My Bucket List: Top 5 European Cities To Visit With Kids!

I blame my parents.  From as far back as I can remember they were travellers.  Always making time for each other, escaping the reality of life with quick getaways to sunny islands and tropical destinations near and far.  As my sister and I got a little older, we were invited along for the ride.  Allowed to miss school and learn about the world in a different way, by exploring Columbia, Dominican Republic, teeny towns in Mexico… a new place every year.  Yes, I blame my parents, they gave me the travel bug, it’s the only virus I have ever wanted to pass on to my children.

The thing about travelling, once it’s in your blood, you really can’t ever shake it.  Now as a Mama myself I yearn to show the world to my girls.  To start scratching away at my bucket list of amazing destinations .  The list of “must see’s” is very, very long.  So how do I start?  By making a Top 5 List of course!  Today I bring you my bucket list of Top Five European Cities I Must Visit With My Children.

Paris, France

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The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Arc De Triomphe,  The Eiffel Tower.  The Notre Dame Cathedral, Luxembourg Gardens and a cruise down the Seine.  Window shopping at Christian Louboutin and of course a cup of the famous hot chocolate from Angelina Paris.  Le Sigh, I want to show them every little thing!

London, England

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So much to do in the country of Harry Potter!  The history and the sites!  The Eye of London, Tower of London, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Brush off our British accent as we visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensignton Palace and of course indulge in high tea. 

Rome, Italy

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The more I read about Italy, the more my desire to explore that beautiful country grows.  The city of Rome is topping the list.  The Trevi Fountain,  The Pantheon, The Colosseum, The Sisten Chapel,  St. Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican, and of course the Spanish Steps!  Imagine sipping a cappuccino while watching your children count those steps, or trying to find the best gelato in Rome.  This is the way memories were meant to be made!

Venice, Italy

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I am so in love with the idea of Italy, it has made my top five list twice!  Venice, a city built on a lagoon and surrounded by a sea, that kind of magic tugs at my heart.  I’m ready to pack my bags today and explore the architecture, the fashion and the food!  I’m sure I would need a new camera card to capture all that is the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace, and Saint Mark’s Basillca.   I’m ready to try my hand at some pizza making class and explore the city in a gondola. 

Santorini, Greece

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I know, rationally, I should be taking my girls to see the sites of Athens Greece.  The Parthenon, the Acropolis and it’s Museum, and the beautiful neighbourhood of Plaka.  There s so much to learn there!!  However the volcanic island I truly want to explore is Santorini.  For as long as I can remember I have longed to walk the winding streets of this stunning place, bask in the sunshine, then photograph a sunset before calling it a night in a fabulous cave house!  It doesn’t hurt to dream!

Which cities would make your Top Five European Bucket List, and fess up, would you take the kids?



Comments

  1. Lynda Cook says:

    Wow!! all very beautiful places, I’ll be your daughter and you can take me with you..lol

  2. It sounds perfect and they would love it all so much!

    • Stephanie says:

      Thank you!! I think they are at the perfect age, it’s time to start putting these dreams into action :)

  3. Santorini is my most favourite island ever! I love being there, it’s heavenly. We are going to Greece this summer, but not going to Santorini. There is a lot lot lot lot of walking up and down steep stairs to get to and from the city (not a bad thing, but I know my boys would start complaining in the heat at some point!) and the beaches are not the best. BUT! Definitely worth going, and your girls are older and would LOVE it.

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh I am so jealous that you are going (back?) to Greece this summer!! Can’t wait to follow along!!! Hope I can make our dreams a reality soon!

  4. Renee LeBlanc says:

    Haha Le sigh. I also want to go to Paris with my kids. I want to take them to the bridge with all of the love locks and make one with them. I enjoyed reading this post :)

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    Oooo I like your picks! Lucky girls when you get to cross these off your list!

  6. Great choice with Santorini. I would add that one to my list as well.

  7. Love your list although I would add Barcelona and Florence to my list. Gorgeous architecture. And although I have been t o Rome and a few other places in Italy, I long to return to that beautiful city.

  8. Lisa J Sperling says:

    I don’t think I would be brave enough to visit anywhere with my kids, they are still young though maybe when they are older.

    • Stephanie says:

      When we first started travelling we didn’t venture too far from home. First a cottage rental, then trips to Florida. The more you do it, the more comfortable you become. My girls are 12 and 15 now so it is easier in some ways to keep them happy :)

  9. SassySis says:

    Don’t forget your favourite sister (Ok only sister) I want to come! Please!

  10. Love your list. I’ve been to London and Venice and would love to share with my girls one day.
    I also am in love with the thought of going to Greece, New Zealand and Germany too.

  11. Karlene says:

    Oh beautiful. Definitely on my bucket list.

  12. Heidi C. says:

    I have yet to visit any of these beautiful places so they are all my bucket list as well!

  13. Treen Goodwin says:

    I don’t have a Bucket list but would so love to go to down DOWN UNDER … :)

  14. Teresa Valvano says:

    I’ve visited all those places except for Greece… Greece, Spain & Australia are on my bucket list :)

  15. Evelyn Brydon says:

    Europe would be such a great place to visit definitely on the bucket list.

  16. Karen E. HIll says:

    My bucket list has the same things but without the kids part!

  17. Amy Lovell says:

    These are all great cities, I wanna go to the african coast and feed the sharks, I also wanna go to the galapagos islands and germany

  18. Ester G says:

    Great list! I also really liked Barcelona, and would highly recommend it with kids

  19. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    It is interesting how we are all so different. You enjoy travelling, I prefer the comfort of my home.

  20. Treen Goodwin says:

    awesome … i am so jealous . i would so love to travel to any of the amazing places some day :)

  21. Amy Heffernan says:

    omg so LUCKY! This would be a DREAM!!!

  22. Awesome bucket list!! I really want to visit Greece!!

  23. ellen chevarie says:

    .i dare to dream.thesse are such beautifull pics. I cant make up my mind which I love best.

  24. Wow If these dreamy places all come true for you then you are the luckiest woman alive.Im’ going to add them to my bucket list too.You never know, I might get there.Hope you enjoy all of them though.

  25. Jodi Mitrovic says:

    I’d love to see London England. You’re lucky that your parents travelled with you. We never did much in the way of travel and I want to make a point of it with my children :)

  26. Alayne Langford says:

    All I can say is I will wait my whole life to visit Paris, France. I am still waiting and one day I will go, that’s pretty much ALL I have on my bucket list!! :)

  27. Venice would be amazing. I think Auschwitz would be a sobering place to visit but it is history even though it’s horrific. We all can learn a lot from visiting there.

  28. Lynn Duchesne says:

    I too have the travel bug…. when I took my first vacation to California I was hooked….

  29. Angela Mitchell says:

    Great list. I’m really looking forward to taking my daughter to Paris when she’s older. She’s in french immersion and it’s our goal to go once she’s graduated from grade 7.

  30. Darrah Bailey says:

    What a great idea, I have to make a bucket list of places I want to see.. Love it!

  31. Lol, I’ve never been out of Ontario…how sad is that?! I might have to make a list of places I need to see…but do I have to take the husband? lol

  32. Neil Anderson says:

    We took our kids to belgium, France, Holland and UK when they were young They now blame us for their travel bug as they leave to go backpacking around the world every winter

  33. Darlene Schuller says:

    What a list!! I would love to see all of these places and more.. but WITHOUT the ankle biters! lol

  34. Not very often do children get to come on a vacation in Europe. Your daughter is one lucky girl

  35. I have been to 4 of the 5 – just need to get to Venice! London and Paris by myself, with friends and once with my daughter, Rome with my daughter, Santorini with my daughter, her best friends and my sister! Venice is also big on our list and I hope to get there some day. I need to go back to Santorini and Rome FOR SURE!

  36. Santorini looks unbelievable!!!

  37. Would love to visit all these places one day!

  38. We have been planning on going to Peru all year and finally are getting our passports this week. It might actually happen!

  39. Carol M (Lushka S) says:

    Santorini is the top of my list. One of the best places I’ve ever been

  40. necta nelson says:

    I would live to have the money to travel thats a great experience in life the furtherest i have been to is connecticut and new jersey lol and i live in brooklyn ny my ideal vacation would be to visit puerto rico

  41. The only two on your list I have seen so far are the first two: Paris and London. Both would be on my list to share with the kids because they are beautiful, have highly walkable neighbourhoods, and offer a location where language is no barrier for Canadian travellers. Having wandered the streets of Osaka desperately saying “Diaper-u” to anyone with a storefront, this is an underrated perk.

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