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
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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