Top 11…what?

Now that I have had time to think about all the sweet places I had the chance to visit, I thought I would post some of my favorite pictures to explain them.  Also, I tried to choose a top 10, but really every country I visited had something amazing.

#11 La Ermieta in Bollullos/Outlook in El Churro, Malaga

This church sits outside of Bollullos and is mainly used for weddings and saint days.  But it has the best view of all of Bollullos.

This church sits outside of Bollullos and is mainly used for weddings and saint days. But it has the best view of all of Bollullos.

A great advert for TOMS!  Although we only ate while in El Churro, the view was amazing!

A great advert for TOMS! Although we only ate while in El Churro, the view was amazing!

#10 Sagrada familia in Barcelona, Spain:

Barcelona is such an unique city, but the Sagrada is what literally makes it that unique.  Gaudí was crazy, but he created some awesome buildings.  I also love how this church doesn’t have a denomination yet, and in the tour they specify that all are welcome regardless of denomination.

The front of the Sagrada Familia.  The entrance includes a Nativity Scene that shows scenes from Jesus' life.

Cannot wait for 2035 when it should be finished!

#9 The Colosseum in Rome, Italy/Stonehenge, England:

Because who doesn’t like old crumbling buildings?!?!?

Best birthday ever:  margarita pizza and ancient roman ruins.

OK, I should add pizza to this number too.

And big rocks?

I scream for rocks!

I scream for rocks!

#8 The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, Rome/Harry Potter Studios, England

So you aren’t allowed to take pictures in the chapel, and really how could you cause you are too busy looking up at the ceiling the whole time!

Just pretend I took this picture.

Just pretend I took this picture.

Yes, I am comparing J.K. Rowling’s books to the likes of Michaelangelo’s years of work.

AMAZING.

AMAZING.

#7 View of the mountains and gardens of the Monserrate palace in Sintra, Portugal/Everywhere in Sweden:

So this “palace” was actually the family home of a very very wealthy American family.  However, they lost their fortune and sold the house.  After many years, the historical society got their hands on it and have worked to preserve the gardens here.

The view of the garden from the back of the house.

The view of the garden from the back of the house.

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Sweden knows where it is at. Outside of Edsburk, Sweden.

#6 Outlook from the Scare Coeur in Paris/the canal house boats in Amsterdam

Beautiful view from the Sacre

Beautiful view from the Sacre Coeur

What's better looking: us or the view?

What’s better looking: us or the view?

Views of the houses along the canals.

Perfect setting for a canal stroll in Amsterdam.

#5 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Although it was rainy and COLD, it was worth freezing our tushies off for this view.  Again, Dumbledore was not there.

I swear I didn't edit anything about this picture.  The Cliffs are truly that beautiful.

BEAUTIFUL

#4 Buda and Pest along the river/Trezin Concentration Camp, outside of Prague:

Not only is Budapest full of history, but the river that splits the two parts of the capital, but it also has a beautiful river walk with amazing views.

May be the most beautiful sight I have seen.

no words.

Now you are probably wondering how a concentration camp could be on my top list.  Well, I have many reasons, many historical, but it was just so peaceful when I was there.

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#3 Giralda of the Cathedral in Sevilla at night

Every time I went back to Sevilla, even if it was just for a night, this was the most impressive sight at night.

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#2 The Saraha desert at sunrise

Although I did not sleep at all the night out in the desert (Berber’s know how to party), waking up for this was totally worth it.  We could actually see the Algeria!

Good morning Sahara Desert!

Good morning Sahara Desert!

That is our oasis camp down below.

#1 The Swiss Alps in Gruyere, Switzerland

This was honestly the most peaceful place I have been to.  These were taken from the Gruyere Chateau looking out behind it.  We only stumbled upon this because we were too cheap to actually go into the chateau.  And even though the following pictures are gorgeous, they aren’t even close to the real thing.

BOOM the hills are alive!

BOOM the hills are alive!

Perfection

Perfection

One thought on “Top 11…what?

  1. Cathy Mischuck says:

    I loved following your blog this year! You are a gifted writer and I enjoyed all that you shared. Good luck this upcoming year! Oh! Your parents absolutely should be proud!

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