Hey guys, I’m off to Europe today! Words cannot express how excited and happy I am. It's been way too long.

I'm headed to France, Belgium and England for two whole weeks (!!!) to see friends and family, and also to revisit places very dear to my heart.

I have a weird fascination with other people's travel itineraries so I thought I'd share with you guys where I'm going. And as always, I would love your advice on what to do, see and eat while I’m in these places (mainly what to eat though).



First stop, Paris. I'm so happy to revisit my former home where I've made some of my happiest memories.

While in Paris I plan to see my au pair family, party with friends from my Paris days and rent an Airbnb with Edna in Le Marais.

I'm also staying with a French friend who has vowed to only speak French to me – god help me.

Beyond that I'm just planning on eating well, walking around and taking photos – I've actually been to almost all of Paris' tourist attractions, so just want to enjoy Paris itself.

Paris bucket list: Rue Cremieux (for the ‘gram, duh), the Sinking House (ditto), Catacombes, climb Arc de Triomphe, Red House, Au Passage



While in Paris, I'm taking a short train ride up to Brussels to see my aunt. This will be my second time in Belgium and I plan to eat as many Belgian waffles, chocolates and mussels with fries as my stomach will allow. I'm also a sucker for Flemish architecture so plan to photograph it extensively.


After Paris and Brussels, I head to Old Blighty. First stop? Essex, where I'm visiting a friend I met at yoga school in India. Honestly, I have no idea what to expect of Essex. All I know is that I want to go out, meet boys with cute accents, and eat lots of seafood.

Essex bucket list: Leeds Castle, Audley End House, suburb of Leigh, Canterbury Cathedral, lots of seafood



After Essex, I head to my beloved London. My itinerary for London is pretty loose, but I have two nights booked in a beautiful Airbnb in Shoreditch, my favorite neighborhood. I'm also meeting Brenna from This Battered Suitcase at Sketch, an incredibly adorable tea room.

Also, my company just opened an office in London so I’m going to pop in and see the office.

London bucket list: Churchill War Rooms, Postman's Park (from Closer), British Museum, Globe Theatre

Lake District

And then, the north of England! I'm spending two nights in the Lake District! I was inspired to go here after reading Adventurous Kate’s posts about it.

A friend and I are staying in a quaint B&B in the countryside. Basically I just want to wander around and pretend I'm in the shire. I am hoping it will be super adorable and English: think quiet pubs, beautiful farmland, men in tweed.


After the Lake District, we are popping by Liverpool to see The Beatle Museum. But if there's anything else I should see in Liverpool, let me know in the comments!


To cap off my trip, I'm spending the night in Manchester. I'm meeting Beverley from Pack Your Passport for dinner and then heading out on a 13-pub tour. Yes, I'm going to be very hungover on the plane right home.

North of England bucket list: Samlesbury Hall, Chatsworth, Cheshire (the Roman walled city!), Hadrian's Wall

So that's my trip! And while I've been to many of these destinations before, I am so stoked to revisit them.

Your turn! Is there anything else I have to see while in Paris, Brussels and England?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
Ashley Fleckenstein