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Best Summer Vacations Abroad

Hello there! It’s Wander The World here with three more destinations for your next Summer vacation!  According to US News & World Report, these are some of the best Summer destinations!

Perhaps you’re in the US and looking to expand your horizons or you live outside the US and are looking for somewhere to go this Summer…either way these three destinations are sure to please!

Paris, France

When you think of Paris, you probably automatically think of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, etc.  These are wonderful places to visit.

Some members of our team got to visit Paris a few years ago, and enjoyed the Louvre, and many of the other wonderful sights of Paris! Even sitting at a small cafe, people watching was a highlight of the trip!

Visiting The Louvre Museum in 2015!

So since you know about most of these sights, we are going to highlight just a few that you may not have known about!

  • Le Marche’ de Belleville – This is an open air market, open Tuesdays and Fridays.  If you’re looking to feel like a local, let the sights and scents of this market make you feel at home.

Here you will find many fruits and vegetables, both typical and exotic.  If you’re looking for some great low prices, check out this market!

  • La Ballon de Paris If you’re not the kind of person who wants to wait in a crowded queue to go up to the Eiffel Tower, or just want a unique way to get a bird’s eye view of Paris, you can fly high above the city in this hot air balloon!

This is the biggest hot air balloon in the world!  Don’t worry, it’s tethered to the ground, so no chance you will fly away! Admission is 12€, (around $14 U.S.)  for adults, and children ages 3-11 are 6€, (around $7 U.S.)  Kids under 3 are FREE! 

  • Musee Rodin –   Opened in 1919, this Museum is dedicated to the works of French Sculptor Auguste Rodin.  This amazing artist began drawing when he was 10 years old and was admitted into art school at 14! He is the creator of The Thinker and many other famous sculptures.

Make sure you plan your visit on a nice weather day, because the gardens are a great part of the experience, with 2,000 rose bushes!

We would be more than happy to help you put together a trip to Paris, this Summer or anytime!

Florence, Italy

  • Loggia dei Lanzi –   This is an open air museum in the Piazza della Signoria, containing dozens of sculptures. The Piazza della Signoria also contains a replica of Michaelangelo’s David.  You can relax and take your time admiring and taking photos to share with all your friends back home! If you are tired, you can go to a cafe near the Fountain of Neptune, and rest those weary legs while people watching.  Did we mention it’s FREE? 
  • Piazzale Michaelangelo –  A very popular viewpoint in the city, offers spectacular views and a towering sculpture of Michaelangelo’s David.  There’s quite a flight of stairs getting up there, but well worth the workout to get the views! After those stairs, sit at one of the local cafe’s lining the square, and if you stay long enough, you can watch the sunset!  There are two flower gardens with thousands of varieties of roses and irises in the Spring.
  • Ponte Vecchio –  This gorgeous bridge was built to replace an earlier bridge that was washed away by a flood in the 14th century.  It is one of the oldest bridges spanning the Arno River, near Central Florence.  This bridge is home to many jewelry and goldsmith shops.  If shopping isn’t your thing, you can also view the bridge from underneath by taking a boat ride or attending the occasional concert!
Ponte Veccio

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wine Tours –  Of course what better to do in Italy than take a wine tour! 🍷There are quite a few choices, some with meals included, some with snacks, all with WINE!  Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, taste and try all different varieties of wine, in some beautiful locations.  There are longer tours, 10 hours or so…where you can visit some of Tuscany’s Castles and wine cellars. Or shorter tours, private tours, group tours and even Organic wine tours!  With so much to offer, the hardest part will be deciding which tour to take!! (Hint, your travel agent can help you decide and book!!)

Dublin, Ireland

The Capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin offers so much to see and do! You can enjoy the great outdoors, take Historic walking tours or find some really great grub!

This is a photo of one of our team in 2015, visiting the Sphere Within Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro at Trinity College in Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are just a few things you can do in Dublin:

  • Talking Statues –  It sounds creepy but it’s actually very high tech!!  Using your Smartphone, you can swipe it on a plaque nearby the statue and you’ll get a call back, telling you that statue’s unique story!  There are 10 of these in Dublin! You can click here to get a map of these statues for your next visit!!
  • Dublin Discovery Trails  Get some exercise with Dublin’s FREE, self-guided walking trails.  As you walk along, you can use their Smart Phone App, for Android or IOS and be guided through the rich History that Dublin has in it’s past.  These stories will enchant you and endear this beautiful city to you even more.
  • The Guinness Storehouse –  Are you a Guinness drinker or at least a beer lover?  Well, no trip to Ireland or Dublin is complete without a visit to the Guinness Storehouse!  In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years for this building, and this has been it’s home ever since! A tour to this facility will teach you just what goes into the making of each and every pint, and you can taste for yourself! The Guinness Academy will show you how to pour that perfect pint and you can head up to the Gravity Bar at the end of the tour to take in amazing panoramic views of Dublin…with beer in hand, of course!

We at Wander The World want to help you plan your next visit to any of these three amazing destinations!  Please visit our website at www.wandertheworld.guru to look up more details to visit these destinations or please, feel free to email us at info@wandertheworld.guru or call at 833-292-6337!

Happy Travels!

Wander The World

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