I didn't really start traveling much until I was in my 20s, but I've been to Japan, Hong Kong and London, as well as a couple of places in Mexico & Canada and various spots in the US. I've also solo traveled to Italy, Switzerland & France.
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
St. Louis has one of the best zoos in the country, and I believe it is still free. Forest Park has museums, the Muny outdoor theater, the Jewelbox, Science Center & Planetarium. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a great place to walk around in. And there's this thing we're sort of known for...baseball. If you want a day trip there are wineries in the Hermann & Augusta areas. Try the Nortons, I think you'll be surprised! over 9 years ago
We're traveling to Paris in August and have been told the French don't like tourists who don't speak their language. Is this correct?
I had taken an 8-week extension French class at the local university a couple years prior to my trip 3 years ago, but I found the folks in Paris were appreciative if you said bonjour, merci and other basic phrases. They know you're not from around there and will pick up the conversation with their much better English. I spent a solo week in Paris and didn't have any language issues at all. I also had the ilingo program on my ipod and didn't even go to it. Have a wonderful time! over 9 years ago
I was in London during the Queen's Jubilee, so there were many additional exhibits and events going on, but the one thing that was a must do for me was Stonehenge. Astral Tours had a half-day "behind the ropes" tour that got you there right as it closed to the public. You could go behind the fence and touch the stones. It looks like they still offer it: http://www.welcome2britain.com/stonehenge_access_tour. Besides the museums, we attended a chamber concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/jserv/concerts/index.jsp The acoustics are amazing. I also really enjoyed the Tower of London, seeing the crown jewels. It sounds cheesy, but taking one of those double-decker bus & river cruises right when you get there helps you get your bearings and is jet-lag friendly. We were able to get great same day tix to Mamma Mia in the West End, which was a new show back then, so you should check out what shows are running now. If you end up there in the May, then the Chelsea Flower Show is amazing to see. I hope this info is helpful. Have a great time on your trip! over 9 years ago