And the Winners Are …

On Monday I asked all of you for help. We are trying to decide which European city to visit over Easter weekend in 2014. I was surprised by all the responses. It’s always fun to hear about places to travel and I love the blogging community and their willingness to help. So far the top contenders are:







It’s not too late to offer your suggestion. The final deciding factor will probably be money. I haven’t priced the trips yet so if you know an amazing European city that isn’t too far from London and is relatively inexpensive, let me know. Or let me know if one of the cities above is an absolute must. I have to admit, Rome sounds pretty exciting. How cool would it be to see all of the festivities surrounding the holiday?

Again, thanks for all of your help. You guys are the best!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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114 Responses to And the Winners Are …

  1. Bruges is cute 🙂 Waffles!!!!

  2. I saw your previous post and also thought of suggesting Rome. Accommodation and transport (within the city) are more than affordable and I believe you can get good plane deals from the UK. But since a lot of Italians are pretty religious I’m not sure if everything functions as usual during Easter time.. Budapest is a very pretty, lively and quite cheap city, so If you find a resonable plane ticket go for it!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for the comment. I’m a little concerned that not everything will be functioning in Rome. I need to weigh if the festivities would make up for that. I’ve always wanted to go to Budapest. Decisions, decisions …

      • I have a very close friend who lived in Rome for 5 years so if you have any specific questions I can ask her and come back to you!

      • TBM says:

        Really? that’s awesome. Can you ask her if she suggests visiting at that time. We would like to tour the city for art (Sistine chapel included), be able to eat in cafes or restaurants, and have bars open. I know the city will be packed, but will that prevent us from being tourists? Does that made sense?

      • Ok, so my friend says that restaurants etc are open but usually quite crowded in Easter day. Transport works fine as well, but she doesn’t know about museums etc on Easter day (holy week is ok) cause she never tried to visit one at that time! I’m looking forward to see your final decision!

      • TBM says:

        So museums may be iffy on Easter day. That’s not too bad. Thanks for asking! I’m excited to see our final decision as well. Will keep you posted!

  3. bocafrau says:

    My dad has been to Budapest and it’s amazing there from what he said. A photographer’s dream.

  4. what a great list! i’d sign up for any of them 🙂

  5. Beth Ann says:

    Our son just had a massive month long European trip—he loved Budapest. I think it was there he did a hot air balloon flight and that was truly an experience. All of his pictures from his trip made me want to go. And guess what? The hubby and I are planning a trip to England next year!! 🙂 I want to have tea with the queen—what do you think? You got any pull over there as a famous author to make that happen?

  6. bulldog says:

    South Africa is just too far for a weekend…

    • TBM says:

      I remember that flight. Going there wasn’t so rough, but coming back was horrible. Not only that, I had a terrible cold. When we finally arrived in Boston I slept for two days. I’ll save South Africa for another time, when I can spend at least a week.

  7. ilargia64 says:

    I love Bruges…It is beautiful , day and night, and full of history,…

  8. Haven’t been to Budapest or Bruges yet…so if you can I can travel vicariously with you!

  9. hillarypat says:

    Rome is great during Easter but VERY crowded if you are in the vatican. Florence and Dublin are nice but I LOVE Edinburgh. If you don’t decide on Rome (or Budapest for Burges which I haven’t been to) I would go there. Just my 2 cents!

    • TBM says:

      The crowds in Rome intimidate me some, but I think it could possibly add to the experience as well. Edinburgh is still in the running, so don’t worry. And thanks for your two cents. Much appreciated.

      • hillarypat says:

        The crowds at the Vatican were crazy. I went to Good Friday and the Easter Vigil mass there. At one point the line was surging forward so much and people were so mashed together that I was pushed off my feet from the ground and was sandwiched between people for a few seconds, just hanging there. Very weird experience!

      • TBM says:

        Goodness, that might give me a slight heart attack. Thanks for the input. I need to think about this.

  10. poppytump says:

    How about Seville ..
    Lovely bright sunny weather, Cathedral , Easter Festivities galore [maybe a tad too busy for you though ] Tapas Bars … and then you can tell all on return TBM !
    Not visited yet but would really like to 😉

  11. Is it too late to throw Tallinn into the equation? Gorgeous city, and you could pop to Helsinki by ferry for a daytrip…

  12. adinparadise says:

    I would go to Rome again, in a heartbeat. 🙂

  13. Vishy says:

    They all look like wonderful choices, TBM! Hope you have fun choosing the city that you would like to visit. One of my friends went on a long trip to Europe recently and said that Bruges was one of the best cities she has ever visited.

  14. I’d go small for cheaper prices, intimacy with the locals, and unharrassed photo shots. What a delightful problem you have! 😉

  15. restlessjo says:

    I would be excited to be going to either of your top two 🙂

  16. I would save Florence for a longer trip–like a week in Tuscany. There is so much incredible art and architecture, it can be overwhelming to see in just a day or two.
    Dublin is close and supposed to be beautiful, but don’t know what will be open.
    Good luck choosing!

  17. evelynhill27 says:

    Florence may not seem to expensive in terms of places to stay but it is a veryyyy expensive city. Rome can be much cheaper if you find the good places outside of the tourist center, really as long as its not in centro its fine and food costs are cheap! Also Easter here is fantastic there are events all throughout the city and you can attend mass for free!

    If you haven’t been i will always choose Rome its perfect here!

    • TBM says:

      Good to know! I wonder why Florence is more expensive once you arrive. Thanks for the input! Much appreciated.

      • evelynhill27 says:

        Gucci mainly haha, also the part of the city that is actually interesting and historical is small so they reallly juice the tourists (3e for a cappuccino that is all milk no coffee!) Also I think they like to stick with the gold merchant persona, lots of beautiful expensive jewelery.

      • TBM says:

        Good to know. 3e for milk does seem steep 🙂 Does a tea only include hot water?

  18. Novroz says:

    I missed the previous post.
    Hope you’ll choose Dublin…would love to know what you think of that part of Ireland 🙂

  19. Oh, I’ll be traveling vicariously with you!
    Looking out for your final decision:-)
    Have a pleasant balance of the week, TBM.

  20. aFrankAngle says:

    Of the listed, Rome Rome Rome! It’s a great walking city with bountiful treats. …. consider something different like Trieste or Genoa.

  21. elisaruland says:

    Oh no, I hope I’m not too late to enter my submission! If I could leave tomorrow I’d go back to the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, and hike from one end to the other. Good luck with your travel planning!

  22. Moxacity says:

    Go to Edinburgh! (Only because I’m currently pricing tickets as I type. Planning on visiting a friend there early next year).

  23. Robin says:

    I love Edinburgh. I’ve been there twice, and would love to go back again just to wander around through the streets and wynds.. There’s the castle (of course), the Royal Mile, Holyrood, lots of great pubs and restaurants (we even found a vegetarian version of haggis which is strictly not haggis, but very tasty nonetheless), and if you’re up for a wee hike, there are great views from Arthur’s Seat. Then there’s the single malt scotch, but that’s a whole ‘nother experience and story. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I think I could eat vegetarian haggis! My partner will probably eat the real thing just to show off. And a wee hike sounds great. I have a couple of scotch stories as well, but I’m always willing to add another 🙂 Thanks for the comment and all the wonderful suggestions!

  24. I read you’re interested in Rome… I was born and I live in Rome, so if you have any questions, I can help you!

    • TBM says:

      Thanks! We’d love to visit Rome during the Easter weekend but are worried that businesses, museums, and other places won’t be open. In your experience, would you suggest Rome at this time for tourists?

  25. I feel like I’m coming in late… did Paris receive the guillotine?! It’s a fantasmic city, especially when toured at night. If not, I think that Belfast and the Northern Ireland area with Giant’s Causeway had some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen in January. Real rolling hills dotted with tufts of sheep.

    • TBM says:

      We go to Paris in the spring during the French Open. We’re big tennis fans. I hear the Giant’s Causeway is stunning. Will have to remember that. Every time I see a commercial on television I want to go!

      • Oh I am so jealous! My family is nuts about tennis as well and we’ll drive to this smaller yet pro tournament nearby. There’s Federer and other greats… but then Federer in France is whole another level!

      • TBM says:

        Yeah! Another tennis fan! And a Federer fan. The better half loves him.

  26. Caroline says:

    I visited all of them,they are all beautiful in thier own way but it depends on whatyou want. Dublin would be the cheapest, I guess, followed by Bruges and Budapest. Since it’s an Easter holiday I wouldn’t go to Italy, especially not Rome.

    • TBM says:

      Not a fan of crowds? I totally understand that. Usually I’m not, but I think it would be an experience to see Rome during Easter at least once in my life.

      • Caroline says:

        You can’t compare the tourists in Italy to the tourists anywhere else in the world, believe me. Most of the sites you can’t even see. You may have noticed that there are no photos of the so-called must sees in my Venice post. Either I couldn’t see them or I was pushed so brutally . . . Rome is the second worst in this regard. Really better to go off season.

      • TBM says:

        At least you found the bookstore. That looks so quaint and a must-see!

  27. lynnsbooks says:

    I’ve not been to Budapest but it’s on the list! Rome is amazing and literally jaw dropping – I admit that we tried a little more out of season and I quite liked that as I felt we could actually see some of the major attractions better without the feeling of being hustled and bustled along. Florence is also a beautiful city with much to see and we also made a day trip to Sienna – which is well worth seeing. Same with Bruge/Ghent (almost like you get two great places for the price of one!).
    For my twenty cents I’d like to chuck Venice into the ring – I absolutely loved it.
    Lynn 😀

    • TBM says:

      Jaw-dropping–that’s sounds good. I think if we went to Rome during Easter we would have to try to go back another time to see more of the city and less of the ceremonies and such. Not a bad thing, but might not be feasible. A lot of people are getting behind Bruge … and Venice 🙂

  28. Anna says:

    How fun, I am also planning a weekend trip to some European city, but for November (maybe Prague!) Out of those cities above I have been to Rome and Florence and really liked both of them. Actually, I was in Florence (on my way to Arezzo) during easter time and the locals normally have a big celebration there. And Rome, that city offers so much history and museums and in my opinion it’s easy to walk from one place to another! It will be interesting to see where you end up 😉

    • TBM says:

      You’ll love Prague. We went there last December and had a blast. Such a beautiful place. If you go, visit the Castle at night. Seeing the city below with all the lights is so cool and you can get some great photos.

      I do enjoy walk-able cities. I’m curious to see where we go as well.

  29. Love this pull together. Tyler and I will be thinking about a big trip next year. Although I think I say that every year!

  30. Amsterdam, Rome and Florence would all get my vote. Also Venice. But – how about Lisbon?

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