I have never been to Europe.
It has been a dream of mine for years to go and Paris was always at the top of my list. I'm not French and have never taken the language in school, but I have similar fascination with the French culture as I do with my obsession with all things Wiccan.
My idea of Paris is a complete mix of random things actually. I think all French women to be absolutely breathtaking in their every day life, gracefully smoking cigarettes at cafes and sipping coffee while surviving on a diet of nothing but wine, chocolate and baguettes. And when you think about the diet, I don't think it is really that bad of a fantasy now is it? To live off chocolate AND bread AND wine - stick a fork in it and call it a day!
After only a few conversations of our desired travel locations, my friends and I settled on an exciting itinerary to include four cities in two countries - Paris, Bordeaux, Biarritz and Barcelona.
|my reading material among fashion magazines|
I envision the trip to start with an incredible amount of energy (with my touristy hat on) and seeing a list of Parisian museums and sights from the Eiffel Tower to losing myself for hours as I browse the markets to stopping at the Louis Vuitton flagship store to trying to sleep in Marie Antoinette's bed at the Palace of Versailles.
We then head to Bordeaux for three days to soak up as much wine as possibly can on our wine tour and bike through the French countryside.
After we eat enough cheese and wine for our lifetime, we head to the coast to spend a weekend at the beach in Biarritz. I l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y plan to lay on the beach, read a book the old fashioned way (no iPad for me) and sign up for surf lessons. Then after I beat up my body trying to surf like a southern Californian girl out of a Hurley catalog, I plan to sign myself up for a massage as well.
We then head back southeast to the beautiful city of Barcelona where we stay in an apartment for four days and I try to speak the native language much better than I will in France. THAT is for sure.
|My very detailed trip brought to you by the snipping tool and pen|
My friends and I went from being ridiculously detailed with our travel wants and needs to a little more carefree about the trip and booked the necessities ahead of time. This approach feels much more natural (and like us) rather than over scheduling ourselves with too many agenda items.
For those of you who have visited any of the cities we are headed, we would greatly appreciate any tips or recommendations of what we must absolutely visit or eat at or what to completely stay away from and avoid at all costs. Where do we go and what do we do?