Nina may call Canada home, but she has a special place in her heart for Europe. Setting foot in the enchanting continent 13 years ago, it quickly became her favourite place to visit and she has since traveled to 15 European cities. From glistening, romantic laneways, to family run restaurants, little boutique hotels and an emphasis on “working to live” instead of “living to work”, it’s easy to see why Nina loves the European style of living. Interested in finding out more about what draws Nina to Europe? This interview explains it all!
1/ Which European cities have you traveled to?
I’ve traveled to Paris, Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Naples, Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lugano, London and Oxfordshire. I have also landed in Frankfurt and Zurich.
2/ Which one(s) is your favourite? Why?
Wow, that’s a very hard question to answer, as I love them all!If I could narrow it down, I’d have to say Rome. I’m a hopeless romantic and I found Rome to be very enchanting. Rome’s history spans 28 centuries. Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome at around 753 BC, however the site has been inhabited for much longer, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. Not only is it one of Europe’s oldest cities, and full of unbelievable historical sites to visit, but in my eyes, it’s as enchanting and romantic as is gets. What’s so special about it? How about the black cobblestone dating thousands of years old, shimmering Off the old glistening lanterns at night, or the quirky old laneways? There’s beauty in many European cities, but not one can compare to Rome. There’s also the fabulous food and wine, the endless pastries, the fattening gelato, the fresh Italian Alp water just gushing from the fountains all around the city. And you can’t forget the unbelievable fashion style or the gorgeous, fashionable men which are the icing on the cake.
3/ When did you first travel to Europe?
13 years ago for a major anniversary. I traveled to three countries that year- Spain Italy and France.
4/ Do you have any plans to travel to Europe soon? If so, where are you going?
Yes, I’m hoping to see other countries I’ve yet to experience. I’d like to see Ireland, Denmark, Montenegro, Croatia, Holland and travel the South of both France and Spain. For some reason I never made it to the South of any countries, including Italy. Strange, isn’t it? I better fix that and make it a goal to get there soon!
5/ What do you love most about European cities?
I love that everything is small scale. The small family run restaurants, the little boutique hotels, the little specialty shops, and the incredible sites. I love how people go out at night for walks and how evening walks become a social event. They live outdoors....I love that.
6/ How do you think the European lifestyle is different from the Canadian one?
In Canada, and in North America in general, people “live to work” but in Europe they “work to live”. No one robs them of the pleasure they find in living life at its fullest. I love that way of living!
7/ Has Europe influenced your personal home design style? If so, how?
Yes, a little bit, because I’ve always been fascinated by older pieces of furnishings that have their own personality. European cities are full of ideas you can bring into your home. One of my favourite things to do is bring one nice item from each European city I visit, as well as a large city book I can look through years later.
It’s clear to see I love Europe! I think I may be living in the wrong continent, ha!