I was born in Prague, Czech Republic and although I have lived most of my life in Australia, I have visited Europe several times since we moved here. I have been to the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Belgium, Bulgaria, Poland and The Netherlands. Europe is so rich in culture in history and I am keen to go back and see more.
All over central Europe - I've been to Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands. I traveled by rail which was as romantic as it sounds and did walking tours in Tuscany and the South of France. It was truly beautiful, as was having the chance to visit galleries in Florence and Paris filled with inspirational art. My life has been richer for it and I feel lucky to have been able to travel so freely.
Love Europe - my ancestry and mother countries. Have been to England, Ireland and Scotland. Have also been to France. Would love to go to both Italy and Spain. When you live in the UK relish those travel opportunities more. You can get on a train from Euston to Glasgow on a whim, and flights from Heathrow to Spain are similar to domestic flights from Australia to NZ.
You don't know what you're missing Briony. I've done some travelling, but not as much as I would love to. Visiting other countries and experiencing other cultures is the best thing you can do for yourself and your children, especially when you visit countries that are not as well off as your own. You appreciate your own country alot more, believe me.
I have been fortunate enough to visit family all over Italy, including Sicily - the island that is easily forgotten like Tasmania!
From there I travelled to Belgium to visit more family and made little trips to Holland and Germany.
I recommend against staying in Paris for anything less than 36hrs (which is what I did several years ago and regretted it). Paris is huge, and if you like your art like I do there is no way that you can 'see it all' in summary form. I assume that Paris requires around 3 weeks minimum to see its sights, as this is how much time I have allowed for my next trip there! Fingers crossed it is enough time!
I have been all over Europe and love it. The problem is it's so crowded with tourists. Everywhere you have to line up, and things are expensive. I found a huge change from the time I was there in the 70's.
I am pleased I did the Grand Tour with Contiki back in the 'seventies when tourism was not as hectic as it is now. Subsequently I visited Greece, Ireland, England and Germany in 2008 to find that many of my favourite spots were not as quiet as they were forty years ago.
I think I toured in the best of times, plus being forty years younger I had a fresher perspective. A word from the wise, don't leave your travel too late in life and make sure you see much of your own country beforehand so that you can converse on it with some authority. While visiting an exhibition by a Torres Strait artist in London, we were viewed with awe by fellow gallery goers because we had actually visited Thursday Island.
One omission from my European travels is Scandinavia. I hope to remedy that with home exchanges in 2015.
I agree Grann. I'm in my mid-late 40's and would love to travel more than I have. Whenever I bring up the conversation of travelling more, my husband and his mother (my mother-in-law) always come back and say we can do it when we're retired. Why should I have to wait till I'm in my 60's to travel? who knows what could happen to either/both of us in the next 20 years, I argue. My mother, who passed a couple of years ago, often encouraged me to travel while I'm physically able to as she would tell me about friends she knew left it too late and never got the chance to travel due to illness or death. My father had passed away quite a few years ago and my mum travelled around a large part of Australia, which is what she'd always wanted to do, but he would refuse as he ALWAYS became sick whenever he left Noosa where they lived. I'm glad she got to do what SHE wanted to do finally and got to see Australia like she'd always wanted to before cancer finally took her. I only hope I get to do the same thing. Mandy E.
Europe is beautiful,went inter railing such an amazing experience would highly recommend . Loved France though went back few years later an lived in Antibes in the south working on the yachts.. Sounds nicer than it is but it also was a great experience
I've been all around Europe really. I am fortunate enough to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Ireland, with a great location so I can hop on a plane and be in another European city in just a couple of hours or less sometimes.