"Castelo de Monterreal, parador de Baiona, Galicia (Spain)" by amaianos - originally posted to Flickr as Parador Baiona. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Where my Facebook friends and I would like you to go this summer in Europe – and why

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Border collie. From Pixabay.com. License: CC0 Public Domain.
Border collie. From Pixabay.com. License: CC0 Public Domain.

Where my Facebook friends and I would like you to go this summer in Europe – and why

By Ana Beatriz Ribeiro

As we announced yesterday, we are in the process of restructuring our column schedule. Before, the #Travel column used to be on every other Tuesday, now it’s probably going to be on the first Monday of each month. But you’ll still be hearing from me on other fronts on a weekly basis. Please bear with us as we make this transition.

There’s another transition I’m going through, personally… I’m becoming more blunt. This may come through more and more in my writing, but I know I should take it easy and stop pissing people off by telling things to their face and sometimes even telling them off at inappropriate times. I used to be Miss Congeniality, now I’m more like Miss No Filter. Anyway, in the spirit of full disclosure: In my previous #Travel post I criticized sites’ use of “top,” “best” and other superlatives while using it myself, and also privately encouraging its use by other LeipGlo writers in their columns, to a certain extent. It IS effective, after all, and these days, the label “expert” gets thrown around anyway. This time, though, I will refrain from employing superlatives or even calling the present article a “list.” Are these “tips?” Yeah, maybe that would be okay to say. Engaging in discourse analysis for my academic work is ruining me. My ever-more-frequent deconstructive spells will soon render me unable to write or speak. Perhaps that’s better for the people who’ve had to deal with my loss of decorum.

But before I turn to communicating via “unbiased” grunts and perhaps smoke signals, I have managed to put something of a “tips” post together by mentioning my column and asking my Facebook friends: What’s your favorite summer holiday place? Could you describe it in a few words? I turned the answers I got and a few of my own favorites into what comes next… photos and short blurbs. Let’s see if that works out. The nice thing about being (a) young and not famous (blog/webzine) is that you can experiment without drawing that much attention.

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PICS AND SUMMER TRAVEL PICKS

“Castelo de Monterreal, parador de Baiona, Galicia (Spain)” by amaianos – originally posted to Flickr as Parador Baiona. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Baiona in Spain is simply gorgeous and well worth a week. Beaches, history, seafood – and only the locals seem to go there.” – Rachel C., Australian

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“On the Beach – Split – Croatia 02” by Adam Jones Adam63 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

“You must come to Croatia; our Adriatic coast is perfect, you will enjoy the sights, amazing food and lovely people. There are numerous islands and unspoiled nature. [Favorites:] Split or islands like Hvar… Vis… KorÄŤula!” – Martina N., Croatian

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Faro! You get cheap flights even from Leipzig. And then hitchhike up to Lisbon along the coast. [Or] go to Scotland [Edinburgh]. Maybe I’ll join you for Fringe [Festival].” – Jolanta D., Polish

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Quernmore camping barn. By Derek Andrews [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Quernmore camping barn. By Derek Andrews [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Camping barn system throughout England. Some great ones in Cornwall, Devon, Peak and Lake District.” – Stew T., English

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The Rynek in Wroclaw, Summer 2012. Photo by A. Ribeiro.
The Rynek in Wroclaw, Summer 2012. Photo by A. Ribeiro.

Wroclaw, Poland, is one of my favorite cities on the planet. A jewel of a Rynek (market square). Cool events like a nightly fountain show and film festivals in the summer. A lake with a beach and beach babes. Extremely nice and affordable apartments to stay at right in the city center. Very tasty, reasonably priced drinks and food, and even a couple of pretty good vegetarian/vegan joints. Not to mention the friendliness of the people.” – Me, Brazilian

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That’s it for today. I hope this concise post has done enough to whet your appetite at least a little bit and encourage you to do further research into these lovely-sounding summer getaway spots – hopefully off what you personally consider the “beaten path.” And quite diverse, I would say. Feel free to add more suggestions for places to visit in the summer in the comments section; would love to hear from you. Honestly.

A Global Studies doctoral degree holder and former newspaper reporter, avid eater, pseudo-philosopher and poet, occasion-propelled singer, semi-professional socializer, movie addict, Brazilian-American nomad. In this space, she will share some of her experiences and (mis)adventures regarding various topics, with special attention to social issues.

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