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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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?