The Tonys, the Emmys, the Grammys and, of course, the grand-daddy of them all: the Oscars. I LOVE award shows, and with the Emmy Awards kicking off statuette season next week, I’d like to join in on the fun with my own awards (I’m still trying to think of a cute “-y” name).
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about finally visiting the Rocky Mountains (something I’ve wanted to do forever). Seeing something so iconic, a symbol of the American West, got me thinking about other famous landmarks I’ve been lucky enough to see in person. I’m talking about those buildings or structures you’re practically required to pose in front of and snap a photo. So, here it is – my completely un-scientific, 100% subjective Globey Awards. The envelope, please!
Eiffel Tower: We’ve all seen the Eiffel Tower, whether it was in a black and white poster on a dorm room wall or as a backdrop in a romantic comedy. But when I finally saw it in person, it was goosebump-inducing. Paris was my third international trip, but catching my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower was one of those magical moments where I knew I was seeing something really special. I’ve been back a few times, and it’s one of those sights that always give me chills. Talk about the very definition of iconic.
Most impressive first-sighting:
Big Ben: I have a soft spot for Big Ben. The first time I saw it, I exited the tube station and just happened to look up, and there he was. It was jarring and amazing and I think I actually gasped when I realized what I was looking at. Extra points for a landmark where I can quote National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Look, Gigglers, Big Ben! Parliament!
Best Place to lose a Euro
Trevi Fountain: The saying goes, if you toss a coin into the fountain you’re sure to return to Rome. So I jostled for a prime spot in front of the gorgeous statues and watched my money disappear into the blue water. I haven’t been back to Rome yet, but I trust the tradition. All those tourists can’t be wrong, can they?!
Least like the Vegas version:
Venetian Canals: Okay, technically these are not icons, but what’s the first thing you think of when you think of Venice? Gondoliers, right? Striped shirts, large-brimmed hats, deep voices serenading lovers as they glide through the city. I’ve been lucky enough to stroll along the narrow streets and cross over ancient bridges while stopping to appreciate the way the sunlight hits the water and the silence of a city with no traffic noises. I’ve also seen the artificially blue water of the indoor canals in Las Vegas. Yeah…the real thing is better.
Hardest to get to in the snow:
Neuschwanstein Castle: So, King Ludwig’s fairytale castle rises out of the mountains and conjures images of Disney princesses and brave knights. But for me, now and forever, I’ll think of my long, slow, slippery climb up an icy hill. I was there in late winter, and while the castle looked ethereal in the ice and snow (and the weather made for some beautiful pictures), the conditions were not ideal for hoofing it up there.
Manneken Pis: The famous statue of a little boy relieving himself is a fun, touristy photo op in Brussels. He’s regularly dressed in different outfits, so every visit offers something new. This is one of those slightly cheesy (but totally fun) things to do. You can’t spend all your time there eating chocolate and frites.
What are some of your favorite landmarks?
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