Summer vacation planning? Here are our European Favorites!

As we begin working on the itinerary for our summer travels, I have been thinking about the places we've been and loved.  Over the past 5 years, we've done extensive European travel - usually for 4-6 weeks at one time.   We have seen so many wonderful sites and learned so much about European history, art, architecture, food, people and culture.  Here's a brief list of my top European favorites.  Share yours in the comments!

Favorite bridge - Ponte Vecchio (Florence, Italy) because the age & beauty.  Runner up - Le Pont d'Avignon - (Avignon, France) because the nursery rhyme.

Ponte Vecchio


Favorite River- Le Seine (Paris, France) because the romance. Runner up - the Danube- because it flows through so many cities.

Paris and the Seine


Favorite building - parliament in Budapest (Budapest, Hungary) because the turrets and arches.  Runner up - La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain) - because Gaudí.

Parliament in Budapest

Favorite castle - Prague Castle (Prague, Czech Republic) because largest castle complex in world.  Runner up - Versailles Palace because grandeur.

Prague castle


Favorite art museum -Musèe Rodin (Paris, France) because the sculpture garden (photo courtesy of Rodin Museum).  Runner up Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France) because it's inside out.

Rodin Museum sculpture garden

Favorite piece of art - Woman in Gold by Gustav Klimt currently at Neue Galerie New York because it's a great story (photo courtesy of  Runner up - Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez in the Museo del Prado, Madrid because the complexity.  

Woman in Gold Klimt

Favorite town - Well, 5 of them actually - Cinque Terra (Italy) because they are magical!  Runner up Granada (Spain) because also magical.

Cinque Terra


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