I got a call from my sister in Belgium, bemoaning the fact that nothing was open in Bruges. She and her husband were discovering the country seemed to be on holiday for the next few weeks. Europe throughout anytime of the year can be a gamble of when basics like supermarkets or ordinary attractions are open. In Italy for example, there are daily nap hours when the shops shut down. On Sundays in most countries in Europe, it can be hard to find anything open to keep the traveler occupied.
For the traveler like my sister and her husband, this can pose a problem. You want to see, do and eat, but the country is shutting down for whatever reason. Here are ideas on how to keep busy even when it seems the streets of Europe are empty and finding a grocery store open on a Sunday is harder than finding an ice cube in hell.
Check Major Museum Hours: Even if it seems like all of Europe is closed for a holiday or on the weekend, travelers should always check the major museums in town for their operating hours. Generally you can find museums in Europe that are open despite certain holidays or on Sundays. When I am traveling in Europe, I try to save museum visits for Sundays for this very reason. It gives the traveler an activity when the choice of attractions can be quite limited.
Appreciate the Great Outdoors: In Germany, when the shops and restaurants shut down on Sunday, many Germans take to the great outdoors. You can do this across the continent during holidays or on the weekends. Natural attractions can be appreciated no matter the hour or day of the week. Travelers in cities in Europe can still experience the great outdoors by finding the main gardens and parks in town for a stroll.
Look For Supermarkets Open on Sundays and Holidays on the Outskirts: Every Sunday when I studied abroad in Sicily, I would make my way to the outskirts of town to the biggest supermarket. It was the only place that you could buy food on a Sunday. Across Europe, you will find these bigger supermarkets generally on the outskirts of town. These are your best bets for finding food on a Sunday or holidays in Europe.
Explore The Cathedrals and Churches: When it is a holiday in Europe or just a Sunday, the one place that you can count on to be open is the town church or cathedral. Sundays and holidays are actually prime times to see the cathedrals of Europe. You can experience the music of the choir and the traditions of faith from one church to the next and one country to the other.
Embrace it and Be European: For some travelers, it can be hard to understand shops closing in the middle of the day or restaurants closed up for weeks on holiday. However if you are amidst a Europe that has shut down for the day, week or month, embrace it. This is the time to relax, stroll the streets and get lost on lazy drives.
Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Follow Scotland's Historic Malt Whisky TrailComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
The world famous and one of a kind Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland passes through seven Speyside working distilleries, as well as a historic distillery and Britain's only cooperage. Though hardly inclusive of the numerous distilleries in the Speyside area, the trailserves as an excellent spine through the region. Indeed, any visit to all of the venues along this stretch of green Scottish countryside would result in plenty of knowledge about a Scottish and a wealth of memories....read more
Spotlight on Spain: FlamencoComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
One of my most memorable evenings in another country was the one I spent in a flamenco club in Granada. Everything about the performance captivated me, from the intricate guitar melodies to the expressive vocalizations to the precise hand movements and declarative stomps of the dancers. Flamenco is an extremely rich and captivating part of Spanish culture....read more
Stay, See, Savor: 24 Hours in AustinComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
A dynamic and eclectic city that is steeped in history, Austin is one of the true gems of Texas. You’ll definitely want to spend more than twenty-four hours here, but if that’s all you’ve got, here are my suggestions for where to stay, what to see, and what to savor....read more
5 Big Exhibitions in London NowComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
This week sees the annual Frieze Art Fair descend upon London. With it comes a scope of art related activities and satellite events across town with some of London's best known galleries taking advantage of this time of heightened buzz to put on their biggest shows of the year. Here's a list of five of the biggest exhibitions around town that are on now and well worth checking out....read more
4 Travel Lessons Learned From Christopher Columbus’ MistakesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Before you set sail on your own travels of discovery, be sure to keep these travel lessons in mind, all learned from the mistakes of Columbus. He might have sailed the ocean blue, but he didn’t always go about travel in the best of ways....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2014 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.