Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
It was the amazing writer Robert Louis Stevenson that said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” We are constantly planting new seeds in our minds about where we want to travel to next, but not every plan pans out, whether because of an increase in flight prices or all of a sudden we need to change our travel dates. But that’s the beauty of planting so many seeds — one of them will always sprout. We are excited for any chance we get to explore a new place and shed light on an area that maybe a lot of people don’t know much about (including ourselves). One of the first things we learned about Bristol was that it first was known for being one of the maritime ports of England, but now it is known for being a cultural hub.
We are fortunate that both of us, our family, and our friends love to travel to new cities! There are so many different ways to explore a city. You could do a ton of research, you could just walk around and get lost, or you could collaborate with locals and friends. We enjoy doing it all! It is like what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” We love traveling and all the things we learn are woven into the fabric of our past.
We were excited we got to experience Frankfurt with our two friends! We ended up going to Frankfurt for three days Be aware that even in August we found we needed a jacket in the mornings and evenings.
A couple locals we talked to said Marseille is like the Naples of France. We take that to mean that it is an underrated city, quirky with a lot of history and charm! Also, both places have their own language that the rest of the country has a problem understanding at times.
We had a great time exploring Marseille and its rich history as well as indulging in all of their amazing cuisine for four days and three nights! Here are our top recommendations for Marseille.
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle shaped society’s views on philosophy. They helped us think outside the box and really dive deep into the meaning of life. In Greek, “philosophy” means “love of wisdom.” They wanted to ask those hard questions and really stretch the minds of their contemporaries. It was Plato that said, “Man: a being in search of meaning.” We are constantly asking ourselves those hard questions and, to my husband and me, exploring other cultures is a way to understand those around us.
We were so excited to experience Athens and to walk where the great philosophers walked. Here are the top sights we’d recommend seeing over a 5-7 day trip.
It was Gaudí who said, “But man does not create…he discovers.” Gaudí and his contemporaries have made some of the most unique buildings in the world. They thought outside of the box and created extravagant buildings for everyone to enjoy for years to come. The more intricate the patterns and designs, the better.
Here are our top recommendations for Barcelona for a 3-4 day trip. We wish we had a few extra days to see everything else our list, so we’ll have to make sure we return! We’ll be sure to do another Barcelona blog after we see the rest of it. Next blog is TBD ☺