The best part about traveling is the opportunity to learn more about yourself through other cultures, experiences and people. I recently traveled to the U.K. and Paris, France. A lot of people have asked me about my travels, and I think the best way to sum it up would be through a blog post.
Let’s start with London. I stayed downtown London and started off trying British Indian fusion cuisine, which was AMAZING. The highlight of the meal? Sea bass. I definitely played the role of a tourist on this trip. I squeezed as much as I could into the five days I had in Britain. The next morning, I got up early to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Bridge, Parliament, Piccadilly Circle, and the changing of the guards. Did I mention that I am fascinated by the British monarchy? I love that traditions continue to be upheld in Europe for centuries. My dad and sister and I walked about 12-15 miles a day. On our walk to Big Ben, we discovered the BEST frozen yogurt I’ve ever had. If I have one weak spot, it’s frozen yogurt. This yogurt place was unique because it was a shop built out of a double decker bus. It was called SNOG, which is British slang for ‘kiss’ or ‘cuddle.’ The bottom half of the bus was the registers and employees and the upper level was turned into a restaurant lounge area overlooking the Thames River. The following day, we took a day trip to Windsor Castle, The Roman Baths and Stonehenge. I was most fascinated by the Roman Baths and Bath, England. Windsor Castle was beautiful and had so much history, Prince Harry was there at the time, but with no such luck, I didn’t run into him. We ended our time in London by shopping and eating more and visiting Abbey Road and Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles and James Taylor spent time recording there. As a songwriter, that was exciting for me.
Next stop? Disneyland Paris. Naturally, I had to visit Minnie Mouse. She was in her Springtime outfit this time of year and it was magical! Their castle and ‘Small World’ were by far my favorite of all the parks. The simplicity of the park and all the rides and attractions allowed it to feel like classic Disney, nothing was too modern. Their other park, Walt Disney Studios, was a lot like Universal Studios meets Disney’s California Adventure. They had Ratatouille World there and my favorite? Crush’s Coaster. It was based off ‘Finding Nemo’ and you sit in an upside down turtle shell and spin while on the roller coaster, a definite must ride if you ever get the chance to visit.
And last, we stayed in the heart of Paris. The architecture and easy going people made it easily one of my favorite cities. We did a bike tour around Paris, which was an absolute blast and I highly recommend that as well. My sister and I have dreamed ever since we were little of traveling to Paris and seeing the Eiffel Tower together. Dreams do come true! Paris had the best coffee and bread I’ve ever had.
To wrap things up, the people were my favorite part. Everyone is so polite and courteous. The men wear belts and tucked in shirts and it was very attractive to me to see men who were proper and took care of themselves. The citizens took care of their cities, London was clean and people were so respectful. Kids weren’t glued to iPads, they were well behaved and had manners. Things are very different on the other side of the pond, and I wish some factors we would have here in the United States. I wish I could tell you every detail about my trip because it was the experience of a life time, but this was just a glimpse!
Home is always where the HART is.
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