Europe is a large and vibrant continent covering nearly 7% of the earth's landmass with an estimated population of 740 million people, which equates to around 11% of the world's population according to 1995 figures.
Most of the world's major languages have originated from Europe including English, Spanish French and Portuguese. If you live or are based in a European country, you will find that most destinations are less than 4 hours away. Whilst in Europe you can visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, or take a walk down the Champs-Élysées. The southern parts of France are famous for their vineyards and beautiful Mediterranean beaches on the French Riviera also known in French as the Côte d'Azur. Famed for its cuisine, wines and cheeses, France is always a popular destination.
You can visit Ireland, gain the gift of the gab by kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle near Cork. Visit the Galway races or the famous Spanish Quarter. You will also always find a friendly welcome in the Irish capital, Dublin, where you could visit the world famous Guinness factory or the Old Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery.
In the United Kingdom you can see the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace in London with its quintessential red buses and telephone boxes. About 90 minutes away by train, you will find the United Kingdom's second city Birmingham. Famed for its canal network and now boasts the Europe's largest public library which was opened by Malala Yousafzai. Birmingham is also close to Stratford-upon-Avon, the medieval town and birthplace of the world famous writer William Shakespeare. Whilst there you can visit his childhood home. United Kingdom also boasts three other capital cities as well as London. Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland is not only famous for its beautiful city centre but it is also world renowned for Giant's Causeway and its Titanic Museum which is located on the original site where RMS Titanic was built. Cardiff, the capital of wales is famous for its Castle, National Museum, Cardiff Bay and the home of the Doctor Who Museum. The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh and is also famous for its medieval castle. It is also a famous tourist spot for New year's celebrations as well as the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe that takes place every August. It is in fact the world's largest arts' festival.
The things that a tourist can see and do in Europe are endless. You can visit the Vatican in Rome, Italy. You could also throw some coins in the Trevi Fountain, or eat some of the beautiful Italian ice cream or grab an authentic Italian pizza. Talking of pizza, there is also the 12th century Leaning Tower of Pisa which is also famous because it is where Galileo Galilei, the famous mathematician, is believed to have dropped two cannonballs for an experiment involving mass and speed. Heavy stuff.
Try Amsterdam, the capital of Holland or to be more precise the Netherlands where 17th century architecture abounds. Famous museums such as Rijksmuseum andStedelijk have the works of Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt and Vermee. Cycling is popular in the Netherlands and you can see easily rent a cycle to see the sights. Talking of sights, window shopping is a quite interesting experience in the Dutch capital.
Spain with the ancient city of Cadiz which is said to be the oldest city in Europe at 3000 years is rather beautiful with its famous cathedral and relatively quiet sandy beaches. Visit Barcelona and wander down Las Ramblas or take a stadium tour of the Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona. Spain is home to two of the world's biggest football teams and the other is Real Madrid whose stadium is the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Madrid as well as being the capital of Spain is the third largest city in the European Union with London being the biggest in front of Paris.
The subject of the European Union is one that may be of interest to most European travellers especially the subject of its currency. With the exception of the United Kingdom which has voted to leave the European Union, most of the major European countries in the Eurozone use the Euro as their country's sole legal tender. Currently the Euro is sole legal tender in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
Any countries that are in the process of joining or wish to join the European Union in the future will be obliged to change their currency to the Euro as their sole legal currency. This is great for travellers within the continent as they will not need to go through the costly and time consuming process of money exchange as was the case many years ago. It also helps the traveller to be accustomed to the currency. The only fly in the ointment in this regard is Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom and shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland. crossing this border will not only mean you are leaving the Europen union but you will also need to change your money.