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My Top 5 Places I Wish to Visit

My Top 5 Places I Wish to Visit

                  I like lists. I make lists for just about everything and while I may not have a ‘bucket list’ I do have a list of goals I wish to accomplish. I also have a list of places I wish to visit, which includes just about every place on this planet. My list is quite long and includes probably every UNESCO site, however that would take me forever to write out here…

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Giverny: Monet’s Garden

Giverny: Monet’s Garden

                    For our first stop outside of Paris we went to the beautiful Monet’s Garden in the town of Giverny. Even though it was chilly there were still plenty of flowers that had bloomed in the garden and it was so beautiful to walk through. I am not a huge fan of poetry but that garden and those flowers made me want to compose a poem. It is clear to see…

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A Parisian Night: Latin Quarter

A Parisian Night: Latin Quarter

Before embarking on our tour, we had one more night in Paris. I discovered new loves for the city, like that ice cream car and the Late Quarter. I made a mental note to explore this area more, the next time I find myself in Paris. I also made a note to eat more cheese plates because they are amazing!

A Rainy Day in Paris

A Rainy Day in Paris

After I completed the 2 week program I decided to stay an extra week and go with¬†Cosmos Tour Groups¬†on an adventure in Northern France! ! I had planned, when I arrived in Paris, to spend the whole day exploring but since I was up at 5am, by the time I got to Paris I was very tired and decided to take a nice nap in my hotel room. After the tour group meeting I ventured a little down the road…

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Flanders and the Flemish Countryside

Flanders and the Flemish Countryside

While studying and visiting the different institutes of the European Parliament, we also had a few cultural days what let us explore and learn more about Belgium. One of the trips took us to the Flemish countryside where we went on a very muddy hike ( it had just rained) through an orchard which was also roaming with sheep.

A Canal Ride Through Brugge

A Canal Ride Through Brugge

We got to spend a day in Brugge, which is a city I would really love to go back to and spend more than a day there. It is the famous medieval city in Belgium, where buildings are older, countless chocolatiers line the street, vendors set up in the square and where transportation via canals still exists.

Fort Breendonk: A Place of Sorrow

Fort Breendonk: A Place of Sorrow

One of the historical sites we went to was Fort Breendonk, located outside of Antwerp in Belgium. This place, as the name suggests, was used as a military fort during wars until it was captured by the Nazis and turned into a concentration camp.