Europe – the final countdown

50 days. Just fifty days. five – 0.  

That’s all the days we have to cross off the calendar until we start our big European adventure. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet just how big and exciting this actually is, and will be for us both. It is starting to though. It’s not just the fact that we get to go and see some of this big beautiful world either. No. Or the fact we won’t be working for 4 1/2 months, it’s that I am going to be living a dream, that I’m getting to cross a huge goal of my list – & that excites me to my core. What is even more precious about the whole experience however is that I get to do this adventure with my best friend – Mr M. Sure we’ll argue, get lost, find our way again, be let down by places – maybe – but we get to do it together. I have proclaimed since I was 16 that I would get to Europe no matter what, I wrote it down, I talked about it so the dream was shared and I took steps to make it happen and in 50 days, the dream becomes a reality. This little ole’ blog will turn in to my travel book whilst exploring new places, food, wine, people, culture and ways of life and I’ll be posting almost daily where we are at what we’re learning. The following is our itinerary for the trip & some photos of the places we’re booked at to stay. 

Photo 1 – The view of the Eiffel Tower from our apartment in Paris, France.
Photo 2 – The view of the Amalfi Coast from our apartment in Positano, Italy.
Photo 3 – The house boat we’re staying on in Berlin, Germany.
Photo 4 – The infinity pool we will be swimming in at our hotel in Santorini, Greece.
Photo 5 – Some of the apartment we’re staying in when we get to Prague, Czech Republic

London – 4 days      
Cardiff – 2 days      
Dublin – 4 days         
Belfast – 2 days      
Edinburgh – 2 days    
North of Scotland – 9 days      
Amsterdam – 3 days      
Brussels – 2 days
Athens – 2 days        
Santorini – 7 days     
Mykonos – 3 days      
Croatia – 10 days      
Budapest – 3 days
Salzburg – 5 days      
Vienna – 3 days      
Prague – 4 days      
Rome – 4 days       
Naples – 2 days   
Positano – 2 days      
Amalfi – 2 days      
Florence – 3 days     
Venice – 2 days      
Milan – 2 days     
Cinque Terre – 2 days      
Monte Carlo – 2 days      
Nice – 2 days      
Cannes – 2 days     
Nimes – 2 days      
Saint Tropez – 2 days    
Touloun – 2 days      
Barcelona – 3 days      
Valencia – 4 days 
Mallorca – 3 days      
Porto – 2 days      
San Sebastian – 3 days     
Paris – 5 days     
Luxembourg – 2 days      
Berlin – 4 days     
Frankfurt – 3 days     
Heidlburg – 2 days      
Munich – 3 days      
Interlaken – 5 days   
Dubai – 6 days


  1. Anya Volkov Reply

    OMG you’ll be going to Dubai on your way back!! How exciting. If you ever need a tour guide, one of my best friends lives there 😀

    • Anna Reply

      YES! We were going to go to Phuket just to have a week or two of resting and relaxing but thought why pass up the opportunity to stop at Dubai when we’re passing through there! We’re staying at the Atlantis so VERY excitd – and I’ll keep you updated re. tour guide. We’ve already booked a desert safari and want to go to the big water world to 🙂 Plus shopping. eeeeekkk

    • Anya Volkov Reply

      OH so jealous! My friend did the desert safari on the weekend & it looks fab! 6 days would be perfect x

  2. Eve.H Reply

    I look forward to hearing about all your adventures 🙂

  3. Fash Boulevard Reply

    oh my goodness, so beautiful. Can’t wait to see more. This really is a fabulous post, love. If you get a second, I’d love to hear what you think of my latest wedding post and guest blog for Lauren Conrad. xo


    WOW!!! That is going to be some adventure! I can’t believe all of the places that you’ll be visiting. I cannot wait to hear all about your experiences. Seriously sounds like an experience of a lifetime 🙂 xoxo

  5. rolala Reply

    If I were going on a fantastic European adventure like this, I would totally be counting down the days as well. With all of the amazing places on your itinerary it probably wouldn’t even be a bad thing to get a little lost 😉

    The Chanel exhibit was just lovely and I could’ve lingered for hours. Of course I was inclined to take home a few free prints 😀

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  6. Oh my, Anna. I think you’ll be exhausted jumping from one place to another for 4.5 months. Traveling from one place to another takes quite a bit of time. You actually lose an entire day. It’s far better to use a place as a base and then do day trips. Cinque Terre is 1.5 hours from Florence. But you’ll have to switch trains as well once you get to La Spezia. French trains are great but be extra vigilant when you get to Italy. Nothing is that straightforward there. Make sure you buy tickets beforehand and pick a seat. There’s nothing worse than having to stand for an entire journey and dragging your suitcases as well.

  7. Belinda Reply

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I can’t wait to see the photos and hear about your adventures!

  8. hope in high heels Reply

    Gosh, you are visiting so many exciting places – the memories you make will make you smile and laugh for a lifetime. Warning though, leaving will be hard. I cried nearly the entire day on our last day (after only 3 months) because I couldn’t believe it was over (I find it hard to stick to that awesome saying “smile because it happened, don’t cry because it’s over”!)

    ps. ignore my other comment about hoping you post while you’re away – am playing catchup due to busy week : )

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