I literally just got back from Europe, where I spent about three weeks? I visited several countries: Italy, Switzerland, France, and England. (I live in the U.S., so it's about an 8-9 hour plane ride.)
I'll just quickly name some of the stuff I did while in Europe.
Okay, in Italy, I went to a lot of cities (Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna, Verona, Siena) In Rome, I got to see the Colosseum and stuff like that. In Venice, I got to ride three types of boats: a big boat to the island, a gondola while on the island, and a private water taxi from the island. In Florence, I got to see some cool leather making and gold stuff, and later that day we drove to Pisa and saw the leaning tower, took some goofy photos, and then went to have dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant. Siena was a really quick stop, but we got to walk around and admire the old buildings and fortress-style houses. Bologna was also a short stop, where we walked around with a local specialist and learned a bit about the city. Verona is "the home of Romeo and Juliet" and I got to see "Juliet's balcony"
After Italy, we drove into Switzerland. A small town called Engelberg, home of Mt. Titlis, a mountain that has snow all year round. We actually got to go up, and it was really cool. Literally. It was 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, have you ever heard cowbells in action? They sound like wind chimes when you're up with them in Switzerland. The sound is beautiful. We also visited another town in Switzerland, home of the Chapel Bridge, called Lucerne. I got a Swiss army knife there along with a cowbell and some Swiss chocolate.
After Switzerland, we drove into Paris. (It took a while, in case you're wondering) We just walked around the first night, but the second day we took a tour of it by bus and also by boat. Oh, and did I tell you I went to the Louvre? In case you don't know what that is, it's an art museum that includes a very famous painting. Mona Lisa. Does she ring a bell? We went to another art museum too, the Museum De Orsay, which has a bunch of famous paintings, such as Van Gogh's self portrait and his first Starry Night (he actually had two!). We went for dinner in a traditional French restaurant. I ordered escargot for my appetizer. Snails. Lemme spare you the details. It tastes like garlic for a while, but then it starts to taste like dirt and grass and ugh. I dunno. Just my opinion. Later that day we went up the Eiffel Tower, then took a tour of Paris at night. It was really cool.
After France, we took a ferry from Caleigh to Dover, England. We got to see the white cliffs of Dover, which are truly breathtaking. Then we drove into London. Oh, and guess what? Big Ben is in scaffolding. For the next four years. I didn't get to see anything but the clock. But oh well. We took a short tour of the city, then we were on our own to do whatever. We went up the London Eye (that huge iconic ferris wheel), went into Westminster Abbey (Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking are buried there, along with a bunch of kings and queens) , and we also got to see the Churchill War Rooms, which were really cool. Ever seen the movie The Darkest Hour? It looks just like the movie. Then the next day, we went on a Harry Potter tour. Yay! We got to see a bunch of places where scenes were filmed for the movies, or places that were used to design some places. For example, I got to see 21 Grimmauld place, the bridge that the dementors destroyed, the river that Harry and the Order of the Phoenix flew down on broomstick, and even Platform 9 3/4. They actually filmed that scene between platforms 4 and 5. Mind blown.
Anyway, all in all it was a really great trip.
Also, if you're interested in taking a tour of Europe like my family and I did, I can totally recommend Trafalgar. They do it really well.
Yup. That's pretty much it.