London is one of the top destination cities in the world. This iconic city is the location of Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, Westminster Abby, and Harrods, just to name a few. Whether you are shopping, touring the palaces and museums, or going to the theatre, there is always something to do in London.
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The City of London
Considered the historic heart of London this area boasts the economic and historic heart of the city. All in walking distance are St. Paul’s Cathedral, Leadenhall Market, the Bank of London and the Museum of London. In this area, there is also evidence of the London Wall, originally built in the 2nd Century.
The London Eye
This is the world’s highest observation wheel allowing for panoramic views of London in a 30 minute spin. On a clear day, the view can be up to 25 miles in all directions.
Be sure to stop by and see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
One of the most widely known parks in the world, it first opened its gates to the public in 1637. In addition to being a wonderful place to study, it is a popular place for swimming, running, rowing and horseback riding. Be sure to check out Speaker’s Corner on Sundays where people stand on soapboxes and discuss their views on world matters.
London has wonderful museums all within its borders. Visit the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to see a collection of over 4,000 years of British, American and European art and design. Visiting the museum is free, so be sure to go back as much as you want. The British Museum has many ancient wonders, including the famed Rosetta Stone, the Elgin (Parthenon) Marbles and Egyptian mummies. The Tate Modern houses an eclectic selection of modern art, and many of the exhibits are also free to the public.
Paris is the number one tourist destination in the world for a reason. This iconic and breathtaking city is home to the famous Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and the Sun King’s Palace at Versailles, just to name a few. Paris is home to Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. The coronation of Napoleon was held here in 1804, and even if you are not into history, the architecture will amaze you. You can walk around inside the cathedral and also go up to the top for a great view. Bike around town with a Fat Tire Bike tour, BBA Paris students agree that this was one of their best experiences in Paris!
Also renowned for setting the cultural pace, Paris is where ultra-modernism meets historical romance.
Amsterdam’s famous canals thread the city alongside fascinating historical and ultra-contemporary attractions alike. Amsterdam is home to a number of outstanding art museums. The Historisch Museum maps the city’s history through art, the Rijks Museum contains Rembrandt’s stunning masterpiece, “The Night Watch,” and the Van Gogh Museum dazzles visitors with its prodigious collection of paintings from various phases of the troubled artist’s life. Amsterdam is also known for its cozy coffee shops, so be sure to stop by a few. The fastest way to travel in Amsterdam is by bicycle. Consider renting a bike for the weekend to easily explore the whole city.
Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful and culturally rich destinations. The city features magnificent architecture, rolling hills, lush green parks, and over a thousand years of history. At various times, Adam Smith, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sean Connery, Robert Louis Stevenson and J.K. Rowling have all called Edinburgh home. Centrally located in Scotland, Edinburgh is but a stone’s throw from the famous Highlands.