America is such a great big, beautiful country, it has such a rich variety of experiences to offer, you could spend a lifetime exploring and never exhaust its possibilities, so why would you want to go anywhere else? Well, part of a great holiday experience is the shock of the new, experiencing things that are unfamiliar, so here’s some suggestions as to why you should take that strong US dollar of yours to Europe.
Of course, America has a rich history of its own but European culture stretches back over thousands of years and the evidence of that is there in the buildings of its towns, cities and villages. The great cathedrals of Europe bear witness to a thousand years of worship and the ruined castles perched high above rivers are reminders of the wars that ravaged the continent. Roman ruins aren’t just to found in Italy, the vast architectural achievements of their civilization can be found right across Europe.
Ok so you’ve been to a French restaurant, but have you been to a French restaurant in France? Have you sat at an outside table in the shadow of an ancient building and eaten the local speciality and drunk the wine of the region? Have you wandered through a street market and bought produce straight from the fields? Each European country has its traditional dishes and there’s no better way to enjoy the extraordinary variety of European food than by going there and experiencing it first-hand.
Soccer is a growing sport here in the US but in Europe it’s close to a religion and if you want a unique sporting experience then check out one of the big European teams on their home ground. Tickets for big matches can be like gold dust so if you’re serious about going to one you’ll need to do a bit of forward planning. This handy price index is a great tool to help find the perfect stadium for your visit.
Visiting the capital city of a country is a great way to get a flavour of the nation and the capital cities of Europe all have their own special delights. In Rome, you can walk in the footsteps of the ancients, visit the Coliseum, stroll through the forum or marvel at the Sistine Chapel. In Paris, you can pose in front of the Eiffel Tower or browse the shops on the Champs Elysees. In Prague, you can enjoy a beer in the heart of the Old Quarter or listen to music in an Art Deco concert hall. In London, you can join the crowds outside Buckingham Palace or shop for an antique on Petticoat Lane. Any European city will have its own special attractions but you’ll also be guaranteed top class food, music, art, sport and of course shopping.
So, if you’ve an ounce of curiosity in you about the lives of our European ancestors then book those flights. The only problem you’ve got is there’s so much to choose from, where are you going to start?