Monday, July 29, 2013

Euro Trip Part 4: (Finally!) The Finale

Summer is over and I'm just now getting around to the final installment of our Euro Trip. Goodness!

Remember back to my last post, we spent Thursday evening in Florence.  We went to an awesome outdoor market the next morning (where I scored a GORGEOUS cobalt leather across-the-body bag) before departing.  Luckily Pisa was on the way to the Cinque Terre!

Just beyond those walls you can see the leaning tower and the Duomo Pisa.

Beautiful buildings in Pisa

Magnificent architecture and decor inside the Duomo

The famous leaning tower.  Everywhere you go, people were doing the "leaning pose." (See girl in our background.)

Jodie at the tower.  It almost appears fake.

After an afternoon in Pisa (and a coffee/cannoli stop) we continued on to the Cinque Terre.  Here's a picture from our hotel balcony.

We stayed in Porto Venere.  Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

My cell phone pictures just cannot do this justice.

Taking a boat ride to the different towns of the Cinque Terre.  Holy sunburn, Batman!

Exploring the different towns

Delicious Caprice salad at dinner

Mmm pizza

On Sunday we made the trek back to Milan to try a departing flight home.  Unfortunately (or maybe not) the flight was full and we couldn't get on.  So the only logical thing to do was take a train to Zurich, Switzerland!

In the Milan train station.  Magnificent building, but somewhat sketchy. (Side note, doesn't my boyfriend cute in his uniform?!  Also, there are McDonald's everywhere.)

We were able to board our train later in the afternoon.  To say that it was hot would be the understatement of the year.  The air on that train was so thick that you could cut it with a knife!  It's truly a miracle that I didn't lose my lunch.  About an hour after the train got going it seemed to cool down a tad, which allowed us to enjoy the awesome scenery as we rode through the Alps.

Our arrival to Zurich was a bit late in the day, so we didn't have much time to do any site-seeing.  This picture was taken at about 9 pm in the "Old Towne" part of Zurich.  Ironically, we ended up eating at an Italian restaurant for dinner. Ha!

Before we left Switzerland, we had to visit a chocolate shop to bring home lots of Toblerone.

On the way through the airport, one of the security people started talking to me and addressed me as "Frau Meyer" (woah!)  I of course had to tell him that I was of Swiss decent.  He liked me that much more after that.

Overall, the trip was so much better and so much more than we thought it could be.  We definitely got the "sampler platter" of Italy, which is a great jumping off point to see what we enjoyed and would want to do again.  I give this trip two thumbs up!

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