first memories from europa4/19/2012
As I mentioned in my last post, the first time I went overseas was to see Radiohead in Paris. It was four years ago and my sister's idea since we were big fans. It naturally evolved into a two-week trip, as it was impossible to ignore surrounding lands that we had dreamt of for so long. We looked at a map and pinpointed places that seemed interesting and booked the necessary overnight trains to get there. It was a lot of hard work but the three of us also experienced jovial moments of leisure and would recommend it to anyone.
The first place we visited was London, for three days. We managed to see a lot of obligatory stops such as the British Museum and National Gallery. Of course I tried an English breakfast and visited Abbey Road, where I left a little note on the wall. I'll be visiting again this summer for a few days and hope to experience an entirely different side of the city. I'm open to any suggestions as well!
Paris & Versailles
After London, we took the eurostar to Paris early in the morning. We walked everywhere, had a picnic near the Eiffel Tower and ate at Les Deux Moulins for breakfast. For lunch we always stopped for a crepe and took the metro constantly. On the day of the Radiohead concert we visited Versailles, which was a small version of heaven, minus all of the tourists. It was our favorite city of course!
After hopping on a night train from Paris, we arrived in Koln and were thoroughly confused by the German transit system. It became quite simple after a few rides, but the language barrier was comical to us at first. We saw the beautiful Kölner Dom, visited the Lindt chocolate museum (delicious!) and took a boat trip down the Rhine. The statues and buildings were so beautiful.
After Koln, we went on our first overnight train to visit Copenhagen. We slept in a small berth with bunk beds and felt like kids. It was enjoyable and exciting, as we looked forward to reaching Scandinavia. Copenhagen was a beautiful city, albeit very expensive for our measly U.S. dollars. We visited Tivoli gardens, the Glyptotek, walked along Nyhavn for ice cream and stayed in Nørrebro.
Visiting Malmö was a no brainer, seeing as it was only a short train ride across the Øresund. We walked to a medieval fortress, a funny carnival known as Folkets Park and had a Swedish breakfast at Debaser. The skies were incredibly clean and beautiful. Before we left we rode a boat down the city's river, which was so tranquil and the views were immense. I would love to go back one day!
We rode another night train, and arrived in Munich after Malmö. Unfortunately, we caught a bad weather streak and were bombarded with rain the entire time. In case you haven't gathered, Southern Californians aren't big fans of rain! Nevertheless, we had a peaceful stay and visited the gorgeous Munich Residenz, the Englischer Garten, Marienplatz loads of times, and the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Our last stop was in Rome for four days, where we stayed in an apartment in the Trastevere area. This was our favorite aspect of the trip, having our own little space to make our own breakfasts and even spaghetti. We visited a lot of the usual spots such as the forum, the sistine chapel, the pantheon, the Spanish steps, and more. However, we were very flustered by the hoards of tourists and would not visit again. I would definitely return to Italy one day just for the gelato!
Have you ever taken an adventure trip somewhere?