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Temporary Itinerary for Europe

If someone had told me that planning a 3-week trip to Europe would be this hard, I think I would opt out of going. How do you decide where to go, how long to stay at each place, and what to do when you have virtually no time?

With very little input from Brady and a quick once-over by said travel companion, I think we have at least come up with a temporary list of cities we would like to visit when overseas next June.

Killarney, Ireland

Photo by www.classicgolfireland.com
Photo by http://www.classicgolfireland.com

This will be the start of our journey for a business meeting. We will be spending approximately 5 days in Killarney. It can be found in Southwest Ireland located in County Kerry. Killarney is the ultimate base for touring Ireland’s Southwest region. It also provides the start and finish points for doing the Ring of Kerry & The Dingle Peninsula. Sights around the area include Aghadoe Church, Muckross House, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, and much more. Thanks to Pinterest, I have found several places for us to explore on our off days, one of which being a stop at Blarney Castle on our drive from Cork to Killarney!

London, England

Photo taken from www.hotelweddingblocks.com
Photo taken from http://www.hotelweddingblocks.com

From Killarney, we will drive back to Cork and take a flight to London. Our plan is to stay for 2-3 days and take in as many sights as we possibly can. I think we could easily stay here a week, but we are crunched on time as it is. Several attractions have made their way on to our list including: Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, The Monument, Kensington Palace (a girl can dream), London Bridge, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, and Borough Market.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle - Photo taken from www.timoelliott.com
Prague Castle – Photo taken from http://www.timoelliott.com

Departing London, we will hop on a flight to Prague. Prague has long been on my list of places to go ever since I wrote a research paper on Prague Castle my senior year of high school. To have the opportunity to go to Prague and explore all it has to offer would be a dream come true. Among the places I am dying to visit are Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square, Powder Tender, and of course, Prague Castle itself!

Vienna, Austria

Photo taken from www.worldplacez.blogspot.com
Photo taken from http://www.worldplacez.blogspot.com

After Prague, we will be taking a train to Vienna. Brady and I both agree that getting to see the countryside by train will be much less hassle than flying, and much cheaper. Besides… YOLO! Yeah, I just went there.

Anyway, Vienna. To be honest, Vienna never even crossed my mind until discussing our trip with a friend of ours that backpacked Europe one summer. He said it was his favorite city that he went to, so it’s really hard for us to pass that up. We also may add a little day stop-over in Salzburg, Vienna (where The Sound of Music was filmed) on our way to Munich via train.

Munich, Germany

Photo taken from www.telegraph.co.uk
Photo taken from http://www.telegraph.co.uk

From Vienna, we will again travel by train to Munich. Why Munich? Why not! Something about Germany has always interested me, but I’m not sure what. Maybe it’s the Lederhosen! Munich looks like such a neat city. A friend of ours has also traveled to Munich (back in the 90’s) and said it is a must-see! Among the places to visit are Marienplatz, Schloss Nymphenburg, Olympiapark (home of the 1972 Olympics), climb St. Peter’s Church Tower, tour Dachau Concentration Camp, and shop at Viktualienmarkt.

Brussels & Bruges, Belgium

Grand Place - Belgium Photo taken from www.frenchescapade.com
Grand Place – Belgium Photo taken from http://www.frenchescapade.com
Bruges - Photo taken from www.travelandadventureeverywhere.com
Bruges – Photo taken from http://www.travelandadventureeverywhere.com

Departing Munich, we will then take a train to Brussels. Where do I even begin? There is so much we want to see and do in Brussels. We can visit the Grand Place, see Manneken Pis (yep, it is exactly what is sounds like), see the Comic Strip Trail, visit the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, and view the Atomium.

One of the days we are there, we want to take a train over to Bruges, about an hour north of Brussels. Small enough to walk on foot, Bruges is a well-preserved medieval town with tons of old world charm. Among the list of things to do are canal boat rides, visit Markt Square, Belfry Bell Tower, Basilica of the Holy Blood, and eat Belgian waffles….and chocolate!!!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photo taken from www.paradiseintheworld.com
Photo taken from http://www.paradiseintheworld.com

After leaving Bruges and going back to Brussels, we will again hop on a train for our final city, Amsterdam. Now settle down – we don’t want to go there to eat hash brownies, although the thought has crossed my mind. Instead, we would like to walk through the famed Red Light District, take a canal cruise, see the Rijksmuseum, see the Anne Frank House, visit Leidseplein, and the Keukenhof Gardens (Tulips!)

Sadly, from Amsterdam we will make our journey back to Oklahoma City. As much as I hope this list makes it to our final itinerary, I’m quite certain it will not. If I have any pull over Brady, a stop in Croatia will replace something. If not, I suppose that is another journey we will have to look forward to in the future.

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7 thoughts on “Temporary Itinerary for Europe

  1. Sounds fantastic! I was so spoiled when I lived in London and yet I barely went anywhere. I think it’s a good itinerary – I had a lot of fun in Brussels, and I’ve always wanted to go to Bruges, Vienna and Prague. The things you mention in London won’t take long. It’s not worth going in to Buckingham Palace, so just try to catch the changing of the guard, which you can watch from outside the gate, and then head to Westminster Abbey and Parliament, maybe via St James’s Park. From there it’s an easy walk up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s column. Also on Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery which is free and has quite a lot of the great works of art, like Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. You also can’t go into Kensington Palace, as it’s just a private residence. Piccadilly Circus is something to see and get out of quickly, same with Leicester Square – I’d actually suggest avoiding them entirely… Tower of London is cool, as is Tower Bridge – you get a great view of it from London Bridge but London Bridge is just a modern road bridge (there have been many since Roman times). The London Bridge area is pretty cool – Borough Market is worth a stop, maybe for lunch – and the river around there is lovely, including little old streets, a The Globe and, a bit further down, Tate Modern. That’s probably enough to do for 3 days. Have a great time!

    1. Thank you so much for your suggestions!!! I envy you for getting to live there – that would be like my ultimate dream! Hopefully come closer, I will have a better idea of what to see and do while we are there! My husband and I usually come back from vacation more exhausted than when we left because of all the exploring we do! I kind of feel like Picadilly Circus is a lot like Times Square in New York. It’s cool for 2 seconds, then you’re sick of the people and want out!!! At least that’s how my experience with Times Square was. 🙂 Even if we don’t actually get to go in and explore places, I can at least say I’ve been there and have a picture to prove it! Of course, I’d jump at the opportunity to go in and explore every last nook and cranny of a place if I could, but I’m not willing to go to jail! Thank you for the Borough Market suggestion. I just looked it up and now I’m hungry! Haha. Look forward to reading more from you. Cheers!

  2. Wow! This itinerary is incredible! Seems like you will be seeing a lot of amazing sites. That picture of Amsterdam is especially breathtaking. I love travel and this seems like such an exciting adventure for you!

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