I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many that are worth the trip:
Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the 5 places that I’d love to revisit. Although I love exploring new countries, I also love going back to places that I enjoyed the first time around. I mean, if you have a favourite flavour of Ben & Jerry’s (Half Baked, of course), you don’t only have it once and then continuously just try other flavours- you go back to what you love. Besides, just because you’ve been to one place in a country, doesn’t mean you’ve done it- the culture of one town can be wildly different from another.
3-9 August 2008 For my family and I, France used to be a regular destination for our family summer holiday. We used to go pretty much every year and spend a week or two in a villa somewhere. In 2008, we went for our last trip to the Dordogne area in the south of the country. For a week, we sat by a pool at a villa in the side of a valley, going out for food and to explore the local villages.
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 981 preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 25. Only 956 to go then- I may complete my Seven Wonders list first:
Bucket List number 43: see the seven wonders of the world. I think that this is probably a regular feature on bucket lists: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place. With the exception of the latter I haven’t been to any.
In order to save some pennies, my friends and I decided to use the coach for our trip from London to Paris. This was a mistake. Had we actually booked it far in advance, when we first decided, it may have been worth it. Instead we kept leaving it so in the end we didn’t save enough money. It was still cheaper than the Eurostar but it took such a long time, so we spent a lot of our short time in Paris exhausted.
My first experience of Paris was as an eleven year old girl. I have hazy memories of the views from the top of the Eiffel Tower and people rollerblading down the street but that’s about it. The scenes of Carrie Bradshaw meandering through the streets in Sex and the City and Andy Sachs swinging from a lamppost in The Devil Wears Prada were a far cry from what I remember as a child interested in nothing more than one famous monument and some holiday souvenirs- although having said that, the mini-Eiffel-Tower figure I purchased still stands proudly on my chest of drawers. My return almost a decade later was in different circumstances. Instead of a child on a family holiday, I was a student on my Easter holiday from university with my old school friends, visiting a friend on her year abroad.