Tuesday, August 1, 2017

~European vacation photos~

It took about 3 days to adjust back to our time zone, but now that I am fully rested, I thought I'd share a few photos and highlights of our trip to Europe!
This was a mother/daughter trip for some high school senior friends and their parents.
It was so much fun, I am still trying to comprehend it all.

We started out our trip in London.
This was my first time on a big trip like this and I was in awe of all the architecture and the beautiful surroundings.

Next we went to Paris. Best crepes ever.
We visited the Notre Dame Cathedral and saw the Eiffel Tower.
We toured the Louvre Museum where I got to see the Mona Lisa which was amazing for me.
Savannah and I stumbled upon a "fair" one night and rode the ferris wheel looking out over Paris. 
It was magical, a moment I'll never forget.

Next stop was Zurich Switzerland.
Amazing food and scenery.

We quickly went on to Lucerne Switzerland where we stayed in the most idealistic quaint hotel on the top of the mountains. 
We took a gondola up to the top of a mountain where the kids did a ropes course, and the adults enjoyed adult beverages.

Then we went to Florence Italy.
This was my second favorite place, Switzerland being number 1.
We shopped the leather district where we got some great deals.
We went to the Basilica and wandered the streets at night.

From there we went to Umbria & Lazio.
We toured a ceramics studio and watched them hand paint pottery.
We went to the Trevi Fountain at night and all the girls loved it because apparently a Lizzy McGuire movie was filmed there.

Next up was Vatican City & Rome.
We went to the Vatican Museums and toured the Roman Forum.

The next stop was Sorrento Italy where we swam in the Mediterranean sea!


We then traveled onto Pompeii. We toured some ruins there as well.

Then we hopped on a cruise ship for a overnight boat ride to Meteora Greece.
Our hotel there had a pool and we were in heaven because it was 101-104 degrees.
We pretty much lived in and by the pool for an entire day.
We went to the Temple of Apollo and then went on to Athens Greece.

Athens Greece was our last stop on the trip. Days 15 and 16 were spent there.
We toured the Old Temple of Athena, went to the Panathenaic stadium, and ate our best dinner here.
We also went to the Acropolis where we saw the Dionysos Theatre.
Here we found a Starbucks and just about died.
Athens had super cute clothing stores, friendly people, and like I said, Starbucks :)

That was it! 
It was a whirlwind of a trip, but one that I will never forget!

I hope you enjoy the photos!



















































































































































If you have made it to the bottom of this post, you are amazing! I know that was a lot of pictures! 
xoxo

14 comments:

Taste of France said...

Fantastic photos! They really capture the best of Europe.
I loved Meteora. I went in the springtime and hiked up back trails through the woods to the monasteries--much better for the mood than arriving by bus as most people did.
On your next trip, check out the south of France. The area around Carcassonne is gorgeous, and Carcassonne itself is amazing. More low-key and less touristy than Provence.

Melaine said...

Awesome, thank you!

Nancy said...

You captured in my mind's eye how I perceive those places to be. Love the dogs and all the little nook and crannies! Now Melaine, my nosey side wants to see the goodies you bought for yourself :O)

Love for all seasons said...

Beautiful Melanie!

Kathy said...

Spectacular photos, just downright dreamy......

Heather said...

What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing!

Chantal said...

What an amazing trip! I love the photos, especially the few pups thrown in :) I love the idea of a Mother-Daughter trip abroad! I've been wanting to do one with my mom for awhile now and we're finally planning a trip to France next spring. I'm headed to Greece and Southern Italy (Amalfi) this fall, where did you eat in Athens? We'll only be there for a night but would love any recommendations!

Erin Prohaska said...

I did a school district trip to Spain, Switzerland, London & France during high school. Went to many of the stops you did, including beautiful Lucerne. Would have been wonderful to have done it with my mama & as hard as I tried to just 'swing on over to Italy they stuck to the itinerary. :) Would love to get back there & add Italy & Greece this time, you had the right idea. Glad you had a wonderful trip! Speaking from experience having done it as a teenage girl and now that I'm a mom...I know it will be memories neither of you will ever forget! Thanks for sharing!

Erin Prohaska said...

I did a school district trip to Spain, Switzerland, London & France during high school. Went to many of the stops you did, including beautiful Lucerne. Would have been wonderful to have done it with my mama & as hard as I tried to just 'swing on over to Italy they stuck to the itinerary. :) Would love to get back there & add Italy & Greece this time, you had the right idea. Glad you had a wonderful trip! Speaking from experience having done it as a teenage girl and now that I'm a mom...I know it will be memories neither of you will ever forget! Thanks for sharing!

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Unknown said...

Beautiful. I got home Monday night from London and Germany for my son's 8th grade graduation. I would love to do a trip more like yours for HS graduation. Did you use a tour company or plan it yourself? I'm thinking I want someone else to do the planning next time lol.

Mr Viral said...

Its awesome
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Panharith said...

Love the dogs and all the little nook and crannies! Now Melaine, my nosey side wants to see the goodies you bought for yourself :O)



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