There is always that one particular dream all individuals have, which they wish turns into a reality someday. My visit to Europe was nothing less than a dream come true. When you travel around, there is so much one can get to learn, which they would have never known of before. It also broadens your mind and helps you discover the different kinds of culture, and most importantly, is a wonderful break from an ongoing regular life.
My first stop was London, England. Heathrow airport, known as the busiest airport in the world was indeed abuzz with the preparations for the London Olympics 2012 going on in full force. The minute I stepped out of the airport, there was a rush of fresh cool breeze which surrounded me, breathing in pure clean air. London is of course famous for its wonderful historic events, and ther traditional background is set so strong till date. Suprisingly, I really felt at home there, because I found alot of similarities between London and Dubai 🙂 Who can forget Monuments like the Buckingham Palace, The Big Ben, Westminister Abbey, Madame Tussads Wax Museum, Waterfront and places like Trafalagar Square, River Thames, London Eye, Hyde Park, Harrods and of course the ever famous London Brigde. Though Central London is the cream of London, the London city has a feel of its own with doll like houses and black cabbies. The red underground metro and the local red buses and telephone boots truly signify the sophistication element of London. My relatives and all out there told me, though it appears glamorous, its a hard life out there, where one are taught to do everything on their own, like filling petrol in their car themselves and sweeping and maintaining their own drive in garages provided to them. To me, the most beautiful aspect of London was the weather, and the fact, that the sun sets there when it is 10:30pm in the night 😉
Moving on, we then crossed the english channel and entered Europe. My, Europe is filled with history and has set trademarks of its own, and each place has its own beauty and a story of its own to tell. In Europe, I visited Brussels (the capital of Europe), Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Paris. In Italy, I visited Venice, Rome, Vatican City, Pisa, Florence, and Milan. Some of the important highlights in these are: The Atomium in Brussels, Madurodam in Netherlands, Cologne Cathedral in Germany, Swarovski Crystal Factory in Austria, The famous Gandola ride in Venice, The Colloseum in Rome and the place Julius Ceaser was assasinated, St. Peters Church in Vatican City, The wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria in Florence, The Leaning tower of Pisa in Pisa, The wonderful high end fashion streets of Milan, The beautiful scenic beauty of Switzerland and Mt. Jungfraujoch (top of Europe), and the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum (Mona Lisa Painting) and EuroDisney alongwith a Gala Evening in Paris, as Paris in the evening is very different from Paris in the daytime. There is alot more to these places which can be understood only when visited. Even a thousand words would not be able to describe the story behind each of these. My trip ended at the Charles De Guala Airport in Paris. The cream of our trip was of course Switzerland, it is simply impossible for one not to fall in love with that place, and it automatically instills the belief of love within you.
One must not forget to munch on to occassional treats such as the Swiss Chocolates and Belgium Godiva Chocolates and waffles, and Gelato ice creams in Italy. Italian food and English breakfasts are a delight to the tastebuds.
After my trip, I have a new dream. To travel the world, to discover and explore the world and to be a part of the story of each world which exists on our planet. The difference in culture, cuisine, style and fashion, the people and their lifestyles are worth the exploration, as we find out how much we learn just by observing and being a part of new cultures. Heres hoping to many more such exciting trips to come up, and fulfill my dream to live my life to its fullest 🙂