Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great fall break. :)
Being in London, I was able to explore Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome during the break with my roommates. Taking a plane to Paris is actually cheaper than taking a train (believe it or not!), and we arrived in Paris in roughly under an hour. In Paris, we visited the usual touristy spots, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Instead of taking the Paris Metro everywhere, I recommend walking along the Seine, as you’ll be able to see most of the sights along with Paris’ many bridges.
Next, we took an overnight train from Paris to Venice, which took around fourteen hours. That was probably the highlight of our trip - not really because it was amazing, but because it was so absurd! Let’s just say that the pictures on the website are very different from reality. Nonetheless, it was definitely something we’ll remember for a long time. Venice was incredibly interesting, as I have never seen anything like it. There is the Grand Canal, and then there are other smaller canals within the city. Taking a gondola was definitely a good idea, and I would say that we had the quintessential Venice experience!
From Venice, we went to Florence, which was quite different. It has a river running through it, so geographically, I would say it’s more similar to Paris than Venice. We went to many museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell'Accademia (where Michelangelo's David is located). It was fascinating to take in all the paintings and sculptures and learn about art history along the way.
As for Rome, I can’t really comment much, as I’ve only been here a day. However, I will say that the city is filled with history, from places like the Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Overall, I absolutely recommend that you visit France or Italy...if not for the culture and history, then go for the food!