In order to go through all of the places I visited this summer without putting my dear readers to sleep (and then we walked into the palace door to a vast array of gold statues and billowing curtains. As I walked up the stairs, I could almost feel the presence of Catherine as she prepared for her guests, waiting for her in the Amber room…), I thought I might break things down into a yearbook type summer:
Most Stylish: London, England
Men in suits and women in business causal drinking outside of the pubs – everyone just looks put together here. Plus, the accent. I mean, so posh.
Most In Need of a Red Bull: Copenhagen, Denmark
Maybe I was there on a slow day, but part of me wanted to just yell or something in the middle of the street to see if anyone was awake… yawn.
Most Likely to Steal Your Heart: Tallinn, Estonia
Not really expecting anything from this place but it turned out to be interesting historically, and young in spirit with a bit of edge. Seemed like anything was possible. Although the winters are long, the city sparkled.
Most Dramatic: St. Petersburg, Russia
There is a bit of faded glory to this city. Many of the people just needed a bit of an update. However, the country is working diligently to restore the cultural heritage and in my opinion, it is well worth it. The city’s treasures are a marvel to look at and I felt like I was in the presence of greatness whilst in the cathedrals and palaces.
Most Likely to Vote for Itself: Helsinki, Finland
Apparently this city was voted most livable city in 2012… and our guide really enjoyed talking about how much better Finland was then any other place on earth. And yes, there are many great things about this country, but it reminded me of the kid in class that always raises his or her hand with the right answer. I get it, you are wonderful but I can’t keep acknowledging you every two minutes.
Most Surprising: Stockholm, Sweden
I loved the design and creativity of this city. All these little details in the signs, the boutique shops, and the art work. Plus, the architecture, particularly the buildings deigned in the1920’s, really inspired me. And there was free Wi-Fi on our tour bus… yes!
Most Quaint: Visby, Sweden
I found this little corner of the world so very quaint and charming. Red roses climbed up walls and one of the churches also included a modern art exhibit. Plus there was an ancient, Gothic cathedral that would make a great location for a wedding. I could easily spend a week here roaming around the alleyways.
Most Popular: Berlin, Germany
This young city just had a great vibe and an energy that is difficult to describe. It confronts and owns it’s dark history head on, and as a result, represents the vitality of the future. Opportunity and ideas seemed to surround us. It is the one city that I could see myself living in.
Most Memorable: Spending time with my mom, dad, Aunt Judy, and Uncle Patrick
From UTFART to Ausfahrt to the Keech… there just too many laughs and good times to write down. I am truly one lucky girl.