When you close your eyes and picture Europe, what do you see? Narrow laneways lined with small shops, vendors selling tiny trinkets on the side of the road, gelato stands, café’s filled with locals sipping espresso and reading the morning paper…
Even for those who haven’t been to Europe, we all see these images in our minds (thanks to the movies we watch and books we read) about what this magical land of mixed cultures in close proximity must be like. And our assumptions are pretty much spot on! Europe is filled with history, old and new buildings, and lots of little laneways lined with apartments and local cafes.
Take Paris for example:
Paris is one of Europe’s major centers of fashion, arts, commerce, and finance. It’s an “old meets new” kind of place, and gives off a very majestic vibe with its uniquely decorated buildings and perfectly kept gardens. This is something you probably already knew, even if you haven’t been there yet!
For those that have been to Paris, you will remember the moment you turned a corner and had your breath taken away by the magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower. Standing there in all its 324m of iron glory and creating that “wow, I can’t believe it’s right there” feeling. It’s almost hard to look away, let alone stop yourself from taking 100 photos from all different angles. We expect this when we go to Paris, and it is why we go back time and again.