Day 23: We had just enough time to go on one last hike to the Reykjadalur Hot Springs, which a 2 mile hike each way. The reward was getting to sit in hot tub like water in a natural spring. It was a little chilly getting out though! One more 7 hour flight and we’re back home in Missouri!
Day 22: This morning we woke up in a tiny tent, next to our tiny car and actually didn’t freeze to death last night! After leaving the campsite we saw more waterfalls, ate at a restaurant where every ingredient (even the ice cream) was made from tomatoes, saw a giant crater and watched waves from the Atlantic crash upon the shore. Tomorrow there’s just enough time for one more adventure before flying back to the states!
Day 20 and 21: Yesterday was filled with planes, trains and automobiles to get to Iceland. For the first time this trip we have a car to call our own, along with 45° temperatures as we travel through Iceland’s Golden Circle. The land here is beautiful, filled with waterfalls, geysers and all sorts of beautiful landscapes!
Day 19: When in Rome do as the Romans do. Not sure how we did, but there sure were some amazing sites. We started in Vatican City and took a forbidden photo in the Sistine Chapel. Next it was off to Pantheon and Trevi Fountain where we may or may not have made a wish. Finally we ended up at the Colosseum and Roman Forum before grabbing our last Italian dinner. Still in awe with all of the architecture here and the fact that there’s free, fresh and cold water that comes naturally from the mountains everywhere! Tomorrow it’s off to Iceland which will be a bit change of scenery!
Day 18: Things started off with a bang, literally. Morning thunderstorms mixed with some heavy rain, couldn’t stop us from exploring the old parts of Napoli. We even had a chance to eat the best pizza the city had to offer before hoping on a train to Rome. Excited to see what tomorrow brings!
Day 17: We got to Naples and quickly learned that traveling to the nearby islands takes a little bit more planning ahead and that most restaurants don’t begin serving dinner until 8. A bit of a wait after missing lunch! Regardless we made the most of it, which was pretty easy to do with the amazing views from the coast. Looking forward to seeing what we can squeeze in tomorrow before heading to Rome!
Day 16: Florence has so many sites! We started the day seeing the Florence Cathedral, which is massive compared to the pictures. Next up was the Statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia. Then there was the Santa Croce, where Michelangelo is buried. Finally we couldn’t resist but to go home and take in the beautiful view over dinner. Next stop, Naples!
Day 15: Well, we made it to Florence and quickly learned the meaning of walking up hills both ways! We also walked through Boboli Gardens, which has plenty of statues from the 15th and 16th century. After that we made our way to Piazzale Michelangelo to see the perfect panoramic view of the city. Finally we checked out Ponte Vecchio before grabbing some dinner. Can’t wait to see what’s on the list for tomorrow!
Day 13 and 14: We got to Venice yesterday evening just in time for a quick tour from our amazing host, along with some yummy gelato. Today was all about the islands. We traveled to Venezia, Murano, Burano and Lido all with the vaporetto, aka the water bus. The buildings, people and even beaches were amazing. Wish we could stay longer, but tomorrow we hop on a train to Florence!
Day 12: Ok, Budapest has much more than just spas. We walked up hills. We walked down hills. And we walked everywhere in between to check out the Hungarian Parliament Building, Buda Temple, Matthias Church and more. Hungary was awesome, but tomorrow morning we hop on a quick flight to Venice, starting our tour of Italy!
Day 11: Last night’s bus ride to Budapest was the final overnight ride of the trip, which caused for a little celebration of a spa day at the Széchenyi Thermal bath. Filled with 21 pools (hot and cold), saunas and even massages, it was much needed to say the least. Tomorrow it’s back on our feet to explore all the sites the city has to see!
Day 10: We started off the morning hunting for a locker to stow away our bags for the day before heading out to The Dachau Memorial. Let’s just say it was eye opening. Afterwards we made it to Hirschgarten, the largest Biergarten (how’s an 8000 person capacity sound?) just in time before a storm blew through. Once it was all clear we took the long walk back to Central Station stumbling upon some street art, a skatepark and even a rainbow. Now it’s back on the bus for an overnight ride to Budapest!