Many spots in Europe have cottoned on to the fact that they make great tourist locations and as such have done a lot to cater for the influx of tourists often at the expense of old Europe. At the same time, as Western and progressive countries, much of old Europe in locations such as England and France have been lost to the development of new buildings and amenities – to shopping arcades, roads and entertainment complexes. While these all have their place and can make for a great holiday, they are often included at the expensive of an authentic taste of old Europe.
It’s important then when visiting European holiday destinations that you take the time out to see old Europe at its historical and cultural best and there are several ways to do this.
One way to see old Europe is obviously to visit historical sites and monuments. A holiday in Rome for example is a great opportunity to see some of old Europe by looking around the various old monuments such as the coliseum and the Vatican city which have been maintained as perfectly as possible and opened to the public to give them a chance to see some old Europe. When looking around these old Europe sites, you might notice that there are a lot of tourist stands and stalls around the area which can distract from the authentic feel. However what you need to remember is that these kinds of stalls and this culture actually is an integral part of authentic old Europe.
Another way to see some of old Europe that has remained mostly untouched, is to visit some of the less commercial villages and towns that people haven’t heard of as much. Obviously you won’t see much of old Europe if you visit the large cities such as Paris or London, other than those areas specifically protected as tourist spots. However if you go a little farther afield to the outskirts and to the costal villages then you will get to see some old Europe that has remained relatively un touched. For example if you travel to Wales and visit some of the small villages such as Criccieth then you can see some of old Europe much as it was many years ago. Many other even smaller villages around Wales are more authentic advantages of old Europe still – some having little more than a pub, a school and a post office in the whole village.
Meanwhile in other countries around Europe whole towns and portions are still fairly ‘old Europe’ in their look and feel in that they haven’t been developed much. Visit a town such as Krakow in Poland and the atmosphere and architecture will still feel very much like old Europe.
This post was written by admin on July 2010