there is so much culture in mexico, the little markets selling everything from beautiful silver jewellery to flags and shot glasses and people playing music and creating giant sandcastles or rock piles to little children selling you candy. There is a huge amount of catholic history in mexico which is something I wasn't expecting, the churches were massive and over the top with gold detailing and beautiful paintings and then there is a huge juxtaposition between these elaborate and expensive…
Paris is absolutely beautiful.. On the outside.. the buildings and grounds and shopping and just everything that you walk by and see is immaculate. however if you dig a little deeper its not. the subway was dark and smelly and just dirty. hotels were cramped and musty and it wasn't a place where I felt safe especially if I was anywhere but near one of the main tourist spots. That being said, people dressed beautifully, the weather was great and the sights to see really are worth seeing.
It took forever to get here, but well worth the trip. Gates of gold. painted ceilings. massive rooms and portraits the size of entire walls. The detail of everything inside and outside of the palace was just mindblowing. I spent about 15 minutes just admiring the legs of a table!
Italy was an adventure. Everywhere you went was beautiful, the food was amazing (sales were also great) and it was acceptable to have gelato several times a day. The coffee culture in italy was so different then what I am used to, going to a coffee shop was similar to going to a bar in canada. You go to the barista (who stands behind a bar) order your espresso (which comes in a shot-sized glass) drink, pay, and leave. It was interesting but I sure missed my lattes.
the italian gardens are a part of the kensington palace grounds, they are beautiful. So peaceful, and they have a beautiful history. built by prince albert to express his undying love for queen victoria