By: Gabrielle Becker, Editorial Staff (‘25)

There are so many countries and continents one can travel to in the world, but today, I recommend a quick trip across the Atlantic to the continent of Europe. Europe is known for its industrial diversity and rich agriculture, making it a center of trade and commerce for centuries. Let’s start with the charming country of Spain. The first ‘must-see tourist attraction’ is the La Sagrada Familia. The construction of this modernist temple began in March of 1882.  La Sagrada Familia became the sole focus of the brilliant architect, Antoni Gaudí. Over 20 million people visit the area around La Sagrada Familia today to see this magnificent masterpiece. Another place to visit in Spain is La Rambla which is located in the historical city of Barcelona. La Rambla is the perfect place to spend an evening with its full-of-life atmosphere with flowers, mimes, live shows, markets, and museums. Spain should also be on your bucket list, especially if you enjoy eating delicious foods. Some popular dishes include Paella, Churros, Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Gazpacho. I highly recommend exploring all parts of Spain, but check out all the Gaudi sites scattered around Barcelona. 

Bonjour from France! France contains 85 cities, although Paris’s capital is the most well-known. The Mona Lisa at the Louvre, the renowned Eiffel Tower, and 130 unique museums can all be found in Paris, the vibrant city of light. The Palace of Versailles is a must-see attraction of the majestic town of Versaille, France. In the hall of mirrors, the historic Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 29, 1910. Giverny, France, is another must-see destination. This is where Claude Monet grew up.  You may visit his childhood home and a pond with a replica of the water lilies depicted in his artwork. Another fascinating location to visit is Normandy, France, which hosted D-Day, the most significant invading force in human history, in June 1944. You can visit 80 monuments along the shore in this city dedicated to remembering the effects of D-Day. France is also known for having over 1000 distinct types of cheese. Confit de Canard, Escargot, Croque Monsieur, and Crêpes are some of the excellent delicacies to taste in France. Au revoir and I strongly advise visiting France because I had an outstanding experience that has made me desire to return there in the future.

Now let’s end our trip with an hour and a half plane ride to the country of Germany, where people are generally known as friendly and welcoming. Beautiful scenery, magnificent architecture, and bustling festivals make Germany an enjoyable destination. The first must-see tourist attraction is the Brandenburg Gate. This iconic gate was built in 1791 for King Frederick William II and eventually became a symbol of the Berlin Wall’s divide between East and West. Many tourists visit  Berlin to learn about the city’s fascinating history and culture. Fine arts lovers should also visit Germany! Beethoven was born in Germany, and the country offers 300 theaters, 130 professional orchestras, and 630 art museums. The last location I recommend visiting is the charming city of Munich. A traveler must visit the Marienplatz (center square), where traders would bargain with each other, and locals would come together to shop and watch medieval jousting tournaments. Sausage is one of the many foods to try in Germany, with over 1,200 varieties. Overall, I urge that you plan your next vacation to Europe to sample a different culture while experiencing new parts of the world.