Paris

Disneyland Paris

You guys.  You have no idea how excited I get at anything to do with Disney.  If there’s a bunch of films on TV and one of them is Disney, then it’s on.  I have so many Disney teddies (and I just bought a couple more at Disneyland).  I think I took around 400-odd photos on this trip to Disneyland, but I’m only going to share a couple dozen, or so (otherwise, we’ll be here all day!)


I need to show a close-up of this guy’s face.  It’s amazing:


“Ha!  Peasants.”

17 Things to do in Paris

I visited Paris for the first time almost 9 years ago, and completely fell in love (not as much as I am with Venice, but still a lot).  So this year, I finally got the chance to go back!  Here’s a list of my Top 17 things to do in Paris 🙂

1. Palace of Versailles

I have wanted to visit the Palace of Versailles for so long now.  I finally got the chance to see it and it is so much more impressive than I thought it would be – the gardens even have their own bus service, they’re so huge!  I’m going to have a whole post dedicated to it, as I have so many photos to share.

2. Disneyland Paris

I love Disney so much.  Disneyland is always great (even though I’ve only visited Disneyworld once – and it was ten years ago – and visited Disneyland Paris once before – and that was nine years ago!).  Like Versailles, I have so many photos that I am going to have a post dedicated to Disneyland.  But I will say, the new floats for their 25th anniversary are amazing!

3. Shakespeare and Company

Admittedly, not as impressive as the Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice (and I didn’t see any cats!), but Shakespeare and Company is still very cute.  I’m a huge bookworm, so anywhere with books makes me happy.

4. Notre Dame

Notre Dame is gorgeous.  Definitely see the back of it – it’s so much more impressive than the front.

5. Galeries Lafayette ceiling, and the view from the roof

The ceiling in this place is gorgeous – so much better than the ones in Aberdeen’s department stores.  And the view from the roof is incredible – and free!

6. Sacre-Coeur

The view from the church is so worth all the stairs and hills that you’ll climb to get to it.  Be aware of men trying to put string on your wrists – this happened to my friend and I so many times!  They were really charming, but as soon as they realised we weren’t interested, they turned really aggresive.  Just be firm with them!

7. Eiffel Tower

Be there for 9pm – it sparkles!  But only for 5 minutes, then you have to wait another hour…

8. Defender of Time

This clock is amazing.  It wasn’t working when I saw it – or maybe it was, but it was showing the wrong time?

9. The Louvre

A trip to Paris is not complete without a trip to the Louvre.  It’s home to my favourite statue – the Winged Victory of Samothrace (picture above 🙂 )

10. Musee D’Orsay

If you are a huge fan of Van Gogh (like me!), then this is a must – plus the inside is so pretty!

11. Palais Royal

I’m not really sure what the inside is like, as I haven’t seen it.  But the outside is really pretty.  (And, totally unrelated, my friend and I saw this old man acting strangely and dipping a huge stick into the fountain.  Then, fully dressed in a suit, he climbed into the fountain, sat down, and peed!  We didn’t know what to do.  It was very strange…)

12. Arc de Triomphe

This is a nice easy climb (I say that, but it’s still a couple hundred stairs or so), and it has a nice view (although, I’d still recommend Galeries Lafayette because it’s free, and is nowhere near as busy).

13. Sainte-Chapelle

As you can probably tell from the abundance of photos. the Sainte-Chapelle was definitely a highlight of mine.  I love stained glass windows, so I was in heaven.

14. The Conciergerie

I’ve always found prisons fascinating, and this is the one where Marie Antoinette was held, so I would definitely recommend.

15. St Etienne du Mont

This church is adorable and so worth a look.

16. The Catacombs

(Sorry the photo is blurry, I couldn’t really get my camera to focus, as it was really dark).  I have a morbid fascination with anything to do with skeletons.  I think this was one of my favourite things to do in Paris.  The walk through the tunnels to the Catacombs was creepier than the actual Catacombs, as there was no one but my friend and me, and it was so quiet.  Once we reached the skeletons, we found more people, so it was a bit less creepy.  Over 6 million people are buried (or, rather, stacked) down here!

17. Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Get here before 5pm, as it closes at 6pm!!  My friend and I made the mistake of showing up aroudn 5.40 and we had to leave before we got a chance to see anyone famous – it gives me an excuse to go back to Paris, so that I can see the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Chopin (not that I need an excuse to go back to Paris!)

Top 20 European Destinations

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Out of all the continents, Europe is the one that I have travelled the most (living in Scotland helps!  What doesn’t help is the fact I have to take at least 2 planes to get anywhere…).  I’ve decided to make a list of my Top 20 European Destinations.  Some of these I’ve been to, some I’m desperate to visit but I hope you enjoy my list!

Just a head’s up, this list isn’t in order of how much I like the destinations, as they’re too amazing to put in order!

                                                                                                       20. Dubrovnik, Croatia                                                                            telegraph.co.uk

If you wanna pretend you’re in Game of Thrones (although, you’ll probably end up killed off like the rest of the characters…), then this is the destination for you!  Dubrovnik is a beautiful, old town, full of amazing history and museums.

Picture 02619. Saas-Fee, Switzerland

I need to go back here.  Saas-Fee is amazing for skiing.  Only electric cars are allowed in the town, which is full of cute buildings and amazing shops (and hot chocolate!)

                                                                                                                18. Monaco                                                                                              hotel-r.net

The world’s second smallest country (after the Vatican), Monaco is one of the glitziest places in the world and I badly want to visit it.  It’s very expensive, though!

                                                                                                          17. Barcelona, Spain                                                 timeout.com

I’m desperate to visit Barcelona and see the Sagrada Familia, get lost in the alleys, and enjoy everything Gaudi!

DSC_025216. Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most beautiful places I’ve visited, Prague is full of amazing architecture, history and everything is so cheap!  And you need to try a trdelnik – they’re so good!

                                                                                                      15. Amsterdam, Netherlands                                                           digital.fespa.com

Full of brilliant museums, Amsterdam is also famous for its biking, culture and history.

Edinburgh114. Edinburgh, Scotland

I lived here for 4 years, so Edinburgh will always have a special place in my heart.  Make sure you visit the many museums and the castle (and palace!).  And you must get lost in the small back streets! (The above photo is the street I lived on – isn’t it gorgeous?!)

                                                                                                       13. Budapest, Hungary                                                                            lvs.luxury

Budapest is probably up there for culture and architecture.  And I’ve heard it’s a good place to travel to if you’re on a budget.

DSC_073212. Verona, Italy

I love Verona.  It’s so small, cute, rustic and full of history – and it’s so easy to get away from the crowds as well!

                                                                                                     11. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic                                               czechtourism.com

Another small, cute town, Cesky Krumlov reminds me of The Grand Budapest Hotel (one of my favourite films!)

                                                                                                             10. Athens, Greece                                                                   lonelyplanet.com

I love anything to do with Ancient Greece, so what better place than Athens?

                                                                                                             9. Lisbon, Portugal                                                           worldwanderista.com

Lisbon is up there as one of the places I’m probably going to visit soon (fingers crossed!).  This beautiful city is full of amazing culture, great food, and gorgeous, tiny streets.

                                                                                                                8. Colmar, France                                                              thousandwonders.net

Probably the cutest town in France – how can you resist all of those gorgeous, brightly coloured houses!  And they’re next to a river!  Can’t go wrong there 🙂

                                                                                                             7. Ronda, Spain                                                                    malagatogo.com

I badly want to visit this cliffside village – imagine the views!  And the history of the place is amazing.

Picture 0046. Paris, France

The romantic City of Lights, there’s so much to do in Paris – amazing nightlife, culture and food, to name a few!

                                                                                                          5. Dordogne Region, France                                                       leseyzies-tourist.info

So many castles!  I need to go here!

                                                                                                         4. Santorini, Greece                                                                                   foundtheworld.com

You’ll recognise the pictures – the gorgeous, white buildings with blue roofs.  I’ve also heard the sunsets are amazing.

DSC_00053. Venice, Italy

I love Venice.  It’s so unique and unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before.  It’s impossible to walk over a bridge and not take a photo of the canals.

                                                                                                            2. Seville, Spain                                telegraph.co.uk

As well as the history and the amazing architecture, Seville is also famous for tapas, flamenco and sangria.

DSC_00681. Cinque Terre, Italy

Five gorgeous, small towns by the coast.  Hike or catch the train between each town.  Be prepared, though – there’s not a flat area anywhere.  It’s all hills or stairs.