Vibrant and bustling, Paris is, in every sense of the word, monumental. Paris is also arguably the most beautiful city in the world. With two World Heritage sites, 141 museums, over 450 parks and gardens and at least 170 places of worship, it comes as no surprise that Paris tops most every traveler’s list.
Truth: The first time I came to Paris, I was overwhelmed. The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame and the Louvre were all great places to start! But, because each new neighborhood also came with new, exciting discoveries, I left Paris that first time feeling sad that I ran out of time to explore deeper.
Fast forward 20-something years. Countless returns later, I’ve grown to…
People build statues of heroes. The Greeks built statues of Hercules and Adonis. The British built statues of Nelson and Churchill. The Egyptians, Colossi of Memnon. We Americans build statues of our heroes, too. Like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Heroes usually only get statues when they’re dead. And, when a person travels hundreds or thousands of miles to see a statue, sometimes looking isn’t enough. Sometimes, he or she wants to touch it. And it’s always lucky to touch a hero statue.
But should you?
The short answer is most of the time. As long as you are respectful of local customs and traditions and it’s not prohibited by local law, I say do …
Getting out wasn’t easy. And yet, finally, somehow, here I am in this strange new world of deserted terminals, abandoned shops and next-level social distancing. Delta had been canceling various legs of my extended trip to Europe and the United Kingdom for months, only for me to rebook the flights just in time for them to be canceled again.
So, naturally, I’m more than a little nervous as I hand my passport to the agent. For the first time in a long time, I’m required to check in at the counter for my flight to London via Paris. Only a few hours before, France announced a new requirement for any traveler, French national or otherwise, traveling to or through the
Seeing the world with your best friend can be absolutely incredible! And, if you plan your trip right, you will cherish your shared experiences for the rest of your lives. But, before your journey begins, please take a moment to consider some of the stumbling blocks that can present themselves before you’ve even left the house.
Below, you’ll find some helpful tips that I’ve compiled to help you navigate these sometimes sticky situations so that you and your bestie will have an amazing adventure instead of a stress-filled escapade.
1. Choose your travel partner wisely. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Are you an adventurous eater while your friend is a picky eater? Do you prefer to