After my husband and I came back from our RunDisney vacation in January 2015, we started talking about what we wanted to do for our next vacation. We like to plan nice trips every year or so, and we usually start soon after the last one so that we know what we want to do and have plenty of time to save up for it.
In 2012 we went to Vegas
In 2013 we Honeymooned on a 7 night cruise to the Bahamas in style!
2014 We layed a little low, in preparation for our week long trip to Disney World. We did take a trip to the Poconos to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary
January 2015 we went to Disney World!!!
We didn’t do anything extravagant Since then. We’ve made trips to New York to visit Mike’s family/friends. We took a weekend trip to Virginia with my mom’s boyfriend’s family in Aug 2015. We visited my sister’s family last April to celebrate some birthdays. We even did a day trip to Hershey Park last month.
But in 7 days we depart for our biggest vacation ever! We will spend the next almost 3 weeks touring 7 cities of 4 countries in Europe! So excited!!!
This is something we’ve been talking about for 2 years, been actively planning for 1 year, and anxiously waiting for since we made our deposit back in April. It’s taken some careful saving and lots of research, but we’re finally here.. paid in full… locked and loaded and ready to get this show on the road!
I took a trip to Europe with a student group in 2003, when I was 19. Back then there really were not camera phones, let alone smart phones, nor was there GPS or social media. Crazy to think about huh? I had a normal exposure camera and this was before you could even tell if you took a good picture or not! I took 11 rolls of film, 5 of them in Paris alone! I’m SO looking forward to going back and taking more photos.. unlimited photos.. that I’ll be able to share with family and friends in real time! (Or… near real time anyways.. as I probably won’t be posting much on the go.)
Mike has never been to Europe, and I’m very excited to go and experience these things with my best friend. While we don’t exactly share the same interest in being there (I’m ALL about the history and the art… and the art history LOL He’s all about meeting the people and seeing the culture) I’m just thrilled to share new experiences as we adventure around.
Our first stop will be in Dublin, Ireland. We will spend a few days there and make our way down, stopping for a few days in London, followed by Paris. From Paris, we get to take an overnight train to Florence, where we’ll also get to explore Pisa and the Cinque Terre. Then we will spend the last four days in Rome before we head home.
I think Italy is what Mike is looking forward to the most.. he is half Italian of course! He also is responsible for adding Ireland to our trip, as he has Irish on his mother’s side. While I’ve been to Paris, I have not been to any of the other cities we’re going to. Paris is my heart, but I’m also completely fascinated with the history of the English monarchy, particularly in the 14th-16th century range. I can’t wait to visit Westminster Abby, Hampton Court Palace, and the Tower of London. We’re going to see and do so much.. I can’t wait!
I’m most nervous about the language barrier. I speak a little French- not fluent, but enough to get around. I’ve been using Duolingo- an language teaching app, to try and learn a little Italian. I’m terrible at it. I have the hardest time with the pronunciation because I’m so used to the way the French say things. But I also have a phrase book and Google Translate.. and I think people know enough English to communicate. I just hate that Americans are so Monolingual.. and people here are so mean to others who don’t speak the native language, that I’m self conscious when it comes to visiting other countries with different languages. Ugh, C’est la vie.
I’d love to do a packing post… as I researched them heavily in preparation for this trip. I’m also probably going to do a post for each leg of the trip, but I may not get to them very fast. In the meantime, if anyone is curious, I’ll probably be posting pictures on Instagram if you want to follow along 🙂