Places & Things (European Edition)

“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!

Italy

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 Sistine Chapel – My #2. Michelangelo’s masterpiece. In Vatican City, the home of the Pope. Yes, a country of it’s own, but yet a part of Rome.

The Roman Forum – The political and economic center of ancient Roman civilization. Where Julius Caesar was assasinated.

The Pantheon – “Palace of the Gods”, barely changed from the ancient Roman times.

The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.

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.

Cinque Terre and Almafi Coast, Campania. – Beauty. Need I say more?

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.

Ponte Vecchio (Florence) & Galleria degli Uffizi – Holds the world’s most important collection of Renaissance art. Can’t WAIT to see it all.

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.

London, England

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.

Paris, France

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.

5 responses to “Places & Things (European Edition)

  1. Tisha

    Thank you for adding me to your friend, goodreads.com.
    Enjoyed your blog, very creative. I am a Giants fan, hope you will continue to read.
    I have been to England & Northen Italy, & FranceThe charm of both countries in their own individuals way is breathtaking !
    The only recomendmation I can offer is when we are on Holiday, it has been our sentiment to thoroughly see one country soaking in their culture.
    Of course, time contraints and the ablility to travel on a consistant basis may have influenced your thinking. Perfectly understood.
    I envy your aspiration to live in Europe. To travel by rail to a country over a weekend.
    We plan to go to either Austria & Switzerland next fall I am hoping we agree to go to the South of France, The French Rivera, Nice, Monaco, mon dieu.

    Au Revoir

    Benjamin

  2. If you ever want to see a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for four from five. Detailed info, but I have to go to that damn google to find the missed parts. Thanks, anyway!

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