So, I’m scrambling to finish up some last minute errands because in just over three hours, I’m leaving on a very exciting trip.
We’re off to Europe!
Tomorrow afternoon, Kevin and I will arrive in Venice to begin a three-week adventure that will take us across Italy, the Netherlands, Malta (me), Prague and Berlin (Kevin). It’s our first time visiting most of these places, so we couldn’t be more excited.
Here are the plans we have so far and the story of how we came up with this crazy itinerary:
We’re starting by staying just outside of Venice for two nights, venturing in to explore the lovely city of canals. While I’m not eager to fight the city’s notorious crowds, I’m excited to see this historic, but sinking city.
We will not be hiring a gondola.
We’re then spending two nights visiting Florence. I’ve heard so many travelers rave about this city–the cultural heart of Italy–I’ve long looked forward to the chance to visit.
I admit, I’ve never really understood Renaissance art which is HUGE there, so I’m using our time in the city to learn more about this important time period. Kevin and I have been studying by watching a 4 hour documentary series about the Medici family (powerful Renaissance art patrons) and reading the archives of my friend Jenna’s blog who has written extensively about Florence and Italian art.
We are also planning to do a Florence walking tour with the company, Walks of Italy, so I’m eager to ask lots of questions and (I hope!) learn to appreciate this important time period.
After Florence, we’re moving out to rural Tuscany to visit Siena (my college’s namesake) and explore some of the medieval hill towns. We’re going to be looking for vistas like the one above and drinking plenty of hearty red wines.
At the end of our visit to Italy, we are spending a few nights in Modena, exploring Modena, Parma, and Bologna as a guest of the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Authority. This is the agricultural heartland of Italy and I’ve heard that many Italians think this region has the best food–which is saying something!
Cassie–>The Islands of Malta and Gozo
At this point, Kevin and I will part for a few days. From Italy, I’m heading to the country of Malta as part of a media campaign called Blog Island–Malta and Gozo. I’ll be joining a handful of other bloggers to explore these lesser-visited (but scenic and historic) European islands. To follow along, we’ll be sharing photos and stories at the hashtag #MaltaIsMore.
Kevin–>Prague, Czech Republic & Berlin, Germany:
After I leave for Malta, Kevin will have half a day in Milan before flying to Prague to meet up with some college friends that have been traveling through Europe now for several weeks. After Prague, they are visiting Berlin for a few days, before heading to Amsterdam.
We’re ending our journey by re-uniting in Amsterdam for a few days before returning home. I’m eager to ride bikes everywhere and explore this famously sustainable and liveable city.
We are starting and ending the trip on the banks of canals.
While we are gone, our new Irish friend (and travel blogger!), Sandra, is staying at our house and traveling around Northern California while she cares for our cat. You should check out her blog, she’s had so many wonderful adventures in her years of working in the flight industry a nd traveling around the world. (PS–we were linked up by the website, TrustedHousesitters, which is a wonderful resource for finding petsitters when you travel)
We have a few posts scheduled to go up while we are gone (including one about Baja California’s wine country and a very special guest post submitted by an EIT reader!) I also plan to post a few times with photo updates.
So as soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m closing the computer and heading to the airport! Before I do that, I wanted to tell you how excited I am to share this adventure with you! Follow along on Instagram or join our email list to get updates as soon as they post.
Do you have any tips? Things we should see/do/eat? Please share them in the comments.