Trip Start Jun 30, 2006
15Trip End Oct 26, 2006
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So, my journey started in Zürich (Switzerland) where my American Airlines flight landed from Dallas. The flight could have been better - the guy I sat next to was a mute and the plane was a bit outdated. I arrived in Zürich around 9:30am, picked up my luggage, and cleared customs. After the getting my passport stamped, I made my way to the city and rented a bike for free (they do this to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution). I pedaled around the downtown area and along Lake Zürich for a couple of hours. It was good way to cover a lot of ground and see a bulk of the city - the city itself is crowded with business executives, it also has good (but expensive) shopping, and old architecture. After touring the city, I thought a pint of beer was needed
After being on the train for 4 hours, I thought I would get off at Como (Italy) because I've heard nothing but great reviews about this place. The city of Como isn't that special (it's an average mid-size city north of Milan); it's Lake Como that makes it special (beautiful scenary and complete relaxation) place. I walked around for about an hour and half looking for my hostel - finally I found it around 9 o'clock that evening and headed straight to bed (starting to feel the effects of jet lag). I woke up the next morning and took a day trip up to Bellagio (which also borders Lake Como). In the morning, I walked around the city and then I headed to the beach to relax and do some swimming in the lake. The next day, I jumped on another train to Verona.
I traveled to Verona with a new friend (Andrew) I met in Como. I spent the next two nights there roaming the streets. Verona is a pretty cool city... it was the setting of Romeo and Juliet and is considered one of the meccas of the opera.
From Verona, I traveled to Venice the next day. Venice is crazy... no roads, no cars; just canals and boats. It's very easy for someone to get lost in this city because the streets seem like a maze (super narrow and confusing). The first day, I walked around the city (half the time lost) and then ended up drinking a beer and admiring the sunset in San Marco square. The next day, I visited the Basilica in Piazza San Marco and some other museums in the city.
I caught the ferry from Venice to Patras (Greece) and was completely dreading this 30 hour boat ride, but it turned out to be pretty nice. The ferry boat was completely different then I envisioned - it was more like a cruise boat with a casino, disco/bar, restaurants, and pool on board. While boarding the boat, I met a group of five Australian girls (Aussie's are all over the place) and partied with them for a couple of nights. Now, I'm in Athens...
I hope everyone is doing GREAT back home...