“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I am planning a trip to Europe next spring.
I have wanted to visit Italy since I can remember and am FINALLY going! In addition to Italy I plan to see London, England…and maybe Paris. Since it is still going to be awhile until I can hopefully move abroad for a few years and really experience all of Europe; I will have to settle for vacations. I am trying to organize my plans by listing the top places I plan to see, since I want to see it all, but don’t care to rush around like a tourist to fit everything in, while not really seeing anything. There is so much history there considering my comparatively new country… and the architecture and art history is amazing!
The Colosseum (Rome) – Item #1. Started in 70 AD. Architecturally amazing…especially considering the times. While it was a place of deathly ‘games’, my awe stems from the history and architecture.
The Pantheon – “Palace of the Gods”, barely changed from the ancient Roman times.
The Appian Way – Built in Ancient Rome (312 BC) along with the Appian Aqueduct. Architecturally unheard of in their day! The road still exists today. Wow.
The Duomo (Milan) – One of the world’s largest Gothic churches, with its 135 spires and 3,400 statues, took over 5 centuries to build starting in 1386. How the heck did they get the statues on each spire!? Truly amazing; nobody would ever take the time to create that kind of detailed architectural beauty today. The Duomo is really the only reason Milan made my go-to list this first go round.
Wine tasting in Tuscany! – Two words…wine & tasting. 🙂
Venice – except St. Mark’s square. With my fear of pigeons it would be a nightmare come true. I want to wander around and get lost in Venice.
The Tudor Castles & Palaces (London) – Homes of the royal Tudor family, including, King Henry VIII, his six wives, and Queen Elizabeth I.
- Westminster Abbey – Gothic cathedral. Site of coronations and royal burials.
Windsor Castle – An official resident of Queen Elizabeth I
Hampton Court – Gift to King Henry VIII from Cardinal Wolsey. (1520’s) I hear it’s haunted by Catherine Howard..pray I don’t head creepy screaming outside the chapel!
The Tower of London – Where Henry’s queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were both executed, in addition to St. Thomas More, his former Chancellor.
Hever Castle – Family home of beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn.
The Palace of Versailles – Home of Louis XIV and later… Marie Antoinette. BEAUTIFUL gardens.
The Louvre – Former palace of King Louis XIV, now the French epicenter of art history; recalling the Renaissance. The world’s most visited art museum. How could I NOT go here?
The Eiffel Tower. – Of course.