Here is a blog about a girl’s trip to Paris (and some things to do there as well!)

The Kay Days

When I was in London during my very first solo trip, I decided to hop on the Eurostar and go to Paris for a day. While I’d love to go to Paris and stay longer, this was certainly a great first look into the city. 

The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful, regal architecture of the buildings. As trite as it sounds, I felt like I were riding straight through the era of Marie Antoinette.

Of course, while there, I stopped to check out the Cathedral of Notre Dame. This beautiful, gothic cathedral stands out amongst all of the buildings with its giant flying buttresses and majesty.

I also took a short river cruise, where I got to see a lot of Parisian scenes from the beautiful Seine River.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Paris without stopping at the Arc de Triomphe. It looked just as…

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Top 25 Things to Do in Europe

According to (travelblog.viator.com) these are the top 25 things to do in Europe:

25. Explore Spain’s Medieval capital, Toledo

  • Take either a Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid to Toledo, a Spanish fairytale city full of windy cobblestone roads, historic architecture and of course the always lovely Tagus River. There is no shortage of wonderful photogenic sites to explore, such as the Iglesia de los Jesuitas, the Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes and the Sinagoga de Santa Maria la Blanca.

24. Tip-toe through tulips from Amsterdam

  • Holland is synonymous with quite a number of things: soccer pride, the color orange, bicycles, windmills, and who can forget, colorful tulips. A tour through the Keukenhof Gardens and other available trips to tulip fields is a great way to spend time in the country’s most vibrant city, Amsterdam. See rows and rows of this gorgeous flower and even take a few back home for your garden. Check out more Keukenhof Garden tours & tickets on Viator.

23. Sightsee in Barcelona

  • Enjoy Spain‘s second largest and most relaxed major city, Barcelona. There is probably no greater pleasure to the city than simply trekking up and down it, visiting the musical fountains or going round and round in the Barri Gotic. To save yourself taking perhaps too much of a siesta, try the Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: North to South Route, and make the most of your Euro trip.

22. Visit Mont Saint Michel

  • Located on an island near the coast of northern France in Lower Normandy, Mont Saint Michel is known as a spectacle more than a thousand years old. A World Heritage Site, it is known for historic events, such as the fending off of the British during the Hundred Years War. Make your visit all the better with the Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Viator.

21. Loire Castles from Paris

  • Nothing quite spells out the glamor and lavish beauty of the French high-life as the Loire Castles. The most scenic Chambord, Cheverny and Chenonceau castles are full of grand 17th-century interiors, plush green surroundings and unmistakable radiance. The largest of the Loire castles, the Chambord Castle, was built for King Francois I as a hunting lodge. With the Loire Valley Castles Day Trip, you will get to visit all three.

20. Hike Cinque Terre

19. Go to the top of Europe

  • The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is the most glaciated part of Europe. Located in Switzerland, the sight is accessible from Zurich. This UNESCO-protected natural wonder is all the more reason to take a trip to the High Alps. With a series of ecosystems, this unmistakable landscape is a can’t-miss European destination.

18. Visit the Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof

  • Take a day tour from Munich and visit the Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. Looking like they are straight out of an Arian fairytale, the stunning royal castles are amongst the best in all of Europe and certainly in Germany. The Schloss Neuschwanstein is located just a few miles away from the lovely town of Fussen.

17. Tour London’s Top Attractions

  • London is in itself an ever-changing urban platform of European trend, culture and movement. A trip here is inevitable for an European traveler, and what better way to get acquainted than to take the Original London Sightseeing Tour? Hop on and off at all the city’s famous stops, including Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.

16. Drink Champagne in Champagne

  • Well, we all know where it comes from, but drinking Champagne in Champagne is quite another story. Take a day trip from Paris to explore the famous French region and sip on the world-renowned sparkling wine.

15. Take a 4-day Tour of Spain

14. Go on a day trip to Capri

  • You will get to the small but beautiful island of Capri via Rome. Known now as a luxury coastal resort, there is quite a lot to do other than, of course, sit on the beach and enjoy a cocktail. Get to the Blue Grotto and explore this wonderful cave at the water’s edge that was used as a bathhouse during Roman times.

13. Take a Gondola Ride in Venice

12. Visit Normandy

  • Any history buff will appreciate a tour through the D-Day battlefields as well as the beach where the Allies were able to push back the Nazis during the turning point of World War II. At the location of one of history’s most important battles, the Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip is an unforgettable experience.

11. See Michelangelo’s David

10. Explore the Palace of Versailles

9. See Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper

  • To this very day, academics and historians pick apart the significance and religious implications of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. On the Milan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour an inclusion on the tour gets you a date with the masterpiece as you explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

8. Explore Paris’ Top Museums and Attractions

7. Take a day trip to Pompeii

6. Explore Stonehenge

5. Tour Tuscany and the Leaning Tower of Pisa

  • Take a one-day tour of Tuscany and get up-close to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Italy’s most iconic attractions. In Tuscany, you will see some amazing architecture, as well as plenty of remnants from the Renaissance, and also enjoy some of the best food on the planet.

4. Combine an Eiffel Tower tour with a Seine River cruise and a show

3. Explore Ancient Rome and the Colosseum

2. See the world-famous showgirls at Moulin Rouge

  • At the Moulin Rouge Show Paris, the lights go down, the curtain goes up, and the troupe appears on the stage for the world’s greatest cabaret. This iconic attraction sells out months in advances, it’s no surprise it’s one of our most popular tours in Europe!

1. Skip the lines in Vatican City

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Top 10 Ocean Views

According to National Geographic (www.nationalgeographic.com) , below are the Top 10 Ocean Views in the world. While some of  you are abroad or plan on going abroad to some of these countries, be sure you go check them out. We love pictures, so be sure to take plenty!

 Top 10 Ocean Views

10. Mirador Escénico, San Carlos, Mexico

This scenic lookout, four miles from San Carlos, gives a peerless view over the Gulf of California, dramatic Tetakawi—a volcanic hill jutting out of the sea—and the secluded coves of Playa Piedras Pintas. Mirador is also a world-class vantage point for spotting wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, and whales.
Planning: A good way to explore the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortes) is to rent a kayak or fishing boat in San Carlos. The best sailing and fishing weather occurs from November through May. www.visitmexico.com

9. Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii

A guided mule train down a near-vertical, three-mile trail in the Kalaupapa National Historical Park is the usual way to reach this hideaway, sheltered by the world’s highest sea cliffs, which plunge 3,315 feet into the Pacific. In the 19th century, the cliffs served as a natural barrier for a leper colony. Although the colony closed in 1969, some residents choose to remain here.
Planning: Advance reservations are necessary, as a maximum of 18 mules a day are allowed along the trail. The park is closed on Sundays. Visitors need permits. www.muleride.com, www.gohawaii.com

8. Cape Leeuwin, Australia

At Australia’s southwesternmost tip—where the Indian Ocean collides with what Australians call the Southern Ocean—Cape Leeuwin lighthouse safeguards one of the world’s busiest and most treacherous shipping lanes. In summer, you can enjoy views of endless water; in winter, you feel the full force of the oceans crashing against the cape.
Planning: Regular tours of the lighthouse precinct run throughout the day. The outlook is most dramatic in winter; whales are visible from June through December. www.westernaustralia.com

7. Sur to Aija, Oman

At the town of Sur, on Oman’s northeast coast, you can soak up the view across the creek to Aija, a village of low, pastel-colored dwellings and ornate merchants’ houses surrounded by rocky beaches. Fishermen’s dhows bob on the water and several small boatyards still build these traditional sailboats.
Planning: Sur is about 90 miles along the coast from Muscat. The view is best at high tide. www.omantourism.gov.om

 6. Látrabjarg, Iceland

Iceland´s most remote region, the Westfjords, is home to one of the world´s greatest bird cliffs and its largest razorbill colony. At Europe´s westernmost point, the 1,457-foot-high, 8.7-mile-long Látrabjarg cliff also entrances its visitors with misty views over white-sand beaches and Snæfellsjökull glacier in the distance.
Planning: Látrabjarg is accessible by car, approximately 37 miles from the village of Patreksfjörður via road 612. www.westfjords.is, www.nat.is, www.visiticeland.com

  5. St. John’s Head, Hoy, Orkneys, Scotland

Near the northern tip of the island of Hoy, St. John’s Head is Britain’s highest vertical sea cliff. Thanks to the fierce swell and tide, just reaching its base is a serious undertaking. For less courageous types, the best viewpoint is from the Scrabster-to-Stromness ferry, which leaves up to three times daily.
Planning: The best time to view the cliff is on a summer evening when sunset turns it an ardent red. The ferry trip also provides views of the Old Man of Hoy, a 450-foot-high seastack. www.hoyorkney.com

4. Son Marroig, Mallorca, Spain

Tired of Viennese court life and enamored of the scenery around Son Marroig, on Mallorca’s north coast, Austria’s Archduke Ludwig Salvatore (1847–1915) bought a property here with sweeping vistas over the Na Foradada (“pierced rock”) peninsula, which has a gaping 59-foot hole at its center.
Planning: For the best views of the peninsula, ask at the museum for permission to walk the two-mile-long path toward Na Foradada. www.illesbalears.es

3. Sagres Bay, Portugal

For a whiff of historical romance and swashbuckling adventure, few outlooks outclass the one at Sagres, mainland Europe’s most southwesterly community. In the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator came here to found his School of Navigation to train sailors and cartographers, in order to fulfill his quest to expand the known world’s frontiers and open a sea route to India.
Planning: The best way to explore Sagres Bay and Cape St. Vincent is by car or on foot, as there is no public transportation. www.sagres.net

2. Dun Aengus, Aran Islands, Ireland

One of Europe’s most splendid cliff forts, consisting of stone walls built in three semicircles, Dun Aengus sits atop an unclimbable sea cliff rising 328 feet out of the ocean. The innermost court affords superb views over the island of Inishmore and the distant Connemara coast.
Planning: Reachable by ferry from Doolin, County Clare, and Rossaveal, County Galway, Aran’s main settlement is Kilronan. www.aranisland.info

1. Coast Road, Western Sahara

One of the Paris–Dakar Rally’s remotest legs, this artery cleaves seemingly endless sands and a rocky Atlantic coast. While the terrain initially appears monotonous, the tarmac road is far from featureless, passing glassy lagoons and palm-fringed oases.
Planning: To avoid unexploded mines, drive off-road only with a local guide. Although camel-borne nomads outnumber vacationers, Western Sahara draws intrepid deep-sea anglers and kite- and sand-surfers. www.mbendi.com, www.africatravelling.net

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