We’re almost done. But don’t be sad. My favorite city is up today: Paris! It was HOT in Paris. Really hot. Like 104 degrees (40 celsius). We’re from Florida so normally we can deal with heat. But Florida has air-conditioning. Paris does not. Paris also has a really crowded metro with no ventilation. But we spent a lot of time in museums with the amazing Paris Museum Pass so that helped.
Despite the heat, I loved our stay in Paris. I loved everything about the city. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could. Sadly, my extensive knowledge of ballet terms (my only French) was not very helpful.
The Louvre (we had to leave quickly – I couldn’t take the crowds or the vastness. I preferred Musée de l’Orangerie and the Musée d’Orsay)
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower (Do you know how HUGE this is? I didn’t. It is BIG.)
Sacré-Coeur (+ we had a wonderful view of this from our room)
Sparkly Eiffel Tower at Night
Versailles (I was a bit disappointed honestly – too many palaces by this point I think.)
If you missed it: Athens, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Prague, and Munich.
The next post will be London. Hope you are still enjoying these.
I have not forgotten about the pictures. I just didn’t remember for a couple weeks. I’ve showed you Athens, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, and Prague. Onto Munich!
After taking the slowest train ever from Prague to Munich and getting in around midnight, we promptly woke up the next day and got on a two hour train to visit Neuschwantstein. Kind of crazy. And turns out Germany can be very cold in June, especially when your jacket stayed behind in Prague. But totally worth it.
Neuschwanstein Castle (just like Cinderella)
The castle is located in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.
So we did a little hiking while we waited for our tour to begin.
And we saw a mountain goat.
The following day we did a free walking tour of Munich which was probably the most educational tour of the entire trip. We learned A LOT but took very few pictures. This is the Glockenspiel.
These are the beer steins at the Hofbrauhaus. We didn’t eat or drink there (because the tour guide told us it is basically a tourist trap) but we did walk through.
And later that night we ran into our old friend, Jer, from Michigan who just happened to be in Munich. And thank goodness since he helped cut up the WHOLE FISH that I was served (after watching this normally-a-vegetarian look upon it in horror).
If I don’t forget, Paris is coming up next. Check out the rest of the Germany pictures here.
Ready for more photos? After Vienna, we went to Prague. It was probably our sketchiest hostel and we couldn’t grasp the language to save our lives and the money was really confusing but we still had a great time. It was the closest we got to Eastern Europe on this trip and might have been the most pleasant weather we experienced (other than London oddly). Also, they have really cheap beer.
Changing of the Guard
Strahov Library (Map Room)
Wandering the Garden
See more here. Munich is coming soon.
Previous cities: Athens, Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna
I haven’t felt like writing reviews much this week so let’s keep going with the picture posts. If you missed them, I’ve done Athens, Rome, Florence, and Venice. Which brings us to Vienna. We had a very short time here but we adored it. If my German weren’t so horrendous, I’d want to live there. Who knew Austria was so amazing?
The awesome overnight train (and complimentary wine)
Me and Ben at Schonbrunn Palace (before I lost/someone stole my lovely jacket)
Coffee and Sachertorte
The Opera House
You can see the rest of the pictures here. Prague is up next.
We’ve seen Athens, Rome, and Florence. Now it is time for our least favorite stop: Venice. We’re the kind of people who need to be constantly on the go on vacations and we ran out of things to do in Venice after the first afternoon. We were also homeless for much of the time (big gap between checkout and our overnight train) so we had no base. Hence, our lack of love toward the city. We still managed to get some good photos though. Enjoy.
Through the Rialto Bridge
Lots of wandering from bridge to bridge, reading.
See the rest of the pictures here.
So Venice wasn’t out favorite, but I am glad we saw it. Our next city – Vienna – was one of our favorites. Stay tuned.
I have not forgotten about my promise to show you all pictures (I just kind of forgot for a little while). I’ve given you Athens and Rome, so now it is time for Florence.
We adored Florence. We enjoyed everything about the city. And it just happened to be where Ben celebrated his 30th birthday.
View from the Duomo
The Birthday Boy
Palazzo Pitti (the Medici Estate)
To see more, click here.
Venice is up next.
It’s time for Rome, the only city on my trip I was revisiting. We were there for a day and a half but we pretty much saw it all.
At the Vatican
Ready to fight at the Colosseum
To see more, click here. If you missed Athens, click here. Next city: Florence.