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A to Z Challenge - O is for Old Towns

By Friday, April 17, 2015

This post originally appeared as part of the A to Z Challenge, and was called 'O is for Old Towns"

One of the most memorable parts of any trip to a European city (or really city that's been around for a while I suppose, but I'm going to keep this post Eurocentric ) is the old town.

I really love how they strive to combine historic with modern, a part of the city that remember's it's roots but isn't dwelling in the past. Comfy cafes, sleek wine bars and clothing boutiques hide behind centuries old stone walls,

The tourist center,
In Germany this means half timber/Tudor style houses with steep roofs (and steeper price) like these in Wolfenb├╝ttel:

Galma Stan, Stockholm - Although I was here for work, I made it to the old town twice.

Prague - With the famous Charles Bridge...

...and Old Town Square with the famous Astronomical Clock.

Edinburgh - Centered around Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh's Old Town is a maze of streets and closes where modern shopping brands mix with pubs and the odd antique book store.

Bergamo - My first stop in Italy, and Bergamo was just what I always envisioned Italy to look like!

Ghent - despite it being surprisingly chilly day (it was July), Ghent was a great experience with a fantastic castle, waffles and cathedrals. It was also my first stay in a hostel.

Bruges - Bruges is quite small compared to most must-see destinations in Europe, but it's easy to see why it's so popular once you arrive. My photos don't do it justice, it's a wonderful place to walk around and just take in.

Florence - Everything was so frozen in time that after a while it felt like the district must be owned by Disney. How else could street after street seem so curated?

Krakow - Some people were surprised when we wanted to go to Krakow, but it's famous for it's old town with the most number of churches per square miles in the world next to Rome. you can even visit the remains of the old market under the current market square!

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