MY Europe trip. (Just photos/story of my adventures)
Posted 30 June 2012 - 07:35 AM
Let's get acquainted, my gf and I (before our flight, leaving Canada).
The Utrecht Netherlands (Holland)
The Dom tower. Quite beautiful, scaled to the top and got a look over Utrecht. The mid part of this church that joined the cathedral and the tower together caved in and it took close to a 100 years to clean up due to funding (lol cheap Dutch).
So many fucking bikes in Utrecht! It's crazy. They also drive these old beaters that look like grandma bikes from the 1920's. At least where I'm from people either drive top of the line road bikes or your typical mountain bike, so the scene was a bit bizarre. (Yes this is a bike parking lot)
We went to Amsterdam but unfortunately our camera got stolen in Hamburg Germany before we were able to upload the photos. Too bad, because that city was a blast.
Holland ratings Food: Cheese/bread amazing, Fine dining 7/10. Women 7/10. Architecture 5/10. Nightlife 7/10. Ambiance 8/10.
Had an overnight stay in Hamburg, Germany. Did not get to see anything unfortunately.
We had relatives living here so our accommodations were free. Good thing because Switzerland is the most expensive country I've ever been to. People talk about London and Paris being expensive, I guess they have never been to Zurich or any part of Switzerland for that matter. Avoid this place unless you have a good bundle of cash to blow. Lucky our relatives were....well ...$$loaded$$. We enjoyed our stay in a massive house upon a hill overlooking the town of Zuficon, having a clear view of the Swiss Alps from the balcony, an indoor pool, and downing 3-5 bottles a night of $100-400 bottles of wine (I guess being a swiss banker pays off).
Those snow capped mountains.
And me some ~7000ft above sea level (St.Bernard pass). You have the option to go through the mountain or over it.....we chose over it (This is the end of May by the way, and on our way to Italy).
Food: Chocolate/Sausage/Beer(best beer ever), Fine dining 9/10. Women 6/10. Architecture 5/10. Nightlife 4/10. Ambiance 7/10.
To be continued.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 07:46 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:28 AM
That being said, the Cathedral in Milan was one of the most beautiful we witnessed on our trip. The photos really don't do it justice, the detail is just stunning in real life. I cannot imagine the money/time that went into building this work of art.
We visited I think about 4-5 other villages/towns along or near the shoreline, all of them beautiful (blue water, palm trees, cactuses ect.). One of the spots we stop was actually hosting the Giro D'Italia (a big ass bike race), so we stayed around to watch it. The energy of the crowd was something else and we just had to cheer when the leaders round the corner. Later we found out that the leader was actually Canadain!(as am I) and he ended winning the time trail, which I guess hasn't happened for decades.
[will add photo later]
We ended up staying a night just outside of Sienna in the Tuscany region. I may be partial since I am a bit of a farm boy but this was one of the most romantic locations we stayed at. The villa did nothing but reinforce this. Check out this view.
In Sienna there was also a very beautiful Cathedral. It hosted 2 colours of Marble and very similar to the cathedral in Florence (so I may have gotten the pictures confused). As you have already guessed we visited Florence as well. Another beautiful and romantic city. This was my second favourite cathedral second to only the one in Barcelona (unlike anything else presently).
Unfortunately the city is VERY touristy. I'm talking like a 2tourist:1native ratio, regardless it was a good time but I don't think I could've spent more than two days here.
Big Pimping, getting ready for a night out on the town.
Enter Rome (will edit/fill in)
Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:53 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:19 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:27 AM
At this point I want to apologize to Kawklee. Unfortunately I did not get to visit the ruins just outside of Rome that you mentioned. We would've went but we were just too strapped for time. If/when we visit again it will be at the top of our priority list.
So pics! My gf before going out.
It was hard picking a single picture of Rome, there really is so much to see. I would've probably put up a picture of their big ass fountain(I forgot the name of it) but the only pictures I have of it is of me and my gf kissing in front of it (I'm sure you don't want to see that). So by default we have this building/monument (yes I forgot the name of this one too). It's hard to understand the sheer size of this building until you witness it in person but it totally blew me away.
Goddamn I loved Rome.
We stopped by Bologna on the way back to Switzerland but there was really nothing there except for this, which I found comical (yea...Lamborghini lol)
Notes on Italy: Must eat Pizza/Gelato everyday Fine dining 6/10 (service is shit, food is good but nothing spectacular). Women 7/10. Architecture 10/10. Nightlife 7/10. Ambiance 7/10. (This is mostly considering Rome since we stayed there the longest.)
To be Continued...
Disclaimer: I forgot to mention. While in Rome we stayed in a hostel. The fucker charge us on the 2nd night we were there(credit card charge we didn't know about it), we payed in full in cash on the last day. He happily accepted and didn't bat an eye. We had to go through Visa to revoke the charges. Luckily the fucking idiot faked my gf signature so he is fucked. The whole scenario left a stale taste in my mouth though, considering I gave this guy like 3 Cuban cigars and a bottle of wine while we were partying....fucking Italians. I'll post the name of his hostel service later so you guys can be warned. I also have a photo of me and this prick partying as well (will post larter). If you go to his hostel or see him give a good slap in the face for me. Thanks.
Also another warning. Croats and Italians DO NOT believe in lines. You can be lined up well before them and they will just barge in at the last minute. So keep your shoulders broad, your chin high and when they try to do that, stop, turn, look them straight in the eye, and shake your head (as if to say no). Otherwise they won't get the clue and will continue to try and butt infront of you.
Also take a moment to laugh at all the civilized people from the UK that actually respect lines and look like some sort of blasphemy occurred when they get butted (they won't say a word though, PUSSIES!).
To be honest if this type of behaviour went down in Canada/US there would be fist fights(probably shootings/knifings in the US, lol) so if you are coming here(North America) from Croatia/Italy/Spain(not a huge issue there tbh) don't try this shit because you might end up fucked up.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:20 AM
although chinstrap look is kind of douchy
Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:37 AM
We went through Munich and had a little home sickness since it kind of reminded us of Canada.
We did not stay the night however, we pushed onto Austria, specifically Salzburg , home of Mozart and the sound of Music. This was my gf favourite town/city. I will not deny it is a beautiful town, but it is fucking small and there isn't that much to do. Three days (probably two) should be more than enough to get your fill of this city.
We got a really good deal on a 4star hotel so I had no complaints, but needless to say restlessness kicked in and before we knew it we were jumping off mountains....literally.
So we left Salzburg and went to Halstatt. Unesco ranks it as the most beautiful village in Austria. I don't doubt it is, but just before we pulled up 3 bus loads of Asian unloaded. This area is cottage country and unoccupied prior to the summer season, so it quickly turned into lil'China town. Still a nice town though.
[will add pic of asain filled town later]
(Food @Austria: MUST TRY A BOSNA! Fuck Salzburger (bland). Mozart balls (truffles are better). Snitzel (Germany makes better ones) Fine dining N/A(did not dine). Women 3/10. Architecture 5/10. Nightlife 3/10. Ambiance 9/10.
ONWARDS TO SLOVENIA! We went to Bled. Nice town, locals are awesome. People know how to party. It seems like a place where people go to camp. They had a pretty cool looking castle that they shone lights on at night. My camera sucks though so I couldn't take any good night time photos.
The cool part was Vintgar gorge. Again, I'm abit partial since I'm a geologist but this was a pretty cool walking trail. The water was a spectacular turquoise colour with interesting geology to be had (obviously, If I was planning on doing a masters in earth science I'd do it there).
In my element. Look at that strata!
If I was to describe Slovenia in one word it would "forest" or "mini-Gatinaue"(Quebec region in Canada). I wish we would've spent more time here, but I'm an outdoors type. Aweeee dem waterfalls (still got nothing on Croatia. You will agree shortly).
To be continueed.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:42 AM
although chinstrap look is kind of douchy
Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:41 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:51 AM
Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:58 AM
I didn't really follow it until I got to Portugal. There was a huge following there. I'm talking like Stanley cup playoffs (I'm Canadian) where the small towns pull out 72" TVs into the street and have beer booths flowing until 12am. I don't even like "football"/soccer and I found myself going crazy when Portugal put it into the net.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:23 PM
Also another warning. Croats and Italians DO NOT believe in lines. You can be lined well before them and they will just barge in at the last minute. So keep your shoulders broad, your chin high and when they try to do that, stop, turn, look them straight in the eye, and shake your head (as if to say no). Otherwise they won't get the clue and will continue to try and butt infront of you.
Also take a moment to laugh at all the civilized people in the UK that actually respect lines and look like some sort of blasphemy occurred which they get butted (they won't say a word though, PUSSIES!).
To be honest if this type of behaviour went down in Canada/US there would be fist fights(probably shootings/knifings in the US) so if you are coming here(North America) from Croatia/Italy/Spain(not a huge issue there tbh) don't try this shit because you might end up fucked up.
Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:48 PM
We stayed away from traveling via rail. I talked to a few people about it, some loved it but most people did not think it was something spectacular. Because of this we opted to fly everywhere. The reasoning was because we were trying to visit as many countries as possible in our short visit and the train would have just plainly taken too long (we didn't want to spend our whole trip in transit).
To be frank nothing replaces a car. If you have taken the time to research your stay it is simply invaluable but it can be costly (gas prices in Europe are fucking retarded too).
As for baggage, we each carried only one bag that was considered a carry on. We could have probably taken another suitcase but:
1) We did not want to be weighted down by luggage (pretty important imo).
2) We were flying with Ryan air.
Ryan air is extremely cheap. Our flights actually came to about the same price it would've came to if we had bought a rail pass for two months.
Be warned though! Ryan air are fucking crooks. They are considered the world's most hated airline and for good reason. Luckily we researched ahead of time so we didn't get hit by any extra charges. If you need more info on flying with them be sure to ask me/research it or you can find yourself paying upwards of double the price of your original plane ticket.
Also you should use booking.com or other similar websites. We were able to stay in a few 4 star hotels for half price, which was about the same cost of staying at a hostel. So shop around!
I'll post more in a few days. I'm heading to Barry's Bay for a Triathlon and then there is Canada day festivities.
Have a good weekend!
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