Munich, Venice, and Rome, oh my!

Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe that we only have a little over a week left of our trip! In a way it seems like the time has gone by really fast, and then on the other hand we are definitely really excited to be coming home! We are having a great time, but after all this traveling from city to city, we’re definitely looking forward to coming home and sleeping in our own bed! We haven’t had a lot of time to go online in the past few days, and then for the next week, we probably are not going to have consistent internet access…so, with that being the case, I thought I’d do a super fast run down of the last 3 places we’ve been…here goes!

Munich: We got in on the night of 5/28 from Salzburg, and luckily our hostel was relatively close to the train station near a bunch of other hostels. It was a little transition from our nice hotel room in Berchtesgaden, as in Munich we were in a 12 person room…a little chaotic, but overall it was fine, plus the hostel had a huge breakfast buffet every morning which was awesome! For our first full day in Munich, we took a walking tour of the city, ate lunch in the beer garden in the center of Munich’s market, and went to the BMW Museum, which Cam really enjoyed! That night, we went on this tour called the Beer Challenge offered by the company we had done the walking tour with that morning. They took us around to 3 different beer gardens around Munich which were cool to see, and we met a ton of really nice people. After basically just talking to each other the whole trip, it was a lot of fun to socialize with other people and hear their stories about traveling through Europe! The next day we took the train out to Neuschwanstein Castle, the elaborate castle of King Ludwig II that inspired Walt Disney’s castles. Set up in the mountains, the exterior of the castle is stunning, but the interior is even more amazing, as the castle uis just decked out and completely over the top. You could definitely see where Walt Disney got his inspiration! Our last day in Munich was rainy, but we still walked around a lot of the city to do some shopping! That evening we hopped on the night train to…

Venice! It’s so exciting to be back in Italy and have Cam with me this time! We got in at around 7 am, and the city was so pretty in the morning while things were still quiet! It was a beautiful, sunny morning so we just walked around the winding streets looking at the canals and waiting for things to open! It wasn’t long before the city started to get busy, but we were able to get in and see St. Mark’s cathedral with out too much of a wait. We also saw the Doge’s Palace and the Correr Museum in St. Mark’s Square. After having sandwiches by the canal and getting some gelato, we visited a few of Venice’s many churches. We also walked along the big touristy market along the Rialto Bridge and checked out all the different glass art they had for sale. We went back to our hotel, which was very charming and cute, and got ready for dinner. We had dinner at a great little Italian restaurant right next to the canal, and had a really lovely time. Afterwards, we went back to St. Mark’s Square to see it all lit up at night and it was beautiful! All the tour groups were gone, so it was very peaceful and picturesque. We listened to some of the different dueling orchestras that we’re playing on the square and just enjoyed being in Italy…and I’d be lying if I said we didn’t get more gelato 🙂 The next morning we were up bright and early to head to…

Rome! That’s where we are right now, we’re actually at this combo laundry place/internet cafe, which is a fantastic idea in my opinion! We got in the day before yesterday and headed straight to the Vatican after checking in to our hostel. We were able to get right in to the Vatican Museum without waiting which was awesome! We saw the majority of the museum and the Sistine Chapel, and even though I had seen it before, it’s still so amazing the level of detail that Michaelangelo used! We saw St. Peter’s Basillica, then walked by the Castelo St. Angelo near Vatican City. We had dinner at a great little mom and pop type place, then followed it up with some amazing gelato, a great first day in Rome! Yesterday, we toured all the Roman sights including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. We had dinner at this great place, recommend by Rick Steve’s of course, where there was no menu at all, basically they have a different five course meal that they make each night, and that’s what they serve to everyone. All the food was delicious (especially the carbonara!) and it was definitely very authentic Italian! After dinner, we walked by the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps at night…while eating gelato of course! (Gelato is one of my favorite foods, and I am taking full advantage of the abundance of it here in Italia!) Today, the weather was beautiful-hot and sunny! We basically have spent the entire day walking around the city visiting all the different sights we hadn’t seen the first two days like the Pantheon and the area where the Roman Baths used to be. After walking around in the heat all day, we decided to cool off by getting some laundry done, but we’re about to head out for dinner, and I am definitely not sick of pasta (or gelato) yet! Tomorrow, we are taking a day trip out to Pompei which should be a lot of fun! Then on Sunday, we take a train to Cinque Terre. During this trip, we have heard so many great things about Cinque Terre, and everyone I know who has ever been there has loved it, so we are both looking forward to 2 days of hiking and sunshine! Also, Sunday is our 1 year wedding anniversary, so I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to celebrate! Then it’s off to Switzerland, then we head for home! Hopefully I’ll get to post one more time, but ciao for now!


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