I've been thinking about this for a while now. I was wondering, what are your favorite countries on the old continent? I'm not just talking about a holiday destination. I'm talking about every major aspect of a country. Its history, gastronomy, language, culture, achievements, people, and landscapes. Let's just say, what are your five favorite ones?
Here's my list:
France has always been my favorite country. It's just so beautiful. With a glorious history, elegant language and people, and the best cuisine in the world. I'm not alone in this. France attracts the most tourists every year. It has lost some of its beauty -- especially Paris -- but it's still the crown jewel of our civilization in my opinion. I can't even imagine Europe without it. If we lose France, we lose ourselves. France is also the most successful military power in history, contrary to what a lot of yanks seem to think.
One of my favorite destinations to visit. Tuscany is a paradise on Earth. Rome is one of the greatest cities I've ever been to. Exquisite gastronomy and language. Gorgeous women. Unbelievable history. Only France beats it.
This is mostly because of nostalgia for me. I used to visit it every summer with family when I was much younger. In many ways it's like Italy but a little bit less impressive. Needless to say it's still an amazing country. Spain was the first global empire in history and boasts the second most spread language on the planet, after English. The only thing Spain has that's superior to Italy is the female population. I've always had a soft spot for Spanish girls. Lots of vacation sweethearts. Farewell and adieu to you, Spanish ladies, farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain...
One of the most underrated countries in Europe. It's not as beautiful as France or Italy, but it's still beautiful nonetheless. It's gastronomy -- particularly the wine -- and landscapes are especially underrated. The Mosel region is almost as beautiful as Tuscany in my opinion, and it has some of the finest wines of all time. I also used to visit this place a lot when I was a kid. Germany has achieved so much. A giant in philosophical and industrial excellence. I love the language and the people as well.
Technically England isn't a country, but I've never been to the other parts of the United Kingdom, so I'll only mention England. English will always be my favorite language. It's so rich and powerful. A prefect mixture of Romance and Germanic languages. England's achievements are obvious. What more needs to be said? Would the world even be recognizable without it? No country has had a bigger impact on the world. Even though it's gastronomy isn't that great, it's landscapes are heavenly. Southern England especially is absolutely breathtaking. It really does look like the Shire. Lol!
HONORABLE MENTION: ANCIENT GREECE
Obviously you can't visit ancient Greece, but it's impossible for me to mention Europe without it. It's the cradle of our civilization and the Greeks have nothing to prove anymore. What they achieved during their antiquity blows everything else out of the water. We would be nowhere without them.
Anyway, a more lighthearted post is good once in a while. So, what is your list?