Since it's super snowy here, and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to reminisce about some of my favorite cities I've traveled too! Although I do finally have some travel plans in my future (Here's lookin' at you, Washington D.C.!), it's still amazingly fun to go through my old travel photos and remember why I loved being in those cities! So, without further ado, here are 5 of my favorite cities!
I love Barcelona! I mean, all the Gaudi buildings are there! And don't even get me started on Park Guell!
I love the feel of Barcelona! It just has a very exotic feel. Whether you're looking for city or beach, Barcelona has a little bit of everything! I never ran out of things to do in Barcelona!
One thing you can't miss when visiting Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia. It is a gorgeous work of architecture, and I could seriously spend hours staring at the stained glass!
I really loved the food in Barcelona too! I have about a hundred pictures of paella on my phone, and I regret nothing! Hit up some of the restaurants near the beach for super delicious seafood!
I loved this city! For those who don't know, Carcassone is a little French town that is a medieval castle! It was seriously my nerd dreams come true!
There is not a ton to do in Carcassone, and it is a little hard to get to, but I still highly recommend making the trip! It still holds all that medieval charm! It still takes most of a day to explore so don't let it's size fool you! There are plenty of little shops and restaurants to explore, and there is a gorgeous little cathedral that I fell in love with!
One really cool fact about Carcassone is that the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the one with Kevin Costner, was filmed in and around Carcassone! If you're ever in France with some time to spare I would definitely recommend checking out this charming French castle!
Rome may be one of my absolute favorite cities ever! I've been here twice now, and will hopefully go again, because there is so much to see and do (and eat)!
Rome just feels historically from the second you get there! As you go meandering down the streets, there are just ruins on the sides of the roads; it's actually incredible! For one of the best views of Roma, climb the duomo in Saint Peter's Basilica, and see some of the most amazing aerial views of the city (Peep the above pic!)!
Not to mention St. Peter's on its own! Amazing to go and tour. Give yourself a ton of time because it is a huge area to explore!
The Basilica goes on forever. So many popes are buried there, if you're into that kind of thing, that it takes a while to track them down in the expanse that is St. Peter's. Plus, you'll probably need to wait in line to rub Jesus', the statue, feet. But, I super recommend getting the ticket to see the Basilica and the Sistine Chapel!
If you're looking to do something a little bit more touristy, visit the Trevi fountain and throw a coin in. The myth is is that if you throw a coin in the Trevi, you'll come back to Rome. So far, it's worked for me!
My recommendation, if you want to avoid some of the crowds, head to the Trevi later in the day. Most people go in the afternoon, so it's much less crowded if you go at night.
Paris is incredible! I was lucky enough to spend one of my spring breaks in Paris, and it was amazing!
There is literally so much to do in Paris! Like the Lourve, Notre Dame, Versailles, Pere Lachaise, the Eiffell Tower, the D'orsay, and a million more things! One thing to do when checking out Notre Dame, is to go below it and check out the ancient Roman ruins beneath the church! How cool is that! Plus, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore is right across the street! Be sure to head to Notre Dame right in the morning to avoid some of crowds! And stop at Cafe Les Deux Margot on your way back into town; it's where Hemingway used to hang out!
I add Versaillies to my Paris list, even though it's pretty far out of the city. Just take my word for it, and if you've got the time, head to Versailles and soak in the glory of the Sun King! It is one of the most beautiful places I've been!
So, I'm a bit of a nerd for the TV show Reign, so when I got the chance to go to Edinburgh, and tour Edinburgh Castle, I jumped at the chance! Look at my excited face (or it also might have been the second cup of coffee)!
Edinburgh is another city that just feels filled with history! So many writer's have called it home, so definitely check out the Writer's Museum tucked into the cutest little corner of the city!
I was only in Edinburgh for three days so I missed a lot, but it was honestly so fun to just soak up the atmosphere and the Scottish accents!
If you're looking for something a little spooky, check out Dungeon. It was a little bit hoaky. But, the history was awesome. The tour, amd subsequent performances, used real people who had been in the Dungeon! It was a nice little bit of history, mixed in with a nice bit of getting scared.
Let's be honest, the real reason I went to Edinburgh was because JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter there! So, definitely check out the Elephant House cafe where she wrote, and wander Victoria Street, if you're an HP nerd like me! If you're really ambitious, you can head to Greyfriars Kirkyard to find the real Tom Riddle's grave!
So, there you have it! Five cities I really loved visiting! Hopefully my rambling and reminiscing made you want to visit these places if you haven't already!
And be sure to tune in Monday for another book review! This week's book took me to Greece!