As I write this, I am sitting on my deathbed. Cause of death? Traveling almost non-stop for two weeks. While it sounds amazing and I shouldn't complain, it's hard to go for that long—especially when you're trying to get five other people to the right places as fast as possible. Since I'm posting about two weeks worth of trips, I'm going to share photos mostly and make a few quick comments about each place.
It's very expensive to stay in Geneva, so we (Maddie, Sarah, Sam and I) just spent a few hours there during our layover. I have to say that Lake Geneva is the most beautiful place I've ever been, and the water is so clear. If I knew how to ski, I would definitely go back for vacation sometime.
Admittedly, I was really excited to rub it in my mom's face that I went to Rome before her—specifically the Vatican—because that's her dream trip. Rome reminded me a lot of Barcelona in terms of the relaxed lifestyle and climate. The food was also amazing, of course! It was definitely a carb-filled trip. We visited Vittorio Emmanuelle, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Torre di Argentino, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican museum and the Colosseum/Roman Forum. I personally held off on the Colosseum and the Roman Forum until my family came, but I visited all the other places and fell in love with Rome.
Nice was very nice. Cliché, I know, but it truly was amazing. Nice is right on the Mediterranean Sea which is much, much warmer than the North Sea. I've loved all the places I has previously visited in France, and I was happy to visit a coastal city in the country. I only had a day here, so I didn't see much other than the sea, but I can't wait to go back for a longer period of time. (Honeymoon destination goals. *cough* Adam *cough*)
Rome Pt. II
Much to the surprise of my family, my mom and I planned a trip to Rome. We saw all the same sights that I saw when I was there only days before, but it was great finally seeing my family after two months. I will admit that I ugly cried when I saw Adam walking out of the terminal.
London Pt. II
London was much better the second time around. First of all, it didn't rain, and second, I finally got to see Lion King the Musical after 14 years of complaining to my mom about how she made me miss it the first time. (Quick story: when I was six, my mom and grandma took me to see the Lion King in Chicago, but my mom made me walk to the Shedd Aquarium which she could see from our hotel room and was actually a lot farther than she thought. Four miles and a few hours later back at the hotel, I was throwing up and dying. I made it through the first half of the show, but then had to leave because I was so sick, so thanks mom.) We only had a day in London, so we didn't see everything, but we got in the important sights like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the London Eye. We also stayed in a hella sketchy Airbnb and ended up leaving it for a Marriott.
If you sat and watched all the slideshows in their entirety, I commend you. If you didn't, I can understand why. They're long af (thanks, mom). I hope you enjoyed another look into my time and travels here! This weekend's trip will be Amsterdam, so stay tuned!
Let the countdown begin: three weeks until I come home!
Photos: My mom and maybe my brother and me as well.