

7. Budapest, Hungary
The summer weather can vary from 60 to 80 F with long hours of sunshine. Although weather varies as well, so it's best advise to bring warm clothing and rain gear for the surprise rainfall. The Hungarian Thermal Baths is one place to visit while in this country. Pest and Buda's Castle Hill is also an interesting place to see.

8. Reykjavik, Iceland
The temperature here rarely rises over 60 F and this is one cool place to be in if you are running away from the scorching heat. Geysir and Gulfoss waterfalls is a must to see! Check out the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) but not during the summer months. Best month to check it is from September to April.

9. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Another great place to visit is Luxembourg. It's a small country bordering Germany, Belgium and France. The weather is at a comfortable temperature of 55-70 F. A must to see are the The Grand Ducal Palace, Moselle Valley, The Casemates, and the numerous museums around the city.

10. Helsinki, Finland
Finnish summer offers a great time for vacationers because it's not as hot as other places with the temp. ranging from 54 to 68 F from June to August. The summer is mild and warm and a nice time for hiking. Senate Square, Esplanade Park, Kaivopuisto Park, and the University Botanical Garden are places to check out!

TO CONVERT TEMPERATURES: http://www.wbuf.noaa.gov/tempfc.htm

4 comments :

  1. I wish i can go to any one those places. matagal tagal pa siguro. hey, malapit ka na dumating. see you soon.

    btw, i have a tag for you here:

    http://girlforallstatus.blogspot.com/2008/06/tags-best-gift-ever.html

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  2. i'd love to visit Austria. i'm a Sound of Music fanatic. (lol).... i just like to see the place. ;)

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  3. Hi Chi! I'll do the tag after 2 Fridays ha... Don't worry, if you have your mind set on it, your dreams will come true... believe! (Sabi ni Master Oogway...hehehehe ng Kung Fu Panda)

    Hi there Chubz. We're planning to do a side trip to Austria this August if time permits! If that happens, I'll definitely visit the site where they shoot the Sound of Music... =)

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  4. i would love to visit europe someday.:)

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