Saturday, June 23, 2012

Our European Summer

Strasbourg, France

Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy near a street market

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Geiser in Geneva, Switzerland

Annecy, France

Harry Potter poster (obviously) in Barcelona, Spain. I was excited.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Government Building (I think?) in Madrid, Spain

River Thames in London, England

Inspiration for Diagon Alley in London

Family Friends! At the cathedral in Canterbury, England

A telephone London, of course

Seeing Wicked in London, England

The entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France I'm sorry for the crazy photo dump, but I couldn't resist. One year ago, Marc and I were backpacking around Europe. And I can't help but reminisce!

Where did we go, you ask? I think a better question is probably 'where didn't we go?!'

We left two days after our college graduation, and we were gone for five weeks. We went to Paris, Strasbourg, Annecy, Geneva, Venice, Florence, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Canterbury, and London. I think that's everywhere. The train was our best friend...and occasionally our worst nightmare on our trip.

Planning this trip was quite an experience as neither of us had actually ever planned a big trip on our own. And there were so many details! But it was an amazing ride and I'm so grateful we did it before entering the 'real world'.

I think my favorite cities were probably Rome, Barcelona, and London. All of them were pretty amazing though.


  • Climbing all the way up the Arc de Triumph...such an amazing view!
  • Spending an evening at an outdoor music festival in Strasbourg
  • Eating chocolate in Geneva
  • Eating gelato (or sorbet) Every. Single. Day. You think I'm kidding...I'm not. 
  • Getting lost in Venice
  • Pretty much everything in Rome....but especially the Rick Steves night walk
  • Seeing David in Florence
  • La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona...seriously amazing!!
  • Eating tapas in Madrid
  • Seeing Harry Potter at the Odeon (theater it premiered at) in London the day it opened. Dream come true...I'm a huge nerd. 
  • Harry Potter walking tour in the rain. 
  • Wandering around London in general
  • And seeing Wicked! London
  • Exploring Canterbury and having tea with my parents' older friends
I'm sure I am missing SO many things, but if I go on, this list could get ridiculous.

  • Rain. In almost every city. For at least half of our trip.
  • Traveling every few days
  • Sketchy hotels way outside of major cities
Have you gone backpacking in Europe? I'd love to hear your stories!! 


  1. This is my dream! I was just telling my boyfriend Josh I want to backpack around Europe for a least a month. Did yous get from one city to the next on the train then found a hotel once you got there?

    1. We actually booked all our hotels and reserved spots on the trains before we left. It was definitely a hassle beforehand, but it was worth it to just arrive in a city and be able to check in. I think it works either way though. You should definitely do it!

  2. Looks magical! And I loooove your scarf print dress!

  3. Wow looks like you had an amazing holiday!! So jealous :)

  4. ohhhh my gosh! that trip looks amazing!!

  5. Beautiful pictures!
    Everything looks great!

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  6. Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a great time! Wasn't Wicked amazing?! I saw it twice in San Francisco and loved it!

  7. I have incredible jealousy over your glorious trip! This is waht my hubby and I dream of doing...I'll have to email you to ask for tips once we've saved up :) I'm so glad you had such a lovely time...and you look darling in all the photos.

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  9. Amazing pictures, looks like it was the trip of a lifetime!!! I've never backpacked (although I think it sounds so fun), but I spent 3 weeks in France when I was 16 and it was ridiculously beautiful there - I can't wait to go back! If I ever take a month off of work to go travel, I will definitely be hitting you up for recommendations! :)

  10. Oh my gosh!! My boyfriend and I are going on a "European adventure" this October and will be hitting Strasbourg, Switzerland, and Rome! I'll have to pick your brain before we go with the places we have to see! GORGEOUS pictures. Newest follower!

  11. Amazing set of images. I really like the one in Annecy France. Red suits you.

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  13. Now it's all coming back to me. I remember previously seeing these adorable pics!


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