Starting with the London Vibe
In London, it’s excitement! World-class plays, shopping, great sightseeing and drinking ales until the week hours of the morning. You can’t wait to sink your teeth into a good basket of Fish and Chips as only London can serve them up. Then take a walk through Hyde Park after checking out what street artists are selling today. Retro paintings, jewelry, and interesting one of a kind artsy pieces.
Wandering through the British Museum you try to imprint on your mind all the art and artifacts from centuries past. The Egyptian Tombs from the days of Pharaoh, golden mosaic icons that adorned ancient churches and statues that are so lifelike you wouldn’t be surprised if they actually blink their eyes. Moving over to the National Gallery brings reality to your old high school classes that originally introduced you to “The Masters”. From Van Gogh to Rembrandt, Michelangelo to Monet or Botticelli. They are all there, you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not a dream!
My husbands favorite street is a small charming road near the British Museum that is jammed with music shops and historic instruments that takes you back to the time of the Beatles.
Also a must is to take some time and wander through the Camden Market. A wonderful 30-year-old market situated under the Old North Western Railway. Shopping this open air market is the best way to spend the day, with vendors selling crafts, clothing, colorful produce and good food to boot!
A little London night vibe
Of course you can’t miss the bird’s eye view of London and the Thames River on the London Eye Observation Wheel. Especially night-time rides will leave you with a whimsical impression of this world-class city.
What a better way to get to Paris than taking the Eurostar. I love falling into those comfortable seats that have a huge window next to them. The wide view entices you to gaze upon the gorgeous French countryside from Calais to Paris. I imagine speeding through the Chunnel is an event that most travelers dream of.
The Paris Vibe
You know…I think it’s all about the romance. I’m not even talking about the romance being with my husband. But its the romance of the past and the city’s amazing architecture that makes Paris so great. The romance of walking along the Seine River as we stroll at night near Notre Dame. The lights glowing softly on the flowing river below. The romance again as you view the squared cityscape from Paris’s only hill at Sacre Couer. Or, enjoying a smooth glass of French wine at a trendy bistro in the Latin Quarter.
Walking down the Champs Elysees poking through the shops. Wondering if that dress in the window could have been walked down a fashion runway by a famous model. And if it would look as nice on me. Or if that expensive but sweetly fragrant bottle of French perfume will impress my girlfriends back home.
Walking down the original Roman Road in the afternoon makes me happy. Parisian cafe’s and shops is just what every woman loves. On the other hand my husband enjoys tiny unsuspecting surprises. For instance, as you turn a corner from the street and find a hidden ancient Roman Coliseum.
Adding on a little Versailles Vibe too
Even better is the short trip to Versailles! What a romantic way to spend the day. Walking through the halls of optimum opulence laced in gilded gold and vibrant ceiling frescoes. The Hall of Mirrors known also as The Grande Galerie was created to show the economic prosperity of the kingdom. Mostly used for special occasions. The elaborate bedrooms share stories of the past with paintings hanging like history books on the walls. Very romantic!
After touring the complex but gushing riches in the Baroque Palace, meandering the vibrant gardens just out back is peaceful and lovely. Rent a small boat in the private lake with a small picnic is the perfect way to spend the day.
This short synopsis of two top-notch cities I hope will inspire you to visit and experience them for yourselves!