Whether you’re looking for the ultimate summer travel location, somewhere to soak up the local history, or eat cultural food and drink some of the best wines, Western Europe has it all. Taking a solo trip, gathering up some friends, or taking the whole family are all great ways to experience these beautiful country. Here are some of the best places to see.
The region of Tuscany is known for its picturesque landscapes and rich foods. The many wineries and pastarias will have you saying Buon appetito! The largest city in this region is Florence. Florence has many historic churches, most commonly known is the city’s Duomo. The medieval and renaissance periods flooded the city with famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Just north of this region is the Italian Riviera. This is where you will find Cinque Terre, a charming collection of five coastal villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
Athens is home to many historical sites. Plan your day early to beat the mediterranean heat and hike up to the Acropolis. Here you’ll see the ancient ruins of the Parthenon. From this site, you can also look down on the Temple of Olympian Zeus. While you’re here, be sure to stop by a street cart for an authentic gyro. And for those stateside, it’s pronounce like “YEE-ro.”
If the city of Paris isn’t on your bucket list, add it right away. Some of the most famous sites to see in Paris are of course, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame cathedral. After touring all these historic sites, you’re sure to work up a hunger. The word “cuisine” is French for the kitchen, and its reputation for food precedes it. The neighborhood restaurants and bistros pride themselves on exquisite taste and presentation of their dishes or pastries.
The city of Berlin has been shaped by many of the famous and historical figures who have passed through its streets, but also, it has been known to shape the people as well. The city is textured by history in every turn you make. Additionally, the locals are known for their seeking of a good time. For those who say New York is the city that never sleeps, I can tell you they have never been to Berlin!