Three Possible Trip Itineraries for Europe and Planning My Upcoming Travels

Three Possible Trip Itineraries for Europe and Planning My Upcoming Travels

My parents are heading to Germany in May. Ever since I found out they were coming I've been searching for things to do and places we can visit. It took me months of scouring the web to make a decision on where to go. I'm quite indecisive, so this was very exhausting for me, hah! Anyway, since I put in all this work creating travel itineraries, I thought maybe someone reading this might find them useful. These all have the base point of Stuttgart, but you can cater them to fit any route.

Itinerary 1

This is what I ultimately decided to do. It's a slower tour and includes traveling around Italy with a base point of Verona.

Day 1: Leave from Stuttgart and drive down to Verona. Travel through the Alps and stop for photos along the way. Explore the town of Verona and visit the Colosseum that's there. 

A Sunny February Day Trip to Monaco

A Sunny February Day Trip to Monaco

Monaco is a city...ahem, I mean country...that lives up to the hype. When we first got off the train this was immediately apparent with the incredibly clean and modern station. We walked outside after going up the elevators to leave the underground train maze, and found ourselves at a busy street. We decided to go right which led steep down the hill toward the beach. Had we gone left, I think we might've found Monte Carlo quicker, but don't worry we made our way there eventually.

Photo Tour of our Day Trip Through Provence, France (via Viator)

Photo Tour of our Day Trip Through Provence, France (via Viator)

I visited the Provence area with some girlfriends on our trip to Nice. There was a Viator tour that was offered and which also had amazing reviews. About 240 of them to be exact (although that number could be way off by now). It's called the Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip and everyone talked about how it was the highlight of their trip and one of the best tours they've ever been on. I booked it and am so glad we went on the tour.

Photo Tour of Nice, France

Photo Tour of Nice, France

My girls trip to Nice last month for Carnival was nothing short of fantastic. We had amazing food, great wine, tried a few Belgium beers, and thoroughly enjoyed the French Riviera lifestyle. I think I can see myself moving there and staying, forever. If you ever go to France you HAVE to go here. It's so beautiful and amazing here!!

Flying into Nice provided great views. I was surprised to learn that Nice is in the foothills of the Alps, and you could see the snow capped mountains nearly from the beach!

The Charming Town of Limone in Lake Garda, Italy

The Charming Town of Limone in Lake Garda, Italy

Last year I wrote a post about how much I loved Lake Garda, the northern Italian lake I visited with my sister. This lake is amazing, and although I haven't been to Lake Como I would bet they would be fighting for first place in the amazingly beautiful department. This place is gorgeous in nature, and the towns that dot the lake each have their own charm and uniqueness about them. 

Also Read: I Have a New Love, Lake Garda

Crazy Things I Heard About Germany Before Our Move

I’ll never forget the moment my husband got the phone call that we were moving to Germany. I think I was jumping around the house in joy. I have always loved traveling. I studied abroad in Italy when I was in college because I love travel and am fascinated by other cultures, and fell in love with the country. So although I knew nothing about Germany or what to expect, I know I love adventure, culture, and exploring the world around me so I was certain we were going to have a great time. My husband was excited too, but I don’t think he realized what a cool experience living in Germany would be until we actually moved here (and after we took care of the less extravagant details of living in another country i.e. setting up utilities, finding a house, etc).

Luxury on a Budget: Our Beautiful Stay in Paris

Luxury on a Budget: Our Beautiful Stay in Paris

Booking your stay in Paris can be daunting. Especially when it’s your first time visiting this beautiful city. Before I booked our place I was trying to figure out which arrondissement we should be staying in and which one’s to avoid. A place that was close to the metro and the sights without the expense that goes with it. I found some great resources that helped me to decide which arrondissement I wanted to be in. I found this guide quite useful in making my decision. All of the blogs I read said that north of the city center, especially in the Montmartre area, isn’t the safest place to be at night. I’m sure it would’ve been fine, but I didn’t want to walk around clutching my purse tightly all weekend. So I looked in the 12th arr. because I read the prices were reasonable and it was a good area, and also the 5th and 6th arr. because they are close to Notre Dame, the catacombs, sort of close to the Eiffel Tower, and are said to be good areas for walking around the city and exploring.

Crazy Festivals, Fasching, and Castles in southern Germany

I just wrapped up my Answers.com articles for January. In Germany a huge festival is coming up in February called Fasching (or Carneval, Karneval, or Fastnacht depending on where you're at). It's essentially Germany's version of Carnival and easily rivals other large parties around the globe. The biggest party takes place in Cologne, and all around the country there are some fun and interesting traditions that take place. 

Unique German Festivals You've Never Heard Of

Popular Traditions at Germany's Karneval (Fasching)

The Largest Festivals In Stuttgart

Germany and castles, what a wonderful combination. We all know about the Cinderella castle, Neuschwanstein, but there are hundreds of other castles that are just as striking. Hohenzollern and Sigmaringen are two of them and some of my personal favorites in Germany.

Sigmaringen Castle, Hohenzollern's Sister Castle In Germany

Visit The Hohenzollern Castle In Germany

To see all my other articles, you can check them out at german.answers.com

Paris Oh Paris: Our Very Short 43 Hours in the City of Lights

Paris Oh Paris: Our Very Short 43 Hours in the City of Lights

Let me start by saying that I never thought that I would like Paris as much as I did. To me the image of Paris has always been crowded streets overrun with tourists and long lines to see the endless buildings and museums. I also had an idea that it would be quite dirty as a result of all of this. While some of this is true, a visit in the winter proved to be the perfect time to visit the city of lights. There were still lines to see the main attractions, but they weren't unbearably long. I imagine in the summer you could end up waiting for hours in line to see the different sights. 

Our trip was short, way too short for Paris. We took the TGV or bullet train on Friday night and arrived at 11pm, then left Sunday at around 5pm to make it back home for work the next day.

Winter's Delight: The Beautiful Königsee and St. Bartholomew's Church

Winter's Delight: The Beautiful Königsee and St. Bartholomew's Church

We visited the beautiful German Alps region southeast of Munich the other weekend. My husband had been skiing that week so I drove down Friday night after work so we could explore the area together and visit Berchesgaden. He was in a quiet small town that didn't have much for us to do, but made for some really beautiful shots in the morning. The fog had rolled in and was blanketing the landscape quite nicely. The town was so small that I think there was only one restaurant which lucky for us was quite fantastic.

A Week Spent Skiing In Sölden, Austria

A Week Spent Skiing In Sölden, Austria

What is better than snowboarding, drinking a flying hirsch on top of a snow capped mountain, and warming up with a hot meal after a long day of skiing? Well, not much in my opinion! Sölden is a ski town in the beautiful Tyrol region of Austria. It sits nestled comfortably in the Alps between what's known as the Big Three, the Gaislachkogl, the Tiefenbachkogl, and the Schwarze Schneide, which are all mountains that are over three thousand meters in height. As you can imagine, this makes for some unbelievable skiing and also for some very, very long runs. We drove four hours down to Sölden for a week of snowboarding and as always had a great time.

In Photos: A Look Back at My 2013 European Travel

In Photos: A Look Back at My 2013 European Travel

Twenty days into the New Year and I'm just posting a 'reflection' post from 2013. Where have I been?! Well, taking on way too much apparently. I was going to start going to school again in January (I do, after all, work for a University) but quickly realized that between a full time job, my online job with Answers.com, and trying to keep up with my blog it was just impossible. Oh yeah, I also do photography occasionally on the side and travel. It's alright though, I was just going to take some classes for fun. Luckily all of the courses are for design and I can find the same information on Lynda.com if and when I have the time. 

The Grand Fireworks Show On New Year's In Germany (and a new video!)

The Grand Fireworks Show On New Year's In Germany (and a new video!)

And it was at the point that I thought my hair might be on fire that I realized being on a rooftop balcony with 30 other people setting off fireworks might not be the best idea. Oh wait, it was just one person that accidentally set off fireworks and it was toward us. That person was my husband! 

How To Bring In The New Year Right In Germany (with a video)

The New Year is right around the corner and I am excited! New Year's in Germany is just about the craziest time here aside from Oktoberfest. I've celebrated New Year's in Alaska, Colorado, and Florida, and I have never seen anything that resemble the madness that takes place in Germany. Every town and especially larger cities are lit up with fireworks on New Year's. It's not just the state run or city fireworks that are set off.