Monday, December 27, 2010

Dreaming of a European Holiday Getaway?

Dreaming of a European Holiday Getaway?

Reyjr traveling in Europe
I am too.  Ever since I got the opportunity to travel around Europe - to countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, and France - I've always wanted to go back, hopefully next time around, for a real holiday vacation (or maybe for our Honeymoon!)

I am dreaming of visiting centuries old buildings and structures in Italy, walking on the cobblestone street, staying at villas in Greece with fantastic views of the coast, and marvel at the majestic Temple of Hephaestus in Athens.  I am dreaming of the ever interesting Gaudi architecture all over Barcelona and how I'd love to visit all of them one by one. I've been to Paris, France but do want to go back. I never had the chance to go up the Eiffel Tower or visit Mona Lisa inside the Louvre. I'd love to try backpacking around Brittany or Corsica in France, find some nice cottages to rent and just enjoy the peace and quiet and the lovely cool weather...

I am dreaming of trying out different German beers or sample as many European wines as I can manage, and will hopefully be a connoisseur by the end of that trip. Italian cuisine is one of my favorites and so would love to learn how they make some authentic Italian style dishes straight from the locals.

Of course, I would love to do all the touristy stuff as well - write our names again on the "lovers wall" at Juliet's House in Verona, or take photos pretending to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from tipping over.  I'd like to see what Oktoberfest is like in Munich and how much Schweinsbraten and Würstl I can eat in one night.

Touring around Europe on a budget

Reyjr in front of the
Louvre in Paris, France
I am dreaming of touring around Europe, not on a packaged tour, but on a customized route - going around our favorite places and visiting friends along the way. That would be just amazing.

While touring around Europe, I'd much rather we stay at villas or cottages instead of hotels because (1) they're much cheaper, and (2) we would get a richer cultural experience. As they say, "When in Rome, do as Romans do."  Besides, there is so much more you can learn about a place when you are staying with locals. Trust me, by the end of your stay, you will have learned so much about their culture, their food and even a few useful phrases in the local language.

What to do in Europe?

I am interested to know - would you like to visit Europe? Which country would you like to visit? And what do you plan to do there?

What touristy things would you like to do? And do you want to learn a phrase or two in French, German or Italiano?

Or have you been to Europe and what was your most memorable experience there that you'd recommend we definitely try?

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