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While the French are ripe with a decorated history including a bloody revolution as well as a bohemian one, the Palace of Versailles is truly something else. A visual representation of absolute opulence, wealth, and history, the palace and its grounds are nearly impossible to cover in a day. See Marie Antoinette’s cabin on the garden’s grounds, a place she had built to get away from the busy palace, and feel the energy of what happened within the beautiful halls of Versailles.
Heading out to the northeast tip of Africa is a travel destination that will teach you far more than any textbook ever had. Images of pyramids and hieroglyphics come to life in Egypt, where you’ll find the Sphinx is much bigger in real life than in your history textbook. Exploring the land of Cleopatra and King Tutankhamun is truly unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Whether or not you studied Latin, learning about Greek mythology has most likely happened at some point in your life, even if you got it from Disney’s Hercules. Zeus, Achilles, and Aphrodite are all, essentially, household names, so traveling to Greece only brings those myths to life. Take a stroll through the Parthenon on the Acropolis, which served as the temple of the goddess of courage and war, or take in the majestic Mount Olympus, home of the Twelve Olympians: Zues, Hera, Poseidon, Ares, Hermes, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Demeter, and Dionysus.
For those who prefer a little rest and relaxation on a beautiful beach with a side of historical significance, the head across the border to Cancun. Excursions to ancient Mayan ruins are ripe with history and are easily accessible from the popular party destination.
It’s hard not to take a step down any street in this Italian city without passing by a piece of history. Have a picnic on the Spanish Steps and visit the beautiful St. Peter’s Basillica, but make sure to save a day to explore the Coliseum. Explore the depths of the battlefield, where gladiators awaited their impending glory or demise, and imagine the spectators wildly cheering for their favorite.