Here's a dream list of places I'd love to go in Europe.

Mont St. Michel
Over a thousand years old, this tiny religious hamlet was built by hermits seeking solitude.  It is protected by 12mph tides that sweep in and out 7 miles, a danger for careless drivers, as well as quicksand and marauding herds of sheep. It has only 40 full time residents, and 3 million visitors.

Fact of interest: During the Revolution, monasticism was abolished. Church property was taken by the atheistic government, and from 1793-1863, the MSM was used as an Alcatraz-type prison. Its first inmates were 300 priests who refused to renounce their vows. 


I could create a  long list for Paris alone: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tour, the Musee d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Parisien Catacombs, Versailles, the St. Chapelle, Notre Dame, Montmartre/Sacre Couer, the Bataux-Mouches, all of it! Though maybe I could pass on the high-dollar shopping.

Carmichael Estate

It may or may not be news to you, but I come from a long, proud line of Carmichaels (though my particular branch dropped a few letters along the way). I have tartan clothing, clan seals, and hope very much to visit the Carmichael Estate/Manor/Castle in Scotland. That's right, CASTLE. Maybe the current Clan Chief will recognize this American cousin and let me have family privileges, such as a free stay in one of the cottages, or a pet sheep.


I wish to go to Normandy, since I have male relatives who fought in World War II. I don't think I have any who were part of the invasion on the beaches, but it's still an important site historically for this American.

Atlantic Ocean

I spent all my summers growing up with at least a week at the beach, and I'd stand with my toes in the water  and wonder what everybody was up to on the other side of the ocean. What did they look like, were they families, was it cold? Hopefully I'll get to see for myself.

I'll look back across the ocean and think "Huh, do you suppose it's Bike Week at Myrtle Beach, yet?"