Hello everyone, I have another super guest post for you today. This one is by the lovely Mardi, from The Love Supreme and she’s sharing her top 5 places to visit in Europe. I’ve been following Mardi’s blog for a long time now and have been especially enjoying her recent travel posts from her European holiday, so I asked Mardi if she would like to share the top 5 picks from her trip with my readers and was so thrilled when she said yes! Apart from her personal blog – which is full of great things like craft, sewing, scrapbooking – Mardi also has a travel blog (Globe Trekking Winens) which is dedicated to her travel endeavours. Anyhow, I’ll hand you over to Mardi,
Hello lovely readers, I was so excited when Mel asked me to write this little guest post about my 5 favourite spots in Europe.
Just to set the scene for those who may not know, in October 2014 I travelled to Europe and the United Kingdom for 30 days with my husband and our dearest friends.
If my Maths is correct we visited 10 countries and 19 cities/towns, we took 8 flights, 4 train trips and stayed in 6 Motels and a cruise ship. We spent quite some time in the lead up to our trip discussing and planning what was important to us and where we all wanted to visit.
I don’t think we were prepared in advance for just how rich in history and beauty Europe is, we loved each and every place we visited so choosing just 5 was not an easy task. My final 5 have been chosen for different reasons.
1. Pompeii, Naples, Italy
I was totally unprepared for the sheer size of Pompeii and to think only a third has been uncovered, the rest of Pompeii is still preserved by the earth covering it.
Its an eerie feeling walking the cobblestoned streets in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, it is so intact and preserved and I couldn’t help but imagine what it would have been like before that devastating day when Mt Vesuvius erupted and covered it all in the blanket of ash. On return home I busied myself with some research and discovered there are 16 or so recordings of Mt Vesuvius eruptions, the last being in 1944 – that sounds like frightening regularity to me …eek.
You can read more about our visit to Pompeii HERE.
2. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
The Colosseum is spectacular in size, far grander than I imagined. It seems impossible to believe that in 70AD they had the skill and tools to build something of this scale. As we stood in the inner arena we could close our eyes and imagine the roar of the crowds as the gladiator battles took place.
The story of our visit to Rome and the Colosseum is HERE.
3. Lucerne, Switzerland
Oh Lucerne, how can you be so beautiful? Switzerland was postcard material, every view in every direction was beautifully scenic, the sky was crisp blue, the water was crystal clear, the trees and paddocks were lush green and the buildings were so quirky and Swiss. The mountains surrounding were snow capped – it just couldn’t be prettier. Our trip to Mount Pilatus was highlight of our journey and I can’t wait to post more about that on my blog in the next week or so.
4. Tower of London, London, UK
London was wonderful, in fact it was everything I ever imagined plus more. We spent a few days here and visited all of the major sites – Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and so on, but a chance visit to the “Tower of London” was something we will never forget. We were lucky enough to visit during the time of the London Poppies – it’s impossible to describe the impact of seeing 888,246 ceramic poppies filling the Tower’s famous moat with each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.
I will be blogging more about London in weeks to come.
5. Somme Battlefields, France
Whilst staying in Paris we took a day tour out to the World War 1 battlefields in France. I wasn’t fully aware of our involvement prior to this trip, but our tour guide was informative and to see the battlelines and trenches (some still intact) really touched our hearts. We wandered the rows of the Australian cemeteries and memorials in the misty rain, paying our respects and feeling overwhelmingly grateful for the sacrifice these soldiers had made. We were very proud Australians when we realised just what high regard the French have for the Australians post war. It was a sombre day, but so memorable I will never forget.
I will be writing more about France and the battlefields in weeks to come too!
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