Did You Miss Me?: A Brief Summary of My Trip

When I went on a three week road-trip in 2008, I shared my trip with you in numbers. Since there is no way I can adequately wrap-up this trip either, I thought I would do the same.

11 773…Miles flown (18,947 km)
2,761…..Miles traveled in Europe (4,444 km)
922……..Pictures left after culling (which means we took A LOT more than that)
26……….Days gone
14……….Churches (this seems low)
12……….Train Stations
11……….Cities (including Oxford and Frankfurt, our first layover city)
10……….Museums (this also seems low)
8…………Books read
5…………Modes of Transportation (plane, train, automobile, bus, and boat)
3…………Day Trips (Hydra, Aegina, & Poros in Greece; Neuschwanstein in Germany; Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge in England)
2…………Friends we met up with (not including my family in Greece for the wedding) – Jer in Munich and Maria in London
1…………Hotel (Athens)
1…………Dorm Room (we *might* be a little too old to share a twin bed)
1…………Souvenir purchased (you should feel very special Zen)
1…………Missed train
1…………Broken camera
1…………Lost Jacket
1…………Husband left behind

Highs and Lows from each city:


  • High: My cousin’s wedding (and the food at the wedding)
  • Low: Lots of waiting around for family in the hotel lobby (cell phones would have been handy)


  • High: Papal audience (my second at St. Peter’s – I saw Pope John Paul II there  in 2000)
  • Low: ???


  • High: Ben’s 30th birthday
  • Low: Climbing hill after hill (finding a low was hard – we adored Florence)


  • High: Gondola Ride
  • Low: Being homeless and having nothing to do the second day


  • High: The “feel” of the city – I think I could live there
  • Low: Our stay was super short (around 32 hours)


  • High: Prague Castle
  • Low: Sketchiest hostel of the trip


  • High: Tie between the day trip to Neuschwanstein and hanging out with our friend from Michigan (and two 60-year-old professors) at a beer hall
  • Low: I had just lost my jacket and I was freezing


  • High:I’m going to cheat here because I loved Paris the most. Musée de l’Orangerie, the Eiffel Tower, the dinner cruise on the Seine were three of my favorite things.
  • Low: It was HOT (like over 100 degrees) and Paris does not have AC.


  • Walking around London with Maria
  • Low: I was exhausted by this point and kind of done sight-seeing.

The entire trip was amazing. Sure, there were times I was exhausted and three-and-a-half nonstop weeks is a long time to spend with one person (even if that person is your husband), but I am so thankful I had the opportunity to take this trip. I know that I am very lucky. I will miss Ben while he is off being super-smart and studying at Oxford, but I do enjoy the time on my own (maybe I’ll actually do some actual reading this year).

I know that I updated you all with photos on twitter and tumblr as I went, so I’m not sure if I should post any here. Would you like to see a few of my favorites? Or would you like links to some pictures for each city?

Finally, I am happy to be home. I am glad to sleep in my own bed, use my own shower, and wear different clothes. I am also happy to get back to blogging and catching up with everyone.

Oh, and Happy Fourth of July to my U.S. readers. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Did You Miss Me?: A Brief Summary of My Trip

  1. Eleanor Brown July 4, 2011 / 10:29 am

    I did miss you, even though you popped up on Twitter! So glad you posted this – reminded me of my own travels around Europe. Welcome home!


  2. Sandy July 4, 2011 / 11:53 am

    Wecome back! You really did it all! Wow. I can relate with the 24/7 for three weeks thing. Not so much issue with my husband but sometimes the kids. We had planned to see Prague, but family issues got in the way. Boo. We did see Krakow instead, but it isn’t quite the same. Now, aren’t you glad to be home where there are big showers?


  3. zibilee July 4, 2011 / 12:10 pm

    It does sound like you had an amazing trip, and I am very envious of all the stops you made! Three weeks is a long time to be away, but I can imagine that you were having such a wonderful time that the days just flew by. Glad to have you back, though!


  4. Jenny July 4, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    That’s so awesome! What a great trip! Sounds like you made some great memories. Glad you made it back safely.


  5. Michelle July 4, 2011 / 5:04 pm

    Welcome Home! I cried each time the US passport guys said that to me… 🙂 As for me, I want to see ALL of your pics! I realize that’s not possible {if you lived closer I’d have you over for coffee/tea/wine!}, so I’ll be happy with whatever you choose to share and however you choose to share it. 🙂


  6. Michelle July 4, 2011 / 9:22 pm

    I feel like you were gone for months and months! Looks like such a fantastic trip (despite the lows). It’s amazing to be able to experience these once in a lifetime trips. So glad you enjoyed it all!


  7. jenn aka the picky girl July 4, 2011 / 9:56 pm

    Yea! Everything sounds fantastic. Love the wrap-up, and I’d also love to see more pics. Glad you’re home safe and sound. Enjoy your shower/bed/etc.


  8. Helen Murdoch July 5, 2011 / 9:37 am

    What a fantastic trip! It sounds like you got to see all the hot spots (literally and figuratively) of the places you went. What a fantastic chance to see Europe. I’d love to see more photos


  9. Maria July 5, 2011 / 10:00 am

    So excited that I came in over Wicked. It was great meeting you! I love the break down into numbers, looks like it was an incredible adventure. I would love to see more pictures!


  10. Alita July 5, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    This looks like it was an amazing trip! I loved your twitter updates while you were away, but it would be cool to see some of your favourite pics here.


  11. Melissa July 6, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic trip. I’ve been to all of those cities except for Athens, but hopefully that one will be added to the list soon!


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