3 months of Europe in photos.

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Nov 09, 2010

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jeff's European summary.
We were not the best of bloggers on our journey through Europe, so this will attempt to summarize things, mostly with photos.  As a result, lets start with apologies for so many photos, but they really do cover a lot of ground.  Part of my "excuse" for not blogging has been reading.  I've now read 11 books on our trip so far, which for the reader I am is quite amazing.  We trade books in hostels along the way as much as possible, which creates an interesting bit of surprise at not having as much flexibility of choice.
Something we enjoyed thoroughly in Europe was the World Cup, and all its fever.  The USA may claim a lot of things, but when it comes to football (not soccer over here!) they are probably dead last in support.  When the games began a month ago, it was so much fun to gather in city centers and watch the games (outdoors) on giant stadium-like screens among several hundred (or thousand in some places) seriously enthusiastic fans.  Two of the biggest gathering places didn't even have teams in the tournament (Hungary and Czech Republic), but they went all out to present the games as a public event.  The smallest venue we watched the games from was a convenience store in Berlin.  They set up picnic tables along the sidewalk, about a 50 inch flat panel TV and also had the fastest access to beverages and snacks.  Stadiums have nothing on these guys, and it was right next door to our hotel!  We never even heard any coverage in English until we got to London, but it didn't matter.

We had a great time everywhere we went, saw tons of amazing things, but also certainly only scratched the tip of the continents iceberg (which means we have plenty to return for!).  We did not go to some places we thought we might and thankfully we did go to some places we did not think we would.
We saw 12 countries.
1.  Portugal; Porto and Guimaraes.
2.  Spain; Santiago de Compostelo, La Coruna, San Sebastian, Bilboa & Barcelona.
3.  Italy; La Spezia, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii & Venice.
4.  Slovenia; Ljubljana and Bled.
5.  Serbia; Belgrade.
6.  Romania; Brashov, Sibiu, Oradea, Beznea and some day trips castle-seeing elsewhere.
7.  Hungary; Budapest.
8.  Czech Republic;, Brno and Prague.
9.  Poland; Krakow and Auschwitz/Birkenau.
10.  Germany; Berlin.
11.  Belgium; Brussels, Gent, Bruges.
12.  England, London and surrounding areas.
I stood in Bratislava, Slovakia for a minute (a train stop), and had Tamara take my pic for proof.  That would be 13 for me!  :)

Google maps says we covered ~11,345 km (7,050 miles).

About 40 different train rides on our Eurail Pass.
as far North as Berlin, Germany.
as far East as Brashov, Romania.
as far South as Sorrento, Italy.
as far West as Oporto, Portugal.

Places we'd return to tomorrow (if we could); La Coruna might win based on food, with Bled, Slovenia and Brashov, Romania tied for second.

Perhaps the place we'd not return to quickly is Prague.  As Tamara said while we were there, this city has become the New Orleans of Europe, which is not really a compliment.

We leave for our next continent tomorrow.  We have a 4:30AM wake up call (what kind of holiday wake up time is that?!?) for our journey to Egypt.  We'll be there for 18 days.  It's about 100 degrees there every day now, so we're busy purging clothes and cutting our hair.  I'm not currently reading a book (but I have some still unread ones), so hopefully I will put this keyboard to more use.

Cheers to all and to all a great summer!


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hair on fire on

Wow! This is more than I can take in! You got some great photos. Maybe we'll paint them some day!

Chris Purcell (HP) on

Wow...I am really impressed with all the really cool photos...Even more impressed you visited Woburn Abbey (my almost former home)

Bruce on

Great picture Jeff. Memories for a life time. Thanks for sharing!!!

djoker on

wow! you have some great photos there!

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