Traveling through Europe is a unique experience and can touch the interests and passions of everyone. You can enjoy the fine cuisine, visit many beautiful cities, and relive some amazing moments in history. Europe also gives travelers breath taking vistas of pristine countrysides and opportunities to relax at some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. A person could easily spend ten lifetimes getting to know Europe, but since most people only have a few days or maybe a couple of weeks to explore, planning your time carefully is essential in order to make your visit fun and memorable. You can literally go from the beach to the greatest museums in the world to ancient castles to some of the highest peaks.
Ernest Hemingway once said, “There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” Paris is definitely a city that never truly leaves you once you have visited it and especially if you have had the good fortune of staying there for any extended period of time. How could it not? When it’s history, beauty, and culture are so rich and marvelous. Some of the sites to see while in Paris are: the Louvre Museum; the Eiffel Tower; Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees; Notre Dame Cathedral; and the Musee d’Orsay. Another worthwhile excursion is to take a tour of the Seine River, which allow you to see some of Paris’ most beautiful sites.
Travel tip while visiting Paris: purchase the Paris Museum Pass. This pass will save you money to some of the museums and main attractions in Paris.
Paris, as it’s the world’s loveliest city, is also one of the most expensive places on earth. But don’t worry, we give you some tips on how to further enjoy your stay in the City of Love (especially if you’re a budget traveler).
- Take advantage of Paris’ Free First Sundays program, which has been up and running since its launch in 2000. Perks on this program include free entrance to the Louvre, as well as other museums such as the Orsay and the Musee Albert Kahn. Other attractions in this free program also include Musee the Anes 30, Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Musee National de Arts Asiatiques, Musee de Arts et Metiers, Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Musée National Delacroix, Musée National Gustave Moreau, Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner, Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration, Château de Malmaison, Musée National du Moyen Age, Musée de l’Orangerie, The Centre Pompidou, Musée du Quai Branly, Musée National de la Renaissance and Musée National Rodin
- There are other free attractions in the City of Love such as watching outdoor movies on the grass at Parc de la Villette Open Air Cinema; checking out theLove Wall; strolling through the beautifully landscaped gardens of Jardin du Luxembourg; visiting the Notre Dame cathedral; checking out the interestingPere Lachaise cemetery as well as the sculptures at Atelier Brancusi; ramping through the Promenade Plantee; having a late-night picinic at Square du Vert-Galant; and enjoying a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette.
When one thinks of London, images of royalty, castles, and Shakespeare come to mind. If such images beckon you to visit this historic city, then plan to spend some extra time in London, where there is an abundance of culture and history to see and experience. Some of the more popular places to visit in London are: Windsor Castle; Kensington Palace; Tower Bridge; St. Paul’s Cathedral; Hampton Court Palace; Shakespeare’s Globe Theater; the London Bridge Experience; and cruise of the Thames River.
Another part of the London experience is the theater. Some of the top plays to see are: Wicked the Musical; Les Miserables; War Horse; and Phantom of the Opera. You can go to the museums, visit the quaint little English shops or perhaps you like to go to the Royal Palace and try to get a glimpse of the Queen.
If Rome could be described in three words it would be: art; beauty; and history. If you only have a few days in Rome, you definitely want to be strategic about the sites that you hit. Here are just a few of a long list of favorites: St. Peter’s Basilica; the Vatican Museum; the Colosseum; the Pantheon; the Roman Forum; the Borghese Gallery; and the Trevi Fountain.
While in Rome, taking a stroll in some of their squares and plazas is a must! Some of the more famous ones are: St. Peter’s Square; Piazza Navona; and Campo dei Fiori.
The list of sites in this article barely touch upon all of the places to see and visit in Europe. But hopefully this article will give you a start on some of the possible things you would like to see and do while you’re there. If you are planning on doing a self guided tour of Europe, the most important thing to remember (besides plan, plan, plan) is to do your research about the country and know a little bit about it’s people, language, and customs. You will find Europeans to be excellent hosts and extremely helpful, especially when there traditions and customs are respected.
The popular spots in European not only consist of the scenic countryside and many galleries but Europe has many famous places where you can enjoy the nightlife. In Italy, you will want to see the nightspots in Bologna, Rome, and Naples where you will be able to hear some fantastic music and enjoy the disco. The Spanish Nightlife spots are outstanding and you will not want to miss an incredible evening at the clubs in Madrid. France offers an array of places to go clubbing or you might want to take in the many concerts and musical festivals.
You will not want to miss going to Germany when it comes to enjoying nightlife. German clubs and bars were made for the night owl. There are underground clubs exotic bars and much more to offer for those who enjoy the nightlife scene. The United Kingdom holds its own when it comes to offering exciting nightlife spots. You will find clubs all over the UK, music shows, comedy clubs for laughs, or just dance the night away at one of the many clubs. The popular European places that are must see are located in every country waiting for you to come and join the fun.