Traveling Dreams

This week’s inspiration for my “Weekly Post” comes from a question from my dear friend Nick on my Ask Me page (you can feel free to ask me one as well)…

If you could spend a week traveling Europe, which cities would you like to hit up and why?

This is an interesting question to ask for a couple reasons.  First, I do not have a passport as I have never traveled out of the country.  Second, I am actually traveling out of the country for the first time  next month, for business, to Europe.  Thus, traveling and Europe  have been on my mind quite a bit.  And thus, I am excited to answer this question.

Frankly, a week is not a long time to travel all over a continent, but lets for the sake of this question pretend that I can teleport from place to place and not lose any time traveling.  With that in mind let us begin our journey.

London, UK

Yes, how cliche of me right?  You know what?  I don’t care.  Ever since I was little London has been on my list of places to visit.  I want to see where the queen lives.  I want to look at Big Ben.  I want to stand on the London Bridge and sing “London Bridge is falling down, falling down..”.  I want to go and try and get the royal guards to smile.  I want to visit where Shakespeare lived and wrote.  I want to drink a pint in a seedy pub with sketchy British men with yummy accents.  I want to do everything cliche that Americans think of when they think London.  

Dublin, Ireland

I am 50% Irish.  I love all things green.  I grew up on a sheep farm.  I need to visit Ireland.  One half of my family’s history began in this country and thus I feel a draw to this great green yonder.  However, beyond that, Dublin is filled with so much history, so much architecture and amazing parks, that I know I would love visiting.  From the glorious castles to the beautiful churches, every step would hold a new piece of architecture and history for me to marvel.

Paris, France

Ah, the city of love.  Let me start by saying that I love love.  However, that is not why I would love to visit Paris.  Paris comes on the recommendation of many friends who have visited there.  The Eiffel Tower, tiny outdoor cafes, the Louvre, the parks, the cuisine, the history, the architecture.  What is there in Paris that you would NOT want to see?  Absolutely nothing.  I will make it to Paris someday, I promise you that.

Venice & Rome, Italy

Food.  Beautiful Architecture.  History.  Religion.  Italy is my top destination, has been for years, will be until I get to visit.  I took two years of Italian in college simply so that I would be able to visit Italy.  Honestly, I would like to visit all of Italy, even Sicilia.  However, if I had to choose just a couple places to visit, Venezia and Roma are at the top of the list.  Venice for the simple fact that it is a city built on water.  Additionally it is home to some beautiful art.  Rome…Well, let’s face it, it’s Rome.  How can you not want to visit the home of the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, the Trevi Fountain?  And yes, I could go on and on forever about everything in Rome, and Italy as a whole.  If you have any interest in history, ancient, middle ages, or current, Rome is a must.  Oh did I also mention I absolutely love Italian food?  Yeah, I am definitely going to Italy someday.

Athens, Greece

Home of philosophers Plato and Aristotle.  The Parthenon.  The Olympics.  Temples to Greek Gods.  Are you seeing a theme here?  I love history.  History of any kind.  I can’t get enough of it.  And a chance to visit one of THE places that started Western Civilization.  Yes.  P.S.  I don’t like Greek food, but I could maybe get used to it.

Madrid & Barcelona, Spain

Why?  Because I feel as though if I am going to visit Europe, I must at least stop by Spain.  Madrid is the capital and thus an obvious choice, but I have often been told that the city is almost too large and that it is daunting.  However, I would still like to visit and roam through the streets.  As for Barcelona, well from what I know, it has some absolutely beautiful architecture.  And it is home to Picasso, so you can can bet I would be visiting the museum completely dedicated to him!

Germany

I honestly can’t pick which city I would want to visit when I visited Germany.  The country is so filled to the brim with history that I could spend two weeks traveling just around there.  From Berlin, to Munich, to Hamburg, each city has something I would like to see.  And when you remember that Germany was at the heart of WWII, and that I studied Judaism in college, well Germany simply has so much value for me.

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There are so many places in Europe that I want to see, so many places in the world I want to visit.  Someday I will make that happen.  I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have never left the country (United States).  I do not even have a passport.  But!  Not for long!  I am excited to write, at the beginning of February I will be going to Hamburg on a business trip.

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