We visited the following cities:
- Italy = Civitavecchia, Rome, Vatican City, Genoa, Florence, Pisa, Cagliari (Sardinia)
- France = Eze, Villafranche, Monaco
- Spain = Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca
Instead of writing a long blog to cover why I took over 1,200 pictures over there, I just want to do a top 11 list =)
Top 11 things you need to see or do if you travel to any of these places:
- The Sistine Chapel (Pictures simply do not do it justice)
- The Colosseum and Pantheon (I'll double it since they're relatively close to each other)
- Eat their gelato...in Italy of course...
- Sit down at a cafe and people watch. This is facinating.
- La Sagrada Familia Cathedral designed by Gaudi in Barcelona (Still not completed)
- Eat a raw ham and fresh cheese sandwich on a fresh loaf of bread...it's amazing!
- Watch a Tuscan sunset from a mountain at 9:00pm (Latest sunset ever!)
- Leaning Tower of Pisa...of course this had to be in there
- Climb the 414 steps of the Duomo in Florence and get the most spectacular view!
- Buy a good bottle of Chianti from Florence
- Send a postcard to yourself or a loved one =)
Now here's a small list of things I DO NOT miss from the trip:
- Exposure to second hand smoke almost the entire time...lol...need to have good lungs here b/c everyone smokes...and everywhere
- Trading our dollar to the euro...ouch!!!
- No free water at restaurants
Europe is beautiful and I've said several times I would like to live there. But after this trip, there were several things I missed about the States, including family. Although my entire family lineage comes from Spain, it's a very different way of life over there.
We are very spoiled here in the U.S. and there were several things we take for granted. It helped me realize how truly blessed we are as a nation, despite this economic downturn.
I love the beauty and history of Europe and will continue to visit for the rest of my life, but as Dorothy once said "There's no place like home".