Armenia is full of natural beauty. If you have more time after exploring Yerevan, we highly recommend taking some day trips to see these wonderful landscapes and churches not too far from the capital.
Yerevan has no shortage of concrete block buildings and monuments from its Soviet past, but you’ll also see a snow-capped mountain looming in the distance. This is Mount Ararat, Armenia’s beloved national symbol, which you’ll begin to notice everywhere.
Three years into traveling all over the world, we were incredibly impressed by Vienna’s livability. It’s expensive but you get remarkable value for your money. The city is beautiful, clean, functional, and walkable, with a high density of cultural institutions, green spaces, and exquisite architecture.
The first thing you should do upon landing in Vienna is walk the Ringstrasse, or Ring Road, a circular boulevard around the former imperial center of the city. It’ll lead you to most of the famous buildings and gardens in Vienna.
Dolmabahçe Palace is our favorite palace in Istanbul. It was a recommendation from Aaron’s sister who lived in Istanbul for 4 years. The architecture, grounds, and setting are all stunning, and surprisingly it’s the least touristy historical site in the city.
Montenegro lies on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, full of mountain ranges, clear blue waters, medieval towns, sea view apartments, and an abundance of fresh figs. It’s one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world, second only to Iceland within Europe.
Andorra is a tiny mountainous nation bordering Spain and France, three hours by car from Barcelona. We took advantage of our Barcelona stay to rent a car and drive to Andorra for two nights at the end of November, which is the beginning of their winter.