Summer is creeping up on us and it makes me so nostalgic for our trip around Europe last year. I meant to write about this last year after our trip, but life got in the way and I got lazy and never did. But because we aren’t planning any big trips due to our upcoming wedding in 2018 (hello, hardcore savings time) I thought I would live vicariously through myself and tell you about our trip from last year.
Michael’s family plans a large family reunion every two years, and last year after a long standing tradition of meeting in California the family decided to flock to a small town in Spain. So being that we were already on our way to Europe, we decided to take full advantage and see a couple places we had been dying to go to together for a long time. Michael was able to get three weeks off of work, and I was on summer break so we did everything we could to fit in as much as possible.
I was in Europe for about 6 weeks, and Michael was only there for three so I met him in Germany and we started our trip full force. He flew in on a Sunday with his sister, and after a measly day and a half (and a flat tire on the autobahn on the way home from the airport), we drove to Garmisch in Bavaria. While we were in the area we visited Salzburg on a day trip and Neuschwanstein Castle. We dropped Kathryn off at the Munich airport and then we drove up to Wroclaw, to show Michael around my parents’ hometown and to visit my grandparents. After that we took a quick flight to London, where we met back up with Michael’s sister and parents and explored the city quickly and took a day trip to Brighton (being in the city for a day didn’t make me the next Zoella, much to my dismay). Next we were on a high-speed train to Paris (after missing our first one the night before), where we spent a couple days and saw queen Beyoncé in concert. Shortly after we were on our next high-speed train back to Germany where we “rested” for a day (aka thanks for doing my laundry mom) and jetted off to Spain. I unfortunately caught a “summer flu” of some sort, and had to delay my flight to Spain by a few days so I met Michael a few days later and we explored the town of Santa Coloma, and the beach at Sitges, and ended our trip with about 24 hours in Barcelona.
It was a whirlwind, and some days were definitely harder than others but I loved exploring all our favorite places together. Following this post I’ll put up more detailed itineraries of what we got up to in each city, but for now I’ll leave you with this quick sketch of our actual timeline.
Sunday – Michael & K fly in from USA to Frankfurt International
Monday – Rest and get ready for the next three weeks
Tuesday – 7 hour drive down to the town of Garmisch
Wednesday – Day trip to Salzburg
Thursday – Quick trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, followed by just barely making it in time to Munich for K’s flight and onwards to Poland
Friday – Wroclaw
Saturday – Wroclaw
Sunday – Wroclaw
Monday – AM flight to London
Tuesday – Day trip to Brighton
Wednesday – London
Thursday – Eurostar to Paris
Friday – ICE Train to Kaiserslautern
Saturday – Laundry Day
Sunday – Michael flies to Spain
Monday – Santa Coloma
Tuesday – Santa Coloma
Wednesday – Olga flies to Spain/ Sitges Beach Day
Thursday – Santa Coloma
Friday – Santa Coloma
Saturday – Barcelona
Sunday – Barcelona/ Fly to Frankfurt
What’s your favorite place to visit in Europe?