Six European Countries I’ve Visited

For those of you who know me personally, you know I love to travel!  For those of you who haven’t met me, you can probably gather from the title of my blog that I love to travel!  Traveling is the one thing I buy that makes me richer.

I started traveling abroad when I was 18 (three years ago).  Instead of having a grad party, my parents told me they would buy me a ticket to Germany.  My best friend in high school was a foreign exchange student from Hamburg, so visiting her again meant the world to me.  Although Hamburg, Germany was beautiful, I was fortunate enough to see Berlin.  My favorite part of Berlin was the deep history rooted in its buildings and cathedrals.

Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Three weeks in Germany, let alone Europe, was not nearly long enough!  During this time last year, I was traveling around Western Europe just to make up for lost time.

Late May of 2014, I was studying overseas in Aix-en-Provence, France.  My host mother was crazy, the locals made fun of my accent, but Southern France was breathtaking.  I will never be able to relive that experience, but I’m one of the lucky ones to have experienced it once.

Lavender field, Aix
Lavender field, Aix

After my two-month study abroad adventure ended, I spent the weekend in London, England.  I fell in love with the city instantly!  I loved seeing the theaters, the pubs, the Eye, etc.  A weekend there was not nearly enough!

The London Eye
The London Eye

My boyfriend met me in Paris on Bastille Day (France’s independence Day).  What an amazing sight to see!  We were drawn in my the orchestra performing by the Eiffel Tower, but little did we know that fireworks would be shooting out from the attraction!

La Tour Eiffel
La Tour Eiffel

Paris is spectacular, don’t get me wrong, but we also enjoyed other areas of France, such as Guise where Mary Queen of Scot’s castle remains today.  My mother’s maiden name is DeGuise, so visiting the town of her ancestors was quite special.

Guise castle
Guise castle

Mont St. Michel was also something to see.  It reminded me of a Mackinac Island (in Michigan) in France!

Mont St. Michel with my love!
Mont St. Michel with my love!

Two cities we visited in Italy were Milan and Genoa.  Milan was a little underwhelming, but Genoa was way too underrated!  You could see dolphins swimming around from afar!  Genoa also had the BEST pasta I have ever consumed!!!

Cathedral in Milan, Italy
Cathedral in Milan, Italy
Genoa, Italy
Genoa, Italy

Amsterdam was our second-to-last, and probably most unique, destination!  The food was great, the nightlife was one of a kind, and of course, the people were quite interesting!

Amsterdam: the City of Bikes!
Amsterdam: the City of Bikes!

On our way back to Michigan, we had a layover in Iceland of all places!  It was neat to see the capital and learn more about this isolated country.  Did you know their national dish is shark?  And that there’s an app so you don’t date your cousin?

Airport in Iceland
Airport in Iceland

I cannot wait to travel to Vaxjo, Sweden this coming January!  More photos and blog posts to come!

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