Real Life Eurotrip!

So, I traveled to Europe with my GF a couple of weeks back for 10 days.  We had overnight stops in 7 cities/towns and traveled through 8 different countries.  It was just incredible and I would go back in a second!  We stayed one night a piece in London, Amsterdam, St. Goar (Germany), Munich, Lucerne (Swiss Alps), and two nights each in Venice and Paris.  We also traveled through Belgium and had a day trip in Innsbruck, Austria.  Here is just a little taste of some of the amazing things we saw, did, and ate on this trip…

London:
-Saw Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace
-Rode in one of the red double-decker buses
-Used the ‘Underground’  (London’s subway system)
-Took pics by those red phone booths
-Drank English beer and ate a delicious burger with a fried egg and onion ring on it in a local bar
-Went bar hopping at night

Amsterdam:
-Took a boat ride through the canals
-Toured through the Red Light District (saw the legal prostitutes at work!)
-Went to the Anne Frank House
-Experienced the ‘Coffee Shops’ (offering alcohol, marijuana, and magic brownies/space cakes)
-Saw Dam Square
-Went to the Sex Museum
-Witnessed hooligans running around because they had just won a big ‘futbal’ championship
-Saw a live sex show

St. Goar:
-Ate some delicious spaetzle! (type of German noodle)
-Saw the World’s largest free-standing cuckoo clock
-Saw the World’s largest beerstein (in the Guinness Book of Records)
-Purchased beersteins
-Went to a wine tasting and purchased some ‘Ice Wine’
-Saw the ‘Lorelie’ statue

Munich:
-Saw the Glockenspiel
-Went on bike tour of the city
-Saw famous surfing river where Jack Johnson once came to surf
-Drank at an outdoor beer garden and ate a huge Bavarian pretzel with cheese
-Ate dinner at the Hofbrauhaus (most famous beer hall in the world)
    -Drank Liters of beer, Ate huge portions of chicken, sausage, and pork knuckle
    -Went upstairs and stood on a stage where Hitler gave many speeches
-Drove on the German Autobahn (most of the roads have no speed limit for cars and motorcycles)

Austria:
-Went to a Swarovski store (founded in Austria)
-Explored the city of Innsbruck
-Went Bobsledding down a track that was actually used in the Olympics
     -Driven by a former Olympian

Venice:
-Traveled through the city of canals on a walking tour seeing all of the sights
     -Piazza San Marco, St. Mark’s Basilica and Campanile, Bridge of Sighs (Casanova went over this bridge)
     -Grand canal and the Rialto Bridge
-Took a canal trip on a gondola while drinking wine
-Saw a glass blowing demonstration (Venetians are famous for this)
-Ate Italian foods: gelato, pizza, pasta, etc.
-Our hotel toilet had a bidet
-Went to a bar where many transvestites showed up late at night

Swiss Alps:
-Went to top of Mt. Stanserhorn and saw the mountain ranges
-Took a boat cruise through Lake Lucerne
-Bought Swiss-made watches for ourselves and Swiss Army Knives for relatives
-Went out drinking in Lucerne and ended up going to a full on Rave party!

Paris:
-Saw the Arc de Triomphe
-Went to Cathedral of Notre Dame
-Saw and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower
-Sat in the field in front of the Eiffel Tower and watched the lights and drank champagne
-Went to the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, and Venus de Milo
-Saw the glass pyramids at the Louvre
-Saw the Palace Garnier (Opera house that is basis for Phantom of the Opera)
-Ate escargot (snails) for the first time ever and it was delicious!
-Saw the Moulin Rouge show

Also, there were a lot of bicycle and moped riding all over Europe.  I guess it’s just easier to get around that way, especially in cities like Amsterdam and Venice.  I also noticed that there were many dogs walking around with their owners without leashes.  I don’t know how they did it but it seemed to be working for them.  All in all, we hit many cities in a short amount of time, but we saw almost every big attraction and highlight in every city.  There was a lot of traveling on our bus, but we usually went out at nights and tried to get our sleep on the bus rides.  It worked out pretty well.  I would recommend this trip to anyone who has not been to Europe and would like to see a lot of different cities in one shot.  We used a tour group called Contiki, which caters towards young adults 18 to 35 years old.  We met a lot of cool people on our tour and we plan on keeping in touch with them in the future as well.

About corky york

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Posted on June 7, 2011, in TRAVEL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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