Im going to Europe soon and I cannot be the only one with a silly obsession of stopping in every microstate for at least a day. What are your experiences with San Marino, Liechtenstein Luxembourg, et all?Bonus points if you actually lived there for a while or were even born there. While for 90% of stuff you are really living in Switzerland/Italy/France, what are the small quirks living there? When does the concept of living on a microstate affects your day to day life?
>LuxembourgWorth visiting, it's like a very beautiful and wealthy French city with interesting topography. There's more than just Luxembourg City to it, as well.>MonacoWorth visiting, its buildings are nothing special, but the topography and density of everything is.>San Marino & AndorraMeme mountain villages with nothing going on. The countries surrounding it are far more interesting.>LiechtensteinLiterally a random Swiss-style village.>VaticanIt's in Rome and you should visit Rome anyways, so do it. The Vatican itself is a group of buildings with multiple galleries and a large garden.>MaltaAmazing, completely unique and ancient place, jewel of both nature and architecture, albeit really difficult to reach.
>>2461584I was gonna say that I dont consider Malta a microstate but checked first. Damn its tiny. Thx for the the review but its funny as Im specially hyped for Liechtenstein and San Marino. Im embracing for the boringness
>>2461581Liechtenstein has a ski area. In the summer you can walk to the triple point with Switzerland and Austria from there which is a nice use of a day. Apart from that it’s just Swiss countryside like the other anon said.
>>2461589>Bailiwickhow is that a real word?
>>2461597One of the islands there was a literal feudal state until a few years ago
you can ask for gibraltar passport stamp too (they usually dont care), but aside from the novelty southern spain more interesting
>>2461613Gibraltar is not independent. Zero interest whatsoever>Oh wait, the monkeys...
>>2461619Gibraltar and the other British territories are strange. They’re not part of the U.K. but they are ruled by the British crown like the U.K. is, so they have the same armed forces (which are British forces, not U.K. forces) and the U.K. foreign office does a lot of stuff for them too. Dunno if there’s an exact American equivalent. Puerto Rico? Kinda?The Channel Isles and the Isle of Man are Crown dependencies, which are basically the same thing but from before the British Empire. Civics with Anon
>>2461621So...not independent lol
>>2461621>Dunno if there’s an exact American equivalentGuamcaptcha: 8A2GAY
A Italian dude told me that San Marino drivers are a public menace because they can't be served with speeding/parking tickets. They are 100% Italians of course, but if they can register a car with SM plates then they are made. It's also relatively easy to get into politics because all young people move to Italy to study and because there's no more space, so basically is like trying to become a councillor but you can larp as a congressman or even be a head of state
>>2461581>I cannot be the only one with a silly obsession of stopping in every microstate for at least a day.You're not. This is actually an active goal of mine.
>>2462118I live in NZ so I have a similar plan with Nauru/Tuvalu and perhaps Pitcarin Island. Its way more expensive because of planes and ive been given the same boring warnings from my Islander friends but that only encourages more
>>2462505That it's completely boring lol. I'm not going there for the beaches or adventure, I want to see how they live. They also must have a more define separate identity as they aren't as the European microstates in which they practically are a village of their neighbouring country
>>2461581Isn't Monaco insanely expensive? How do you travel a place like that in the cheap?
Lol retard Luxembourg is not a microstate idiot
>>2461584Microstate autismo chads rise up>Luxembourggorgeous, did a day trip, could spend a couple more checking out nooks and crannies. City is a hidden gem>LiechtensteinIndistinguishable from any Alpine town aside from the castle. Great power tools.>VaticanCrowded but beautiful. The crypts under the Sistine Chapel where they hide the power source of the demiurge are really something else.>MonacoSo fucking cool. Went to the F1 race. They have a fucking Bugatti dealership and the cars stay parked outside.Wanna see the rest, does Andorra have any good skiing?
>>2462118>Must... See... Microstates...4/7
>>2461581Only been in the Vatican, but I recommend that one at least. Fantastic artworks
All public transport is entirely free in Liechtenstein. I found that fascinating, not to mention that it's cleaner than any standard public transport you have to pay anywhere across the globe.
>>2463543You're mixing up Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.Public transport of FL is cucked, they have a railway but most trains only pass through the country without stopping.
>>2463662>You're mixing up Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.I knew his post seemed off. I couldn't find any sources to corroborate his claim, but it was much easier to find yours.
>>2463543Liechtenstein barely needs a bus system lol
I've only been to Vatican and Liechtenstein so far.I like to be able to say that I've been to Liechtenstein, but it was MEH. I wish I had skipped it.Vatican is at least in Rome, so it's surrounded by tons of interesting architecture and great food. So even if you don't care for all those religious buildings and artifacts, it can still make for a good trip.I had an airbnb 5 mins away from Vatican, it was a great neighborhood to stay in.
>>2463323Nice, this is what I'm looking for. I wish to stay longer in Andorra and soak more on that Spanish/French/Catalan atmosphere. How do people talk to each other on the streets?
And yeah Andorra is supposed to be one of the best ski centres in the world lol
>>2466301Locals talk in Catalan. I have a friend from there and asked. He said the 2nd most used languages are Spanish then Portuguese. Most of the people who do undesirable jobs are immigrants from Portugal. French is a complete afterthought. More people probably speak English. Andorra is very wealthy and much more organized than Spain or France. More like Switzerland. On top of being a ski place it's like a big duty free shop. Imagine a Spanish speaking Aspen meets 5th Avenue.
>>2461581>Malta>Amazing, completely unique and ancient place, jewel of both nature and architecture, albeit really difficult to reach.You've clearly never been to Malta.
>>2466340Nice, this is the kind of info I'm looking for Luxembourg as well.
>>2462014I remember they being on the news for having a prime minister in his 20s
>>2461581Sanmarino was cooler then Liechtenstein some old guy who spoke no English helped me change my motorcycle tire there
>>2463273>Isn't Monaco insanely expensive? How do you travel a place like that in the cheap?Day trip from Nice - bus ride and lunch costs less than 20 euros. Walking is always nice too.
>>2461589don't forget Sark