European Summer Road trip

No.3 on the bucket list : A European Summer. *check* 12 cities in 2 weeks with that one special person. This roadtrip route is one for the lovers.

 

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Our first stop on our two- week escapade, the colorful Barcelona. There is something so vibrant about this avant-garde place. Gaudi’s scattered magic makes this city extra special so Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia were on the list of “must-sees”. The art speaks for itself but on our walk to the monument it was a great idea to wander through Carrer de Mallorca in search for Churros ( that were quickly replaced by Catalonian colored popsicles– no regrets) The walk through the plaza gives you the warmest example of Spanish culture. Wherever you go in the city, you’ll find Barcelona’s inviting ambiance.

 

Platja d’Aro, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona to Platja d’Aro : 1.5 hours 

Platja d’aro lives in the middle of Costa Brava, just a little over an hour away from Barcelona. I had never heard of this town prior to arrival but this upbeat little coastal town did not disappoint. Apparently, Platja has a fairly good nightlife reputation but we traded that for a sunset walk down Costa Brava and a plate full of Paella (plus a glass of sangria)

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Platja d’Aro to Girona: 30 minutes

Girona, it was love at first sight with you. This quiet city is home to some of the most romantic scenes on Game of Thrones. If that doesn’t win you over, I’m not sure what will. Perhaps its just the Catalonian city’s charm , but Girona was my favorite destination in Spain (thus far).

Nice, France

Girona to Nice : 6 hours

France is France, but the French Riviera gives you life. It’s romantic, it’s chic and it’s so hot (like temp wise). We spent 3 nights exploring Côte d’Azur. This picturesque coast has plenty of gems. From Nice itself to day trips to the one and only Monaco and regal Cannes. We dipped in the Riviera and indulged in Nutella crepes. This dreamy coast does things to you.


Cannes, France

Cannes to Nice : 40 minutes

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Nice to Monaco: 25 minutes

Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, La Spezia, Italy

Nice to Cinque Terre : 3.5 hours

I’m afraid I can’t return to Italy because it will never top this trip. We started in Manarola, Cinque Terre ( AKA currently my fav place on the planet.) Think of all the pics you’ve ever stalked on Instagram of this cute place then completely forget about them because no pictures do this place justice. It has much more to offer than a cluster of colorful houses. It’s quiet in the mornings and filled with locals buying fresh seafood from the fish bus and Italian women hanging clothes to dry from the balcony. I would recommend starting your day early and taking advantage of tiny empty streets (for picture purposes) because the sea of selfie sticks arrive at a bit before noon from the cruise ships.



Monterosso, Cinque Terre

Milan, Italy

Cinque Terre to Milan : 3 hours

It’s evident why Milano is Italy’s fashion capital; Suits in vespas and designer galore. This city is fabulous and 1 day just isn’t enough to really discover more than the must -sees! The Duomo di Milano is perfection from the outside but walking the Duomo’s Terreza gives you the most stunning view of Milano. Do it. Thank me later.


Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Milan to Lauterbrunnen:  4  hours

Switzerland , you are so much more than cheese and fine chocolate! I can truthfully say the most amazing view I’ve ever seen in my life was overlooking the Swiss Alps. I’m looking forward to returning to this country because there is nothing quite as intimate and tranquil as the mountains with your favorite person. 


Colmar, France

Lauterbrunnen to Colmar: 2.5 hours

Yeah, same. I also didn’t know this place existed. I’m the biggest sucker for quaint little villages, so this place was a slice of love.  This little town is called, ” Le petit Venise”, little Venice. Romantic gondola rides in France, because why not.

The theme of this trip was intentially romance and unintentionally colorful little homes, so Colmar did not disappoint.

Cologne, Germany

Colmar to Cologne: 4.5 hours

The final stop. Köln is a quirky place. We did the must- do attractions during my first visit in January. Light a candle in the Cologne cathedral, make your own chocolate at the Lindt’s chocolate factory and take the sky lift to see panoramic views of the city. This visit was for memories and bretzels, no shame in that.

Catch you next trip Xx

 

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80 thoughts on “European Summer Road trip

      1. I’ve been to Paris , London , Zurich and Brussels years ago, I want to travel again ! How did you get your Instagram feed at the bottom of your blog? I can’t seem to get mine that way

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  1. This looks AWESOME! My husband and I spent a month in Wales and we absolutely loved it. However, as much as I loved it I still want to see other parts of the world. Would love to visit some of the places they filmed GoT at! Just wish traveling wasn’t so expensive!

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  2. I just got back from Europe and I miss it so much. I did more of a road trip there last summer via buses but seeing the gelato makes me want to fly back immediately.

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  3. This trip looks AHHHHMAZING!! I’m sure it gave you memories to last a lifetime 🙂 Definitely going on our bucket list!

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