I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’m off again! In just three days I board my flight to Europe for another adventure. While I’ve already traveled to most of the destinations that I’m visiting on this trip, I’m traveling in a whole new way.
I’m traveling through Europe by train!
I’ve got a Eurail pass that will get me from city to city over the course of my 20 day trip. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t taken more advantage of the economical train travel in Europe but, as you might have guessed, I have never actually planned a trip through Europe beforehand. Since I usually try to see as much as possible in a short amount of time, I typically go where flights are cheapest (to save time) and figure it out from there.
Now, it’s time to see if I prefer Train vs Plane!
For the first time ever, I’ve got my European trip planned from the day I fly in to the day I fly home and it looks like it’s going to be an incredible jouney. Here’s a breakdown of the trip:
My first stop is the beautiful seaside city of Lisbon. I had the privilege of spending a short amount of time here last summer. The colorfully tiled buildings, picturesque cityscapes and cute street trams make this city truly unique!
My second stop will be in Madrid, the capital and largest city of Spain. I’ve visited Madrid, it feels like, about ten times now. Even more if you count the times I’ve flown into the Madrid Airport!
While I’ve frequented the city as a transportation hub, I’ve never actually had much time for sightseeing. Not to worry though, this trip will be filled with paella, wine and plenty of must-sees in Madrid!
I can’t even express how excited I am to return to Paris! I first visited Paris in 2008 on my first trip abroad after studying abroad in Spain. For some people, Paris is dirty and touristy and lacking in any sort of warmth from the local people. I feel quite the opposite.
Paris truly is the city of love! Everything feels romantic in Paris from the architecture to the lights to the food. (Note: The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. I learned the hard way.)
How could I travel from Paris to Amsterdam (straight through Belgium) without stopping for a beer? If you had a chance to read my Beautiful Beers of Belgium post, you know just how big a fan I am of Belgian beer. I am literally spending no more than a few hours in Brussels and have a sole agenda; drink, eat and be merry. I think the Delirium Café will be just what the doctor ordered.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I took my first trip to Amsterdam this past summer and despite my eagerness to visit this famous “anything goes” city… I was disappointed. Aside from sex shows and smoke shops, I couldn’t find any real appeal for the city.
In search for something more, I did find the Heineken Experience and House of Bols to be fantastic and well worth the money. I also took a long bike ride through Northern Amsterdam to explore the countryside. On this trip, I hope to get a better feel for the local culture and hopefully give Amsterdam a proper redemption.
My last stop will be to a city I’ve longed to visit! Berlin is rich with history and has become famous for its alternative culture of world famous parties, fashion, music and food. I’m giving myself a full week to really dig in and explore Berlin for the very first time. If you have any suggestions for me, be sure to comment below!
So that’s it! My European train trip!
You’ve probably noticed it’s hard for me to get very many posts up on the blog while I’m on the road.