A Splash of Humor has been A Splash of Nothing lately, but I’m back! Matt and I just returned from an amazing 10 day vacation in Europe. We visited 5 cities and had no responsibilities other than deciding on what wine to drink. I will share more details and pictures from each day, but for now I wanted to share how we crammed in all that we did in such a short period of time. Here is a summary of where we went, how we got there, where we stayed, what we ate, and what we did during the 10 days spent in Europe.
Day 0 (Travel Day)
How we got there: 4 hour flight from Vancouver to Toronto – 2 hour layover – then a 7 hour flight from Toronto to Rome.
City #1: Rome, Italy
How we got around: Our flight landed in Rome at 2PM. Matt arranged for a Mercedes to pick us up at the airport and drop us off at our hotel.
What we did: We walked the streets of Rome all afternoon until the early evening. I took approximately 45,000 pictures.
Where we stayed: Palazzo Manfredi (gorgeous boutique hotel located across the street from the colosseum).
What we ate: We stumbled upon Ciampini Bistrot on our afternoon walk and had a quick lunch of pizza and wine. We made dinner reservations at the rooftop restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi (Ristorante Aroma) which had an amazing view of the colosseum.
City #2: Florence, Italy
How we got there: We took a taxi to the Rome train station in the morning and took a 1.5 hour train ride to Florence. We arrived in Florence around noon and took a cab to our hotel. (P.S. surprisingly the ONLY travel hiccup occurred at the Rome train station which I will explain in a later post).
What we did: We walked the streets of Florence until our feet hurt. We shopped for souvenirs for our kids and gifts for our in-laws who watched our kids during our entire trip.
Where we stayed: La Maison Du Sage (perfect little boutique hotel across the street from a famous Florence cathedral).
What we ate: Free breakfast at our hotel in Rome. Late lunch at Hot Pot Restaurant (Pizza/Wine). Dinner at Parione Restaurant (Steak/Pasta/Fine Wine)
City #3: Siena, Italy
How we got there: We rented a car in Florence and drove 1.5 hours South to Siena. We arrived in Siena around noon then drove back to Florence late afternoon.
What we did: Walked the quiet streets of Siena and shopped for Italian custom hats.
Where we stayed: La Maison Du Sage
What we ate: Free breakfast at the hotel. Lunch outside at Bar II Palio in the Piazza Del Campo in Siena. Dinner at the Foody Farm Restaurant in Florence (Modern/Farm-Fresh Italian)
How we got there: No transportation – walked everywhere.
What we did: Walked to the highest point in Florence to take pictures then shopped for souvenirs and visited the famous Piazza del Duomo in the afternoon.
Where we stayed: La Maison Du Sage
What we ate: Breakfast at Le Vespe Cafe. Lunch at Pizza Napoli 1955 Restaurant. Takeout dinner from All’Antico Vinaio (famous Italian sandwich shop).
City #4: Bordeaux, France
How we got there: The hotel arranged a taxi to the airport and we took an early morning flight from Florence to Bordeaux. Had a quick stop in Paris and landed in Bordeaux around noon. Both flights were Air France (not the best airline experience but they gave me a delicious warm croissant in the air so I got over it).
What we did: Walked around the small village close to our Airbnb, wedding activities in the afternoon/evening (my friend Bree’s wedding was in Bordeaux).
Where we stayed: A Chateau rented on Airbnb (stayed with a group of my friends who were also attending the wedding)
What we ate: Breakfast at the Florence airport, Picked up groceries in Bordeaux for lunch, Dinner with friends at Le Murano Restaurant in the Bordeaux City Centre.
How we got there: Taxi from Chateau to wedding activities (cabs and ubers were almost non-existent unless you pre-booked ahead of time, so we mostly stayed at the chateau)
What we did: Visited Chateau Biac winery for a tour and wine tasting.
Where we stayed: Airbnb Chateau with friends
What we ate: Made breakfast and lunch at the Chateau. Wedding rehearsal dinner in the evening.
(Wedding activities all day – I LOVED my Bagdley Mischka gown from Rent the Runway)
City #5: Paris, France
How we got there: Took an Uber from the chateau to the train station and arrived in Paris after a 2 hour train ride.
What we did: Recovery from the wedding. Died laughing at stories from the wedding. Ate about 6,000 calories to cure our hangovers.
Where we stayed: Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel (stayed at the same hotel with group of friends)
What we ate: Lunch at train station, dinner at Café Petite (enjoyed my 1st beef tartare!)
How we got there: We took an Uber to our new hotel.
What we did: We visited the Eiffel Tower in the morning then had massages at the hotel spa Monday afternoon. Massages were well-needed and were a great, relaxing end to the trip.
Where we stayed: Majestic Hotel and Spa
What we ate: Breakfast at Café du Trocadero. Lunch at Baagaa Burgers. Dinner at Morny Restaurant.
Day 10 (Travel Home)
How we got there: 8 hour flight from Paris to Toronto (left Paris at 11:30AM). 5 hour flight from Toronto to Vancouver (got in at 6:00PM)