Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Reverse of Travel Alerts


A little while back, Chris and I sat down and made a list of the places we definitely want to hit while living in the general vicinity of them, here in Europe. The list is long. It keeps growing. The thing is, I'm really only adding to it by the pictures I see on pinterest and not from any real notion of what these (most likely extremely photoshopped) visions of places I see on the internet actually have to offer.



We haven't actually been to some of the ones that are crossed out yet but we have solid plans; trains, planes and accommodations booked, so they're definitely happening.

So, travel friends. Or friends of travel friends. Do you have any suggestions? Are we way off-base on any of these? Are we missing something spectacular? Have you been there, what would you do (or not do) in these places again? You can email or facebook them to me if this whole commenting-on-the-blog bit has you baffled or you want to send a lengthy list with tons of tips. That would be most appreciated, actually. Always looking for some good reading material here.

Another thing, if you have advice about anything travel related at all, please feel free to give it! I can't promise to follow all of it but as a newbie semi-world traveler, I will accept all tips. One of my favorite pieces came from an unexpected source, a friend of my cousin (HI DAWN), and it included two sets of advice. One for London and one for Paris. We followed a lot of her London tips and they were great! She even included some "don'ts" which were equally as helpful. I'm SO excited to follow her "Top Ten" list for Paris. Under "Do Not" her response was "There isn't anything that comes to mind." The city sounds more appealing every time we hear about it. In fact it's getting to the point where I'm nervous about it not living up to expectations.

Don't hold back. And hurry! Well, you don't actually have to hurry, we're already booked through January with trips but hey, I'm anxiously awaiting all correspondence, travel related or otherwise.

Sorry to be so wordy. I guess that's what being the only one up at 4am can do to a person.

Link post tomorrow, folks.

venicevienna / athens / paris / barcelona / florence /


  1. Can't wait to hear all about your travels and see all of the pictures! I've always wanted to travel around Europe by train and see the world! :)
    xo TJ

  2. Hate to break it to you, but there is actually a thing called Paris Syndrome where people suffer from shock due to their inability to reconcile their preconceived, romanticized notion of Paris and the actual reality of Paris. BUT I'm not letting that dissuade me, I still want to visit someday! Still might want to temper those expectations a bit though :P

    1. Good thing is I've been finding myself more and more disinclined to the whole city in the same way I get when people tell me over and again that I should "watch this movie, it's so good!" Maybe that means I'm stubborn? Or that I'm cynical and don't believe anyone...? I'll work on that. In the meantime, expectations tempered :)

  3. Hey - what about the country of our common ancestors... Ireland? I checked your list and didn't see any mention of it! How could you miss the Ring of Kerry, or my favorite Rock of Cashel... oh well...

    In other matters - when you go to Rome you should spend a bit of time in one of the catacombs (I know it sounds morbid, but it's really not). I think the one we went to was the Catacombs of San Callisto.

    Oh, the more I think about it, the more jealous I am of you!

    1. Ireland! I forgot to add it because we have no idea which city to go to. It might be the one place that we actually rent a car. What time of year should we go? Nevermind, hold that thought for 20 more days. I'll ask you then! :)


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