Right after I finished graduate school, Corey and I took our first trip to Europe. I have to admit that before we went, I had a strange fear that we wouldn’t be able to adapt or function in such a different environment. I have always kind of had a fear of the unknown. Nevertheless, we boarded our flight to London and proceeded to fall in love. With England. With Venice. With Europe in general. We were exhausted and ready for home by the end of our trip, but since we stepped foot in Charlotte, I have kind of been itching to go back. London, Venice, and unexpectedly Bath were our favorites.
Where I’ve Been
Notting Hill. Every bit as charming as the movie indicated. Purchased one of my favorite scarves on this street.
We were completely enamored with London. So many things to do and see. Yes that is the bridge that collapsed in the Harry Potter movie.
Bath and Glastonbury, England
Corey’s favorite was Bath. He particularly liked the Roman Baths tour. It was simply breathtaking. I felt a little bit like I was in the middle of a classic piece of literature. And I could sit next to this river for weeks. Glastonbury was also an amazing experience. I have never see anything like the tor.
Our favorite parts of Rome were visiting the Roman Forum, walking through Villa Borghese (Corey was able to play catch with an Italian dog), and wandering the halls of the Vatican Museum.
Florence was stunning and so picturesque but I’m not going to lie to you. My favorite part was the gelato.
Ah Venice. A large part of me is sad that I will probably never visit it again. It is unlike anywhere else I (or you) will ever go. During the day, particularly in the summer when we went, you can’t escape the crowds. The best thing to do is just get lost. Some of our favorite moments were spent wandering without agenda. At night, St. Mark’s Square empties and you can walk the pathways in the soft glow of the lamp posts with almost no one around.
For our honeymoon, we went to Costa Rica. The views were fantastic and the people were some of the nicest we have ever met. We spent seven days sipping Monkey Businesses (a drink I NEED to make again) and lounging on the beach. The best part? The sloths (we saw one combing her hair) and the monkeys.
Where I’ll Go
Next spring, Corey and I will journey to France. We have no specific plans yet, other than that we know we will be going to Paris and likely the French Riviera. Words cannot describe my excitement.
Also, one day, Meg and I plan to return to Italy. We’ve never been on such a big trip by ourselves, and I imagine we would be a force to be reckoned with. This time, we will definitely be seeing Positano on the Amalfi Coast as well as Cinque Terre. And maybe swing back through Tuscany so we can buy a villa like Diane Lane in “Under the Tuscan Sun”?
Other places that I want to visit: Santorini (Greece), Ireland, Germany, and Switzerland. Really, the list goes on and on.
Where have you been and where will you go? Anything that I must see or do?
Oops. I accidentally posted this when I was supposed to be editing because I was groggy. Oh well. Here it is.
We are going on a Viking River Cruise-in May of 2013. We will be in France–Paris,Normandy-etc. We will celebrate our 40th Ann. Yes, I want to go back to Greece, and in Italy I would like to go back to Florence, Amalfi. One day I want a big trip to Ireland, the highlands of Scotland, and Cornwall an Wales. If I ever have wood floors would like to go back to Turkey to hand pick my rugs.
I love all your photos!! I really need to expand my world travels. France will be soooo fun!!! I would gladly accompany you on any trip!!!
What an amazing and extravagant honeymoon! I really want to go overseas for mine! and consider myself invited to go on that trip with you and Meg 😉
and France!! Jeeeealous! 😉
I love the pictures in this post! I want to go back to Europe. I also want to go to a few places in Africa. But you must go to Santorini! That was my favorite place.
Oh! I loved the pictures! Feels so good, almost like I was there too. We have traveled to Germany and Switzerland but would love to go back and also to many other places but we may never get there. We celebrated our 58 wedding anniversary at home this year; but God is good to give us all these years together. I am so glad that you and Corey are enjoying your life while you have your youth. May God continue to bless. Love to you both, Aunt Jean