Many people come to Spain hoping for a break—from workplace and cubicle monotony, from the demands of a high-powered job, from the stresses of everyday life.
But Spain is not the only place to “get away from it all.” Indeed, Mario and I will be heading to Destination #2 (Romantic Getaway) in mid-November. He’s never seen Paris, while I have.
Destination #1 (See the Sights)—London
I totally agree about London being a place to “see the sights.” Sometimes Spain’s monotony of cathedrals and castles gets old, and it’s fun to be in place with a ton to see! I loved the red telephone booths, of course, along with just about everything else!
Destination #2 (Romantic Getaway)—Paris
Me in Paris in 2008. I had to buy that sweatshirt because I underestimated just how cold it would be!
Paris may be romantic, but the first time I went, I went with my parents. We had a great time, but maybe this time I’ll get to experience its romantic side?
Destination #4 (Food and Fine Dining)—Rome
Mario and I didn’t exactly go to Rome with a “fine-dining” budget, but we did eat well, thanks to his cousin’s recommendations. She had lived for many years in Rome, so we got all the cute, hole-in-the-wall-type places, and they were excellent. I’m sure Mario still remembers his saltimbocca alla romana and our free limoncello shots!
Destination #5 Explore the Arts—Barcelona
With another Triumph Arc
I didn’t do much art exploring, but I definitely did some architecture exploring in Cataluña’s most-touristy city, Barcelona. I’ll admit to not having too many fond memories, though; after this picture was taken, my passport was stolen!
Destination #6 Explore the Culture—Brussels
Brussels is brutally cold in January! Mario and I bought super-cheap tickets from everyone’s favorite/least-favorite airline, RyanAir. Our flight went off without a hitch though, and I loved the European vibe, but even more so the chocolate and waffles!
Destination #7 Relax & Unwind—Bruges
Bruges was magical, and it was a great daytrip from Brussels. We loved walking around the canals, seeing the Begijnhof.
I suppose the only place I haven’t been on the list is Edinburgh! Don’t worry, though; I’m sure I’ll get there soon enough on our next city break!