Friday, August 1, 2014

Europe Adventure Overview

Hello Everyone!
I just recently returned from my family vacation to Europe. I was gone for three and a half weeks, and traveled all across the western side of Europe. My adventure began in Rome, which was probably my favorite city as far as history and entertainment. We spent six days there, and then took a train to Florence. For me, Florence was probably my least favorite location that we visited, but it was still an amazing sight to see. My favorite part of Florence was the gelato. It was the best gelato place that we ate at whilst in Europe (and we had gelato almost every night). After spending two days in Florence, we took another train to Venice, and a water taxi to our hotel. We stayed in Venice for three days. Venice was the most unique place that we visited. It is considered an island, although it is still connected to the mainland. There were no cars allowed in Venice, and the streets were used for people to get around by walking, so the only form of transportation was to take a boat through the extensive labyrinth of waterways. After our stay in Venice, we left Italy altogether, and took an overnight train to Germany.

We arrived in Munich, Germany on the overnight train early the next morning, and spent three days in Munich. On the second day, we spent the whole day in Salzburg, Austria on a very entertaining and scenic tour. In Munich we spent a lot of time in the beer gardens which were practically the public hangout locations for the locals, which were very crazy. We took a train on the next day to Switzerland

Before we arrived in Switzerland, we took a quick detour to some of the castles that were on the way to Switzerland. The castles were stunningly beautiful and they overlooked some of the small towns. After our stop at the castles, we continued to Switzerland, which to me was definitely the most beautiful place. We stayed in a small town in Switzerland called Wengen. We spent five days in Switzerland going on amazing nature hikes and relaxing. We woke up early to catch a train after our stay in Switzerland. Our next and final stop was Paris, France.

The train ride to Paris was two hours and we arrived in Paris in the late morning. It gave us lots of time to get to our apartment, get settled, and go explore Paris. We spent a total of five days in Paris. During those five days, we took a few tours, explored Paris on bikes, and relaxed. 

By the time we were done with this vacation, we were definitely ready to come home, but it was the most entertaining and eye opening vacation that I had ever experienced. The many different cultures that we experienced helped me realize the diversity of Europe and just see how unique it truly is. 

This is just a brief overview of the trip, but there will be more detailed descriptions of each location that I traveled to in separate blogs, as well as many more pictures to share with you. Each one of these blogs will be coming in the next few weeks. Expect my next blog in a few days. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at: alexryan33 and if you have any questions, my email is: If you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments down below.

Thank you so much for reading, and I will talk to you later this week.