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by Nico McKenzie
Planning your first time in Europe is an out of body experience. There is so much history, culture and art to explore that it can be overwhelming. But there are a few destinations that really stand out for first-time visitors. And if you find yourself visiting for the first time, these are the cities you absolutely can’t miss.
Paris is hands down my favourite city in the world. Every year I try to visit once to learn a new pastry skill, which serves as both an excuse to visit and a chance to feel French!
Rome, the eternal city, is a must-visit for first-timers in Europe. As they say, all roads lead to Rome! Highlights include the Colosseum, Vatican City, and the Pantheon.
If postcard perfect cities are more your style, you will enter a world of colour when you step foot in Barcelona. Gaudi architecture is sprinkled throughout the city and the tapas are to die for.
Another favourite city of mine and my pick for the most romantic city in the world is Amsterdam. The city is built on canals and has a unique flair unlike any other city in Europe. It is certainly a top pick for first-timers!
If Venice really is sinking, then what more reason do you need to visit! This city dazzles in the early evenings, especially in the summer months. Visiting in winter or shoulder season will ensure fewer crowds.
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