Europe

Traveling thru Europe

Ahh..Venice!

 Venice is a beautiful city, and I can't wait to come back! Unfortunately I wasn't really able to spend much time here at all. I took an overnight train from Florence and got in around 8:00 am. The nig... Read More...

Pisa and Lucca

I decided to take a day trip out of Florence to see the leaning tower of Pisa and the walled town of Lucca. The Italian train system is usually extremely efficient and it makes taking these type of quick trip... Read More...

Tuscany

 The Tuscan region is fantastic. I'd heard that one of the things that you had to do was to take a bike ride around the area, so I hooked up with a local biking company. I was the only backpacker, wh... Read More...

Florence

Getting here took longer than I thought it would...I missed the train by about 3 minutes, and had to wait for the next one. That one ended up being about an hour late, so I finally arrived in Florence about 3.5... Read More...

Rome and Pompei

I had forgotten how expensive Europe is! Luckily, I am only spending a few days here...I can't believe I'll be home in 9 more days.After a long flight from Cape Town via London I arrived in Rome around 4i... Read More...

Cathedral climbing in Ulm

On our way to Amsterdam we stopped for a few hours in the town of Ulm. We'd heard about its amazing Gothic cathedral that was open to people to climb to the top.  The cathedral is the 2nd largest in Germany and... Read More...

Partying in Prague

After seeing the castles in Fussen, we decided to move on to someplace a little bit off the beaten track.  We'd heard a lot about how much fun Prague was, so we pointed the van northeast and started out.  It ... Read More...

Castles in the clouds

Before we headed to Prague, we decided to go south to Fussen to see the trio of Ludwig II's castles.  Fussen was a pleasant little town, that very much catered to tourists.  Being typical tourists, we felt ri... Read More...

Oktoberfest!

 Oktoberfest was fantastic!  The beer, the wine, the singing, and of course the women were all in your face kind of amazing.  We had planned on spending most of our time in Germany here, but changed ou... Read More...

Dachau concentration camp

 This was the most sobering part of our entire trip.I had very mixed feelings about going to this place, but I felt that I owed it to myself, and both the victims and the survivors to experience the ho... Read More...