This morning I had a realization. We’re not just going to Europe for our honeymoon, we’re crossing the entire continent from Spain to Asia. Holy crap. That seems way more epic than just a regular old European honeymoon, don’t you think? I wrote a general idea of what we were going to do months ago, but there’s been some slight changes designed to give us more time in the places we’re most interested in. Did I mention that our honeymoon is going to span an ENTIRE CONTINENT in a line from West to East? A CONTINENT, PEOPLE! That’s a big deal! You know how every podunk airport is an International airport? Well the big deal airports are INTERCONTINENTAL.
See that pink line across Europe? That’s our honeymoon!
So anyway, without giving any specific information, I’m going to tell you what I have planned so far. Why no specifics? Dude. I saw Taken.
Day 1: Fly to Madrid. Sleep on the plane.
Day 2: Arrive in Madrid, check into the nice looking hotel I booked online. Wander around like zombies. Maybe see a palace or something. Who knows, it kinda depends on how tired we are when we get there.
Day 3: Go see some more cultural things. Maybe a cathedral? I don’t really know. By this point we should be full of Spanish food.
Day 4: Check out, hang out in the city, and then get on an overnight bus to Barcelona.
Day 5: Arrive in Barcelona in time for coffee! Check in, drop off bags, and wander around like zombies again for another day. The place we’re staying is in El Barri Gotic so we should be pretty close to all of the Gaudi buildings we want to see. If we’re really tired we might just hang out on the beach all day.
Day 6: See whatever we didn’t get around to yesterday, or hang out on the beach. Eat lots of food. Check out La Sagrada Familia.
Day 7: Maybe take the train over to Figueres to see the Dali museum? Board an overnight bus to Marseilles!
Day 8: Wake up in Marseilles, check in, hit a beach. Eat French food (I’ve heard that this is basically yogurt and cigarettes.)
Day 9: Check out the Calanques.
Day 10: See the other Notre Dame cathedral that has a neat nautical theme. Grab some baguettes. Board a bus to Firenze!
Day 11: Firenze has a huge amount of art we’ll need to see.
Day 12: Look at Day 11, repeat.
Day 13: Look at day 12, repeat.
Uhhhh…this is about as far as I have planned, though we do plan to visit Rome, Napoli, Athens, Santorini, another island or two, Rhodes, and Turkey. In the end it’s going to be 42 days of newlywed bliss peppered with overnight bus rides and ferries that will probably make us extra appreciative of any beds we sleep on. Amirite?
So we’re going to visit Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Croatia had to come off the list due to the fact that we’d have to spend almost two days on ferries that could be better used exploring Greece or Italy and have a super short stay in Croatia. It’ll get its own special trip later. Carolyn’s been to Europe once before, but this will be my first time back in the old world, and I’m super excited. I’m even a little more excited now that I know I’ll be seeing it all the way from west to east…and get a little tiny dose of Western Asia before we head back home!